How Long Does Cool Whip Last? 

Cool Whip is a store-bought dessert topping that can be found in a can to be sprayed out or in a container in a grocery store’s refrigerated or frozen. Cool Whip is a sweet, white, fluffy whipped topping that can go great on almost any dessert or fruit or be enjoyed on its own.

Cool Whip has different shelf lives for different environments. Cool Whip will last out on a counter for up to two hours before it needs to be thrown away. This topping can last in the fridge for up to two weeks unopen and up to ten days open. Cool Whip will last the longest in the freezer and can stay good for about six months. 

This light and sweet dessert topping can be placed on the counter for serving or saved in the refrigerator and/or freezer. It is important not to save Cool Whip if it has been exposed to room temperature for longer than two hours. 

How Long Will Cool Whip Last Left Out?

If you are serving Cool Whip at a gathering or on a dessert, you might wonder how long Cool Whip will be okay sitting out. Cool Whip is good for up to two hours at room temperature. After two hours, it is no longer considered safe to eat and should be thrown away. 

How Long Will Cool Whip Last in the Fridge?

Cool Whip can be bought from the store and generally found in the frozen section, but you can find Cool Whip in cans in the fridge. You can store the remaining cool whip in the fridge. Cool Whip will last in the fridge unopen for up to two weeks and is suitable for up to ten days if open. It is a good idea to use refrigerated Cool Whip as soon as possible to ensure it is fresh and has a good consistency. 

Can You Freeze Cool Whip?

Cool Whip can be bought in the frozen section in the grocery store and brought home to freeze. Unopened Cool Whip in a plastic tub can be placed in the freezer for up to six months. Beware refreezing defrosted Cool Whip as it will not freeze the same. The ingredients tend to separate after thawing, and the freezing process won’t work the same the second or third time freezing it. 

How Do You Store Cool Whip Properly?

It is vital to keep Cool Whip covered and at appropriate temperatures. Cool Whip should be covered tightly in an air-tight container to prevent mold growth. Cool Whip should not be allowed to sit for longer than two hours at room temperature.  

How Long is Cool Whip Good for After the Expiration Date?

Cool Whip will generally have a stamped expiration date on the can or package. Cool Whip is sold with a “best by” date and can be suitable for up to two weeks in the fridge. Cool Whip will hold up for at least six months after that date if placed in the freezer. 

Can You Eat Expired Cool Whip?

Expired Cool Whip is not necessarily a problem. Cool Whip doesn’t expire until about two weeks after it’s opened or after about six months in the freezer. You can eat expired Cool Whip as long as it has not changed in texture, taste, smell, or consistency. Cool Whip will generally stay fluffy and ready to eat. Sometimes Cool Whip will become runny in a container, and you can usually beat this back into a fluffy mixture with a fork or mixer.

How do I know if my Cool Whip is Bad?

You can tell if Cool Whip has gone bad by the taste, smell, texture, and consistency of the Cool Whip. 

  • Taste. If the Cool Whip tastes off or sour, it is probably no longer suitable to eat.
  • Smell. It is probably no longer suitable if the Cool Whip smells sour, rancid, or otherwise off.
  • Texture. If the Cool Whip is runny, liquidy, or looks separated, it is very likely to throw it out.
  • Consistency. Cool Whip has a fluffy texture and usually can be whipped back into shape if it turns runny. If it doesn’t return to its regular consistency, it’s probably past its prime.

Conclusion

Cool Whip is a delightful dessert topper that is creamy, fluffy, and sweet. It is used on most desserts and can be versatile with candy, ice cream, and other confections. Cool Whip can be known to last for a while. It can hang out on the counter for about two hours, sit in the fridge for up to two weeks unopen and ten days open, and last in the freezer for about six months. It is essential to keep an eye on the Cool Whip and throw it out if it has marked changes in taste, smell, texture, or consistency.