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

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Tips

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

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