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Candy and chewing gum prices up 7.5 percent from September 2022 to September 2023

October 31, 2023

Today is Halloween, a day often associated with pumpkin carving and treats for kids. Stories about the origins of trick-or-treating vary, but going door to door collecting individually-wrapped pieces of candy and chewing gum grew in popularity during the 1950s. Let’s travel back through the Consumer Price Index (CPI) eyeing this sweet, less spooky, side of Halloween.

In September 2023, prices for fresh cakes and cupcakes dropped 1.0 percent. Prices for candy and chewing gum and for cookies were little changed over the month. Over the past year, candy and chewing gum prices rose 7.5 percent and cookie prices were up 6.6 percent. Prices for fresh cakes and cupcakes were 3.9 percent higher than in September 2022. Digging deeper into the CPI data coffers, prices for candy and chewing gum were 39.7 percent higher than 10 years ago. Prices for fresh cakes and cupcakes were up 38.4 percent and prices for cookies increased 32.0 percent.   

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, September 2023, not seasonally adjusted
Time Candy and chewing gum Fresh cakes and cupcakes Cookies

1-month percent change

0.2 -1.0 0.1

12-month percent change

7.5 3.9 6.6

10-year percent change

39.7 38.4 32.0

Looking even further back at costs for goodies popular around this time of year, candy and chewing gum prices rose 86.6 percent from September 2000 to September 2023. Prices for cookies were up 87.6 percent and prices for fresh cakes and cupcakes increased 110.2 percent over the period.  

 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, September 2000–September 2023, not seasonally adjusted
Date Candy and chewing gum Fresh cakes and cupcakes Cookies

Sep 2000

100.0 100.0 100.0

Oct 2000

99.8 102.6 101.2

Nov 2000

100.3 103.5 100.5

Dec 2000

100.5 104.2 102.3

Jan 2001

100.7 104.6 100.9

Feb 2001

100.5 104.4 101.1

Mar 2001

100.5 104.0 101.6

Apr 2001

99.9 103.9 101.5

May 2001

100.4 103.2 101.3

Jun 2001

100.8 103.2 100.9

Jul 2001

100.2 103.8 100.8

Aug 2001

100.6 103.5 102.0

Sep 2001

100.8 104.5 102.9

Oct 2001

100.7 105.5 103.6

Nov 2001

100.6 105.6 104.1

Dec 2001

101.5 106.1 105.1

Jan 2002

101.8 105.6 105.3

Feb 2002

102.2 106.0 105.9

Mar 2002

101.7 105.6 106.0

Apr 2002

102.7 106.1 104.4

May 2002

101.2 105.9 105.0

Jun 2002

101.9 105.9 103.7

Jul 2002

103.1 106.4 103.7

Aug 2002

102.7 106.3 102.5

Sep 2002

102.4 107.4 104.1

Oct 2002

103.4 108.0 104.4

Nov 2002

102.9 107.6 107.7

Dec 2002

103.2 107.4 108.0

Jan 2003

103.0 108.3 107.3

Feb 2003

104.0 111.1 107.1

Mar 2003

104.9 111.4 107.6

Apr 2003

104.2 109.1 108.0

May 2003

103.7 108.1 108.9

Jun 2003

104.2 109.4 108.7

Jul 2003

104.3 110.0 109.1

Aug 2003

104.1 108.5 107.3

Sep 2003

103.6 110.0 109.5

Oct 2003

104.1 110.5 110.1

Nov 2003

104.2 110.4 109.5

Dec 2003

103.5 111.6 108.8

Jan 2004

104.1 110.3 110.4

Feb 2004

105.1 110.6 108.7

Mar 2004

104.7 111.7 110.6

Apr 2004

104.2 111.4 110.4

May 2004

104.1 112.1 110.3

Jun 2004

104.2 112.3 109.9

Jul 2004

104.7 112.4 109.4

Aug 2004

105.2 112.2 108.7

Sep 2004

104.5 112.0 109.7

Oct 2004

103.8 113.1 107.9

Nov 2004

105.4 113.7 111.2

Dec 2004

103.7 113.7 111.5

Jan 2005

104.2 112.5 110.7

Feb 2005

104.8 114.7 110.3

Mar 2005

104.2 114.9 109.3

Apr 2005

105.0 114.6 109.7

May 2005

104.2 114.8 109.4

Jun 2005

105.9 114.2 110.2

Jul 2005

107.5 114.5 111.0

Aug 2005

104.6 114.5 109.5

Sep 2005

106.0 115.2 109.2

Oct 2005

106.0 116.3 110.6

Nov 2005

106.7 115.8 113.1

Dec 2005

107.4 116.1 113.8

Jan 2006

107.5 115.9 112.7

Feb 2006

105.4 116.8 112.7

Mar 2006

108.1 117.0 111.2

Apr 2006

108.8 115.9 112.5

May 2006

107.4 116.3 113.5

Jun 2006

108.1 117.7 111.7

Jul 2006

109.6 116.6 113.8

Aug 2006

109.1 116.2 113.9

Sep 2006

107.8 116.6 112.7

Oct 2006

108.5 116.3 113.8

Nov 2006

109.0 117.6 115.4

Dec 2006

109.1 116.6 115.8

Jan 2007

110.5 117.1 115.1

Feb 2007

109.5 119.2 115.9

Mar 2007

109.8 119.4 116.5

Apr 2007

111.4 120.2 116.5

May 2007

110.7 119.6 115.8

Jun 2007

111.5 120.6 114.8

Jul 2007

112.9 121.3 116.7

Aug 2007

113.2 121.3 116.5

Sep 2007

112.9 122.4 116.2

Oct 2007

112.1 122.8 117.7

Nov 2007

114.4 125.7 119.5

Dec 2007

114.3 126.4 119.0

Jan 2008

114.6 127.9 116.3

Feb 2008

114.9 128.7 117.1

Mar 2008

116.3 128.9 120.4

Apr 2008

118.1 130.0 121.8

May 2008

117.8 130.6 124.6

Jun 2008

118.2 133.2 124.6

Jul 2008

119.4 133.7 127.2

Aug 2008

119.2 134.5 126.0

Sep 2008

120.2 135.4 127.0

Oct 2008

120.2 135.9 129.2

Nov 2008

122.3 137.4 130.7

Dec 2008

124.1 137.6 129.1

Jan 2009

125.7 137.4 130.6

Feb 2009

125.5 137.7 129.8

Mar 2009

125.1 136.5 131.0

Apr 2009

126.0 138.9 129.5

May 2009

124.9 137.5 128.9

Jun 2009

125.7 138.5 131.1

Jul 2009

123.8 137.5 129.8

Aug 2009

124.1 137.2 130.4

Sep 2009

125.3 138.2 127.8

Oct 2009

125.3 137.8 132.0

Nov 2009

127.2 139.1 133.6

Dec 2009

127.6 139.0 134.6

Jan 2010

126.6 137.2 131.8

Feb 2010

128.2 139.0 132.3

Mar 2010

126.2 138.3 131.3

Apr 2010

127.2 138.7 130.4

May 2010

128.8 137.9 131.9

Jun 2010

127.0 138.1 131.5

Jul 2010

127.9 137.7 130.4

Aug 2010

127.1 136.9 131.3

Sep 2010

128.7 137.9 130.0

Oct 2010

128.8 138.4 130.0

Nov 2010

127.1 140.6 132.9

Dec 2010

129.3 139.6 133.3

Jan 2011

127.1 141.0 131.2

Feb 2011

128.9 138.4 130.0

Mar 2011

129.9 139.6 129.5

Apr 2011

128.2 140.4 130.5

May 2011

129.2 139.9 128.3

Jun 2011

131.1 141.7 129.6

Jul 2011

130.3 140.2 130.8

Aug 2011

132.1 145.0 129.6

Sep 2011

135.3 145.3 132.1

Oct 2011

135.3 145.5 134.6

Nov 2011

132.7 149.1 136.9

Dec 2011

133.2 147.6 137.6

Jan 2012

134.2 145.9 137.0

Feb 2012

134.5 148.3 137.0

Mar 2012

136.6 149.1 136.0

Apr 2012

136.9 149.9 138.4

May 2012

135.2 146.6 137.8

Jun 2012

136.6 146.8 136.7

Jul 2012

137.1 147.6 138.2

Aug 2012

136.1 148.0 136.3

Sep 2012

136.7 147.4 137.0

Oct 2012

136.4 151.3 138.5

Nov 2012

135.0 150.6 141.7

Dec 2012

135.3 149.8 140.0

Jan 2013

136.1 149.9 140.0

Feb 2013

133.9 149.5 137.9

Mar 2013

134.9 150.0 140.7

Apr 2013

134.1 148.8 141.3

May 2013

133.8 150.1 137.8

Jun 2013

135.6 150.7 138.7

Jul 2013

134.8 152.0 140.2

Aug 2013

132.7 151.6 138.5

Sep 2013

133.6 151.8 142.1

Oct 2013

135.1 152.1 142.4

Nov 2013

135.7 152.3 144.7

Dec 2013

134.4 150.9 143.5

Jan 2014

134.1 151.3 142.0

Feb 2014

134.2 151.7 142.1

Mar 2014

136.2 151.6 142.4

Apr 2014

134.5 151.8 141.6

May 2014

133.4 153.5 141.2

Jun 2014

133.3 153.4 140.5

Jul 2014

132.5 152.5 141.3

Aug 2014

133.3 151.9 142.3

Sep 2014

136.2 153.1 140.9

Oct 2014

135.9 154.0 142.0

Nov 2014

136.0 153.0 144.6

Dec 2014

136.8 153.2 143.2

Jan 2015

138.1 154.2 144.3

Feb 2015

140.4 154.8 144.6

Mar 2015

140.6 155.2 144.6

Apr 2015

137.8 153.6 141.3

May 2015

140.1 155.5 142.3

Jun 2015

139.4 156.8 142.7

Jul 2015

140.1 156.9 144.6

Aug 2015

140.6 157.8 144.6

Sep 2015

141.7 158.2 144.0

Oct 2015

141.1 160.3 144.6

Nov 2015

141.3 160.7 143.9

Dec 2015

140.8 160.3 143.8

Jan 2016

139.2 161.4 144.7

Feb 2016

139.2 160.3 144.0

Mar 2016

140.5 161.2 143.7

Apr 2016

140.3 159.1 145.5

May 2016

139.6 158.4 144.2

Jun 2016

139.9 158.1 142.9

Jul 2016

140.0 160.7 141.5

Aug 2016

140.1 160.8 141.9

Sep 2016

141.2 161.9 143.3

Oct 2016

139.4 160.1 144.4

Nov 2016

139.5 163.0 144.4

Dec 2016

139.9 162.0 144.3

Jan 2017

139.6 162.7 146.1

Feb 2017

137.9 163.3 142.6

Mar 2017

139.1 162.3 142.8

Apr 2017

138.6 162.0 144.4

May 2017

138.2 162.2 144.4

Jun 2017

139.0 162.7 142.9

Jul 2017

139.8 163.5 142.2

Aug 2017

139.8 162.0 144.0

Sep 2017

139.2 162.9 142.6

Oct 2017

138.8 162.2 142.9

Nov 2017

139.7 164.5 141.8

Dec 2017

140.4 163.5 142.0

Jan 2018

141.0 164.7 146.6

Feb 2018

140.7 164.5 146.2

Mar 2018

141.2 165.7 144.9

Apr 2018

139.2 166.4 142.2

May 2018

139.9 166.0 140.8

Jun 2018

140.0 166.2 145.9

Jul 2018

138.6 166.2 143.5

Aug 2018

138.9 164.9 142.0

Sep 2018

140.8 165.4 143.7

Oct 2018

141.0 166.6 144.6

Nov 2018

142.3 169.5 145.8

Dec 2018

142.2 171.2 145.7

Jan 2019

142.9 168.5 144.9

Feb 2019

142.9 169.0 146.5

Mar 2019

144.5 170.8 143.9

Apr 2019

142.1 170.8 144.2

May 2019

142.4 170.8 146.2

Jun 2019

145.0 171.4 144.8

Jul 2019

143.6 171.5 146.1

Aug 2019

144.1 171.8 146.5

Sep 2019

147.0 171.0 147.1

Oct 2019

147.3 166.8 146.8

Nov 2019

148.2 173.9 146.5

Dec 2019

145.8 168.1 143.8

Jan 2020

149.2 170.0 145.6

Feb 2020

148.2 168.5 143.8

Mar 2020

149.1 169.9 145.8

Apr 2020

149.4 166.0 153.3

May 2020

149.3 169.0 148.5

Jun 2020

148.0 174.9 149.5

Jul 2020

146.4 172.3 149.1

Aug 2020

148.3 168.5 149.7

Sep 2020

150.4 167.6 148.5

Oct 2020

150.9 166.4 151.6

Nov 2020

150.9 166.6 149.0

Dec 2020

152.0 166.8 150.0

Jan 2021

153.3 170.1 148.6

Feb 2021

151.9 169.1 148.7

Mar 2021

152.6 170.2 152.5

Apr 2021

151.8 172.3 152.0

May 2021

153.0 171.5 149.6

Jun 2021

153.0 175.0 148.6

Jul 2021

152.7 175.8 151.5

Aug 2021

153.3 174.8 151.7

Sep 2021

153.4 176.1 152.1

Oct 2021

153.3 177.3 151.2

Nov 2021

155.6 178.1 150.5

Dec 2021

158.8 176.6 153.2

Jan 2022

160.7 180.9 157.6

Feb 2022

162.7 181.6 160.6

Mar 2022

164.2 184.5 161.4

Apr 2022

162.9 186.4 162.0

May 2022

162.5 189.7 168.4

Jun 2022

163.6 195.3 170.5

Jul 2022

167.0 197.7 173.4

Aug 2022

170.1 197.4 173.3

Sep 2022

173.5 202.4 176.0

Oct 2022

175.0 200.8 176.6

Nov 2022

175.6 203.9 179.3

Dec 2022

177.3 203.0 181.1

Jan 2023

180.3 205.3 185.6

Feb 2023

179.9 206.7 187.2

Mar 2023

180.0 208.4 188.2

Apr 2023

180.6 208.8 187.7

May 2023

181.2 210.7 186.8

Jun 2023

185.2 210.6 185.6

Jul 2023

185.5 210.2 187.1

Aug 2023

186.2 212.3 187.3

Sep 2023

186.6 210.2 187.6

These data are from the Consumer Price Index program. To learn more, see "Consumer Price Index — September 2023." Also see more charts related to the latest Consumer Price Index news release.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Candy and chewing gum prices up 7.5 percent from September 2022 to September 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/candy-and-chewing-gum-prices-up-7-5-percent-from-september-2022-to-september-2023.htm (visited May 23, 2024).

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