This Halloween don’t be tricked by candy corporations’ claims that sugar prices are too high or there is not enough sugar.
Since 2010, the cost of your sweet treats has risen by 43%, and baked goods have skyrocketed by a scary 41%! That is nearly double the increase in the price of sugar. Not to mention, the current U.S. domestic supply of sugar exceeds demand by roughly 3.5 billion pounds – more than enough for your Halloween haul.
Yet sugar-using food companies are pocketing the savings, not you: since 2020, confectioners have had record U.S. sales, totaling nearly $43 billion in sales in 2022. The Economic Policy Institute found that corporate profits were the main culprit in food price hikes between 2020 and 2021.
The price of sugar has remained a tiny fraction of the cost of your Halloween haul – with very little going back to farmers.
We analyzed some of your favorite Halloween candies and found that America’s hardworking farmers and factory workers will receive just pennies for these sweet treats. Now, that should send a chill up your spine.