10 Costco Cult Favorite Food Items

10 Costco Cult Favorite Food Items

July 28, 2019 100 By William Morgan


China Off Shore Trading Company? Rumor once
had it that this was the spelled out name
of Costco, and with the recent foray of the
gigantic membership warehousing chain into
Chinese territory in 2019, the rumors are
afresh once more. Name aside, some of their
products have attained iconic status since
Costco’s 1976 Price Club days. And here you’ll
find 10 Costco cult favorite items that will
never die. These Costco oldies but goodies
have withstood the test of time.
Costco Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzel Nuggets
Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzel Nuggets are among
the top-selling snacks sold exclusively by
Costco under the Kirkland Signature brand.
Don’t try these nuggets at home or at work
unless you have a tremendous amount of self-control.
As many people have experienced, snack addiction
is a point of no return with the first bite
of these delicious salty and sweet Peanut
Butter-Filled Pretzel Nuggets. That addiction
can be multiplied exponentially by a previous
love or devotion to peanut butter. But how
healthy are Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzel Nuggets,
anyways? Surely, if you’re going to get
addicted to a snack, it’s got to be worth
it, right?  Wrong. Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzel
Nuggets will find you missing your healthy
morning cereal and milk regime pretty soon.
And the worst part of it all? The most addictive
snack ever invented by humanity can easily
add three inches to your waistline. Don’t
say I didn’t say I didn’t warn ya. But what
if you’re already hooked? Oh well, nobody
can help you now. Not even Dr. Phil.
Costco Pre-Made Skillet Mac & Cheese
Craving that 27-pound bucket of Mac & Cheese?
Well Costco’ got it. Obviously, the membership-only
warehouse club’s Pre-Made Skillet Mac & Cheese
is an upgrade for all Kraft Mac & Cheese lovers
out there. And the best part of it is, the
cooking is already a done deal. So all you
have to do is heat up Costco’s incarnation
or its reinvention of the Kraft Mac & Cheese
Dinner. No boiling water, no mixing sauce
– just heat and eat. However, if you still
want to show off your cooking expertise, you
can always put the Pre-Made Skillet Mac & Cheese
in a nonstick pan on medium-high heat. Just
don’t forget to act like you’re really cooking
or your distinguished dinner guests might
catch on. Although, if there are any Costco
members on your guest list, consider yourself
busted. Your chef-dom will never have been
more short-lived. By the way, Costco’s Pre-Made
Skillet Mac & Cheese in bucket format is supposedly
enough to feed 180 people, no kidding. So
if you need to bring something to a potluck
dinner, then this dish is definitely your
passport to keeping up with the Joneses. This
giant bucket would also be good for reunions,
cookouts, frat parties or served at a dinner
party for 180 of your closest friends. As
far as the 27-pound bucket is concerned, the
Kirkland Mac & Cheese, as it’s also oftentimes
called, comes in smaller sizes as well. So
if you don’t need 27 pounds of Macaroni
and cheese, you should be able to find a size
that fits your needs. Of course, you do need
that $60-membership card to dig into all the
Mac & Cheese goodness that Costco has to offer.
Kirkland Signature Pre-Cooked Bacon
Costco’s bacon sales are definitely something
to write home about. The world’s number two
retailer, second only to Walmart, has all
the bacon you’ll ever need when you can’t
get enough of it for breakfast. Costco’s Pre-Cooked
Bacon is the perfect solution for busybodies
everywhere. For those who really enjoy their
morning bacon crunchy or toasted, just empty
out the package of Costco Pre-Cooked bacon
into a frying pan and just keep cooking until
you reach that desired extra crunch. However,
if you’re the type who doesn’t like their
bacon overcooked, you’ll be fine and dandy
doing nothing to the pre-cooked bacon except
pop it in the microwave to heat up and then
chow down. At 500 grams, the Costco Pre-Cooked
Bacon or even Bacon Crumbles for that matter,
should be sufficient for most needs. Costco
sure knows how to save their members lots
of prep time, at least as far as bacon or
Mac & Cheese are concerned. You want convenience,
you got it. Just think about how you’ll
be saving yourself and you kitchen walls from
all those splash burns and grease splatters.
Ready-to-eat never had it so good. And it’s
always done right, too. So right that the
big bad wolf probably would have saved himself
a lot of hassle if he had just gone to Costco.
Costco Baked Goods and Sheet Cake
How good are Costco’s baked goods? Well, the
chain’s over 90 million members have a lot
of good things to say. For starters, the Costco
Sheet Cake definitely saves lots of baking
and preparation time. Sheet cakes are the
go-to when it comes to office parties and
community events. Who wants to make a giant
cake at home? Just go with the flow and save
yourself precious time. It’s like prefab
homes. With Costco baked goodies, you can
let your imagination run wild with mixing
and matching. And for that matter, adding
your own touch with food decorations, spices,
and toppings. The Costco test kitchen sure
has a lot to teach cooking and baking aficionados.
With a few additions, it’s easy to turn
those Costco baked goods into something almost
like your very own. And you’re gonna love
yourself for it. Copycats are everywhere.
But in this day and age, is there even such
a thing as original anymore? With Costco’s
Sheet Cake, originality has taken on a new
meaning. Just imagine, for just $18.99, you
can feed almost 50 hungry mouths. The same
thing at Walmart will easily cost around $25
bucks. So do take advantage of that Costco
membership. And just when you’ve run out of
new baking or cake ideas, the Costco Bakery
will be there to help you out with so many
cake customization options that you’ll be
left breathless with wonder. So you know what
to do? When the creative juices have run out
or you’re having the baking equivalent of
writer’s block: Costco baked goods may be
the best answer, at least from a multiple
choice point of view.
Basil Pesto, Kirkland Style
As the pioneer in the wholesale retailing
biz, Costco sure knows how to pick a good
horse. And the Kirkland Basil Pesto is the
perfect example of this. If you haven’t been
introduced into the world of pesto yet, where
have you been? You can definitely begin with
the sauce and dish-in-one that originated
from Genoa, the capital city of Liguria, Italy.
Like most pestos, the Costco brand of basil
pesto is an uncooked seasoning which includes
fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, and oil.
In comparison, the original Genoa recipe consists
of crushed garlic, European pine nuts, coarse
salt, basil leaves, hard cheeses, and of course,
olive oil. For the uninitiated, it’s really
easy to confuse basil pesto with guacamole
because of the color. However, there’s absolutely
no relation, whatsoever. Basil pesto is pure
basil, with no avocado. But then again, who’s
to stop an aspiring chef from innovating?
Refrigerate your Costo Basil Pesto to get
the most out of it. This will give you one
to three weeks of useful life. As a royal
member of the so-called Mediterranean diet,
you get a passport to being healthy and who
knows, maybe even longer life. If it’s going
on three weeks and you haven’t touched your
basil pesto yet, you better move it to the
freezer already. Always remember, the Costco
basil pesto had been prepared months before
and stored at room temperature. That said,
this dish and sauce-in-one will need your
TLC. Some common traits of fresh basil gone
bad are discoloration, moist texture, and
a rotten smell. Basil will first become
limp and then turn black. It can also change
color from dark green to brown as the leaves
lose natural oils.
Costco Dried Mango
Who doesn’t like mango, which, from the North
American or European point of view, is that
exotic fruit that some people can’t seem to
get enough of? As it turns out, mango actually
acts more like a hot tea on the body. In fact,
it’s one of the only fruits that warms the
body rather than cool it down. When you drink
orange juice or apple juice, for example,
it has a cooling effect on your body. Mango
juice, on the other hand, does the complete
opposite. And of course, even though it’s
not in juice form, you can expect the same
thing to happen when you eat a lot of Costco’s
famed dried mango. There’s no surprise why
it’s such a big hit. Especially for people
who live in cold countries like Canada or
Iceland. In fact, these people may not even
know what the mango juice is doing once on
the inside. There’s more than meets the eye
when it comes to this exotic fruit. Eat enough
of them and maybe you wouldn’t need a warm
winter jacket or gloves in the cold weather.
But what if you live in a warm climate? Mangos
are popular in many Latin American countries
and asian countries as well. Then again, who
doesn’t love the mango? Costco and their dried
version of this fruit could be the reason
for the ever-expanding mango appetite.
Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle
Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle is a brownie reborn
into a kind of a peanut brittle.  So who
says that brownies can’t be brittle? Aren’t
all brownies supposed to be heavenly soft?
Well every now and then, someone turns the
traditional into something new. Who knows
why. Maybe because of an unexplainable craving
for a crunchier brownie. Whatever the reason,
this brownie is the best of both worlds. Brownie
Brittle was invented by Sheila G. Mains in
Palm Beach, Florida. Mains had been a commercial
brownie baker since 1992. So good in fact,
that she even purchased the telephone number
1-800-Brownie. Yes, you’ll also find these
Brownie Brittles at Walmart, but hey, why
go there when you have a Costco membership
and you can grab a bite from the famed Costco
food court at the same time? Sheila G’s Original
Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle contains, drum
roll, please: Just 120 calories. If you’re
a sucker for those crispy brownie edges, you’ll
get a lot of them out of the 5 oz typical
Costco Brownie Brittle bag. Some say these
brownies are similar in taste to a Heath bar.
So here’s a word of caution: the toffee
crunch flavor is insanely addicting.
Rotisserie Chickens
It seems that the cost-conscious consumer
community has an eternal love affair with
the Costco rotisserie chicken. After decades
of offering this already cooked whole chicken
to its members, the company has it all down
pat. It’s this consistency and of course
the $5.00 price tag that keeps the patented
rotisserie chicken on the best seller list
year after year. With this tremendous success,
companies like Walmart and others are stuck
trying to keep up and compete. The bottom
line is, this is great news for all consumers
looking for a deal when purchasing a cooked
whole chicken. A rotisserie chicken is not
only healthy but it’s super cheap, too, and
will continue to feed hungry Costco patrons
on a daily basis. And while you’re picking
up that chicken, you can also grab some delicious
Costco cookies for dessert.
Welcome to the World of Açai Bowls
Five-dollar Acai Bowls? You’d be crazy to
say no to Costco. After all, Booster Juice
and Jamba Juice wouldn’t go this low on price.
But Costco does. And they can afford to because
it all boils down to a numbers game. Ninety
million Costco members multiplied by the $60
buck membership fee equals in excess of $5
billion dollars. Just imagine. This is before
anyone even walks in the stores to make their
first purchase. You can’t argue with such
a strong financial foundation. This is what
accounts for all the Costco price magic happening
all around us. But what’s in an acai bowl,
anyway? For the uninitiated, a bowl of acai
typically contains acai, of course, in addition
to strawberry, banana, dark chocolate, blueberry,
and blackberry. And as the initiated would
know, not all acai bowls are created equal.
Also, the recent introduction of the acai
bowl in Costco food courts across the United
States is just one piece of proof that Costco
is heading towards a future of healthy eating.
The demise of the good old Costco Polish Dog
may have brought tears to countless diners
eyes, but for those seeking healthier options,
the Costco acai bowl proves that there is
a light at the end of the tunnel. Although
many probably would have just preferred the
Polish Dog.
Costco’s Dark Chocolate Potato Chips
Costco’s move to the Dark Side is complete.
You’ll never look at potato chips the same
way again. After a few bites of Sanders Dark
Chocolate Potato Chips, you just can’t. Once
your eyes and your taste buds have been opened,
there’s just no turning back. The combination
of chips and chocolate doesn’t sound like
something that belong together. But this snack
tells a different story. It seems chips and
chocolate actually do make a great combo.
Of course, there’s also the point of view
that dark chocolate is healthier for you than
its milk chocolate counterparts. No matter
how controversial the research on this matter
is, there will always be an iconic following
for the dark-is-better belief. Take Darth
Vader fans, for instance. So are you ready
to go to the dark side? Then head to Costco.
Costco continues to be the world’s largest
retailer of choice when it comes to prime
beef, organic foods, rotisserie chicken, and
wine. It has a total of 759 warehouses around
the world with the most being in the United
States with 527. Like the Energizer bunny,
Costco continues moving fast. They continue
to grow thanks to loyal and new patrons who
can never give up their favorite Costco items.
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