How Long Are Wilton Icing Colors Good For?

Decorating By yinyangmama Updated 21 Aug 2008 , 1:10am by yinyangmama

yinyangmama Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 10:40pm
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Do they expire? My mother-in-law gave me some older, unopened colors and the copyright on the bottom of the box says 1998. I was just wondering if they can go bad.

Thanks!

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kakeladi Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 11:43pm
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They should be just fine.
I had (may still have it) a jar of yellow that, from the labling, must be from back in the '50sicon_smile.gif Yes, it's still good.

CakeMakar Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 11:50pm
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I have had some that turned to a gummy ball for some reason....I had a real hard time using them, but they worked fine.

Tug Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 11:59pm
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I think they last forever !!!!! As long as they don't dry out icon_lol.gif

Kiddiekakes Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 12:12am
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They should last for a very long time as long as grease doesn't come in contact with them..then they will start to harden.

subaru Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 12:25am
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If they start to get thick as they do when they get old, a few drops of glyceryn stirred in will soften it up, thin it down and make it work fine.
I learned this from my decorating teacher 30 yrs. ago.

Carolynlovescake Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 12:28am
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The official answer:

All shelf life information is based on unopened packages and proper storage of the product.

Proper storage includes dry conditions and no exposure to extreme hot or cold temperatures. The more ideal the storage conditions, the longer the shelf life.


Icing Decorations...............................24 months

Tubed Icings and Gels.......................18 months

Meringue Powder..........................12-24 months

Gum-Tex..........................................12-24 months

Color Flow.......................................12-24 months

Liquid Colors..................................12-24 months

Flavors..............................................12-24 months

Glucose.............................................12-24 months (will darken with age)

Piping Gel..............................................12 months

Ready to Spread Icing..........................12 months

Whipped Icing.......................................12 months

Creamy White Icing..............................12 months

Gum Paste Mix.......................................12 months

Wafer and Fondant Mix........................12 months

Ready to use Fondant............................12 months

Sprinkles and Sugars.............................12 months

Sparkles....................................................Indefinite



This is a handout I give out to all my students.

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The unofficial answer...darn near forever. If it thickens add some glycerin until it's a nice texture again.

I strongly belive that the only things that will survive a nuclear war are cocroaches and the gel coloring.

mrsscholler Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 12:41am
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i have had my colors for about a year and a half and theyre still good so im pretty sure they last a while

steplite Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 12:52am
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What about filling? How long do they last un opened?

sweetcravings Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 12:53am
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In my experinece not all that long. When i first started decorating cakes all i bought was wilton color pastes because that's all i could find around here. I was always careful to take out what i needed with a clean toothpick making sure not to contaminate the paste. I even tried leaving some of the foil seal ontop to see it that made them last longer BUT nope still they turn to a gritty unusable paste in no time. I store them in my wilton caddy and still i have this problem.
I finally found a cake shop across the border that i travel to just for my cake supplies...americolor gel is on that list now. I love the stuff and have yet to have a problem with them. I am slowly throwing out all my witon pastes..waste of money in my opinion.

yinyangmama Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 1:10am
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well thank you for all your responses! i guess the real proof will be when i crack them open... but as long as i know they won't kill anyone, i'm satisfied! icon_razz.gif

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