Monday, October 2, 2006

What does that Hershey’s code mean?

Here’s how to decode the code on a Hershey’s wrapper. Hershey uses a two digit alpha-numeric code to denote the month and year of the expiration date. Here’s what the Hershey’s site says:

There is an ink stamped code on Hershey’s products. Within that code, usually at the end, there is a two character code that represents the year and the month until which the product is expected to be within its peak freshness. The first character is a number, (0-9) that represents the year. The second character is a letter, (A-L) that represents the month. A=Jan., B=Feb., etc. For example, a code of 7D is best before until April 2007.

My Hershey’s Twosomes Almond Joy (Limited Edition) bar has a code that’s on two lines:
7C K2

I’m guessing the 7C is the one I want, so that means that the bar is considered fresh until March 2007.

My York Peppermint Patties:

This would expire in November 2006, so I got in just under the wire.

A Heath bar:
D 6L

This one would expire in December 2006. Just remember, L is the LAST month!

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POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:20 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyExpiration CodesHershey'sNews

  1. Brilliant. Exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks!

    Comment by Tsee on 8/11/07 at 2:08 pm #
  2. Hello all!  I am planning a wedding for July 5th and was thinking of having a candy buffet and so I was thinking about buying valentines day candy when it goes on sale…but does anyone know if that candy would be too old/expired by the time july rolls around?  Any help with this question is greatly appreciated!

    Comment by Kim on 1/24/08 at 4:50 pm #
  3. What does the code on jelly belly mean 7128?

    Comment by james on 7/15/09 at 7:49 pm #
  4. Assortment (Reese Candy Co)  code 3-lines


            What does code mean?

    Comment by Mary on 10/17/09 at 11:44 am #
  5. twizzlers have a date of 97f31   0J does that mean 2010

    Comment by Doris A Johnson on 11/09/09 at 6:54 am #
  6. I ate a candy bar TAKE5 it had worms and webs in it code 70SER 5H 3.Are these harmful and what is the expiration date?

    Comment by Wanda Sperou on 11/25/09 at 10:43 am #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Wanda - contact Hershey’s directly or return it to the store you bought it at. The worms will not hurt you (they’re just moth larvae) but certainly indicate that that candy was not stored properly and could be past its prime.

    Comment by Cybele on 11/25/09 at 10:46 am #
  8. I read the above explanation but my products may be too old to use the code.  Can someone explain these two codes on 2 boxes of Hershey’s baking chocolate?

    21DE2     17B


    Comment by Beverly on 1/09/10 at 4:32 am #
  9. Hey we have vending machines and it is very difficult to be able to tell if we are getting fresh candy or not.  It is very important when you have machines in nursing homes to have fresh quality goods, as far as that goes one wants quality candy wherever you have your machines
    I found the code for nestles because I called the number on the bar, the same for mars candy company they were very cooperative.  It is very difficult to get a hold of twizzler, but I think you answered that question.  Isn’t reeses made by hersey?  I really thought I had that one figured out but now I am not so sure.
    That is one law that should be past all candy should be codes with the date either by julian calendar or regular calendar what are they afraid of. 
    Rold’s Vending
    Lawrence and Pamela Rold

    Comment by Rold's Vending on 1/16/10 at 2:57 pm #
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