If you or your guests don’t finish all the dipped strawberries right away, you risk wasting some perfectly good treats. Use this guide to determine how long you can keep chocolate covered strawberries so you can enjoy your strawberries for as much time as possible.
Room Temperature: One Day
Chocolate covered strawberries can keep for a day or so at room temperature. This approach is ideal, as it will maintain the strongest strawberry flavor out of all methods. However, it also means the strawberries will go bad sooner.
Should you decide to store your dipped strawberries at room temperature, cover them with foil or plastic wrap, but do not store them in an airtight container. Strawberries release carbon dioxide, so if kept in an airtight container at room temperature, they will decompose much more quickly than if they were just lightly covered.
Refrigerator: Two to Three Days
Chocolate covered strawberries can be kept in the refrigerator for several days when stored properly, though ideally, you’ll want to enjoy them within 48 hours. Cover them in wax paper and store them in an airtight container so that the fruit won’t go bad.
When you refrigerate your chocolate covered strawberries, you will lose some of that fresh flavor, but your strawberries will last longer. Another thing to consider with refrigerating is that your strawberries will develop condensation. If you plan to serve them at a party, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to prevent them from sweating.
Freezer: Three Months
Freezing your chocolate covered strawberries is ideal if you want to save them for later or have them as a small snack every day.
To freeze them, place them on a foil sheet about one inch apart from one another until they are solid. This will prevent them from sticking together. Once they are frozen solid, you can transfer them to a container in the freezer.
If the strawberries you are freezing are completely covered in chocolate, you’ll want to thaw them for an hour before eating. However, if your strawberries are dipped or not completely covered, it is best to eat the strawberries frozen. Otherwise, they will become mushy and messy!
Now that you know how long you can store your chocolate covered strawberries, you can easily plan for parties or gift giving and know that your strawberries won’t go to waste!
You can even mix things up and serve dipped cherries too! You’ll store them the same way as your chocolate covered strawberries—if they aren’t all eaten right away!