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Halloween Candy Etiquite Question

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Immigrant, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. I recently discovered two leftover bags of candy left over from last Halloween, each about half full and closed well, inside a tightly wrapped plastic shopping bag. It was never subjected to temperature extremes or around tobacco smoke.

    They are Smarties and DumDums, not chocolate anything.

    If I sample them and they seem OK, would it be improper of me to hand it out to my crackhead neighbor's hellions this Halloween?
  2. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Tampa, FL.
    Probably. I'd snack on my candy throughout the course of the year when I was younger and never had any issues with it. Try it out to be sure, but you should be alright.
  3. If they taste normal. .. is anyone going to notice anyways?

    I have Halloween candy from like 3 years ago. Doesn't stop me from eating it!
  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Sure. Let 'em have it. It'll be fine.
  5. Thank you.

    Your responses have lifted any guilt I may have later even if everything goes swimmingly.
  6. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    Ha! We found some "fun dip" packs from when my now 9 year old was in kindergarten. Valentines packs, not Halloween, but still. The kids are still alive.....
  7. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    The worst that will happen is the candy might be a little stale. It won't hurt anyone.
  8. The stuff never had any nutritional value to begin with- why worry now? Preservatives, artificial color, sugar- it will outlive Twinkies
  9. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Being that those candies are made by competitors of ours, I don't mind old candy getting out... nothing in there is harmful. If those were some of my brands, I'd tell you to eat them really quick and buy more ;)

    Both are sugar based with no fats, so they'll have a longer shelf life. The only consideration is texture... if they've absorbed any signifiant moisture, the texture will change. Smarties will become 'pasty' in your mouth and the Dum Dums will be really sticky and chewy instead of crunchy.

    But if you still enjoy them, the kids will too. And if they were properly sealed, there should be nothing harmful in there.
  10. Yep, the DumDums were sticky, but the Smarties weren't bad at all. So, I'm keeping the Smarties for myself and handing out the DumDums. :D
  11. oh yeah...dumdums keep forever...they still have some around that came off Noah's Ark on crutches...

    my wife hands them out to anybody who wants one in her beauty shop and we have some which must be pushing 4-5 years old...she buys big bags and dumps them all in a glass bowl...no way to tell the new stock from the old...

    haven't had any complaints...:D

  12. Tat2dHeart

    Tat2dHeart Only two strings away from an attitude problem.

    Random DumDum factoid: The mystery flavor is always changing because it's the sucker made from when they are changing flavors. They do a "running change" in production where Flavor #2 is pushed through the production line right behind Flavor #1 without tearing the line apart for the big clean-out.
  13. No, but just out of simple kindness, you might want to throw in some Flintstones vitamins or something.
  14. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Or some Depo-Provera.

    I am pretty sure Smarties were limited to a wartime manufacturing run and they've been selling off the original batch for the last ~70 years.
  15. Truktek2


    Sep 5, 2008
    Queens, NY
    I used to work for a large convenience store chain when I was a kid. All the leftover halloween candy that didn't sell would be put in storage in the basement for the following year. Take that for what it's worth.
  16. why don't you get some good candy instead?
  17. Excellent question!

    The last two years have been pretty rough. That's why I bought what I did last year instead of Snickers or something that would've been finished off instead of sitting around. I live on Ramen noodles and PB&J sandwiches and never buy candy, so I'm trying to avoid buying more that doesn't get handed out to sit until next year.

    I know, go get a job, pull yourself up, etc... I'm in the process of losing a leg, so that's out.

    Happy Halloween!:p
  18. I feel that man, I was just teasing,. sorry about your misfortune. hope it gets better soon.
  19. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    Well, they don't have an expiration date so I think you are okay. The quality and flavor may have diminished slightly. :confused:
  20. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    If you're going to be cheap, go all the way. Lock your door and turn off your lights and pretend no one is home - just like I do every year. Just make sure you keep a vigil on your property. If anyone tries to prank your house out of spite, pop up out of the shadows, screaming like a madman and demand they give all their candy to you.

    Remember, Halloween is all about having fun and getting free candy.