Whether you have been gifted a whole box of delicious strawberries dipped in chocolate or you made a big batch yourself, at one point, you might start wondering what’s the right way of storing this yumminess.
If it’s not too hot in the room, you can keep the dessert on the counter for the whole day. But if you’d prefer to enjoy the chocolate-dipped berries a bit later, then make sure to place them in the refrigerator.
What is the right way of storing chocolate-dipped berries and can you freeze this dessert? You’ll find all the answers below.
Tips on Storing Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Ideally, you would want to consume the dessert within a day after it has been made. This will help ensure that the chocolate-covered strawberries have the best possible texture and taste.
If you are planning on enjoying the dessert that day, then you can store the strawberries on the counter at ambient temperature. In fact, you can leave them on the counter for around 24 hours. Just make sure that the dessert is out of direct sunlight and that the berries are not touching each other.
You can also cover the strawberries with a loose draping of foil or plastic wrap. Never store the dessert in an airtight container as this can cause mold and decomposition at a much quicker rate. By lightly covering the berries, you’re allowing them to ‘breathe’ which, in its turn, will prevent condensation and ‘sweating’.
If it’s way too hot in the room, you might want to store the dessert in a dry and cool place (like the pantry, for example) or put it in the refrigerator.
Storing Strawberries Covered in Chocolate in the Fridge
Storing the dessert in the refrigerator will make sense if you’re not planning on enjoying the strawberries that day or if you’ve prepared or received the berries on an extra hot and humid day.
The dessert will last for up to 2 days in the refrigerator. However, in some cases, the berries might last a bit longer. Just make sure to inspect the dessert before eating it – if parts of the chocolate start to fall off or if the berries feel mushy, it would be better to throw them away.
Store the berries in the fridge in a single layer. You can place paper towels or wax or parchment paper in a container and then put the berries onto the paper. To get rid of the excess moisture, you can dust the bottom layer of the paper with baking soda, add another paper towel, and then place the dessert right on the ‘sandwich’.
Instead of using a container, you can opt for a tray with wax paper on top. Wax paper is recommended as it’s the least sticky option, but you can go for parchment paper as well. After you have loosely laid the berries on the paper, wrap the tray in plastic wrap.
As chocolate-covered strawberries taste better when they are a bit warm, you might want to get the dessert out of the fridge about an hour before serving.
You can put the dessert in the freezer if you’d like it to last for up to 90 days. However, it is not recommended to store chocolate-covered strawberries in the freezer as the berries will become mushy once you get them out due to the temperature change. And, of course, the taste of the dessert won’t be as great as that of fresh strawberries.
If you do decide to put your strawberries that have been dipped in chocolate in the freezer, you would have to try to do it the right way. As the berries might end up forming a giant clump in the freezer, you should first ‘flash freeze’ the dessert.
Simply place the deliciousness in a single layer not too close to each other on parchment paper and freeze them for around 3 hours (or until they become solid). After the ‘flash freeze’, you can put the chocolate-covered berries in a bag or a container.
In fact, the only time when you would want to use an airtight container with chocolate-covered strawberries is when you’re freezing them as this will help prevent freezer burn. Just make sure that the container has been designed for use in a freezer.
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If you keep the dessert at room temperature for a few hours after it has been frozen, you will end up with a tasteless, mushy substance.
Instead, try defrosting the berries in the fridge for about an hour. Then, immediately serve the dessert. It will still be quite cold and crunchy, but such a trick will allow you to enjoy the juicy flavor of the berries.