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MINTS / MINT CANDY, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK - UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE

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Tips

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

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