Keeping berries freshest overnight

Yes, chocolate covered strawberries can be stored in a refrigerator for a day:

For the best results you must start with fresh chocolate covered strawberries, the berries from other companies that have spent multiple days in transit are not fresh.

Method one:
If space is not a problem, you can put the gift boxes in a new kitchen trash bag, squeeze out the air and tie it off.

Method Two:
This saves space. Using the smallest airtight container that they will fit in, place the berries in multiple layers, separated by wax paper.

Method Three:
For when you have a lot of berries, use clean pizza boxes and either bag them or double wrap the boxes in plastic wrap. Offer to pay for the boxes if you ask a pizza shop for them (it shows some class). Pizza boxes will let you get a very high amount of chocolate covered strawberries on one shelf.

For all methods: make sure your refrigerator is not set too cold. We do not want to freeze them as then they will bet mushy when they thaw.

At least a half hour to 45 minutes before they are going to be served take the package out of the refrigerator but do not open it yet (that causes condensation), let them warm up a bit, but keep them away from all the heat sources in the kitchen. Just before they are going to be served put them on the trays or plates and enjoy. Some strawberry juice is normal, chocolate contracts when it hardens an as a result the chocolate has been squeezing the berry.

Why the bags, airtight containers or plastic wrap? Most home refrigerators use the freezer to cool the refrigerated sections, that process sucks moisture out of the leaves, they can actually get very brittle overnight. If the leaves get limp or brittle they probably got too cold. There is a lot of moisture floating around in a home fridge and it can really hurt chocolates appearance. More moisture can get let in when the door opens, or when other food is put in. Isolating the berries prevents all the main problems with too much or too little moisture and also helps prevent the chocolate from picking up odors from other things in the fridge.

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The White Chocolate Con: Part 3, Hershey should have known better

Of all the companies out there you would think that a US based chocolate company would know what has to be in a product in order for it to be called “White Chocolate”, don’t bet on it, sometimes they get sloppy. Continue reading »

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How I did it: 3D Stuffed Chocolate Christmas Tree

Since my off work acquaintances get all the test product I make up (there is a limit to how much I can eat) sometimes I want to make up something totally different, this past Christmas was one of those occasions. These acquaintances are used to some really different things, stuffed berries, chocolate covered gummy worms, things totally out of season like Berries for Valentines pictures in October. This year I wanted to do a 3-d mold… Continue reading »

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The White Chocolate Con: Part 2

In the last post we wrote about how “White Chocolate” is something real, and mis-use of the term is not something to mess with.   If you have not read the previous post you can do so here http://blog.ccberries.com/2014/11/08/the-white-chocolate-con-part-1/

Basically I found that a worldwide fast food restaurant was incorrectly using the regulated term “white chocolate”, Continue reading »

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The White Chocolate Con: Part 1

What if we told you a major restaurant chain was falsely advertising that a product contained White Chocolate when in fact the ingredients list shows it’s not White Chocolate? Continue reading »

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Counterfeit Valentine’s

Valentine’s is about three weeks out and we’ve already started seeing counterfeit products for Valentine’s. We’ll detail some of what we’ve seen as well as some of the longtime scams in the industry. Continue reading »

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Help my berries are sweating..

Uh.. no…  they are not, chocolate does not sweat.. it can not sweat..

What you are really seeing is….

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Spruce up your own berries

In other sections of our blog we told you how to temper chocolate and when to temper chocolate. For the next few months we’ll be posting some ideas and methods to make some special berries at home. Continue reading »

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ProFlowers Easy Saver Proposed Settlement

We finally found the proposed settlement information of the Proflowers® Easy Saver® Scam class action lawsuits. Continue reading »

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Why we don’t ship Champagne (or any sparkling wine)

Technically the only wine that be called champagne are the ones produced in a select region of France, everything else is a sparkling wine. So a bottle of Dom Pérignon can legally be called champagne, while a bottle produced in California may be much higher quality cannot be called champagne. Those are the rules, it’s just the way it is. Even if bottle from some other part of the world tastes exactly like a bottle made in the Champagne region of France it is just called a sparkling wine.

So while that is interesting.. it really has no bearing on why no booze with the berries A few times a year we get asked if we can ship champagne with the chocolate covered strawberries.

Nope, no, nana, no way Jose’, Hommie don’t play that, ain’t gonna happen… and here is why: Continue reading »

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