I bought these when they were for sale back in October. I just had one yesterday and it was still tasty and fresh-tasting. I’m not sure when “Best by…” becomes “You die after…” but I’m pretty sure we’re nowhere near that point.
FWIW, this is a great buy if you’ve got a local food cupboard, even if it’s not for yourself. Those organizations typically do a lot of consumer education along with the handing out of food, the difference between best by and you die after dates. As we head into the holidays, more folks will be relying on food cupboards than ever.
Annnnd…if you’re looking for an excuse to get a IRC, here’s your $20 rebate! I’m in for one!
@llabak Eeeeh. The ingredients do technically go rancid, but the preservation (dark box, airtight bag, and assuming the buyer places it in a cool, dark environment) will make even the rancid times not-deadly. Botulism takes a long while to build up from a non-conductive environment.
That being said, I’ve had more than a handful of those two-year Twinkie experiments and I can definitely taste the “it’s not fresh”, but I can never tell by how long. In some cases, the bag was broken and the candy inside actually became penicillin (i.e., a black, dusty hole and too dangerous to try and consume), but this goes to show: food these days are made to last. (That is possibly a little scary compared to pies I make from scratch begin to grow mold after a week.)
Bought a bunch of these for oul kids’ lunches… and the damn school, not only is a nut-free school (yet they don’t know the difference between peanuts and nuts), they also forbid anything that ‘may contain peanuts or tree nuts’ which is complete bullshit. So we got them sent back home "you can’t bring this in, it says right here, ‘may contain nuts’ " So now I’ve got 100 of them to eat.
@caffeineguy when you pack the lunches, take them out of the packages, put them in a baggie and pass them off as home made. Maybe add a drizzle of chocolate (make sure it’s uneven) or icing, just to add some credibility.
@ybmuG The sad, ironic, thing is that banning peanuts and tree nuts in schools only makes instances of allergies more common, because kids aren’t exposed to them. But it’s completely absurd to ban products made on shared equipment that are for my own kid’s consumption.