Do sprinkles and other decorations expire?
I'm in the midst of planning all my Christmas cookie baking and I'm not sure if I can use colored sugar, sprinkles, and other decorations that I have left over from last year. I can't find any expiration dates but I'd feel bad if I got people sick with old sprinkles. The main reason I don't want to rebuy everything is that I have many different shapes and colors that I don't want to spend more money on. Isn't all just sugar?
Absolutely use them. I went a little crazy when my son started kindergarten and bought a huge assortment of sprinkles and jimmies, with visions of birthday cupcakes and Christmas cookies in my head. I've been using them ever since -- he just entered highschool. I plan to use them again this year, including the now "illegal" tiny silver balls. Maybe I'll have used up the collection by the time he graduates...
From the nasty way they taste, "sprinkles" all expire before they are even packaged.
Once you use up what you have, maybe devise some 'real food' sprinkles. You might come up with some outstanding flavor combos that become family traditions!
Crushed anise seed
crushed coffee beans
crushed hard candies of various colors
chopped candied flower buds
chopped chocolate or mini morsels
chopped candied peels and ginger
If you really need color(making cookies for kids) use colored sparkling sugar.
re: toodie jane
Candied pistachios are great (like Jordan almonds) ... and finely chopped pistachios are gorgeous on cookies (I did this last year). I've also made poppy cookies with poppy seeds ... I think I put the candied pistachios in the middle.
That nasty taste could also mean they are deathless ;) But I agree, I try to stay away from the weird stuff. I do have a collection of green sprinkles from a St Patrick's bakefest ...
Unless they are discolored, sticking together or turning to powder, they are fine to use. I have some that are 2-3 year old and they are fine.
I have some nonpareils in my cupboard (grandson doesn't think it's really a birthday cake without them) that must be at least 3 years old. Maybe 4. Just tried them and both taste and texture are as they were when I first bought them.
I think one year old sprinkles would be fine. Megiac your Mom has a lot in common with mine. Last summer I cleaned out her pantry in order to get her more organized and found a lazy susan spice rack full of spices that dated back (according to copyright on the side of the jar) to the late 70's early 80's *ick* :-)