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For almost 2,000 years, humans have been celebrating Halloween in some way or another. It’s no secret that popularity, prices, and nutrition of candy has greatly changed over those years. Are customers all over the globe being tricked by increasing prices or unhealthy ingredients?

Every year, neighbors flick on their porch light and wait for kids of all ages, dressed up in all different costumes to ring their doorbell and yell that special phrase, “trick or treat!” This year, 2017, it is estimated that 179 million Americans celebrated Halloween. All the houses give out different varieties of candy, but according to thedailymeal.com, the most popular candies are Reese’s and M&M’s. Some people, pick out which candy they believe the most kids will enjoy, while others try to pick out the healthiest options.

According to spoonuniverity.com, “Hershey’s Cookies’n’Creme comes in first place… still hanging out in the teens with 19 grams of sugar.” A 3 Musketeers bar is the sweetest chocolate bar with 40 grams of sugar.

While it seems as some customers are getting cheated because of the high sugar content, prices of popular candies have surprisingly decreased. In 2011, the price of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was $1.14. Now, they are only $0.89. However, these prices are not exactly accurate because the serving size has changed.  

On theawl.com, it said, “ …at some point the default Reese’s package contained two cups and instead of one. Also, the actual size of the product does fluctuate over time…” So, yes the prices have decreased, but so has the serving size. This year, it is estimated that Americans spent 2.5 billion dollars on Halloween candy.

Every year, neighbors flick on their porch light and wait for kids of all ages, dressed up in all different costumes to ring their doorbell and yell that special phrase, “trick or treat!” Halloween candy has greatly changed between prices, popularity, and nutrition.

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