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Candy is edible for 25 years

October 30, 2013 2 min read

Two Nova Scotia brothers recently opened a candy time capsule – a collection of Halloween treats collected decades earlier. Trevor and Fraser Allen of Fall River, N.S. made a bet 25 years ago, over who would be able to keep their Halloween stash the longest. 
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Trevor Allen (left) hands his brother, Fraser Allen, a $5 prize for winning their 25-year-old candy competition. (CTV Atlantic)
The winner would take home $5. Trevor, who was 12 years old at the time, set out to secure his win by wrapping a handful of Halloween candy within several layers of plastic and electrical tape. "I remember when I wrapped it up thinking to myself, 'I'm giving away some good candy right now, I'm not going be able to eat it,'" Trevor told CTV Atlantic. The ball of candy was kept inside various boxes, in desk drawers, and moved a number of times from apartment to apartment, Trevor said. This October 31 will mark 25 years since the candy was locked away, and the brothers thought it was about time to take a walk down memory lane and unwrap the candy time capsule. Inside, they found suckers, Penny Chews and Life Savers candies that remained relatively intact. Gianfranco Mazzanti, a food science professor at Dalhousie University, said he wasn't surprised the sweet treats withstood the test of time.
"Hard candy is incredibly resilient to aging. Because candy typically has low water content, Mazzanti said it's unlikely the treats would develop mould – even after 25 years."
Nevertheless, the brothers weren't too keen on tasting all the treats.
Trevor claimed "It smells like old Christmas decorations", while Fraser remarked "It smells like chemicals."  
  Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/candy-time-capsule-halloween-treats-withstand-25-year-test-of-temptation-1.1518293#ixzz2j7nicoh1

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