We are being upcharged for our love of Pumpkin Spice! This must be no surprise if you're a pumpkin spice connoisseur.
The "pumpkin spice tax" affects all things pumpkin spice. Economists say during the pandemic we learned that things run out and this affects how retailers price things that are available for a "limited time only."
The biggest upcharge was found to be Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice pretzels, marked up 160% from regular pretzels! Other highly taxed items include Whole Foods' spiced pumpkin pancake and waffle mix, marked up 130%.
As for that famous Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte? It's priced 18% higher than the cost of a regular latter at Starbucks.