Shelf Life of
Sprinkles

How Long Do Sprinkles Last?

How Long Do Sprinkles Last?

Shelf Life of Sprinkles

How long do sprinkles last? The shelf life of sprinkles depends on the production date or a best before date and how the sprinkles are stored. Sprinkles are basically sugar, tiny candy decorations that are sprinkled over the top of baked goods for decoration and to add a variance in texture to the icing. They go by many alternate names, including (but not limited to); jimmies, nonpareils, confetti, decors, hundreds and thousands, and candy pearls. So, do sprinkles expire? When properly stored, the shelf life of sprinkles past their sell by date or other printed date is …

(Unopened/Opened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Candy Sprinkles last for 3-5 Years
Jimmies last for 3-5 Years
Colored Sugar Crystals lasts for 3-5 Years



This is regardless if they are open or unopened, as long as they have been stored properly sealed. Sprinkles are good for 3 years beyond the code stamped on the bottle.
Betty Crocker brand (actually made by Signature Brands) uses a code on the side of the plastic container instead of a use by date. The code appears in this format H014C where the H stands for August (ie. A=January, B=Feb, etc), the 0 could be the year 2000 or 2010 (ie. the last digit of the year that the sprinkles were bottled), the 14 is for the 14th day of the month and the C is that plant where it was produced. So, the sprinkles in the case of H014C were made on 8/14/2010 and are at their peak quality until 8/14/2013 according to the manufacturer.  They may be safely used for a few years after that, but the taste will be slightly compromised as the years pass.  
But remember, sprinkles, like a lot of other baking products, usually have a best before date or production date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use sprinkles after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if a sprinkles are bad, rotten or spoiled?

It is the texture and/or color of the sprinkles that will change. Some that have been on the shelf for 10 years changed from a dark green to a lighter green due to a general whitening and drying throughout, the is also taste bad. Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

How to store sprinkles to extend their shelf life?

The best way to store sprinkles is in their original container or a similar airtight container in the pantry.
Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of sprinkles and all foods.

How long are sprinkles good for when prepared in a dish?

How long are sprinkles good for?That depends. How long do cookies last? In general, sprinkles will be the last expiring ingredients in any dish. Since sprinkles are all sugar, they don’t expire for a long time. To find out how long other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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What are our shelf life resources?

In researching the answer to how long do sprinkles last we used 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 sprinkles.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the shelf life of sprinkles 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. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!