Brace Yourselves: There’s a Mass Candy Cane Shortage This Holiday Season

Brace Yourselves: There's a Mass Candy Cane Shortage This Holiday Season

Looks like the holidays just gotten a little less jolly.

Brace Yourselves: There's a Mass Candy Cane Shortage This Holiday SeasonFiordaliso | Getty Images

Covid and the ongoing pandemic have created shortages of everything from presents, to travel, to even foods thanks to supply chain and labor issues over the past two years.

This year, it looks like one favorite holiday treat might be the next victim in the supply chain rapture.

Thanks to a weak peppermint harvest and pandemic-related complications, candy canes will be low in supply this holiday season.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, peppermint production saw a decline of 470,000 pounds from 2019 to 2020, after remaining relatively stagnant since 2015.

“We only received half of our candy cane order for the holiday season and sold out almost immediately. We currently have zero in stock,” New York-based candy store owner Mitchell Cohen told The New York Post. “Raw material and ingredient shortages…

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