Candy Cane shortage caused by COVID and supply chain issues


It’s the nice Candy Cane Crisis of 2021.

Weakness in peppermint crops and COVID-caused logistical issues have created an issue for Big Candy.

“We only received half of our candy cane order for the holiday season and sold out almost immediately. We currently have zero in stock,” Mitchell Cohen, the proprietor of Economy Candy on the Lower East Side, informed The Post. “Raw material and ingredient shortages globally have had quite an impact.”

It was a primary for the shop, which has been in business since 1937. Cohen mentioned they offered greater than 12,000 sweet canes earlier than operating dry.

“Since candy canes were invented, we’ve had candy canes,” he mentioned.

Peppermint manufacturing within the United States has declined practically 25 p.c over the previous decade, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Mitchell Cohen, proprietor of Economy Candy says his retailer solely has half of its order of sweet canes and at the moment have none in stock.
William Farrington for NY Post

The ripple impact is creating havoc within the gingerbread home development sector.

“We can’t really do a gingerbread house without a candy cane tree, a candy cane door, or candy cane anything,” Cohen mentioned.

A survey of native retailers discovered a blended stocking of responses: some filled with loads of sweet canes, with others struggling to maintain the scrumptious confections and someday tree ornaments in stock.

Economy Candy has been open since 1937 and has by no means, till now, run out of sweet canes.
William Farrington for NY Post

“I can’t find candy canes anywhere,” lamented a blogger at New Jersey radio station WOBM. “And, it’s not like boxes are empty. There are no boxes.”

Economy Candy says followers of peppermint-flavored sweet canes should not the one folks struggling. The candy boutique offered out early of each its kale and ham flavored sweet canes.


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