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    Hershey's Natural Unsweetened Cocoa, Expiration 8/09.

    Just noticed that I have an opened package of Hershey's Natural Unsweetened Cocoa with an expiration date of 8/09.

    Anyone knows what happpens to it -- just lose some of its flavor or ? Any reason why not to use it since it hasnt been that long?

    Can I rationalize that I really need to bake something quick. I'm going to a party and need to make something, but if the cocoa has "lost" something, I would just use something else.

    Thanks,

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    I would bet it's not an "expiration" but is a "best by" and that it's fine, ESPECIALLY since we're talking about 2 months, not years. I'd use it without blinking.
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    I don't know if I have checked cocoa expiration dates. I'd check the color and smell and use it unless something seemed obviously off. If it seems to have faded a bit, use a little more.

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    Seconding funniegrrl.
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    I will do the same just as Beth said.

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    I agree with all of the above. I use my eyes and nose. If it looks OK and smells OK go with it.
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    I just used some cocoa that expired a year ago. The cake tasted fantastic, and I still seem to be alive and well.

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    Thanks everyone -- that's what I thought. It smells and looks fine and its been only two months so can't imagine it lost much in flavor.

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