Bejgli is one of the most popular delicacies at Christmas on the table of Hungarian households. However, its price rise is shocking compared to last year. That is true even if you want to bake it at home because ingredient prices soared in the last few months unprecedentedly. Statistics say that bejgli will cost at least 20 percent more this year than in 2021. Below, you may read the details.
According to the report of rtl.hu, in the Gajdos confectionery in Kozármisleny, a small town near Pécs, the walnut version of the bejgli cost HUF 3,500 and HUF 3,000 with poppy seed filling. We do not write the euro price since the forint was much stronger last year than today. The confectionery told the Hungarian media outlet that they would increase the prices by HUF 500 this year, so the price will be almost EUR 10 this December even though they use their own walnut.
According to the numbers of the confectionery corporation, bejgli will cost 20 percent more this year than in 2021. That is partly because of the increasing energy costs since confectioneries are not included in the government’s energy price cap scheme.
Those willing to make it at home will have to pay more for the ingredients. Butter costs doubled, we must pay 74 percent more for margarine. Furthermore, walnut prices went up by 18 percent.
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