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Old 02-16-2007, 02:00 PM   #1
 
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Default Came across some old Halloween candy

Does chocolate have an expiration date? I'm wondering if I should toss it. There's nothing worse than stale chocolate.
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It does expire. Usually it starts to get a light brown, almost camel colored coating on it just before it expires. If it is still normal chocolate color I would go for it
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It doesn't go bad though, right? It just gets kind of dry and stale?

If it looks fine, medussa, eat it!
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Old 02-16-2007, 02:15 PM   #4
 
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Generally speaking, chocolate has a 2 year shelf life and it definitely keeps better in a cool, dry place. When it gets subjected to fluctuations in temp and humidity you see the whitish/grayish/beige "bloom" - separated/dissolved/recrystallized cocoa butter or sugar - forming on the surface.

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The above is for plain chocolate.

Depending on the filling, this could be shorter. Nuts like peanuts or pecans degrade a bit faster, reducing this to maybe 6-9 months.

Ideal conditions - dark, 70 degrees F +/-5 and less than 50% humidity

Can you tell I love my chocolate
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Generally speaking, chocolate has a 2 year shelf life and it definitely keeps better in a cool, dry place. When it gets subjected to fluctuations in temp and humidity you see the whitish/grayish/beige "bloom" - separated/dissolved cocoa butter or sugar - on the surface.
I always thought that was due to age. I guess I learned 2 new things today
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Does chocolate have an expiration date? I'm wondering if I should toss it. There's nothing worse than stale chocolate.
Well?? Did you eat it? Are you still alive?

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Old 02-16-2007, 05:32 PM   #8
 
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Kate-- I haven't had the chance to try any. And now I just ate dinner. So, no candy experiments until tomorrow.

Solange--It has been almost 4 months, but they have been stored properly. I'm hoping they taste good. I've got miniature sizes of:

Butterfinger
100 Grand
Peanut Chews
Smores
Mr. Goodbar
Plain M&Ms (full size pack)
Peanut M&Ms
Baby Ruth
Twix
Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
Milky Way
3 Musketeers
Snickers
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars (kisses too)
Kit Kats

I don't think I can do this (eat all of this candy). Ironically, I might have to enlist the aid of my husband, the person I has hiding the candy from in the first place (because he has no self-control ).
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you've had all that in your house for 4 months?
FOUR MONTHS?
and you haven't eaten it by now?

How can you do that...?
I'm so confused.
how is this possible?
You must have some sort of secret powers.
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Old 02-16-2007, 05:39 PM   #10
 
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You must have some sort of secret powers.
I actually did too good a job at hiding the candy from my husband and forgot all about it, until I found it this week.
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I hide candy from my husband all the time and it feels like I've hit the jackpot when I discover some I've forgotten.

Years ago I found an old piece of Halloween candy (really not that old, maybe a month). It was a miniature Crunch bar...I bit into it...and a WORM waved at me from the other half. I spit chocolate so far across the room...and vowed to never eat old chocolate again.
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:55 PM   #12
 
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Nice stash!!! It may taste a tad bit old, but it should be fine.
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:51 PM   #13
 
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Halloween wasn't that long ago. The candy on the store shelves is probably older. I'd dig in.
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I hide candy from my husband all the time and it feels like I've hit the jackpot when I discover some I've forgotten.

Years ago I found an old piece of Halloween candy (really not that old, maybe a month). It was a miniature Crunch bar...I bit into it...and a WORM waved at me from the other half. I spit chocolate so far across the room...and vowed to never eat old chocolate again.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!! That doesn't sound like a function of its age, it sounds like the packers made some...uh, mistakes...gonna barf. I'm flashing back to when I opened a reese's pb cup and it was crawling w/ maggots! I was horrified, to say the least, and I don't even know how far I chucked the thing. It SUCKS when your candy crawls.
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I hide candy from my husband all the time and it feels like I've hit the jackpot when I discover some I've forgotten.

Years ago I found an old piece of Halloween candy (really not that old, maybe a month). It was a miniature Crunch bar...I bit into it...and a WORM waved at me from the other half. I spit chocolate so far across the room...and vowed to never eat old chocolate again.
Ewwww.... that happened to me once. I bought a chocolate bar with almonds from a kid doing a fundraiser. I bit into it and in the hollow where there SHOULD have been an almond, there were tons of little bugs. Ugh!
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I'm not sure why a spammer linking to a Ronald Reagan board and posting about Romney and Tea Baggers would have posted on this thread. But serious comedy gold here:

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It SUCKS when your candy crawls.
And also, I still have candy from Halloween. And some of the contents of my Christmas stocking.
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I'm not sure why a spammer linking to a Ronald Reagan board and posting about Romney and Tea Baggers would have posted on this thread. But serious comedy gold here:

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It SUCKS when your candy crawls.
And also, I still have candy from Halloween. And some of the contents of my Christmas stocking.
I know, that line is even funnier 5 years later. It belongs in a sig.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:37 PM   #18
 
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I miss Solange. I wish I could find her and reconnect. She was good people.
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Hee, thanks! This thread is the squickiest ego boost ever.

Also, dang, I think I was younger than CE is now back when this thread was new.
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