Chocolate eggs, lamb, even hot cross buns: how Easter is costing us more this year

Experts warned that rises would only worsen, Sarah Coles of brokers Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “These price rises aren’t over yet. 

“The conflict in Ukraine has pushed up the price of food globally, but it has also accelerated the rising cost of animal feed and fertiliser, which are feeding through into farm costs. When you add in the cost of fuel for manufacturing and distribution, it will gradually push up prices on the supermarket shelves in the coming months.”

Vegetables are more costly as well, as the price of gas, which is used in the production of fertilisers and to heat glasshouses, has rocketed to record highs. A kilo of potatoes is now 3.8pc more expensive, while the price of a bag of frozen peas has increased 4.4pc, according to ONS data.

Baked goods like hot cross buns are 5.2pc more expensive on average, the ONS said, while red wine has increased in price by 2.8pc and staples such as butter are up 12pc.

Skrinkflation to battle inflation

Chocolate has only increased in price 0.7pc, although manufacturers have been able to cut production costs by reducing the size and weight of their products without raising prices.

Known as “shrinkflation”, shoppers also have to contend with this hidden cost. Cadbury, for example, announced in March it was reducing the weight of its Dairy Milk bar by 10pc to 180g, from 200g, while keeping the price the same. 

Its large Crunchie and Cream Egg Easter eggs weighed 258g and 254g in 2019 respectively, but both weigh just 236g today, while the cost of both has stayed at £6. Rivals have simply upped costs. A Green & Black’s 70pc dark chocolate Easter egg from Ocado now costs £6.59, for example, up from £5 this time last year, according to Priceable, another supermarket price tracker.

The price of filling up the car at the forecourt now costs around a third more than it did last year, driving up the cost of travelling to see loved ones over the double bank holiday weekend.

It now costs almost £100 to fill up the 55-litre tank of an average family car such as a Ford Focus, with the price of diesel now standing at 176.9p per litre, up more than a third in a year, according to the RAC Foundation, the motoring group. Since 2020, diesel prices have risen 60pc, pushed up by the high price of oil. It now costs almost £90 to fill up the same tank with petrol, up from less than £70 a year ago.

Prices are forecast to rise further as the war in Ukraine puts further pressure on supplies.

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