Eating Expired Reese’s: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally ate expired Reese’s, you may experience some stomach discomfort or food poisoning, due to the possible presence of harmful bacteria or changes in taste and texture.

Reese’s is a brand of chocolate and peanut butter confectionery products, such as cups, pieces, bars, and spreads.

Reese’s products are made with milk chocolate, peanut butter, sugar, and other ingredients, depending on the product type.

If you accidentally eat expired Reese’s, you may experience some stomach discomfort, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

This is because expired Reese’s may contain harmful bacteria that can cause upset stomach and in worse case food poisoning.

Expired Reese’s may also have changes in taste and texture, such as becoming dry, crumbly, or developing a white film on the surface known as “chocolate bloom”.

Chocolate bloom occurs due to the cocoa butter separating from the cocoa solids, but it does not necessarily make the chocolate unsafe to eat.

Chocolate bloom can reduce the nutritional value of chocolate, as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants present in the chocolate may diminish, reducing its potential health benefits.

However, the extent of this nutrient loss is generally minimal, and consuming expired chocolate is unlikely to have a significant impact on your overall nutrition.

It is quite uncommon to eat expired Reese’s due to the popularity and high demand of the product.

However, if you happen to find a hidden or forgotten Reese’s product in your pantry or fridge, you should check the expiration date and look for any signs of spoilage before consuming it.

You can prevent or treat any adverse effects of eating expired Reese’s by drinking plenty of water, taking antacids or anti-diarrhea medication, and seeking medical attention if the symptoms persist or worsen.

To avoid accidental eating of expired Reese’s, you should store them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources, and discard them after the expiration date or when they show signs of spoilage.

Finally, remember, Reese’s is a delicious and satisfying snack, but it should be consumed in moderation and within the recommended period of quality and safety.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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