Via NY Post:
It’s the great Candy Cane Crisis of 2021.
Weakness in peppermint crops and COVID-caused logistical issues have created a problem 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 owner of Economy Candy on the Lower East Side, told The Post. “Raw material and ingredient shortages globally have had quite an impact.”
It was a first for the store, which has been in business since 1937. Cohen said they sold more than 12,000 candy canes before running dry.
“Since candy canes were invented, we’ve had candy canes,” he said.
Peppermint production in the United States has declined nearly 25 percent over the past decade, according to the US Department of Agriculture.