Family Bought Cereal From Walmart That Expired 21 Years Ago


Vintage stuff can be pretty great, right? Old records, vintage clothes and shoes, classic cars. The list goes on and on, but definitely doesn't include cereal. That's right, you read correctly: Some poor family in Colorado just came across vintage cereal.


Earlier this week, the Carelses were grocery shopping at Walmart in Litttleton, Colorado, and picked up a box of what they thought was Quaker 100% Natural Granola. The family finished their shopping and headed home, thinking nothing was unusual.

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That day, the family sat down and cracked open that box of cereal, only to realize that it tasted, well, funky. 


Then they checked the box and saw the expiration date: February 22, 1997. For those of you who don't feel like doing any math, that's 21 years ago. That's as old as a college junior -- and it's older than the Carleses' 11-year-old daughter.

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"I had about two bites, and that was it," mom Anthea Carelse told Denver7. 

Her husband, Josiah, wasn't too bothered and ate a whole bowl. "I just started eating and thinking, 'it just tastes funny. It must be OK.'"

"I was like, 'Josiah, you're going to be really sick,'" Anthea said.

Turns out his immune system was strong enough for the expired cereal, and he is alive and well and planning on returning it back to Walmart. "We just grabbed this off the shelf ... " Josiah said. 

(While cereal can last for months longer than its expiration date if stored in a cool, dry place, the jury is still out on it lasting years.)

Denver7 reached out to Walmart, and a spokesperson said they are looking into the matter. Meanwhile, everyone check the expiration dates of everything in your pantry!

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