There's an old saying that you can judge the state of the economy based on the price of a Freddo. Cadbury's dirt-cheap cartoon frog bars are staple stock in corner shops across the country, and the price means they're ideal pocket money fodder. In the good old days of 2000 they were 10p each, but 18 years later they're an extortionate 25p. Luckily Jeremy Corbyn has promised to investigate this matter, which will no doubt make him universally loved by the UK population.
Speaking to The Guardian about a variety of unnecessary topics like football, politics, and racism, Corbyn got to the real issues and vowed to work out whether Freddos really should cost 25p or whether there's some nefarious price gouging going on:
Why are Freddos constantly going up in price? Is there a secret Freddo tax we don’t know about?
I think there is a very obvious motive: those that make Freddos know it’s popular, so they’re making a bit more money.
Would you lower the price of Freddos?
I think we need to examine this question in some detail and see if there is excessive profit-making by those who make Freddos – then they’ve got us to answer to.
Maybe, under a Corbyn government, Millennials will be able to afford a luxury dessert of a single Freddo bar after their helpings of avocado toast.
Actually it doesn't sound as though Corbyn knows what a Freddo is. Everyone knows they're made by Cadbury, not "those who make Freddos". Cadbury also doesn't answer to us, which is why Creme Eggs have been shrinking and why Freddos cost so much in the first place.
There may well be some price gouging going on too, if this graph from VoucherCloud is anything to go by:
If they were in line with inflation they'd cost 15-17p, but they don't! They cost 25p, and it's outrageous. Not just that, but the weight keeps changing. The Telegraph notes that Freddos originally weighed 17 grams, before jumping up to 20 grams in 2007. That roughly coincided with a price increase, and we can all agree that's justified if the amount of chocolate goes up. Unfortunately the weight was reduced down to 18 grams in 2011, where it remains to this day. Did the price go down as well? Hell no!
People should be out in the streets protesting, but it seems the only way to get their attention is show them pictures of sweet shops trying to sell foreign-sourced mint-flavoured Freddos for 99p.
So hurry up Jeremy, get investigating. Maybe mention it at the next Prime Minister's questions, and demand to know why Freddos are so expensive. Space Raiders too, while you're at it.