Not Evil, Rancid: When Do Candybars Go Bad?

Old Faithful
Old Faithful: As it gets older, the flavor is less faithful to deliciousness.
Sure, you might’ve chomped all the good stuff before the kids showed up.  But what about the less-preferred candy that sits around the break room at work, waiting for you to get desperate enough?  Can it really kill you?  After debunking the myth of random candy poisonings, we’re happy to share Slate’s comforting answers on this frightening question:

…Candy bars are high in sugar and low in moisture, both of which help to prevent microbial growth. Pure chocolate can last for two years or more without presenting any acute health risks, but it’s likely to change in texture and become less appetizing after about 12 months. Given enough time, some bars could even become so dry and hard as to be inedible (or at least a danger to your teeth). More serious, nondental health risks are very unlikely, however.

You may face an unpleasant expiration, but it won’t be yours.

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  1. Saundra Peck

    Ewwwww! Though you may try to ruin my love of chocolate, I assure you, I will never let candy go bad. Happy Halloween all!!!

  2. Laura K. Curtis

    sk –

    LOL! It never has a chance to go bad in my house, either.

  3. Clare 2e

    What? Does it ruin your love, sk? Knowing how robust and long-lasting it is makes me only appreciate it more!

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