Very few things are a more yummy dessert or treat than brownies. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ve probably devoured your batch of brownies in seconds.
However, if you enjoy the occasional taste of a brownie and you have your batch put aside for those sweet moments, you might be wondering: How long do brownies last? Do brownies go bad?
When it comes to this sweet treat, here are the basics: brownies last 3-4 days in the pantry, and sometimes can last up to a week in the fridge.
How To Tell If Brownies Have Gone Bad
Naturally, brownies will degrade in quality over time. So if you’ve been holding onto your brownies for longer than you should, it’s best to throw them out. The quality will probably not be to your satisfaction.
If the color or smell of your brownies seem off, rather be cautious and toss it out.
Moist brownies tend to grow mold once they spoil. Discard them as soon as possible.
How To Store Brownies
Your first goal when storing your brownies is to prevent them from drying out. You can do so by keeping them in an airtight container, bag, or wrapping them in plastic wrap.
Now for where to store your brownies. If your brownies have a lower moisture content (meaning they aren’t super moist or contain a dairy-based filling or frosting) storing them in an area at room temperature like a pantry is just right.
For the more dense and moist brownies, refrigerating them will keep their quality for longer. Be sure to keep your brownies in an airtight container as well.
If you’d like to keep your brownies a little fresher for longer, freezing them might be a good option. This is subject to the texture and ingredients in your brownies. The more light and airy brownies may become crumbly when put in the freezer. But fudge-like brownies freeze well.
A quick tip: when following a recipe for your own homemade brownies, check the storage instructions to be sure on how to store them.
The Shelf Life Of Brownies
Homemade brownies can last up to 3 – 4 days in the pantry and a week in the fridge. Store-bought brownies have the same lifespan.
What really decides how long brownies last are the ingredients used in the recipe. If the ingredients are more sensitive, your brownies’ shelf life will be shorter.
Whether it’s the classic brownie or the molten chocolate lava brownie, it’s a favorite dessert at almost any table and for any chocolate lover. Not a chocolate fan? Well, there are the chocolate-free brownies, known as blondies, for you to try out. Here’s a simple recipe that will be a hit at your next dinner party.
Remember: always store your brownies in airtight containers to help them retain their freshness. Like most baked goods, your brownies will last a good 3-4 days or even a week if stored correctly according to their ingredient content.