Sweet Southern Sugared Strawberries (Strawberry Topping)

"This is a family favorite handed down for generations. It is very basic and can be used in Strawberry shortcake, ice cream topping, cheesecake topping, pancake or waffle topping, etc. Be creative with it!"
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  • You will need a tupperware type container with a lid.
  • First, slice as many strawberries as you would like and place them in the container.
  • Then add as much sugar as you wish.
  • The more sugar makes more syrup.
  • I usually add enough to fully coat the strawberries.
  • Now put the lid on the container and tumble the strawberries for a minute so they can get saturated in the sugar.
  • Now refrigerate the container for a couple of hours, and you will have the tastiest, sweetest strawberries in their own syrup.
  • (I usually leave them in the refrigerator over night).

Questions & Replies

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  1. Freda A.
    How long ahead of time should I slice and sugar fresh strawberries before making strawberry short cake with pound cake
  2. lizdiz63
    How long can these strawberries in own natural syrup last in the refrigerator and can it be frozen? Can you use just the syrup and use and keep the berries for another use?
  3. Emily A.
    How long will these keep in the refrigerator? Thank you.


  1. Bev I Am
    Jenn, this is usually the first thing I do with my strawberries when I bring them home from the store and have been doing it for years! I use them on everything from Belgian Waffles, pancakes, pound cake, ice cream, cheesecake, pudding, egg custard or even served alone in a fluted margarita glass with a dollop of real whipped cream. Simply too many serving suggestions to list!! Delicious!
  2. divadmas
    This is good and fresh but when stored the berries turn rubbery. Best to freeze leftovers or cook down and make a syrup.
  3. lizdiz63
    How long will these sugared strawberries last in the fridge? Do they have to be used right away? If can be stored for some time how to,do,it?
  4. Stephanie S.
    My kids love this, sweet strawberries.....nothing better. Thanks for posting.
  5. bmcnichol
    Very good. My great grandma always put sugar on strawberries but I had never done it. I used Splenda instead of sugar as that is what I buy. The strawberries were so sweet.


  1. Daphne2002
    I also have always used this recipe (when I was small, I once tried adding water instead of sugar to get the syrup -- did not work! ;-) We always used these strawberries to top Strawberry Shortcake. These are also called macerated strawberries. Now that I am older, I also serve these with crepes - My husband's favorite breakfast!


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