Terry's Chocolate Orange has doubled in price this Christmas
Some of the nation’s favourite Christmas chocolates have been hit by spectacular price rises, with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange doubling in price in one supermarket.
Many family sharing tubs, stocking fillers and gift boxes will set festive shoppers back far more this year than last.
And with shrinkflation biting, many others while costing the same are giving consumers less for their money.
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Research by trade magazine The Grocer shows, for example, a 75g Terry’s Chocolate Orange is 36% more expensive at £1.34, on average.
However, Tesco is selling the traditional favourite sweet for £1.50 while Sainsbury’s is the priciest at £1.95 – practically twice the £1 it was being sold at last year.
A family-sized tub of Mars Celebrations is 8% more expensive at some supermarkets which switched to smaller packages without cutting prices.
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The Grocer says Morrisons, for example, is now selling a 680g tub instead of last year’s 750g tub, for the same price of £4.72.
Meanwhile, Tesco is selling the 680g tub for £5 whereas last Christmas it was offering a 750g tub for £4.
Other examples of price hikes:
A 265g box of Quality Street is up 10%
Tesco is selling a 321g box of Cadbury Roses for £1 more at £3
A 360g box of Cadbury Milk Tray is 10p more at £4.40, on average
A 250g tray of Guylian Artisanal Belgian chocolate sea shells is up 25% at £3.75, on average
The British food industry has seen numerous stories of price rises and shrinkflation.
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The number of Jaffa Cakes sold in a box was cut from 12 to 10 with no price decrease, while the makers of Walnut Whip removed the eponymous nut, blaming Brexit for rising costs.
Fans of Toblerone were left fuming after maker Mondelez cut the number of little triangle peaks on the unique bars in order to save money.
Mars, too, has pointed to rising costs for its decision to shrink the size of Maltesers packets by 15%.