Do Tootsie Rolls Expire or Go Bad? How Long Do They Last?

Do Tootsie Rolls Expire Or Go Bad?

Have you purchased too many rolls and wondered how long you could keep them? Or did you find a random old bag of these delectable candies in your pantry and cannot wait to eat it? We can help you make that decision!

The shelf life of candies can vary depending on the type of candy, the packaging, and the storage conditions they were exposed to. Generally, cadies can be eaten way past their best-by date as long you don’t notice any visible degradation.

In this article, we will discuss in detail the ideal time to consume these candies and how to determine if the candy should be discarded.


Is it possible for Tootsie Rolls to go bad?

Tootsie Rolls are like any other sugar candies that are loaded with glucose. Hence, it will be difficult for microbes to survive in such an inhabitable environment.

But these candies can go bad if not stored under the right conditions. If they are exposed to high temperatures or excessive moisture, they can melt and become stiff, which makes them unconsumable.


How Long Do Tootsie Rolls Last?

How Long Do Tootsie Rolls Last?

These rolls can last for a relatively long time. Hence, you need not worry if you have overstocked them. From the date of manufacture, these candies will stay fresh and at their peak quality for about 2 years. However, there is no hard and fast rule that they should be consumed within that time.

From my experience, you can eat them way past the 2-year deadline, and they will still taste the same! I ate a 5-year-old candy, and it still had the same flavor and texture; hence, these candies do not have a fixed expiration date.

Hard candies can last way longer than soft, chewy candies; hence, these rolls can retain their original texture and taste for years. However, it is essential to understand that you should not be compelled to eat these candies even if they taste bad since they don’t get spoilt. If the candies don’t taste the way they should, even if it is not expired, you can discard them.

Authors Note: While storing the candy rolls in your kitchen or pantry shelf, keep them away from extreme temperature fluctuations and direct sunlight. Hence, do not store it near a sink or in direct sunlight.


Can we refrigerate Tootsie Rolls?

There is no need to refrigerate candies since they can remain stable at room temperature as long as they are adequately sealed. Ever noticed white powder on your cholate when you take it out from the fridge? This phenomenon is called sugar blooming. Freezing candies can produce random streaks of these blooms that can significantly deteriorate the taste.

Hence, it is best to store them at room temperature rather than expose them to random temperature shocks by storing them in the fridge and removing them whenever you feel like eating them. Constant temperature fluctuation can enhance the appearance of fat blooms and sugar blooms.


Can You Eat Tootsie Rolls After the Expiration Date?

Yes, there is no harm in eating expired tootsie rolls since they will still taste the same if stored in stable conditions. Candies are generally not a good place for microbes to flourish; hence, they are relatively safe from contamination.

You should keep them away from dampness and sunshine to maintain the genuine flavor and texture long after the expiration date. To further increase the safety of your candies, if you have a lot of them, you can go one step further and keep them in air-tight containers on your pantry shelf.


How to Know if Tootsie Rolls has Gone Bad

How to Know if Tootsie Rolls has Gone Bad

If you are apprehensive about consuming an expired candy, you can self-evaluate by considering the points mentioned below. Once satisfied with the inspection, you can decide whether to eat it or bin it.

Sugar and Fat Blooms

Suppose the candy is exposed to extreme temperatures or random fluctuations. In that case, the sugar or fat molecules present in them may begin to crystallize and show up on the surface of these candies in the form of random white streaks.

Blooms may not significantly alter the taste; however, they harm the candy’s overall appearance and make them less attractive. The best way to avoid blooms is to restrict random temperature changes.


If you notice any discolorations on the candy, some resilient mold may have made its way inside these candies. If the candy is not stored in conditions that are free from moisture, mold will likely flourish using the moisture treat.

Molds will be easy to spot since they will form films on and around the candy. They are usually in shades of black, brown, and green. If you notice mold, discard the candy without further thought.


These candies are usually easy to chew and soft. However, if you notice that these candies have become unnaturally hard, it may be because it is old and expired.

Furthermore, if you notice that these candies have a slick and mushy texture, it is a tell-a-tale sign that they are not meant to be eaten.


We are all aware of the unique smell of these candy rolls. If you notice any odd, unpleasant smell, it is safe to say that the candies are spoilt and should not be consumed.


Candies should taste sweet! Hence, if you notice any bitter taste or lack of flavor, it’s best not to eat them.


Its candy! Hence, bugs and ants can make their way to these sweet treats. It is imperative to check for them closely before eating them since they can get camouflaged with the candy color.

Tips to increase the Shelf Life of Tootsie Rolls

In this section, we will discuss some practical ways to help you improve these tootsie rolls’ overall shelf life.

Tip 1: Once the packet is opened, it is best to transfer the content to another air-tight container or bag to limit its interaction with water.

Tip 2: If the room temperature is unnaturally high, keep them in the fridge to prevent melting.

Tip 3: Avoid placing these candies under direct sunlight to ensure that they retain their original consistency and texture.

Tip 4: Keep them in a place free from ants and bugs.


FAQs about tootsie rolls shelf life, spoilage, and storage

This section will answer some commonly asked questions regarding our favorite candy.

Can you freeze tootsie rolls to increase their shelf life?

Answer: Frozen Candies lose their authentic taste; hence it is not advisable to freeze these rolls. Freezing eliminates the moisture within the candies and results in freezing it, thus, eventually crystallizing the sugar in them. Not only will these candies taste bad, but they will also become stiff and unchewable.

Do Tootsie rolls have dairy in them?

Answer: It may be surprising to many, but tootsie rolls and candies have dairy in the form of condensed milk and whey; hence, they are not dairy free.


Are there any serious health risks after eating tootsie candies?

Answer: Since these candies have a high amount of sugar, they can contribute to tooth decay. However, if you are consuming a candy that is way past its expiry and spoilt, it can result in stomach aches, cramps, muscle pull, diarrhea, etc. Hence, it is best to avoid eating old candies since they may be contaminated.



Tootsie candies do not have a hard and fast expiration time. Hence, they can be used safely past that date as long as all the storage conditions are met. It is best to avoid freezing them to avoid the unnaturally hard texture.

If you are not sure about the safety of these candies, you can check them by considering the point mentioned above.

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