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CHOCOLATES, BOXED, REGULAR, ASSORTED PIECES - UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE

Pantry
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6-9 months (best quality)
Refrigerator
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9-12 months (best quality)
Freezer
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12-18 months (best quality)

Tips

  • How long do boxed chocolates last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep boxed chocolates in a cool, dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of boxed chocolates after opening, place in tightly sealed airtight container or heavy-duty plastic bag.
  • How long do boxed chocolates last at room temperature? Properly stored, boxed chocolates will last for about 6 to 9 months at normal room temperature.
  • When exposed to overly warm or humid temperatures, chocolate may develop a white film - this affects appearance only; the chocolate will still be safe to eat.
  • Should you refrigerate boxed chocolates? In hot, humid environments, boxed chocolates should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • How long do boxed chocolates last in the refrigerator? Boxed chocolates will keep well for about 9 to 12 months in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze boxed chocolates? Yes, freeze boxed chocolates in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do boxed chocolates last in the freezer? Properly stored, boxed chocolates will maintain best quality for about 12 to 18 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - boxed chocolates that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if boxed chocolates are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the boxed chocolates: discard any that have an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the boxed chocolates.

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