Exactly How Long Does Cool Whip Last?

Cool Whip can be enjoyed as a topping for so many different sweet treats, so having some in your kitchen is always a good idea. But Cool Whip doesn’t have a definitive shelf life and it will change depending on how and where you are storing it.

Exactly How Long Does Cool Whip Last?

If you have some Cool Whip and you are wondering if it’s gone bad or how long you can store it, then you have come to the right place!

We are going to go over everything you need to know about the shelf life of Cool Whip, depending on where you are storing it, as well as how to tell if your Cool Whip has gone bad. So let’s get started!

What Is A Cool Whip?

Cool Whip is a type of store-bought dessert topping that you can use for basically any sweet treat. It is white in color, fluffy in texture, and tastes incredibly sweet.

It’s so sweet in fact, that you can easily enjoy it on its own, but it’s heavily suggested that you pair it with some form of sweet treat or fruit instead!

Exactly How Long Does Cool Whip Last?

Cool Whip lasts for different amounts of time depending on where you are storing it. If you are storing it in the fridge, it is going to last a lot longer than at room temperature.

It is important to know that if you are going to store it at room temperature, you cannot put it away in the fridge if it’s been out for longer than 2 hours. Let’s take a look at the difference between storing it in the fridge and at room temperature now!

How Long Will Cool Whip Last In The Fridge?

In the fridge, Cool Whip is going to last a lot longer. When you buy it at the store, it is usually found in the frozen section, so storing it in the fridge is going to be the best place for you to keep it.

When you store it in the fridge, Cool Whip will last about two weeks if it’s been unopened, and 10 days if it has been opened. It’s in your best interest to use refrigerated Cool Whip as soon as possible for freshness reasons, so try not to leave it in there for the full 10 days.

How Long Will Cool Whip Last Sitting Out At Room Temperature?

At room temperature, Cool Whip will last for about 2 hours. It’s not advised to leave Coop Whip sitting out at room temperature unless you plan on using it within the 2-hour time frame and if you are only using a little bit of the Cool Whip, you will end up wasting a lot of it.

If you leave it out at room temperature, you should also avoid putting it back in the fridge if the 2-hour time frame has elapsed.

Can You Freeze Cool Whip?

Cool Whip can usually be found in the frozen section at any grocery store, so naturally, you can freeze it! Unopened Cool Whip can last in the freezer for about six months. If your Cool Whip has been opened though, it isn’t advised to put it in the freezer.

Also, defrosted Cool Whip will not freeze the same way that unopened Cool Whip will, after it has thawed, the ingredients tend to separate and the freezing process will not have the same effect if you are trying to freeze it more than once.

How To Tell If Your Cool Whip Has Gone Bad?

If you are concerned that your Cool Whip might have gone bad, then there are a few telltale signs that you can look out for. Let’s take a look at them now! 

  • If your Cool Whip smells sour or “off” in any way, then it has probably gone bad.
  • If your Cool Whip tastes sour or “off” in any way, it has probably gone bad.
  • Cool Whip is fluffy in texture and usually returns back to its original state when whipped, so if it doesn’t, this is another telltale sign it has gone bad.
  • If your Cool Whip is liquidy, runny, or looks separated, it’s most likely gone bad.

If you notice any of these things have happened to your Cool Whip, throw it out immediately and do not consume it.

What Is The Correct Way To Store Cool Whip?

Storing Cool Whip correctly is pretty straightforward, and as long as you follow the guidelines, you should have no issues storing it. When storing Cool Whip, it is important to make sure that you keep it covered tightly and in an air-tight container.

This will prevent any mold from growing inside. It should never be kept out at room temperature for longer than 2 hours and should always be appropriately covered.


There are two ways you can keep Cool Whip: at room temperature and in the fridge, but it is strongly recommended that you keep it in the fridge rather than at room temperature because it will last a lot longer!

Use the information we have provided here to correctly store your Cool Whip, and if you are concerned that it has gone bad, look at the taste, texture, and smell to double-check. When it doubt, always throw it out, but it is always ok to check first!

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