Did you know that your mithai also has an expiry date? Read on to know more

According to a guidance note on traditional Indian milk products released by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the shelf life of Indian sweets depends on the kind of ingredients used in them. It is the responsibility of packaged food manufacturers to clearly mention the date of manufacturing and ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ date on the labels


Traditional/indigenous dairy products such as khoa, chhana, paneer and khoa/chhana based sweets have been produced and marketed in India for centuries. The manufacture and trading of these products is largely confined to Halwais. But many a times, we find that the information regarding the expiry dates are not displayed on the box of sweets.

In case of pre-packaged milk products, the list of ingredients and the date of manufacturing and best before or use by date should be mentioned as prescribed under the FSS (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011,” FSSAI stated in its guidance note.

Even in the case of non-packaged or loose sweets, the food safety authority recommends that the container or tray display information including whether the food item contains oil, ghee or vansapati.

So how do we identify which sweets need to be consumed on the day of its purchase and which sweets can be eaten later? It is essential to understand till what day the sweets will remain fresh for consumption.

Shelf life of sweets

The Indian sweets use a variety of ingredients such as khoya, ghee, flours, dry fruits, sugar etc.

The shelf life of sweets depends upon the ingredients used. For example, the Khoya Burfi has shorter shelf life than Boondi Ladoo.

Shelf-Life Item

To be kept at room temperature and consumed on the same day: Kalakand and its varients like Butterscotch Kalakand, Rose Kalakand, Chocolate Kalakand.

To be kept in refrigerator and consumed within 2 days from date of manufacturing: Milk Products and Bengali Sweets such as Badam milk, Rasgulla, Rasamalai, RasMalai, RabriRasmalai, ShahiToast, Rajbhog, Cham Cham, Sandesh, Malai Roll, Bengali Rabri, Hiramani, Gur Sandesh, Hari bhog, Anurodh, Anarkali, madhuri, Pakiza, Raskadam, Gur Kaccha Gola Sandesh, RasKatta, KheerMohan, GurRasmalai, Gur Rabri, GurRasgulla.

To be consumed within 4 days from date of manufacturing: Ladoo and Khoya Sweets such as Milk Cake, Mathura Peda, Plain Burfi, Milk Burfi, Pista Burfi, coconut burfi, chocolate burfi, Safed Pede, BoondiLadoo, Coconut Ladoo, Lal Ladoo, Motichor Modak, Khoya Badam, Mewa Batti, Fruit Cake, KhoyaTil Fruit Cake, kesar coconut ladoo, Small Malai Ghewar, Vrat Kesaria, Coconut Ladoo, Small mewa, Ladoo, pink burfi, sevbadam burfi ,TilBugga, Rewari burfi, Dry Fruit Tilbugga, Shahi Ghewar, Khoya Kesar Badam Roll, TilBati, Kheer Kadam, Kheera Beej burfi, Khoya Coconut Burfi, Moti Pak.

To be consumed within 7 days from date of manufacturing: Sweets with ghee and dry fruits such as Dry fruit ladoo, Kaju Katli, Ghewar, Sakkar Para, Gur Para, Shahi Ladoo, Moong, Burfi, Aataladoo, Besan Ladoo, Dry fruit Gujia, Moti Boondi Ladoo, KajuKaser Burfi, Kaju Baked Gujia, BadamLaung, Balusahi, badam burfi, Kajuanjeer Roll, Kesar Big Malai , Chandrakala, Chhak Mitthi, Kesar Gujia, Maida Gujia, Kaju khazoor, Pista Laung, Small Kesar Ghewar, Kesar Chandrakala, Anjeer Cake, Kaju apple, Kaju Gujia, Kaju Honey Dew, Kaju Kalash, Kaju Kesar, Kaju Ladoo, Kaju Roll, Kaju Samosa, Dil Khushal Burfi, Kaju Rose Katli, kaju Baked gujia , kajuladoo, Besan Burfi, Kaju Rose Katli.