Why Is Halloween Candy So Expensive? Sugar Protectionism.
There ain't no such thing as free candy, not even on Halloween—as anyone who has stocked up in advance of Tuesday's holiday can attest.
Candy prices have jumped over 7 percent since last year and are up over 21 percent since October 2021, according to inflation data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even in an environment where everything is getting more expensive, candy prices have climbed even faster than the overall rate of inflation for groceries and other home goods.
The main culprit is rising prices within the supply...