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CHOCOLATE-COVERED CANDY BARS OR CANDIES - UNOPENED OR OPENED

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10-12 months
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10-12 months
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10-12 months

Tips

  • How long do chocolate-covered candy bars last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep chocolate-covered candy bars in a cool, dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of chocolate-covered candy bars after opening, place in tightly sealed airtight container or heavy-duty plastic bag.
  • How long do chocolate-covered candy bars last at room temperature? Properly stored, chocolate-covered candy bars will last for about 12 months at normal room temperature.
  • Should you refrigerate chocolate-covered candy bars? In hot, humid environments, chocolate-covered candy bars should be stored in the refrigerator.
  • How long do chocolate-covered candy bars last in the refrigerator? Chocolate-covered candy bars will keep well for about 12 months in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze chocolate-covered candy bars? Yes, freeze chocolate-covered candy bars in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do chocolate-covered candy bars last in the freezer? Properly stored, chocolate-covered candy bars will maintain best quality for about 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - chocolate-covered candy bars that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • Are chocolate-covered candy bars safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they are properly stored, the package is undamaged and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially packaged chocolate-covered candy bars will typically carry a "Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before," or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the chocolate-covered candy bars will remain at peak quality.
  • How to tell if chocolate-covered candy bars are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the chocolate-covered candy bars: discard any that have an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the chocolate-covered candy bars.

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