Everyone has that one snack that you just have to indulge in every once in a while. In East Lansing students can’t seem to stay away from Goombas’s Pokee Stix and Insomnia Cookies.

Pokee Stix remains one of East Lansing’s guiltiest pleasures. Photo credit: Julia Grippe

We all know that Pokee Stix had your heart the first time you tried them. If you haven’t experienced them yet, you’re missing out on cheesy pizza breadsticks with any topping you want that are impossible to settle with just one piece.

What makes Insomnia Cookies so good? It could be the way that the cookies are made doughy, warm, fresh, and like to melt in your mouth on the very first bite.

“Students love cookies. They especially love them when they are quick and easy delivery cookies!” declared Dan from Insomnia Cookies customer service.

“The convenience of delivery and having a store right on campus really draws students in,” Dan said. “They especially come for the chocolate chunk and the s’mores deluxe cookies; those are our most popular choices.”

When Dan was asked what makes Insomnia Cookies special besides the fact that they are delicious cookies, he replied with the unique hours Insomnia Cookies is open. “We’re open 6 p.m. until 3 a.m., and when you’re on a college campus you know that everyone gets the midnight munchies. Also for our student employees it’s a good work schedule because it’s after classes and never conflicting,” Dan said. “We also get calls for cookie cakes with special messages like, ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Good luck on your test.’ Students really like to be creative with those kinds of things.”

“Another big reason why we get so much business is because our prices fit right into the student budget,” Dan added.

When it’s not your sweet tooth that is calling, Goombas Pizza is the place to go, or to order in. Pokee Stix specifically are the items students at Michigan State love to snack on.

“My friends and I all love Pokee Stix after being out late at night. We’re up until 1 or 2 a.m., and since that’s a long time after dinner we want something hardy and filling. Because there aren’t that many places open late, Goombas is always our go-to,” said Mackenzie Jebb, a freshman accounting major.

Mackenzie didn’t have a single negative thing to say about Goombas. “It’s easy, and delicious. Also we never feel like waiting, which is perfect because it gets here so fast,” she explained.

“Goombas never fails to hit the spot, and because we’re always with a big group it’s super easy to share,” said Jebb. “I don’t know if anyone is as weird as us, but when there are left overs they go straight in the fridge because they are so good cold.” Jebb claimed.

Goombas is open until 3 a.m. from Sunday until Wednesdays and until 4 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday, which makes it the optimal time for a delicious night snack.

In fact, their busiest time on the weekends is from around 12:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. according to Bob Jones, student employee at Goombas in East Lansing.

“Students enjoy Pokee Stix so much because it’s the most terrific greasy and satisfactory snack that you just can’t seem to get enough of,” Jones said. “Especially when it’s late at night and you’re not worried about what kind of food you’re eating.”

While there are other places on campus that sell pizza and bread sticks, none seem to satisfy the late night cravings of Michigan State students like Goombas Pizza does. Let your taste buds do the talking and try them for a starting price of $9.00, depending on how many you want.

Insomnia Cookies and Goombas Pizza have proven to be sensational late night snacks for students across Michigan State’s campus. With low prices, late hours, and foods that hit the spot like no other, it’s impossible to break the tradition of a midnight Insomnia run with the gang or a Pokee Stix delivery after a long night. Another bonus of these businesses is you can order online for both of them. Talk about easy. Next time you have a late night craving, keep these yummy places in mind.

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