When you get a romantic whim or a delicate sweet tooth, chocolate-covered strawberries make one of the best treats. They are easy to make and you can find them to purchase in many places.
Chocolate-covered strawberries are a delightful treat. The problem is, it can be hard to store them and keep them good for as long as possible. As you know, strawberries only last a short amount of time when they’re stored properly so you need options to make them last longer.
Can you freeze chocolate-covered strawberries to make them last longer? Yes, you can freeze chocolate-covered strawberries for up to 3 months. It is best to pre-freeze them separately on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer-safe container. Otherwise, the strawberries will stick together and lose their firmness.
In this guide, we will walk you through the process of how to freeze your chocolate-covered strawberries for the best results. Rest assured that this process is not complicated and your strawberries will be delicious still. You might even like them better frozen!
Keep reading to learn all about freezing chocolate-covered strawberries.
How to Freeze Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Chocolate-covered strawberries are a wonderful treat. They can easily be made at home or purchased from a store. The nice thing about making them from home is you can make a large batch and put some away in the freezer to have later.
Chocolate-covered strawberries make great treats for gatherings, showers, parties, and more. They look really nice and you can make them even fancier with only a little effort.
They are so simple to work with and everyone loves them. It’s amazing how special someone can feel after some chocolate-covered strawberries.
Let’s talk about freezing your chocolate-covered strawberries, and then we have some other relevant information to cover as well.
Proper Freezing Methods for Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
When it comes to freezing chocolate-covered strawberries, we do recommend using a pre-freeze process. This will help them not stick together or turn to mush or anything like that. We want your freezing experience to be as pleasant as possible.
Here are our recommended steps for freezing chocolate-covered strawberries:
- Start by layering a baking sheet or tray with parchment paper.
- Be sure your chocolate is hardened if you have made them fresh.
- Place the chocolate-covered strawberries in a single layer across the surface of the parchment paper.
- Let the chocolate-covered strawberries freeze like this for 3-4 hours, until they are solid. They should remain uncovered during this part of the process.
- Once you have pre-frozen your strawberries, it’s time to package them up. Start by sorting them into appropriate portions.
- Place your chocolate-covered strawberries into individual airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
- Label, date, and seal each packaging device.
- Freeze for up to 3 months for the best results.
As you can see, the process of freezing chocolate-covered strawberries is not complicated.
That pre-freeze process can make a significant difference in the end result of your freezing process, so for your sake, don’t skip it! Strawberries have their own juices and sometimes the chocolate sweats.
The pre-freeze process prevents juices from running and soft chocolate from sticking to each other. That way, when you’re ready to use your chocolate-covered strawberries, they won’t stick together or feel slightly mushy either.
You shouldn’t have any adverse effects as long as you follow the freezing processes carefully and mindfully. Using those strawberries afterward is also relatively simple.
Storage Notes About Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
The option to freeze your chocolate-covered strawberries is a great one. It comes in quite handy, especially if you want to make treats ahead of time and make sure they stay good.
It can also come in handy if you just know you aren’t going to eat all of your strawberries before they start going bad.
Some people prefer their chocolate-covered strawberries super cold or even frozen. You might find that you really like them chilled and frozen like this.
But we do want to be honest about both the good and the not-so-good when it comes to freezing these treats. So let’s talk about some pros and cons of freezing your strawberries:
Pros of Freezing Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
- You can make them ahead or make large batches.
- They are good frozen up to 3 months.
- They are easy to use when you remove them from the freezer.
- The process is simple.
- They freeze really well.
- You might decide you prefer them frozen.
Cons of Freezing Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
- Freezing does require a pre-freeze process.
- They freeze best for the short-term only.
- They might stick together slightly (this is helped by the pre-freeze process.
- They should not be re-frozen so be sure to freeze in specific portions.
- You could get addicted to frozen chocolate-covered strawberries.
We feel the pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to freezing chocolate-covered strawberries. In fact, you may notice that some of the cons are easily solved by the tips and tricks we provided above in our initial instructions to walk you through the freezing process.
Now, let’s talk about how you should store your strawberries if you aren’t ready to freeze them just yet. You can store them in the refrigerator for a few days and this works quite nicely.
Just don’t wait too long to freeze chocolate-covered strawberries. You certainly don’t want to wait until they’ve turned mushy or have already started going bad.
Storing Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Before Freezing Them
If you decide not to freeze your strawberries right away, that is an option. Just be aware of the variables that could cause you to lose your strawberries or not be able to successfully freeze them. We certainly don’t want that to happen!
If you are going to freeze them, the sooner you do so, the better your results will be. They are best served fresh or straight from the freezer, so just keep that in mind.
However, here are some basic steps for storing your chocolate-covered strawberries in the refrigerator:
- Line a container with paper towels. This will help soak up any moisture.
- Set the strawberries in an individual layer in the container.
- Cover the strawberries with plastic wrap or a sealing lid.
- Refrigerated for up to 3 days at the most.
Let’s talk about what to expect here. If at all possible, you really want to avoid the refrigerator for more than a day. The refrigerator will draw natural moisture to your chocolate covered-strawberries and will most likely make your chocolate sweat.
The moisture in the fridge can also cause your strawberries to turn a little mushy. If it’s cool enough, we actually recommend that you store your chocolate-covered strawberries at room temperature or in a cool place for a few hours and then freeze them if needed.
Ultimately, storing in the refrigerator is the last resort unless you know that you will eat those strawberries within 1-3 days.
If you are using them for a party or guests of some sort, it might be a better idea to just go ahead and freeze them until you’re ready.
Using Chocolate-Covered Strawberries After Freezing
The pleasant side of freezing strawberries is that you don’t have to follow any extensive thawing processes or even wait very long to eat them after you’ve frozen them.
It’s quite amazing really!
When you’re ready to use those frozen chocolate-covered strawberries, just pull them out of the freezer. Let them sit for 30 minutes to an hour. You can do this in the fridge or at room temperature.
After that, they should be ready to serve and they will taste just as delicious as they did fresh. Of course, you can always eat them frozen. You might even discover that you prefer them chilled with a crisp, cool bite to them.
We hope that you have found this guide to freezing chocolate covered strawberries to be a valuable and informative source. The process is very simple and we don’t think you will have any trouble having success with it!
We invite you to take a look at the following question and answer section for some additional information that could be helpful to you.
What is the Best Kind of Chocolate to Use?
Any good melting chocolate will do. Some people use chocolate chips, which is also fine. Just be sure that you use something meltable. You may find that you need to use some melting wax to make it more smooth.
How Can You Make the Chocolate Stick Best to Strawberries?
Be sure that your strawberries are nice and dry before dipping them. This will make a significant difference as the melted chocolate will not hold if they are wet in any way.
Can You Leave Chocolate Covered Strawberries in the Fridge Overnight?
Yes, ideally you can do this. However, keep in mind proper storage techniques and the possibility of moisture affecting the quality. 1-3 days is the maximum time recommended for refrigerator storage so be prepared to freeze them if necessary.