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).
Is it OK to eat expired chocolate?
First Consider the Flavor of Expired Chocolate
First, if it is milk chocolate it is probably too late and will taste rancid, like cardboard paper or worse. It is still safe to eat, but the off flavor will not be disguised. If it is dark chocolate, however, you may have some luck. Taste it and it may still be good.
How long can you eat chocolate after the expiration date?
If unopened and stored properly, dark chocolate lasts 2 years (from the day it was made). If opened, but still stored properly, the rule of thumb is one year. As for milk and white chocolate bars, the time available is cut in half. One year if unopened and stored properly, and 6-8 months if opened and stored properly.
How do you know if chocolate is expired?
Chocolate does expire – after some time, even if it was stored properly, chocolate will go bad. How to tell if it is bad? In most cases you’ll be able to see white spots or mold growing on the chocolate bar. When that happens, discard the chocolate immediately.
Can old chocolate make you sick?
Expired candy can also carry microbes that can make you sick. Aramouni, who studies food safety and food allergies in his lab, said that there have even been cases of salmonella poisoning from the consumption of old chocolate. A general rule of thumb is that the softer the candy, then the shorter its shelf life.