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AIBU? give this year's trick or treaters last year's sweets?

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Whatwaswrongwiththatusername · 30/10/2018 09:41

Just that really! I'm not able to get out to get sweets for Halloween and last year we didn't have many trick or treaters so have lots of little bags of sweets, best before last month.

Basically my choice is that or ignore the door, which I don't really want to do as it's usually only a few younger, local children so I don't mind them. Also, I might, possibly, have other sweets/lollies with no dates on which may or may not be even older...
Basically, is it reasonable to risk poisoning the local children with dodgy sugar bombs?? 

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SuperstarDJ · 30/10/2018 09:42

Of course it’s not reasonable to purposely give out out-of-date food to young children.

Sirzy · 30/10/2018 09:43

I would just ignore the door.

Personally I would eat them out of date but many people won’t and it sees rather off to give them out, especially to little ones, knowing they are out of date

Twork · 30/10/2018 09:43

I wouldn't give out OOD sweets. It'll hardly kill them but they will be sticky and goey when they open them and obviously OOD.

Disclaimer: I hate being bothered on Halloween and refuse to open the door. I just don't undetatand why taking sweets from strangers is OK at Halloween.

Whatwaswrongwiththatusername · 30/10/2018 09:49

Dammit! Thanks for replying! So you wouldn't even risk the Sept 2018 date sweets? Oh, that really is a pain. And a shame, as they're used to coming here every year. Although I also usually have carved pumpkins outside to let them know it's ok to knock, but can't do that this year either, so maybe I'll only get a couple.

(We've always got Halloween/Easter/Christmas sweets and chocs here that never get eaten! I know that probably makes us a bit weird that we don't eat them 😊)

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Whatwaswrongwiththatusername · 30/10/2018 09:53

Twork, I must admit I do have some years that I feel that way about Halloween too! Particularly when for a few years the older teens (often not local or known to us) used to knock more than the younger local children, but that now seems to have stopped and it's mostly just a handful of children that just go to neighbours they know. I also agree it's a little off when trick or treaters who don't know you, or you don't know come to your house.

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ShadyLady53 · 30/10/2018 09:57

It WBU. Just don’t answer the door if you can’t get out for some sweets.

Whatwaswrongwiththatusername · 30/10/2018 10:03

I'll be honest, I didn't really expect to be told I WBU, particularly re the sweets only one month out of date 🙄😳 But I see that I clearly haven't a clue! I just thought 'wellll...its only sugar, what harm could it do?!' Oops.

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MarmiteTermite · 30/10/2018 10:06

Are they best before (in which case I would use)or use by (in which case I would bin)? 🎃

Catmum26 · 30/10/2018 10:10

to the people saying they are out of date, they are not they are best before and only a month out. not much is going to have changed with a packet of sweets in a month and as far as i am aware there wouldn’t be anything in them that would poison a child. i bet they wouldn’t even look at the best before date anyway so i’d still hand them out and then eat them if they didn’t all go 🤷‍♀️

nononsene · 30/10/2018 10:12

They'll be fine. Guisers (Scottish) will be getting some of last year's sweets from me as we had loads left over.

I taste tested some of them and they are fine.

SuperstarDJ · 30/10/2018 10:17

I don’t think it’ll poison a child but it may give some the squits.

Whatwaswrongwiththatusername · 30/10/2018 10:26

Yes, sorry, BB not UB. And no dates printed on the small packs, but on the outer packaging. I'm usually sensible about BB & UB dates personally, and use my judgement, but honestly didn't think sweets a month out of their BB date would be a problem as they're basically just sugar. The sweets still feel and look fine. I suppose I could just try one but the thought of eating haribos right now makes me want to heave 😂
I am definitely going to chuck the other (mystery, undated!) sweets and chocolates now though!

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DiscoDown · 30/10/2018 10:28

I'd taste test them and give them out if they haven't gone hard, it's only a month!

Frogscotch7 · 30/10/2018 10:30

They’ll be grand. If they want freshly baked organic sugar they can use their bloody pocket money.

BarbaraofSevillle · 30/10/2018 10:30

FFS slightly out of date Haribos won't be off or give people 'the squits'. They'll probably be fine for the next decade.

I'd use them no worries, especially if there's no date on the pack, so weird people won't get funny about them.

Whatwaswrongwiththatusername · 30/10/2018 10:32

Cheers, all. I feel less revolting and ashamed now about using them 😁
Wondering if Halloween Squits is a thing...

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whoami24601 · 30/10/2018 10:35

I do this every year 😳 whatever hasn't been eaten from over the year in the sweet tin goes out first then we top up with bought sweets once they've all gone. Never occurred to me not to! Sugar is a preservative! Xx

iliketomoveitmoveitMOVEIT · 30/10/2018 10:48

Who has sweets left over for a full year??

slopes off to the fat corner to cry Grin

Whatwaswrongwiththatusername · 30/10/2018 11:01

Well, as this is AIBU I think it's the law to follow the majority advice! Therefore I really have no choice but to hand out the OOD squit-making, non organic bags of filth & neglect.

iliketomoveitmoveitMOVEIT people are often surprised that there's always leftover sweets and chocs here! Savouries are my own particular problem!

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RedneckStumpy · 30/10/2018 11:05

Highly doubt they are out of date, they will probably last a million years.

Besides I am sure some kids are going to get given worse (chocolate dipped sprouts)!

makingmiracles · 30/10/2018 11:09

Yanbu, Best before I start just that, use by is completely different. Sweets will be fine for years tbh, they may slightly discolour over time(jrllybabies do) but they will be fine to eat and won’t give anyone the squirts Hmm

Dungeondragon15 · 30/10/2018 11:13

I think that with sweets it will depend on how they are stored. Try one and see if they taste/look nice. If not just don't do whatever you would normally do in your area to "advertise" that you are doing trick or treating. It's not compulsory!


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GreenDinosaur · 30/10/2018 11:14

September was last month, sweets don't go off that quickly, they'll be fine.

Ginkythefangedhellpigofdoom · 30/10/2018 11:14

For me it depends on the type of sweets.

Little bags of haribo, fine but Last week I tried to eat one of those drumstick lolly (pic) from last years bag and it had basically melted so when I opened it it was stuck to the paper it got on my jeans and my hands.

I looked like I had been in in a sweatshop factory accident.

Ginkythefangedhellpigofdoom · 30/10/2018 11:16

Won't post the pic! Grrr You know what it looks like

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