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Thanks for the heads up Warrenton Santa. I guess anyone worried about having enough candy for Halloween can start stocking up now. I don't understand what "capacity constraints" means, but I never thought Halloween depended on large amounts of candy anyway. For those who enjoy observing the event, it is about the costumes, and festivities more than gathering large amounts of candy. We can still enjoy Halloween with a supposed candy shortage. My wife and I are going to be dressed as Hillbilly's in the Haunted Hillbilly Cabin at a family oriented outdoor Halloween theme park, every weekend in Oct. We're excited, and expect children of all ages to enjoy the fun. Still...I need my chocolate. 

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I normally pick up my “Red Suit” (for Dutch Wonderland) in Hershey (about 40 minutes away) in Beginning of October. And head over to Chocolate World to get our supply of full size Hershey bars to hand out on Halloween. Maybe I might need to make an early run this year. I know that the grocery store I work at as my all year regular gig has the Halloween Candy displayed already.

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Interesting!   The manufacturer is saying "We may not be able to meet the demand for the coming season" when my experience has been that most retailers, at least the larger ones, would have already purchased their stock for Halloween and are taking delivery to their distribution centers. 

Feels to me like an attempt to create higher demand from people "panic buying" as well as justification for raising prices!!  Then again, I may be wrong!

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35 minutes ago, Steve Fletcher said:

Feels to me like an attempt to create higher demand from people "panic buying" as well as justification for raising prices!!  Then again, I may be wrong!

Walks like a duck

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Hershey Warns of Potential 'Trick or Treat' Candy Shortage at Halloween

The candy-maker stated Thursday that there may be a scary shortage of their candies this Halloween season due to difficulties obtaining ingredients
PEOPLE     By Amethyst Tate   July 29, 2022 10:57 AM

Trick-or-treaters may not get to indulge their sweet tooths as much as they hoped this Halloween.

Chocolate maker Hershey has warned that a candy shortage could be imminent due to supply chain issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

As a result, Hershey is not going to be able to produce as many regular or Halloween-themed treats as customers want.

"We will not be able to fully meet consumer demand," Hershey CEO Michele Buck said in prepared remarks ahead of the company's Q2 earnings call Thursday, reported Reuters.

Buck added that the company is facing a shortage of essential ingredients such as cocoa and edible oil. In order to source the ingredients it needs, Hershey is now having to locate other suppliers, which is both costly and time-consuming.

"We had a strategy of prioritizing everyday on-shelf availability," Buck told CNN Thursday. "That was a choice that we needed to make. It was a tough decision."

To cope with the situation Hershey is planning to introduce extra manufacturing lines to meet expected growth in demand over the next couple of years.

The 128-year-old company said in a news release that the profit from its predicted sales growth is also expected to more than offset any losses incurred by the current scarcity of resources.

Regardless of whether you have enough Kit Kats or Cookies 'n' Creme Fangs for Halloween, Dr. Gary Kirkilas, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, has offered a set of easy do's and don'ts for staying safe on the spookiest night of the year.

"In general, I tell parents that outdoor activities are always best. So if you're doing outdoor trick-or-treating, that's a perfect way to enjoy the season," Kirkilas told PEOPLE.

As for the ideal number of people in your trick-or-treating pack, Kirkland said it depends on the group's age and their vaccination status.

"If you were vaccinated, there's really no issue," he explained. "And of course, that implies the child is 12 and up, and eligible for vaccine, and that they did get the vaccine. If you're 12 and up, I don't think it should really matter how many are in your group."

"(But) If you're unvaccinated, or the child is under the age of 12, I would recommend single households only trick-or-treating together," Kirkland added.

Source:   https://people.com/food/hershey-warns-of-potential-trick-or-treat-candy-shortage-at-halloween/

 

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21 hours ago, Santa Bill III said:

I normally pick up my “Red Suit” (for Dutch Wonderland) in Hershey (about 40 minutes away) in Beginning of October. And head over to Chocolate World to get our supply of full size Hershey bars to hand out on Halloween. Maybe I might need to make an early run this year. I know that the grocery store I work at as my all year regular gig has the Halloween Candy displayed already.

Love Hershey and Dutch Wonderland (obviously, due to Santa-related scheduling conflicts, I'll probably never get to come to Dutch Wonderland in the months of November-December). Still, it sounds wonderful. Good luck, Bill. Also: even without any possible issues with getting candy, it's never too early to go to Chocolate World!

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2 hours ago, Sundblom Santa said:

Love Hershey and Dutch Wonderland (obviously, due to Santa-related scheduling conflicts, I'll probably never get to come to Dutch Wonderland in the months of November-December). Still, it sounds wonderful. Good luck, Bill. Also: even without any possible issues with getting candy, it's never too early to go to Chocolate World!

I love them too. When you get down this way, maybe we could meet up. I remember that you like Country Cupboard, I live about a mile south of it. They do have good food.

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3 hours ago, Sundblom Santa said:

Love Hershey and Dutch Wonderland (obviously, due to Santa-related scheduling conflicts, I'll probably never get to come to Dutch Wonderland in the months of November-December). Still, it sounds wonderful. Good luck, Bill. Also: even without any possible issues with getting candy, it's never too early to go to Chocolate World!

 

56 minutes ago, Santa Bill III said:

I love them too. When you get down this way, maybe we could meet up. I remember that you like Country Cupboard, I live about a mile south of it. They do have good food.

I am 45 min from Dutch Wonderland - but won't be riding Strasburg this year - please include me in the meet up - would love to get together for coffee !!!

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1 hour ago, Santa Bill III said:

I remember that you like Country Cupboard, I live about a mile south of it. They do have good food.

I do love Country Cupboard. Pennsylvania Dutch cooking at its finest. Unfortunately, a friend told me a while back they apparently closed. I think they said the restaurant closed (short on staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and Evangelical Hospital (or maybe another medical group) bought the land (something to that effect). Still, their food was amazing.

36 minutes ago, Drosselmeyer said:

please include me in the meet up - would love to get together for coffee !!!

Oh, yes, of course! Sadly, no more Country Cupboard (apparently, or so I was told). Now, please excuse me while I go cry in a corner eating an entire bucket of ice cream as I mourn the demise of Country Cupboard. 🤣

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If there is a shortage in candy which I very much doubt,  off the children, fruit and carrots for a change :)

Im sure they'll love that, now is that a trick or a treat?

:) 

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I find it interesting that the article said that the shelves would not be barren, so they are still going to have their stock of candy, it just won't have the Seasonal themes on the wrappers. Kids don't really care about the wrapper except to get past it to the candy. I think they are trying to incite a scare buying tactic to boost sales. It is a shame that companies have to use scare tactics, especially on something as universal as candy.

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The "Universal Party Pooper" is on a binge of attacking any-and-all celebrations. Santa gets to push back by being an Ambassador of Celebration.  

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4 hours ago, Santa SteveKl said:

. I think they are trying to incite a scare buying tactic to boost sales. It is a shame that companies have to use scare tactics, especially on something as universal as candy.

I agree, it strikes of exploitation to me, anything to boost sales, when in reality they dont really need to do that. People will buy or not regardless. You only have to look back a couple of seasons ago, and the scare was, "Shortage of gifts" for Christmas, oh yeah...........whatever.

ANyway, Im tired now, time for a nice cup of tea :) 

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1 hour ago, Santa Craig Maxwell said:

The "Universal Party Pooper" is on a binge of attacking any-and-all celebrations. Santa gets to push back by being an Ambassador of Celebration.  

you push and I'll pull :) 

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12 hours ago, Sundblom Santa said:

I do love Country Cupboard. Pennsylvania Dutch cooking at its finest. Unfortunately, a friend told me a while back they apparently closed. I think they said the restaurant closed (short on staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and Evangelical Hospital (or maybe another medical group) bought the land (something to that effect). Still, their food was amazing.

Oh, yes, of course! Sadly, no more Country Cupboard (apparently, or so I was told). Now, please excuse me while I go cry in a corner eating an entire bucket of ice cream as I mourn the demise of Country Cupboard. 🤣

It is still there, just are there the other night. RocLititz is right behind them and are growing.

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4 hours ago, Santa SteveKl said:

I find it interesting that the article said that the shelves would not be barren, so they are still going to have their stock of candy, it just won't have the Seasonal themes on the wrappers. Kids don't really care about the wrapper except to get past it to the candy. I think they are trying to incite a scare buying tactic to boost sales. It is a shame that companies have to use scare tactics, especially on something as universal as candy.

Absolutely right there.

Many years ago when my Daughter was vrey young, our village used to have trick or treat, sadly it seems to have dwindled now, possibly as not so may children in the village. Anyway, one Halloween, we had a group of older children doing the rounds, and given the village is quite small, they would come back two or three times. In this particular group there was a young teenage boy, lets say, a bit of a rascal and tended to over shadow the others. When the treat bowl was offered, he would pile in and gather as much as possible, pure greed and one could tell his pals weren't too impressed either

In knowledge of a pending return, I prepared another bowl, as expected, he dived in and started stuffing his face. Well you can imagine his face when he realised it wasnt candy, in fact this time the bowl contained a range of dog treats! and unfortunately for him he had reached the point of no return, indeed, he never did return and no visit from potentially angry parents lol

He pals were suitably impressed too :) 

Would I do it again........ erm, no, well perhaps :) 

Happy days :) :) 

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