The spookiest time of year is upon us, and with it comes piles of chocolates, chews, caramels, nougats, crunches, bars, and patties. Estimates from the National Retail Federation suggest Americans will spend close to $2.6 billion on candy this Halloween: While many purchase candy in anticipation of trick-or-treaters, others take advantage of day-after-Halloween sales to stock their own pantries. Chocolate confections like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Twix will make up a large portion of sweets purchased, according to a FiveThirtyEight survey of the country’s favorite fun-sized candies. While chocolate candies may top the chart of Halloween favorites, fruity varieties like Starbursts, Skittles, and gummies aren’t far behind (along with the controversial candy corn, of course).

But in the unlikely event that seasonal candy lingers in the house beyond November, it’s important to know when said sweets are past their prime. Here’s a handy guide to just how far past Halloween you can enjoy the fruits of all that trick-or-treating labor.

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