Americans face a real candy crush this Easter.

Soaring costs of raw materials such as milk, sugar and cocoa, and a shortage of aluminum used to make wrappers, have sparked a surge in the cost of candy, making it more expensive than ever for the Easter Bunny to fill baskets on April 17.

“We’re just going to stick with the basics and buy only what we need,” said Monica Matute, a stay-at-home mom from Bensonhurst, who will celebrate Easter with her two daughters and two nieces, ages 3 to 15. “It’s not like before. You can just see the difference in prices anytime you go to the supermarket.”

A Post survey of seasonal sweets shows the average cost of an Easter basket has skyrocketed to $61.83, up from $50.46 in the pre-pandemic spring of 2019. That’s an increase of 22.5%, more than double the already historic 9% percent inflation rate in the same period.

Mitch Cohen of Economy Candy on the Lower East Side reports rising costs across the board since 2019: ever-popular confections such as Hershey’s bars and Kit Kats have risen from 99 cents each to $1.25 each (26%).

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