How long does Halloween candy last?

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If you plan to ration your kids’ candy for Halloween—or end up buying more candy thann you need– you might be wondering how long it will last before its quality starts to deteriorate. As a rule, most candy will last for nine months, although may vary depending on the type of candy and how you stored it.

When do candies expire?

According to National Association of Confectioners guidelines, the shelf life of candies varies depending on the type:

  • Chocolate can last 8-10 months if wrapped in foil and kept in cool dark place, and dry place. Dark chocolate can last longer, almost 2 years. Older chocolate will sometimes have a white, hazy coating known as “chocolate flower,“but it’s still edible. (VShocolate that Is really too old to consume will have a bitter taste or wear mold.)
  • Hard candy– like lollipops and caramel candies – lasts a year when wrapped. As hard candies get stale, they get clingy, and the texture will be grainy.
  • Caramel will last around 6-9 months if packaged properly (not always a given with some of the cheaper cellophane wrappers). After this time, it will become stale and hard as a rock.
  • Corn candy will last approximately 9 months when unopened before it hardens out of decay.
  • Jelly candies last about one year not open. If the candy wrapper is opened but kept in a covered dish, it will start to expire after about 6 to 9 months.
  • Gum will last 6-9 months, if packaged properly.

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As long as the candies are sealed in their original packaging packaging, you will have plenty of time to eat it. The best place to store candy is in a cool, dark place like a cupboard or pantry. Once opened, Dseal the package with a clip or—even better-shop this in an airtight pot or container.

Can you freeze leftover candy?

Most candies can be frozen for up to a year, but there are some exceptions: Tcoffee and truffles can only be frozen for of them months, and you should avoid freezing any candies that contain fruits or nuts. Mmake sure you seal your candy in a hermetic container or freezer bag, and label this with the date and type of candy you are freezing, lest it become a guessing game later.

An alternative option is to simply donate the candy (your unlucky coworkers are an easy mark), or pick a date and throw away whatever is left after that.

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