Office snacks are one of the simplest and most sought after workplace perks. Apart from just tasting great, they fuel employees’ productivity throughout the day and may help to improve their overall happiness at work. To make sure your office’s snack offerings don’t get stale, change them with the seasons.
We looked at the top office snacks, then compared them to their fall and winter counterparts to find treats that would fly off your office kitchen’s shelves. The following seasonal snacks are too tasty to resist, and they’ll keep your coworkers full and focused in between their upcoming holiday celebrations.
When considering which snacks to buy for your workplace, it’s all about playing with flavors. Swap out the traditional potato chip for sweet potato chips, or try baked cinnamon apple chips instead. Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing chips put a seasonal spin on kettle-cooked chips!
Choose granola made with seasonal ingredients and spices, rather than just the simple sweeteners. Think pecans, pepitas, dried cranberries, ginger, cinnamon, or pumpkin spice. Search for flavor combinations like Nature’s Path’s pumpkin seed and flax, Bear Naked’s maple pecan, or Back to Nature’s apple cinnamon granola.
Like granola, oatmeal is a versatile office snack that comes in many flavors. Some of our seasonal (and long time) favorites include: maple and brown sugar, apples and cinnamon, apples and cranberries, and cinnamon and spice.
Yogurt is praised for its protein and probiotic content, but you can find tastier options than plain, vanilla, or strawberry. Look for your preferred yogurt brand’s limited edition flavors, like Chobani’s Limited Batch Greek Yogurts in pumpkin pie, caramel mocha, and coconut snow ball.
Energy or protein bars
Great for keeping you full while you’re on the go, there are countless energy and protein bars to choose from. The popular RXBAR offers gingerbread, pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, chocolate sea salt, chocolate hazelnut, and maple sea salt, among others. Clif Bar’s seasonal variety pack has similar options like iced gingerbread, spiced pumpkin pie, and peppermint bark. We’ll take one of each, thank you!
Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are great year round for being high in fats, protein, and other nutrients and antioxidants. The addition of a little spice or chocolate coating can warm your employees up as the temperature drops. Try spicy or skinny dipped almonds, or throw in some roasted pumpkin seeds. Nuts.com has fresh chestnuts, along with holiday candy and dried fruits to help you design the office’s most-loved trail mixes.
Fruit is always a healthy staple in an office kitchen. You can find out exactly what fruit or produce is in season in your area with the handy Seasonal Food Guide. To keep autumn and the impending winter in mind, we like sweet pears and crisp apples. Don’t forget the other fruity snacks like applesauce and fruit leathers.
Cheese is delicious on its own, but it’s also easy to pair with crackers for a more filling snack. A sharp cheddar fits in well with the season, which you can purchase in individual snack packs or as cheese sticks.
Appeal to every sweet tooth in the office and treat your employees to a little dessert too. Your options are pretty much endless here, but we like Biscoff cookies, ginger snaps, classic shortbread cookies, maple leaf cookies, chocolate hazelnut cookies, or soft baked snickerdoodles.
With all of these seasonal office snacks, your employees are sure to be thirsty. Give them their daily caffeine fix with plenty of warm teas to choose from, but provide herbal options as well for a late afternoon pick-me-up. Try the Republic of Tea’s caramel apple red tea, Tazo’s chai vanilla caramel black tea, cranberry autumn tea from Harney & Sons, Trader Joe’s winter wake up tea, Bigelow’s peppermint bark herbal tea and eggnogg’n tea, or the special seasonal combinations from Celestial Seasonings (candy cane lane, cranberry vanilla wonderland, fireside vanilla spice, and nutcracker sweet black tea.)
These small snack changes are easy to introduce and will keep your workplace teams engaged throughout the holiday season, and excited for even more food to come.