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PostMon Aug 10, 2015 1:52 pm 
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What's the oldest clif bar you have eaten? I just ate one that expired Mar 2012 and it tasted just fine. It had been frozen since before expiration.

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PostThu Aug 13, 2015 9:27 am 
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Wait...they have an expiration date?

I better check...I probably have some from 2012, or even earlier, too.
I used to like them but now they seem kinda "blahhh" so they languish in my ammo can for food.
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PostThu Aug 13, 2015 9:43 am 
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Wait...they have an expiration date?

I had to go look myself.
I figured they were kind of like Hostess Twinkies - with a half-life of 10,000 years or so.
I dug around in the bottom of my pack and found a couple dated April 2015 - past the expiration date but they weren't too awful.

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PostThu Aug 13, 2015 10:15 am 
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I ate one that was about three years expired a year or two ago.  It was a lot chewier than usual but seemed fine.

Last month when I was cleaning out the emergency supplies in my car, I found a stash of Clif Bars that expired in 2008.  I opened one and it seemed fine but didn't eat any.
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PostMon Aug 24, 2015 1:59 am 
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How much older clif bar is eatable? I just have curiosity about this question.
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PostMon Aug 24, 2015 10:39 pm 
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I opened up a Clif Bar that had been expired for 5-6 months and it didn't look right -- had a light coating of something that looked a little like mold. Tossed it.

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PostTue Aug 25, 2015 10:49 am 
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I also didn't know they have a printed expiration date.  I'm sure I've eaten some that were past that date.  They are definitely more edible when they are "fresher," retain some moistness.  Older bars get dry and chewy, but the flavor seems fine.
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PostTue Sep 01, 2015 7:29 pm 
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The expiration date is under the "flap". Often it wears off and becomes illegible, too. My limit is about a year.

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PostTue Sep 01, 2015 7:41 pm 
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IDK about Clif bars , but I've eaten pilot bread that was over five years old, ad that stuff isn't even vacuum packed.

I have some #10 mountain house tins of freeze dried chicken with an expiration date that is beyond when I expect to expire.

Those clif bars are packing foil, so I thing the expiration date as more to do with encouraging you to buy more, than any health hazard.
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PostThu May 05, 2016 12:19 pm 
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I've had some Probars go rancid on me. You will certainly know it if they do, they taste terrible when that happens.  Probars are mostly made with raw ingredients, so they are likely a bit more prone to that. Generally if it tastes fine, it's fine. Your taste buds do a good job letting you know you shouldn't eat something due to spoilage.

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PostThu May 05, 2016 5:43 pm 
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I don't know. I'm not sure any date code could have found intact.

I do know the sorriest looking puddle I ever drank out of. On that ridge west of Mt Tom, on my way to Dragon Lake. It was nine before I figured out I'd forgot to fill water bottles. Steep, south aspect, hot day. I wonder if my biome includes some found in elk.
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PostThu May 05, 2016 10:37 pm 
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The sweet stuff never lasts that long for me, because I usually polish it off between trips.

I just found a bag of freeze dried beans and cheese from 2004, though, and it appears to be in perfect condition. Guess I'll find out in a couple days when I open it up and rehydrate it...
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PostMon Aug 21, 2017 1:17 pm 
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Just to add another data point on this question: in the past 2 or 3 months I've eaten several very old Clif Bars that I'd recently "retired" from my emergency food supply. (I used to live in San Francisco, where that was a common thing to have stored away somewhere -- mine was in my freezer, mostly.)

These all had a "Sell By" date of early 2004, and were consumed in mid 2017: more than 13 years past that date.

As I said, these were mostly kept in a freezer, but they were in a hot moving truck for a week in 2010. Yes, I checked them out pretty well before eating: looking, sniffing, bending to check for drying out. Overall they were not much different from a non-expired Clif Bar.

The one I just ate today was a Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch bar; I can't recall what the other old ones were.
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PostThu Sep 07, 2017 11:58 am 
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2 years, Ya there fine and still give me that Shot of zip.

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