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SOUR CANDIES, HARD, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK - UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE

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Tips

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

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