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Topic: Wilton Candy Melts Answers to: How old are they? When were they made? How long will they last?
whoknew? 12/26/2010 9:25 PM
Another thread started by fballmom14 led to the discovery of this information--thank you to fballmom14 and all the people who found this information originally! I thought I'd make a separate post to share the info. I've also posted this under the General forum. The answers are all in this thread which was posted Oct 10, 2009 by Jeanne G:

"You can find the production date of a bag of Candy Melts yourself, using this guide from Wilton:

The candy melts have a production date code that consists of 4 digits 2 letters and another number which can be read as follows.

Ex: 7031CB5 - First digit: year; Next three digits: julian date; First letter: Cano (C); Second letter: shift; Last number: Bagging line

All candy bags should have this production date code number on them and the candy is freshest used within 18 months from the production date."
Here's a link to help you determine the Julian day:
Always check the production date if buying candy melts on sale! The store may be getting rid of older stock to make room for fresher stock. 12/29/2010 10:41 PM
I just bought a bag of candy melts...Thanks for sharing this.
whoknew? 02/04/2011 1:17 AM
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A'schatje 04/12/2012 7:30 AM
gosh...why cant just they type the expiry date. not everbody could decipher that code!
whoknew? 04/12/2012 10:17 AM
Welcome to the forum, A'schatje.
becamico 04/12/2012 10:32 AM
The first digit is the year? 7? 2007? 1997? LOL then 031...3rd day of 1st month? Or 1st day of third month? I'm not better off than I was before LOL
cakedujour 04/12/2012 10:56 AM
In this example, the 031 means the 31st day of the year, so January 31. 032 would mean February 1st, 365 would be December 31st. The days are numbered 1-365. Helpful, huh? You're right on the year, all you can do is hope that the Candy Melts are not a decade old. I agree it would help a lot to simply stamp the date. There are many companies that use these difficult to understand codes to comply with date requirement. It sure makes it hard when you're standing in the store trying to buy food items that are not near their expiration.
preetscake 05/03/2013 9:09 PM
scubabaker 01/24/2014 5:48 AM
Mickeebabe 02/11/2015 6:38 PM
Bumping this because it helped me today and maybe it can help someone else.