The Strange Item Walmart Stocks Up on Before Storms Hit

One of the first things many people do when there's a big storm in the forecast is run to the grocery store. That’s when you’ll find grocery stores packed with people pulling water, bread, and eggs from near-empty shelves in an attempt to stock up before the storm. These go in the storm kit you should make to prep your home for hurricane season. While your local Walmart is sure to have these items on hand before bad weather occurs, they also stock up on one very specific item that doesn't necessarily come to mind when considering "essentials": Strawberry Pop-Tarts. Apparently, strawberry Pop-Tarts are a huge seller before and after big storms. In fact, the discount chain sees an increase in sales of up to seven times their normal sale rate ahead of a hurricane. They're in high demand because you can eat Pop-Tarts without toasting them in the event the power goes out during a storm. That's because the toaster pastries were specifically created to be shipped and stored without refrigeration. They're also non-perishable and made to last even if they're sitting in your cabinet or on store shelves for a good long while. So, the next time you're faced with an impending storm, fear not: Walmart has you covered.