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Costco Food Finds - 1st QTR 2011 - Old

On another poster's suggestion, I am starting a quarterly thread for food finds at Costco.

I was there the other day, and picked up a 2 lb box of Medjool Dates (yum), a bag of dark chocolate covered blueberry/acai berry gel things (I usually get the pomegranite ones), and a 6 pack of Kirkland chicken broth. Usually I go there for non-food items (i.e. cat litter), but always manage to find some tasty treats. The fresh baked multigrain bread (sold in bags with 2 loaves) is very good but we did not need bread this week.

Any suggestions out there?

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  1. Thanks for starting this! I fell in love with the brie en brioche and bought it twice but I fear it is only a holiday item as I haven't been able to find any on the last three trips. My Costco has milton's multi-grain plus bread so I always get one of those. And the kettle corn. Amy's I think. But this time I also bought a bag of drizzled black and white kettlecorn by popcorn indiana that I have never seen before. It was supposed to be for NYE but somehow it never left my secret stash. Tragic mistake. Might bust that puppy open tonight, I'm sure it will be yummy.

    1. As I've pointed out in the past on other Costco threads, this sort of topic will likely lead to wild goose chases because Costco merchandise (with the possible exception of Kirkland products) varies from state to state, and often even from store to store. I hope people who post here will at least say where exactly they found their "finds" so others in different regions are given some notice that it may be a waste of time trying to hunt those items down.

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      1. re: Arthur

        good points all! thou I'd treat it as "maybe we might have... XYZ" rather than "waste of time..."

        1. re: Arthur

          Kirk. loaves of regular bread (not the gourmet stuff, the white and fluffy kind that comes presliced) varies WILDLY from store to store.

          in midstate pa, they use pepperidge farm's bakery. good stuff!

          1. re: Arthur

            For this reason, it would be great if people posted the item number so it will be easier to have looked up. The item number is usually 6 digits, and listed to the left of the item on the receipt. If the item is specially packaged for Costco, it will be on the packaging by the bar code.

            1. re: Arthur

              I've tried to keep a Costco thread running in my area, Philadelphia, especially if I find something wonderful that might only be at my Costco, for example david's cookies are sampling all this weekend and I really liked their xyz, but the post ends up here in chains.

              1. re: Arthur

                I agree completely, and am envious because the NH Costco seems to have a very limited inventory in comparison to what I read is available elsewhere. However, a lamentably small proportion of posters will give enough thought before posting to include their store location, exact item name, etc.

                1. re: greygarious

                  Greygarious, Nashua's my "home" Costco too - it's not the best but there are some food finds. I like the La Terra Fina artichoke dip in the refridgerated section (it's in a clear tub, to the left of the entrance of the fruit & vegetable "back room"). Also, the "house made" marinated shrimp with lime & cilantro (it's usually in with the salads & sandwiches) is very good. Serve that with the Trader Joes wasabi mayo if you want a dip (but you really don't need a dip for them) - &Trader Joes is only 5 minutes away from Costco too. The pita bite cracker at TJ's are great too.

                  1. re: southie_chick

                    I live in MA so the Nashua, Danvers, and Waltham Costcos are equidistant but since Nashua is tax-free, and just a stone's throw from TJ's that's always been the one I go to but I should probably explore the others. I have read mention of so many tempting items on CH but can't find them in Nashua.

                2. re: Arthur

                  Who knew that such an innocent thread would make people so agitated?

                  BTW, my Costco is in Wharton, NJ, which is in Morris County. It does not sell alcohol or gas. Since I go there on a regular basis to buy "the usuals", what I do is peruse what other people have found at their Costcos (regardless of location), jot down anything that seems interesting to me, and go look for it. Sometimes I get lucky, other times not so much. But it rarely upsets or aggravates me. Zen Costco.

                  1. re: njkori

                    Is Morris County like a mini Pennsylvannia? I dream of kirkland brand beer and vodka and TJ's two buck chuck. But I've been living under the iron thumb of the PLCB for too long to get agitated.

                    1. re: givemecarbs

                      I don't know! This location has never had liquor, but certainly others in NJ do. I just assumed it was a local liquor license issue. The vagaries of liquor laws across the US never ceases to amaze me.

                      1. re: njkori

                        Under NJ law, the corporation can only own two licenses to sell alcohol. I know that Costco sells wine/beer/alcohol in the Edison store. There is likely one more. There are other costcos where there is a vendor selling alcohol right next door in a costco like setting, but they are not the same. That is the case in the Hackensack store.

                        BTW Edison Costco will soon sell gas too.

                      2. re: givemecarbs

                        My husband was underwhelmed with the Kirkland beer. It's been hanging around here for a while now. At first I put it off to my husband being too picky but even my 22yo son and his friends have given it a pass so I think it's the beer. Unusual because we usually like the Kirkland brands across the board.

                        1. re: baseballfan

                          What beer would your husband and son normally drink?

                          1. re: Bobfrmia

                            My husband is very into IPA's but also likes Hefeweizen for something lighter My son loves Hefeweizen as well most especially Pyramid. The case that we bought from Costco contained their Hefs, IPA, an apricot beer and one other that I can't recall. The hef was the best of the lot. My husband drank a couple of the IPA's. I used the others in cooking. The apricot beer is still in the garage fridge.

                          2. re: baseballfan

                            Kirkland has different breweries producing their house labeled beers for different regions of the country. The ones sold in my area (Chicago) are brewed in Utica, New York. I believe the west coast beers are brewed in San Jose? Anyway, I buy the ones available in my area from time to time and have found them to be pretty good and always drinkable. Haven't seen the apricot variety though, probably would not have found it enjoyable either.

                            1. re: Coogles

                              Interesting....I didn't realize that they used different breweries in different parts of the country. Next time I am back east, I will have to give them another try.

                            2. re: baseballfan

                              It's sub-zero in Minnesota again, and if I had a bunch of unwanted beer, I'd make this fantastic Wassail recipe. I tried it once, in a fairly slapdash manner (didn't have time to do the apple baking bit, so just threw the sugar and chunked apples into the pot and simmered), and everybody loved it.
                              http://www.accidentalhedonist.com/ind...

                      3. Consistent product: Agro Sevilla manzanilla olives. oh, so good! (variable in price and quality as the year progresses, but it's always fairly priced, and never as bad as the supermarket)

                        1. just came from the Culver City, CA location...they got the Maranatha Almond Butter i requested. hooray!

                          and a heads-up for anyone who likes 0% Greek yogurt - when i went to grab my Fage out of the case i noticed they now have 12-packs of single-serve 6-oz containers [assorted flavors] of Chobani for $11.79.

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                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            Home Run Inn Pizza, IMHO the best frozen pizza ever, is back after a hiatus of 4 months, in Phoenix-area Costcos.

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              I've seen the Chobani 12 packs for a while in the Brooklyn Costco. I always check the package when I buy it though- sometimes a clever shopper 'rearranges' the packages to take only the flavors they like.

                              1. re: cheesecake17

                                doesn't surprise me...sadly, people have turned me into a cynic. i don't eat flavored yogurt and i rarely buy single-serving containers, so it's of no interest to me, but it's definitely a great deal for those of you who do! i think the local stores here in SoCal are charging at least $1.49 each for them.

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  The regular price in nyc is about $1.50-$2/container. But every week a different supermarket puts them on sale for 10 for $10. Even if I'm paying a bit more, it works out b/c I can buy plain for myself and pinapple or pomegranate for my husband.

                            2. Chinese mooncakes.

                              Boxes and boxes of them. Samples galore.

                              One of those yearly rituals ... god help us all.

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                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Which Costco did you see mooncakes at? I don't think I've ever seen those..

                                1. re: plantainchips

                                  I see them every year at the Costco in Alhambra, CA

                                  1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                                    Bingo.

                                    Towards the back, right before you reach the seafood/meat dept.