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Pens, paper, printers…popcorn?
While you probably go to Staples to stock up on office supplies or prepare your kids for back-to-school season, we’ll bet you didn’t know you could buy food there, too. The store’s “breakroom” section is chock-full of options for breakfast, lunch and dessert—and everything in between. So exactly what type of food is Staples selling? Below, 10 things you’d never guess you could find at Staples, but actually can.
Craving something salty in the middle of the day? Reach for the pickles. Staples is currently selling 48 jumbo hot and spicy pickles for $80.19. At $1.67 a pop, it sounds a little pricey, but if you have a thing for pickles, it’s money well spent.
2. Cookie Cake
When you’re planning an office birthday party for a co-worker or intern, don’t forget to pick up a cookie cake from Staples. Mrs. Fields is known for its mouth-watering baked goods, so this cake is bound to be a crowd-pleaser.
Sure, we use it on and in practically everything—sandwiches, pasta salads and dips—but we’d never guess mayo was available at an office supply store. Right now, you can snag 200 single-serving packets for under $20. That’s a lot of mayonnaise.
4. Premade Pasta
Don’t have enough time to take a proper midday meal break? Barilla’s Italian entrees make it possible to get your hands on a scrumptious lunch without leaving the office. And thanks to Staples’ virtual breakroom, you can buy your pasta and printer toner in one fell swoop.
5. Tootsie Roll Pops
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop? At Staples, you can buy 100 lollipops for under $24, so you’ll have plenty of ’em to find out.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but if you don’t have access to fresh produce, applesauce is the next best thing. It’s low in saturated fat, free of sodium and cholesterol, and, you guessed it, available at Staples.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why you might want to pick up some oatmeal. N’Joy oatmeal will cook in minutes and is available in three tasty flavors: Crunchy Nut, Orchard Spice and Morning Harvest.
8. Turkey Jerky
Fusion’s Turkey Jerky gives traditional beef jerky a run for its money. It is 99 percent fat-free, all-natural and gluten-free, with a tangy chili basil flavor.
9. Soup in a Bag
Not only is soup a great way to stay warm on a chilly day, it’s packed with vegetables. If you don’t want to lug heavy cans of soup to work, pick up Lipton’s soup pouches. Just add 6 ounces of hot water, and presto! Tasty soup in no time.
10. Bloody Mary Gift Set
Staples offers a lot of unexpected snacks, treats and condiments, but we have to say Demitri’s Bloody Mary gift set is by far the weirdest. While a Bloody Mary isn’t usually associated with office supplies, this set could be a great addition to your company’s happy hour, or a maybe a gift for the employee of the month.
Strange as it may seem, the office emporium is a great place to pick up some snacks for work, but we suggest supplementing with some fresh produce from the grocery store. To ensure you get the most bang for your buck, here are our insider tips for grocery shopping like a pro.