If you or your kids ended up with a MASSIVE stash of candy after this weekend, you might be wondering: how long does it actually stay edible? Well, here’s how long most candy stays good enough to eat:
1. Chocolate. Eight to 10 months if stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. Dark chocolate can last longer . . . closer to 2 years. And, even when chocolate starts turning white (like in the picture above), that’s just the fat content coming to surface, but nothing to worry about – it’s still good to eat like that.
2. Hard candy. Stuff like lollipops and butterscotch candies last about a year in their package. As hard candy gets stale, it will become sticky, and the texture will feel grainy.
3. Caramel. About six to nine months if packaged properly. After that, it will get stale and hard.
4. Candy corn. About nine months before it hardens from staleness.
5. Jellied candies. They last about a year unopened.
6. Gum. Six to nine months.
(LifeHacker / WJHL)