Cost of living puts Jersey delicacy under pressure

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ONE of Jersey’s staple delicacies continues to feel the bite of the cost-of-living crisis.

Barbara Bechelet, who makes Jersey wonders, said she was experiencing ‘sleepless nights’ worrying about whether the cost of her ingredients would keep rising.

The price of oil has spiked since the war in Ukraine began, which has affected exports from what was the world’s largest producer.

The rise forced Ms Bechelet to temporarily close her business in October last year and, after restarting this year, she has ‘reluctantly’ increased the price of her Jersey wonders.

At her honesty boxes, the cost of a large bag of six Jersey wonders has changed from £6 to £7.

She said the bag used to include a free wonder but the rising cost of ingredients meant this was no longer possible and this had been accounted for in the price change.

She added: ‘Jersey wonders are not meant to be a luxury product; they are out there for people to find and enjoy.

‘The prices of ingredients have gone silly.’

Ms Bechelet said that she was determined to ‘keep Jersey wonders out there’ for the public to enjoy.

‘I’m having sleepless nights over whether the price of oil and eggs will go up. The business at the moment is doing okay, I’m just hoping the prices don’t go up any more,’ she added.

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