Popcorn Expiration date: 2047 - how is this possible?

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i bought a bag of popcorners today but i saw that the expiration date on the bag clearly reads "BEST BEFORE - 2047", how on earth is this even possible?

are these chips even safe for consumption if they added enough preservatives to keep it edible until 2047?

i ate half a bag already and i think i'm going to be sick....ugh....
 

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These already look like shit on the packaging, why on earth would you eat them to start with?
Also, I wouldn't touch it with a stick. I prefer real food :)
 
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According to their web site, there are no preservatives.

https://ourlittlerebellion.com/index.php/snacks/pop-corners/carniva-kettle-pop-corners.html

"Yellow corn, sunflower oil, evaporated cane sugar, corn starch, sea salt."

As long as it's processed right then they kill all the bacteria and then seal it. The best before date is likely a guess, food is still safe to eat past it's best before date. It might just be a bit chewy.

I went on a health kick, green smoothies etc & wouldn't buy these, I'm sure Donald Trump would though.
 
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Why the hell would you eat that over homemade popcorn?:/ As for expiration, corn, if fried hard enough to explode twice, can actually last for 20 years with no preservatives because there's nothing left on it that can be used as nourishment for microorganisms and stuff to grow on it. That "snack" is basically corn turned to ash then painted over:P
 
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It says best before July 11 2018 (maybe 20:43 is the time; but that's pretty specific...)

ahhhh, the whole "best before JUL1118 2043" had me really confused, thanks for clearing this up for me.

Why the hell would you eat that over homemade popcorn?:/ As for expiration, corn, if fried hard enough to explode twice, can actually last for 20 years with no preservatives because there's nothing left on it that can be used as nourishment for microorganisms and stuff to grow on it. That "snack" is basically corn turned to ash then painted over:P

very interesting find! it reminded me of that Y2K episode in family guy where peter finds a Twinkie factory after a nuclear apocalypse or something. i guess popcorn is another thing you can munch on after the nukes fall. :)
 

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ahhhh, the whole "best before JUL1118 2043" had me really confused, thanks for clearing this up for me.



very interesting find! it reminded me of that Y2K episode in family guy where peter finds a Twinkie factory after a nuclear apocalypse or something. i guess popcorn is another thing you can munch on after the nukes fall. :)
Most probably it's July 18 and 2043 is either production line or time, but if you look at snacks made of corn, some very processed ones can last an extremely long time. I once found one that lasted up to 2039 (it literally read "best by 1/1/2039"). Was crap though, just awful snack:P
 
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nvm that is confusing

edit: @ op sometimes the very same thing happens to me too with some products, but worse than what is shown for you.

at times the date on certain things can be so confusing.

but even when the date seems okay, do not eat stuff when it taste like sh1t.
 
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There's food that's edible without any side effects for years and years and doesn't really get bad at all. Salt for example only has an expiration date (over here at least), because pre-packaged food items (or ingredients like in this case) aren't allowed to be sold without one. Other food items that don't really expire are:

- Vinegar
- Spaghetti
- Rice
- Sugar
- Cornstarch (or cornflour, whatever word you prefer)
- Liquor (as I like to say "Liquor doesn't go bad, it only gets stronger" :D)
- Maple sirup
- Clarified butter
- Honey
- Water (though you shouldn't take that for granted unless it's distilled water)

So, if you got something that is made solely out of those products, your food might survive longer than you will.
Canned food btw is non-expirable (if that's even a word) as long as it's unopened and the can is unharmed.
 
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There's food that's edible without any side effects for years and years and doesn't really get bad at all. Salt for example only has an expiration date (over here at least), because pre-packaged food items (or ingredients like in this case) aren't allowed to be sold without one. Other food items that don't really expire are:

- Vinegar
- Spaghetti
- Rice
- Sugar
- Cornstarch (or cornflour, whatever word you prefer)
- Liquor (as I like to say "Liquor doesn't go bad, it only gets stronger" :D)
- Maple sirup
- Clarified butter
- Honey
- Water (though you shouldn't take that for granted unless it's distilled water)

So, if you got something that is made solely out of those products, your food might survive longer than you will.
Canned food btw is non-expirable (if that's even a word) as long as it's unopened and the can is unharmed.
Expiration date doesn't mean it's inedible past that date, it just means that after that point it loses it's taste and healthy benefits. Iodine salt turns into plain salt some time after it's expiration date, so there's a reason for it. Honey hardens and it's saccharide turns into the type sugar has, making it less healthy. Butter and milk products lose their taste or turn sour, but don't expire as long as they are kept in a airtight container (eg: closed milk bottle) and so on. Water loses it's minerals after a decade, spaghetti develops mold and basically everything at some point needs replacing.
 
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are these chips even safe for consumption
Sure, until 2047.
But seriously, grains tend to have ridiculously long shelf-lives when packaged properly (i.e. foil-lined bags filled with nitrogen instead of oxygen). In fact, it's not uncommon for military rations from decades ago to still have edible components despite using, for the most part, natural ingredients.
Finding the list of ingredients for this product (specifically the "Carnival Kettle" variety) wasn't too tough, and it's a lot more concise and natural than I originally would have thought.
Our Little Rebellion said:
Ingredients: Yellow corn, sunflower oil, evaporated cane sugar, corn starch, sea salt.
That said, it IS still a junk food. So while it is safe to eat, and the ingredients don't raise any red flags unless you're going paleo (why would you be eating corn anyway?), it's probably not what I would call "healthy", but you could very easily do a lot worse.
I wouldn't touch it with a stick. I prefer real food :)
What a sad ploy for validation.
 

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Expiration date doesn't mean it's inedible past that date, it just means that after that point it loses it's taste and healthy benefits. Iodine salt turns into plain salt some time after it's expiration date, so there's a reason for it. Honey hardens and it's saccharide turns into the type sugar has, making it less healthy. Butter and milk products lose their taste or turn sour, but don't expire as long as they are kept in a airtight container (eg: closed milk bottle) and so on. Water loses it's minerals after a decade, spaghetti develops mold and basically everything at some point needs replacing.

Though I don't disagree with most of what you said, those are some special cases, especially iodine salt and saccharine (which would still be fine after losing their special healthiness factor).
Distilled water (which I preferred to recommend over regular water, since you never know what's in that stuff) shouldn't have lots of minerals to begin with, hence the term "distilled" (or "purified", if you like that better). Honey, btw, can be heated a few times to become liquid again.
Everything needing replacing at some point might be right in general, but I'm thinking in the dimensions of only a lifetime, so I that's a tough statement for me personally. When speaking of hundreds of years and more, I'd totally agree with that.
 
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wow thanks for sharing all this invaluable knowledge on food with me everyone! i'm a huge junk food maniac but from now on i'll be more careful with what i put in my mouth.

thanks again for all your help everyone!
 

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i a gogurt last year i found in my uncles old couch that had expired 14 years prior, tasted fine. expiration is more of a suggestion in most cases.
 
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