Can old sprinkles make you sick?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

Can old sprinkles make you sick? As an expert, I can tell you that the chances of getting sick from old sprinkles are relatively low. However, there are some factors to consider when determining whether or not to consume them.

Firstly, let’s talk about the expiration date. Sprinkles typically have a shelf life of about 1-2 years if stored properly. If the sprinkles you have are past their expiration date, it’s best to err on the side of caution and discard them. While they may not make you sick, their quality and taste may deteriorate over time.

One important factor to consider is the storage conditions of the sprinkles. If they have been exposed to moisture or heat, the chances of them going bad increase. Moisture can cause the sprinkles to clump together and become stale. Heat can lead to the oils in the sprinkles going rancid. So, if your sprinkles have been stored in a damp or warm environment, it’s advisable to discard them.

Now, let’s talk about the smell of the sprinkles. If you notice a strong plastic or “play-dough” smell, it’s a clear indication that the sprinkles have gone bad and should not be consumed. This smell could be a result of the oils in the sprinkles becoming rancid. Rancid oils can have a negative impact on the taste and texture of the sprinkles, making them unpleasant to eat.

On the other hand, if there’s just a slight hint of a rancid smell, it’s up to your personal preference. Eating sprinkles with a faint rancid smell won’t make you sick, but the experience may not be particularly enjoyable. The taste and texture may be off, and it can affect the overall quality of your baked goods or desserts.

To summarize, while old sprinkles may not necessarily make you sick, it’s best to use your judgment and consider the expiration date, storage conditions, and smell before consuming them. If there are any doubts or signs of spoilage, it’s better to be safe than sorry and discard them. After all, sprinkles are meant to enhance the taste and appearance of your treats, so it’s important to ensure they are fresh and of good quality.

Personal experience: I once made cupcakes using old sprinkles that were stored in a humid pantry for several months. Despite not smelling particularly bad, the taste of the sprinkles was noticeably off. They had a slightly rancid flavor and a strange texture. Needless to say, the cupcakes didn’t turn out as delicious as I had hoped. Since then, I’ve learned the importance of checking the storage conditions and freshness of sprinkles before using them.