If you have some chocolate covered strawberries left over from a gathering or someone gave you a delicious gift, like Edible®’s Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Box, you want to enjoy every last one. If you don’t gobble them all up in one sitting first (who could blame you?), you want to ensure they last. Chocolate covered strawberries are delicious, but they’re also delicate. So how long do chocolate covered strawberries last? And how can you store them so they stay fresh as long as possible? Here’s our go-to guide on storing chocolate covered strawberries.
How to Store Chocolate Covered Strawberries at Room Temperature
Keeping chocolate covered strawberries at room temperature is actually the most preferable way to store them, allowing them to retain the best flavor. However, it also means your strawberries will spoil quicker than any of the other methods. In fact, you shouldn’t use this method unless you want to eat your chocolate covered strawberries within 24 hours.
If you decide to store your dipped strawberries at room temperature, lightly cover them with foil or plastic wrap and sit them on the counter. You don’t want to store the berries in an airtight container, because this will cause decomposition and mold at a much quicker rate than if the strawberries are lightly covered. Chocolate covered strawberries are prone to condensation, which causes extra moisture to build up, and eventually leads to mold. Therefore, it’s important to allow for proper airflow.
How to Store Chocolate Dipped Strawberries in the Refrigerator
If you want to keep your chocolate covered strawberries for up to 48 hours, you can refrigerate them. You might even be able to get several days out of your berries, but they’re usually best within two days. When you refrigerate your chocolate covered strawberries, they won’t taste as fresh or flavorful as keeping them at room temperature. But, of course, you’ll get more longevity out of them.
Condensation is a major concern that you’ll need to take into account when refrigerating. To cut down on the sweating and avoid the growth of mold that could spoil your fruit, first lay down a few paper towels in the bottom of a container. Place your strawberries in a single layer in the container and cover loosely with foil or plastic wrap. An airtight container can trap in excess condensation, which can lead to rapid spoiling, so it’s important to cover the berries loosely. Likewise, you don’t want to crowd the strawberries in the container, so keep them to a single layer and use more containers if necessary.
If you’re storing a chocolate covered strawberry that has been cut or hulled, this is the one instance where you’ll need to choose an airtight container instead. An airtight container will protect the exposed flesh of the berries, but will greatly decrease the time the fruit will stay fresh. Plan to polish off any cut chocolate covered strawberry within 24 hours.
How to Store Chocolate Covered Strawberries in the Freezer
Freezing your chocolate covered strawberries will allow you to enjoy them over a longer period of time. In fact, you can keep them for up to three months in the freezer. To freeze, place your chocolate covered strawberries on a parchment-lined sheet in a single layer, with enough space between the strawberries to allow air to flow. Freeze for about three hours or until they are solid, which will prevent them from sticking together when stored. Once the berries are solid, you can place them in a freezer container or bag.
When you’re ready to enjoy them, defrost your chocolate covered strawberries in the fridge for an hour. Or, you can choose to eat the strawberries frozen. Either way, you don’t want to defrost the strawberries completely or they can become mushy and watery. Partially or completely frozen strawberries aren’t as crunchy or hard as you might think. In fact, they’re pretty delectable – and a lot tastier than a mushy strawberry.
Knowing how long chocolate covered strawberries last can help you plan how many you want to eat now and how many you want to save for later. Whether you’ve received a delicious arrangement like our mouth-watering Just For You Bouquet or have some chocolate covered strawberries left over from an event, storing them properly will keep them fresh longer so you can savor every last bite.