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LICORICE CANDY, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK - UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE

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6-8 months
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6-8 months
Freezer
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1 year

Tips

  • How long does licorice candy last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep licorice candy in a cool, dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of licorice candy after opening, place in tightly sealed airtight container or heavy-duty plastic bag.
  • How long does licorice candy last at room temperature? Properly stored, licorice candy will last for about 6 to 8 months at normal room temperature.
  • Should you refrigerate licorice candy? In hot, humid environments, licorice candy should be stored in the refrigerator.
  • How long does licorice candy last in the refrigerator? Licorice candy will keep well for about 6 to 8 months in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze licorice candy? Yes, freeze licorice candy in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does licorice candy last in the freezer? Properly stored, licorice candy will maintain best quality for about 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - licorice candy that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • Is licorice candy safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored, the package is undamaged and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially packaged licorice candy 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 licorice candy will remain at peak quality.
  • How to tell if licorice candy is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the licorice candy: discard any that has an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the licorice candy.

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