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Skittles, Reese’s, and other popular Halloween candies see a rise in prices

Americans feel the effects of high inflation groceries, gas, rent and now, like Halloween Approach, Candy. According to the National Retail Federation, people are estimated to spend more than $3 billion on Halloween candy this year.

According to the Datasembly Grocery Price Index, the 10 most popular candy brands, plus assault bags, have seen an average price increase of 13% since 2021—some sweets have jumped more than 30%.

The highest price increase was 42% at Skittles and 35% at Starburst. Other candies with higher price increases included M&M’s, up 14%, and Reese’s, up 13%, Datasem found.

“If you have a busy home with a lot of people, you’re definitely going to spend more,” said smart shopping expert Trey Boz. CBS Los Angeles,

She said Halloween will be one of the most expensive holidays this year as families also deal with shrinkage — the process where consumer goods shrink in size while prices stay the same or even rise.

However, when it came to the lowest percentage changes, Nestle Crunch and Butterfinger came in at 6% and 7%, according to Dataseam.

Here is Datasembly’s complete list of price increases for major candies from 2021 to 2022:

  • Skittles: $3.13 to $4.43, up 42%
  • Starburst: $2.98 to $4.01, an increase of 35%
  • M&Ms: from $4.07 to $4.63, up 14%
  • Snickers: $6.18 to $7.07, up 14%
  • Tweaks: $5.01 to $5.65, 13% increase
  • Reese’s: $6.01 to $6.81, increase of 13%
  • Sour Patch Kids: $4.23 to $4.75, up 12%
  • Kit Kat: $4.86 to $5.42, an increase of 11%
  • Compound: $11.63 to $1.59, up 8%
  • Butterfinger: $3.57 to $3.83, up 7%
  • Nestle Crunch: up 6% from $4.53 to $4.82

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