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Best Products at Cost Plus World Market?

GraceW Jan 16, 2012 08:22 PM

Do you have any favorite or staple food-products that you seek out at World Market? I really enjoy reading everyone's favorite products at TJ, Costco, and other stores.. I thought I'd see if anyone had any 'gems' at World Market.


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    HungryPixie Mar 8, 2012 06:50 PM

    my faves are:
    dussaldorf mustard in the beer stein
    daves pasta sauce, esp the butternut squash one
    RT. 11 potato chips ... best chips eveh in the whole wide woorraallld!!! all of the flavors rock, but the chesapeke crab flavor is off the hook! bq chips are also drool worthy if you can get your hands on a bag
    sriracha sauce, of course
    spices, black peppercorns, curry, etc
    pacific foods cashew carrot ginger soup, such a essential + yummy flavor, alone or as a base for magical things
    ritter sport bar yogurt flavor

    i heart my cost plus, plus it's within walking distance, bonus!!!

    1. LA Buckeye Fan Mar 8, 2012 09:24 AM

      They always have it at the one by my house in Valencia.

      1. LA Buckeye Fan Mar 7, 2012 01:27 PM

        I like the Branston Pickle relish, Anne's Swedish ginger thins, Frontera bottled salsas, Single serving packs of Nutella (a whole bottle is dangerous) And the avocado flavored tortilla chips whose name I can't remember. But I can find those in regular grocery stores now.

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          woodleyparkhound Mar 8, 2012 04:24 AM

          They sell Branston Pickle there?!?! Good to know!

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            Big Bad Voodoo Lou Mar 8, 2012 12:41 PM

            Guacachips! They also have Salsitas, which are salsa-flavored tortilla chips.

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            Novelli Feb 17, 2012 12:05 PM

            I dig their incense and candle selections!

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              eel Feb 16, 2012 01:26 PM

              German cookies at Christmas time!

              1. paulj Jan 30, 2012 09:50 PM

                They carry French carbon steel fry pans and crepe pans, sometimes at 50% off. These are the Force Blue line, not the heavier ones at WS, but still worth looking for.

                1. Kris P Pata Jan 30, 2012 03:29 PM

                  Love x3 Cost + World Market if, for no other reason, because they carry these (and at generally reasonable prices):

                  Lotus Biscoff Speculoos
                  REAL (not Hershey's licensed) Cadbury Chocolate Bars
                  Walkers Yard of Shortbread (Awesome stocking stuffers!)
                  Opera Prima Tempranillo
                  Lindemans Framboise Lambic

                  1. woodleyparkhound Jan 27, 2012 06:35 AM

                    For me it's Marmite, although I know that is a controversial topic. I also think that they have a good wine dept.

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                      RB Hound Jan 27, 2012 09:25 AM

                      Exactly what sort of controversy surrounds Marmite? Most people think it is awful, and those that do enjoy it will readily admit it is an acquired taste. :)

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                      Big Bad Voodoo Lou Jan 26, 2012 07:48 PM

                      Xochitl sea salt tortilla chips are the best tortilla chips I've ever had, including fresh-made chips in most Mexican restaurants. For the longest time, I could only ever find them at World Market. Now Publix carries them, and they're a hell of a lot closer, but I highly recommend those chips no matter what. They're a little too thin to be ideal for dipping, but still awesome.

                      I also liked getting Zapp's potato chips from Louisiana, Volpi red and white wine-cured salamis, and decorative mini-kegs of Virgil's root beer at World Market. Unfortunately, the only one left around here is half an hour away, but we had a lot of fun there after getting a World Market gift card as a wedding gift two years ago.

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                        aynrandgirl Jan 26, 2012 09:32 PM

                        Thanks for the Xochitl recommendation, I've been looking for a thinner chip than the regular supermarket brands.

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                          mrbigshotno.1 Jan 28, 2012 05:35 AM

                          These are the best bagged, storebought tortilla chips on the planet, I'm not kidding!


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                          aynrandgirl Jan 30, 2012 03:41 PM

                          I was disappointed to see that Xochitl chips aren't available in less than $5 bags. Not conducive to a test tasting (and I'm single, so a bag that size will go stale before I've eaten much of it).

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                            bte576 Feb 3, 2012 11:33 AM

                            Keep your eyes peeled. These are sold in mini sized bags, although maybe not at World Market. I bought them once at a gourmet grocery and I just checked and they are sold on their website this way as well.

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                            gmm Mar 2, 2012 07:30 PM

                            Another thanks for the Xochitl tortilla chips recommendation. Got some today and LOVE them. They go great with the TJ's Salsa Especial I picked up yesterday. They're so light it's hard to stop eating them.

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                              Big Bad Voodoo Lou Mar 8, 2012 12:40 PM

                              Yea yea! I try to never steer anyone wrong on here. Glad you liked them!

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                            achtungpv Jan 26, 2012 06:22 AM

                            I haven't been in there in a few years but there was a great bag of bleu cheese chips. If anybody knows the brand, please post.

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                              1. gmm Jan 24, 2012 07:06 PM

                                Cost Plus is the only place I've found that carries the Ritter Sport chocolate bars with cornflakes, which is my love. I also like the Emme fondue, which is about half the price of the same item at my local grocery stores.

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                                  RB Hound Jan 25, 2012 02:12 PM

                                  As difficult as it may be to believe, I almost always find the Ritter Sport chocolate with cornflakes at Target. Usually only $2, too, much less than Cost Plus has them priced.

                                  Location: San Diego, though Target probably carries them nationwide

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                                    paulj Jan 25, 2012 02:46 PM

                                    At my nearest location, Cost Plus is right next to Target. So I can easily browse both. Unless they are on clearance or truly unique, CP prices are seldom the best.

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                                      gmm Jan 27, 2012 10:22 PM

                                      Thanks for the tip on Target, RB. I was there today and picked up a couple Ritter Sport bars for $1.97 each. Never thought to look there, the only other place I've seen them other than Cost Plus is Trader Joe's and they don't have any of the interesting flavors.

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                                        gnomatic Jan 28, 2012 08:44 PM

                                        The Walgreens in my area have a (strangely) huge selection, they also carry some Milka bars and sometimes Kinder Bueno... for better price then Cost Plus.

                                  2. paulj Jan 23, 2012 08:30 PM

                                    A Spanish style chorizo (not always) and sherry vinegar. Otherwise I focus on sales items, especially in the kitchenware.

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                                      Claudette Jan 23, 2012 08:25 PM

                                      Lyle's Golden Syrup.

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                                        Pius Avocado III Jan 20, 2012 10:28 AM

                                        Zapp's Potato Chips.
                                        Duke's mayo, though I haven't seen it in quite some time.
                                        Puckered Pickle sport peppers and neon-green relish for Chicago hot dogs.
                                        Heinz Beanz, for beanz on toast.

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                                          aynrandgirl Jan 19, 2012 11:23 PM

                                          I like the sodas:

                                          Nesbitt's Orange
                                          Old Town Root Beer
                                          Blood Orange Soda

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                                            gnomatic Jan 19, 2012 11:06 PM

                                            Their house brand Kenyan whole coffee bean. Good price, and combine that with their frequent coffee buyer card, double coffee credit Wednesday, and World Explorer coupons (there is always a 10% off or $10 off 30 coupon).

                                            I also prefer their chocolate lacey cookies over Trader Joe' s version.

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                                              bte576 Jan 19, 2012 06:09 PM

                                              I buy quite a lot there... While some things are more expensive than the grocery, I find some specialty items to be more reasonable there.
                                              Bagged Spices
                                              Coffee--Their house brand and the Cafe Du Monde Tin Cans
                                              Ginger People Products--love the Ginger Chips for baking when I'm feeling Lazy
                                              Their brand dark choc. w/sea salt is great
                                              Olive Oil
                                              Preserved Lemons

                                              I enjoy browsing the wine selection, although I never buy wine there unless it on sale or an exclusive. I seem to always find it cheaper somewhere else afterwards if I pay full price.

                                              1. boogiebaby Jan 19, 2012 04:48 PM

                                                Devonshire/english cream for scones
                                                Various european chocolates
                                                Cadbury choclate cookies

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                                                  hippiechickinsing Jan 19, 2012 04:10 PM

                                                  The Nyaker ginger thin cookies are my favorite. I also got some kind of sparkling mock margarita that was really good.

                                                  1. tracylee Jan 19, 2012 03:35 PM

                                                    I adore their gingersnap cookies and olive oil biscotti bites. To me, they are much better than either snack from Trader Joe's. It's too bad World Market is waaaay out of my way.

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                                                      beachmouse Jan 16, 2012 09:17 PM

                                                      We like the Al Fez apricot & coriander simmer sauce for those times when you don't want to have to put much effort into dinner. Also the no-salt added Hakubaku udon noodles.

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                                                        brilynn79 Jan 17, 2012 10:45 PM

                                                        I enjoy finding unique sodas and trying different wines.

                                                        This Christmas we got this interesting soda assortment and had a fun soda tasting.

                                                      2. ipsedixit Jan 16, 2012 08:33 PM

                                                        About the only thing that really interests me at Cost Plus are the imported candies.

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                                                          akq Jan 26, 2012 06:12 PM

                                                          +1 Maltesers and amaretti cookies for me. YUM. Oh, and wine gums.

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