Shelf Life of
Chocolate Syrup

How Long Does Chocolate Syrup Last?

How long does chocolate syrup lastHow Long Does Chocolate Syrup Last? The shelf life of chocolate syrup depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, the ingredients and how the chocolate syrup is stored. Chocolate syrup is usually made of corn syrup, cocoa and water – all of which have have very long shelf lives. So, many people ask does chocolate syrup go bad?. Chocolate syrup can spoil if not stored properly – so, how long does chocolate syrup last? When properly stored, the shelf life of chocolate syrup past its best by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Chocolate Syrup lasts for 2-3 Years
Hershey’s Syrup lasts for 2-3 Years
Hot Fudge lasts for 6-12 Months
(Opened) Refrigerator
Chocolate Syrup lasts for 1-2 Years
Hershey’s Syrup lasts for 1-2 Years
Hot Fudge lasts for 6-8 Months




Of course, the chocolate syrup lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, chocolate syrup, like a lot of other condiments, usually has a best before date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use chocolate syrup even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if chocolate syrup is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness, so it is important to know how to tell if chocolate syrup is bad. To judge whether your chocolate syrup has gone bad beware of any changes in color, texture or aroma and, as always, check and toss if there is any sign of mold (mould). If the container has been stored properly and is unopened and undamaged, the chocolate syrup should be safe to consume even after the dates suggested above but the quality may be altered.
When hot fudge is starting to go bad you will see a separation of liquid from the other ingredients – time for a hot fudge sundae! Soon after the little pool of water appears, the hot fudge will become darker and harder and unusable.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled chocolate syrup and spoiled hot fudge, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your chocolate syrup prior to the eat by date!

How to store chocolate syrup to extend its shelf life?

Extending the shelf life of chocolate syrup depends on proper food storage. Chocolate syrup should be stored in a cool dark place like the pantry until it is opened and then it must be refrigerated once opened. Always remember to store chocolate syrup in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. If bacteria enters the container then the chocolate syrup will spoil quicker. Thus, it is not a good idea to wipe the spout with a cloth or rinse the lid with water as this could allow contaminants to enter the chocolate syrup container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How to decode digits on Hershey’s syrup to determine the best before date?

  • There are two sets of numbers and letters on the bottom of the label on the back of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. The bottom row of print is the year and month of peak freshness for the chocolate syrup. The first digit is the year and the attached letter is the month of the year where A=January, B=February, etc. Although having only one digit of the year is not ideal if you are looking at a bottle of chocolate syrup that just appeared from the far reaches of your cupboard, but it should clue you in for most other bottles.
    For instance:
    A stamp of “1J” means that the Hershey’s syrup is “best by” October of 2011. Likewise a stamp of “6C” means that your Hershey’s syrup is “best by” March of 2014 (or 2004 if you’re looking at an old bottle).

  • How long is chocolate syrup good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does chocolate syrup last? That depends. How long does milk last? In general, chocolate syrup lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Grains, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our information in determining how long chocolate syrup lasts 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 chocolate syrup.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the information on the shelf of life chocolate syrup at Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and our advice should only be taken as an opinion, not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!