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I wasn't sure where to post this but was curious about something...

I have tons of store bought "jimmies" or sprinkles, and colored sugar for cupcakes. I love making cupcakes for my kids and buy all the seasonal toppings. What do you suppose the shelf life would be on these? I know some have been around for at least a year. Many of them are still sealed as I buy a ton at once. Should I throw any of these out or do you think they are fine?
 

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I had some very ancient chocolate ones turn pale on me, but I don't think any of the others are real food, tho edible. As long a they're dry, they should be OK. If you're worried, you could put the extras in the freezer.
 

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I've got some that are 10 years old, at least older than the loss of Pharmor stores. I ate a jar of them over the summer. Still good.
 

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I suspect they may be one of the only things left after the apocolypse.

Sprinkles, twinkies and cockroaches.

ETA and Joan Rivers.
 

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I'm glad you posted this. I have been reorganizing the various cabinets in our kitchen and came across the little cupcakes decorations the other day. I used them last year at christmas time. Good to know that they are still usable!
 

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*laugh* I also have some of these which must be decade old and show no signs of deterioration. You have to think this isn't a good thing in a food product...
 

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I have a bunch that I bought on 90% off when a grocery store closed. NINE YEARS AGO! They are still good and my kids love them on ice cream too!

Carrie in SD
 

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Depends on what they are made of. Sniff them immediately on opening, and if they smell rancid, meaning there is some kind of shortening in there, then pitch them. I wouldn't use old silver ones at all. I do have a bottle of flat multi-colored sprinkles, still unopened, from my MIL's kitchen. She's been gone 16 years, and they weren't new then. I'm not opening them now; another few years and they'll be antiques. Sue
 
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