Shelf Life of
Pop Tarts

How Long Do Pop Tarts Last?

Shelf life of Pop TartsHow Long Do Pop Tarts Last? The shelf life of Pop Tarts depends on the best before date and how the pop tarts are stored. Pop Tarts are commonly known as “breakfast on the run” and most popular with kids. Pop tarts now come in many flavors, with the original frosted strawberry still being the top seller. So, how long do pop tarts last? When properly stored, the shelf life of pop tarts past their best by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Pop Tarts last for 6-12 Months
(Opened) Pantry
Pop Tarts last for 1-2 Weeks




A nice thing about pop tarts is the individual packaging within the box, keeping the remaining pairs of pop tarts in the box from spoiling. Opened (in the above table) refers to an individual pop tart.
Of course, pop tarts last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, pop tarts, like a lot of other baked goods, usually have a best before date which is the date before which the manufacturer guarantees the quality of the pop tarts. According to Kellogg’s, the best before date (they actually call it “better if used before” date) is a full 12 months after the production date! This is already a longer shelf life than most baked goods.

How to tell if pop tarts are bad, rotten or spoiled?

When pop tarts have gone bad they may be darker in color, especially the jam inside, and develop a rancid smell from the expiring fats. So, taste is the best way to tell if your pop tarts have gone bad. If they are too far past the best before date, make sure to toast them instead of eating right from the package. Do not eat them if you see any mold or smell anything rancid. Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled pop tarts, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your pop tarts prior to the eat by date.

How to store Pop Tarts to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. To extend the shelf life of Pop Tarts store them in a cool, dry and dark place. The original package works fine as long you tightly re-seal the opening. Pop tarts should be toasted if they are beyond their best-by date or open for more than a few days. Pop Tarts will have a shorter shelf life in a humid environment. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long are Pop Tarts good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do Pop Tarts last? That depends. How long does ice cream last? In general, Pop Tarts last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish that it is prepared. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date
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What are our shelf life resources?

Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Pop Tarts.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the pop tart shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not replace your health care provider. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!