Easter will be the latest holiday to be impacted by President Biden’s rising levels of inflation, leaving Americans feeling a pinch in their wallets once again.
The New York Post conducted a survey of a number of popular Easter candies, and found that the average price of the candies and items found in a typical Easter basket jumped by more than 20%, from $50.46 in the “pre-pandemic spring of 2019” to $61.83.
According to the Post, the price of a 4-pack of Cadbury creme eggs rose from $2.50 to $3.99. A 10-pack of marshmallow Peeps jumped from $3.99 to $4.99. A pound of jelly beans saw the same increase. The price of both a regular Hershey’s and KitKat bar leaped from 99 cents to $1.25. A 6 ounce chocolate Easter bunny jumped from $4.99 to $5.99. The price of M&M’s Easter mix rose from $9.49 a pound to $11. Easter-themed Pez candy rose from $3.99 to $4.90.
Meanwhile, the price of eggs rose from $1.55 a dozen to $2.49, and a Paas Easter Egg kit used to decorate them leapt from $6.99 to $7.99. And the price of a wicker Easter basket rose from $8 to $9.
Candy producers and shops are also feeling the pinch from the price increases and from supply shortages. Brand manager Caitlin Servian told the Post that parent company Just Born will produce 2 billion Peeps this year, but transportation, logistics, and labor issues are making it harder to push those 2 billion Peeps to market. “All candy companies are facing similar supply chain issues, labor shortages, driver shortages and long lead times on packaging and ingredients,” she said.