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Costco cheesecake? Did I imagine it...?

Miri1 May 22, 2012 08:14 PM

am I losing my mind? Did I see a thread recently about a kosher cheesecake available at Costco? If so, under which hashgacha? Is it a brand name? Or did I dream it up? Thanks!

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      shoelace May 22, 2012 08:45 PM

      in areas where the costco bakery is kosher, that bakery also sells kosher cheeseckes, in some stores, even where the bakeries arent kosher, theyll have davids cookies cheesecakes which are kosher and over the summer in virginia i rthink they also had a juniors cheesecakse with a hashgacha, but dont quote me on that last part

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      1. re: shoelace
        cheesecake17 May 23, 2012 08:04 AM

        Recently was in Costco and they had all 3. The kosher house made cheesecakes were near the refrigerAted birthday cakes. Reps from Davids Cookies were handing out samples of their cheesecakes and choc chip cookie cake. The juniors cheesecakes were not with the bakery items- they were in the fridge section near the hummus and (non kosher) dips and pesto.

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        MartyB May 23, 2012 11:58 AM

        Yes, it depends on location. In Lawrence NY the bakery section is kosher and they make an awesome one. I will be purchasing one tonight. My daughter offered to make cheesecakes for me but I told her that the Costco one was so yummy and so cheap that I don't want her to bother.

        Come to think about it, how are they able to make a 5+ pound cheese cake for $13? The raw materials probably go for more than that Ah, but they are Costco and they get discounts we can only dream about!

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        1. re: MartyB
          queenscook May 23, 2012 02:44 PM

          It's been discussed before. They may not be making money on that item, but they know people like you will come to buy it, and spend an additional $100 that you didn't plan to, and wouldn't have if you hadn't come in. You yourself have said that you can't go in there without spending more than you expected.

          Additionally, remember, you pay for the privilege of shopping there. You may go often, and save a lot on things you might buy elsewhere for more, but other customers join, pay over $50 to join, and then rarely go. Costco makes big bucks on many people without them getting anything in return. Everyone has to remember that the fee you pay to allow you to buy there raises the costs of what you buy.

          And finally, there are many things they sell which are actually more expensive than elsewhere, but people don't compare; they just assume it is a good price, and overpay. That's another way they make money.

          1. re: queenscook
            susiejane May 23, 2012 03:38 PM

            The recent CNBC special on Costco's business model said they make their profit from membership fees. It was a very interesting program.

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              shoelace May 23, 2012 06:20 PM

              and toilet paper

              1. re: shoelace
                Arinoam May 24, 2012 10:00 AM

                Careful people - I've been a shareholder of Costco and Price Club before it forever and it has been very sweet financially

            2. re: queenscook
              MartyB May 23, 2012 09:06 PM

              Absolutely amazing. I placed a post here in May 2009 where I noted that Costco was selling cheesecake for $12.99 and Strawberry cheesecake for $14.99. I went to Costco tonight and bought the Strawberry cheesecake for $14.99 and noted that the plain cheesecake was being sold for $12.99. Same price 4 years running! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623872

              Plenty of frum people in the store. All the shredded cheese was gone so I will have to return. I did note many shopping carts with the cheese cake in them. As usual I wound up buying more stuff. Meal Mart Turkey breast (not the deli slices), Meal Mart pastrami, nice package of flanken for my chulent, package of corn and a gallon of milk. Eggs while nicely priced was still slightly cheaper at Brachs.

              1. re: MartyB
                shoelace May 23, 2012 09:54 PM

                do me a favor, buy a dozen eggs at brachs and a package from costco, and crack one of each egg in to two white or clear bowls and look at the difference, then cook each egg simply, scrambled, sunny side up etc, and taste the difference

                youll see why i only buy costco eggs, their turnover means insanely fresh eggs

                1. re: shoelace
                  MartyB May 24, 2012 09:58 AM

                  I usually buy Costco's eggs, but with shavous almost here and Brach's lower prices coupled with the high usage of eggs for the 3 day yom tov I assume that the eggs would be fresh. I obviously would not go to Brachs just for the eggs, that would be silly but since I know that I will be there I figure I might as well save a few kopecks.

                  As to the milk, nobody touches Costco's prices. I hope all you people check the exp dates. They don't charge less for older milk and I always find a spectrum of dates.

                  1. re: MartyB
                    websterhall1994 May 24, 2012 07:50 PM

                    Cam we talk about the milk for a minute. What's the deal with the Jerry cans? Both my kids and myself find them very hard to pour from cleanly. After watching the cnbc special, I assume this was done as a space saving measure because now the containers are perfectly rectangular. But thespilling issue, as well as a couple of ver leaky cartons has made me willing to pay a "premium" for Trader Joes slightly more expensive ( but still way below kosher supermarket) milk.

                    1. re: websterhall1994
                      cheesecake17 May 25, 2012 09:27 AM

                      It's all about h ow the rectangular containers fit perfectly on pallets. More milk can fit on pallets, more pallets can be stacked, less trucks needed to transport the pallets. There's actually a way to pour the milk so that it doesn't spill.

                      I believe Walmart started the rectangular milk containers. Not all Costco locations have the rectangular containers.

                2. re: MartyB
                  divadmas May 23, 2012 10:21 PM

                  the shredded cheese is convenient but i finally switched to buying a block and doing myself.

                  we have a west coast restaurant supply store cash and carry that lets anyone in to buy but you do need cash. has a website with specials.

                  costco organic milk is ultra pasturized. i do like their regular milk, it is non hormone and tastes great.

                  1. re: divadmas
                    SoCal Mother May 24, 2012 08:34 AM

                    Divadmas, what restaurant supply store are you talking about? Are you in SoCal? (Did you means Smart N Final?)

                    1. re: SoCal Mother
                      divadmas May 24, 2012 10:20 AM

                      i should have added quotation marks. name of store is cash and carry, google them, they are all up and down west coast, i am in wa state.

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                        SoCal Mother May 25, 2012 01:17 PM

                        Alas, not near me.

                  2. re: MartyB
                    MartyB May 25, 2012 01:56 PM

                    Went to Gourmet Glatt and noticed cheese cakes at the Zomick counter. I found it amusing that they were charging $12.99 like Costco the *only* difference was that $12.99 buys you at Costco a five(5) pound cheese cake (88oz) while $12.99 buys you at Zomick's a one(1) pound (16oz) cake.

                    Amazing, simply amazing!

                3. re: MartyB
                  shoelace May 23, 2012 06:22 PM

                  marty- have you done restaurant depot? im horrified every time i go there abt the prices i pay for things, BUT sometimes buying 2 gallons of herring isnt the best idea no matter how cheap and delicious

                  1. re: shoelace
                    Miri1 May 23, 2012 06:45 PM

                    I'm in Los Angeles. No kosher costco cheesecake for us! Alas, it's going to be homemade. Oh, gosh darn, what a horrible sacrifice I must make! :)

                    1. re: shoelace
                      emacat May 23, 2012 06:55 PM

                      Don't you have to be a business to shop at Restaurant Depot?

                      1. re: emacat
                        shoelace May 23, 2012 09:52 PM

                        yes, i shop for my school, and my parents own a small business and shop there for the business

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