Candy and Bacteria
Name: Lance M.
How safe is a open bowl of candy from bacteria?
My guess is that there is so much sugar in candy that
bacteria will not grow on it. I would not worry about
this aspect of food safety.
Candy is a very concentrated form of sugar. Bacteria can't grow in
concentrated salt or sugar environments. In the days before refrigeration
food was highly salted to preserve it, such as ham, etc. , or it was
preserved in highly concentrated sugar. So your candy bowl should be safe.
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