Miami, Dec 11 (EFE) .- In millions of homes in the United States, it is almost mandatory to buy or bake homemade cookies on Christmas, especially to give them to Santa with a glass of milk, but those on these holidays promise. to be the most expensive in history due to inflation.
This year, beyond choosing whether they will be homemade or whether the icing (icing) of the cookies will be in one of the traditional colors green, white or red, many families will be surprised by the cost of the ingredients, which have exploded in the last few months.
And all because of the economic stress caused by the covid-19 pandemic and issues in the global supply chain. In November, year-on-year inflation in the United States stood at 6.8%, the highest level in nearly four decades in the country and eight-tenths higher than in October.
But if we go into detail, we see that the increase in the cost of eggs in November was 6.2%, that of flour was 5% and 3.4% in the case of sugar, the other great ingredient needed. before daring to light the oven (also watch the 6.5% increase in the price of electricity).
And this situation is not unique to the United States. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) had already warned in November against an annual increase of 38% of world prices of wheat and 40% of sugar, to which must be added a ” pronounced rise ”in dairy products. some products.
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While the video platforms sum up the Christmas movies and the radio does not stop broadcasting “All I want for Christmas is you” by Mariah Carey, there is little better than leaving home, leaving to go to the stores to buy the ingredients. .
But once you’ve decided whether they’ll be shaped like a snowman, Christmas tree, or the more traditional gingerbread ones, you need to get over the “fear” of seeing the price of purchase.
Something similar happened to Puerto Rican Blanca González, who explained to Efe that she made elaborate cookies in other years, but this year she would bet on something simpler, with much less decoration: ” Maybe simple butter cookies.
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