How to Keep Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fresh

Here’s how to store them so they don’t sweat.

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By Heath Goldman for Food Network Kitchen

Chances are, if you’re reading this article you’ve mastered how to make chocolate covered strawberries, or you’ve received a chocolate covered strawberry delivery (lucky you). Now that you’ve got the strawberries, you need to figure out how to keep those beauties fresh.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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What’s the best way to store chocolate covered strawberries?

The fact of the matter is: chocolate covered strawberries are best the first day you make or receive them. Many recipes will ask you to transfer them to the refrigerator to speed up the chocolate-setting process. But if you plan on eating them the first day, you’ll want to then remove them from the refrigerator and store them on the counter at room temperature. This way, they won’t sweat or weep. Chocolate covered strawberries keep best stored on the counter with a loose draping of plastic wrap.

How long can you keep chocolate covered strawberries on the counter?

Given that chocolate covered strawberries are the best stored at room temperature, you might be wondering how long they can be kept that way. You can leave them on the counter for about one day.

Do chocolate covered strawberries need to be refrigerated?

If you’re planning on saving your chocolate covered strawberries for more than one day, yep, they’ll need to be refrigerated. Unfortunately, this means that they will sweat a little bit. To minimize sweating, place a couple sheets of paper towels into the bottom of an airtight container. Store the strawberries on top of the paper towels. If you need to store multiple layers of strawberries, place pieces of wax paper or parchment paper between the layers.

How long do chocolate covered strawberries last in the refrigerator?

They will typically last for up to two days in the refrigerator. They may last longer though. Simply inspect the strawberries: if the chocolate has fallen off or the tops of the strawberries appear mushy, you’ll probably want to toss them.

Can you freeze chocolate covered strawberries?

We don’t recommend you freeze these strawberries because honestly? The strawberries will become mushy when they thaw. And no one wants that.

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