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CARAMELS, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK, INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED - UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE

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6-9 months
Refrigerator
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6-9 months
Freezer
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1 year

Tips

  • How long do caramels last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep caramels in a cool, dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of caramels after opening, place in tightly sealed airtight container or heavy-duty plastic bag.
  • How long do caramels last at room temperature? Properly stored, caramels will last for about 6 to 9 months at normal room temperature.
  • Should you refrigerate caramels? In hot, humid environments, caramels should be stored in the refrigerator.
  • How long do caramels last in the refrigerator? caramels will keep well for about 6 to 9 months in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze caramels? Yes, freeze caramels in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do caramels last in the freezer? Properly stored, caramels will maintain best quality for about 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - caramels that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • Are caramels 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 caramels 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 caramels will remain at peak quality.
  • How to tell if caramels are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the caramels: discard any that have an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the caramels.

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