Do Jolly Ranchers Expire? Hard candies such as Jolly Ranchers, essentially do not expire assuming that they are stored appropriately after purchase. Lollipops, Jolly Ranchers, and other individually wrapped candies remain good when they are not exposed to excessive moisture. Soft jelly candies have a shelf life of up to a year if they are not opened.
For as long as they are not subjected to excessive heat that could cause them to melt, Jolly Ranchers or any hard candies could endure for more than a century in their original packaging.
Nevertheless, you would usually consume the Jolly Ranchers candy well before that.
Candy, even Jolly Ranchers, rarely lasts more than a month in this house, even if we have a lot of it. We tend to eat them as soon as we buy them. This is according to the National Confectioneries Association.
In other words, if you have any old Jolly Ranchers candy, you can enjoy it for a long time after you first purchased it.
Eating expired candy cannot kill you. This is also true for Jolly Ranchers. The only problem is that you might not like the texture, quality and flavor of the candy.
Why Jolly Ranchers and Most Candies Do Not Go Bad
The expiration of candy is based on moisture and fat content in it. Generally, Jolly Ranchers contains low moisture content and high sugar level making it difficult to spoil. So, there is really nothing to worry about.
How to tell if Jolly Ranchers expired
Assuming you exposed the candy to too much heat or unfavorable storage conditions, it may spoil. The way to tell is by checking if it appears sticky or grainy. Sugar may begin to crystallize due to high temperature.
At the same time, you could notice a strange flavor, indicating it has potentially gone bad.
How Long Do Jolly Ranchers Last?
Jolly Ranches or lollipops last indefinitely if stored properly. Jolly Ranchers may have expiry dates indicated on the packages. However, it is generally safe to eat them past their expiration date. The only thing that could happen is that its quality and texture could decline after 3 years on the shelf.
Overall, Jolly Ranchers do not go bad.