Here Comes Peter Cottontail...With a Bill For $137




The National Retail Federation estimates that the average American celebrating Easter will spend about $137 on candy, food, gifts and clothes. That's actually a bit lower than last year, when revelers spent approximately $145 per person.

The NRF says nearly 43 percent of those polled said they'll buy some new clothes for their children, while about 89 percent will stock up on Easter candy.

The big stunner is that Bloomberg reports the cost of a dozen eggs at U.S. grocery stores has climbed to the highest since 2008. Eggs have jumped 7.1 percent in the past 12 months to a six-year high of $2.061 a dozen in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Meanwhile the average cost of gasoline in Idaho this Easter weekend is $3.39 for a gallon of unleaded, about 4 cents more than a month ago, but 11 cents less than a year ago.

And here are a couple of points of trivia to share with the family as you're slipping into your candy-fueled stupor:

- Every year, enough Peeps candies are manufactured to circle the earth twice (two billion Peeps candies are produced annually).

- There are 2.3 jelly beans for every man, woman and child on Planet Earth

- The No. 1-selling flavor of Jelly Belly is Very Cherry. No. 2 is buttered popcorn. We learned that when Boise Weekly recently visited Powell's Sweet Shoppe in Boise's Bown Crossing neighborhood to meet this week's Citizen Deb Giordano. FYI, she told us that there's a new Jelly Belly flavor coming soon: beer.

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