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The Costco Thread - new products, old favourites, interesting items

ylsf Dec 31, 2012 09:21 AM

I see that BC has a "costco" thread that gets updated with food related things. Thought it would be great to have one for Ontario as products as different across regions.

I really like that Costco often carries food that isn't available at normal grocery stores. I try to limit my "new items" to one or two per shopping trip but that is often difficult!

I really enjoyed the Mountain Harvest flat breads they had but they got rid of them. I have lately been buying the "Extreme Pita" ancient flat breads (last two times I was there) and they are pretty good.

Some great cheeses lately too, I will post more details once I have tried the cheeses.

Feel free to post about kitchen gadgets/etc that may be a good deal at Costco.

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    ylsf Dec 28, 2013 10:18 PM

    Went to the Brampton Costco the other day for the first time.

    Noticed Bean Head Premium Coffee Beans their for $9.97 for 800 g but soomeone on RFD mentioned they saw at other Costco for $6.97

    I picked up a 4 pack of Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna for $12.69, I hadn't seen that product before.

    1 Reply
    1. re: ylsf
      jai4dev Mar 10, 2014 12:08 PM

      went to Brampton Costco Sunday March 9,2014
      Found William 4x200 gram coffee for $ 4.87 only.
      was well over $14 before. All 4 top quality coffee.Nicely packed ..very good deal..

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      ylsf Dec 23, 2013 04:59 PM

      I went by the Burlington Costco today... Definitely the busiest I have ever seen it. Didn`t help that people were parking illegally (and, getting tickets for it).

      Anyway, I saw an interesting product by this company:


      I don`t see the product itself listed there but it is a `Salsa al Tartufo Special`as per the jar.
      350g for $9.99

      1. jayt90 Dec 23, 2013 02:42 PM

        Costco has a magazine in the warehouses with information about their suppliers.
        It is called "My Costco" and there is a stack of them at the entrance.
        Many of their suppliers are highlighted. We can now know their supplier for veal, haddock, rib eye, pork, pickerel, and trout, all of which are sold in trays or packages without a name. Each supplier I was interested in could be Googled for more information.
        This is the first major change I have seen since the founder Jim Sinegal, retired a year ago. Which supermarket will follow?

        1. duckdown Dec 21, 2013 03:01 PM

          New Cretor's popcorn spotted - white & purple bag, greek yogurt drizzled. $6.99

          Couldn't resist since we love the Chicago Mix, but haven't opened it yet

          1. Nevy Dec 21, 2013 09:27 AM

            The new Mississauga central location has a few new interesting items that all look great.

            Kirkland brand Guatamala whole bean coffee. 907 g for $9.99. Fantastic price... I bought one to try
            Sanders sea salt dark chocolate caramels. Only $9.79 for 1 kg. If you love caramels, RUN for these. Seriously addicting and half the price retail.
            Starbucks Winter blend whole beans. $21.99 for 1.13 kg. OK pricey but much cheaper than retail. I've had this and its pretty decent
            189 Hardwood by Premiere Moisson 3 box of mini croissant, pain au chocolate, and pain aux raisin. I normally don't buy frozen pastries because they use shortening or oil. These are the real deal! No oil, shortening, or palm. Just flour, butter, water, yeast, sugar, and the filling of raisin or chocolate. They're made in Quebec and they're unleavened so Yiu need to proof them overnight before baking. For 3 boxes, only $11.49. Christmas brunch made easy!
            Black figs made an appearance. $6.49 for 1lb I think

            I'm running crazy with so many events that I don't have time for a detail search of the sales. I'll start up once again in the new year

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            1. re: Nevy
              ylsf Dec 21, 2013 02:26 PM

              I am guessing you might not read this for a while but if you see this before tomorrow, I am curious if you went today to that Costco and how bad/busy it was? I still need to stop there to get some stuff at some point before Christmas. I am curious if the new Mississauga Costco is even busier than others because people want to try the new spot... or, if it just as busy as the others :)

              1. re: ylsf
                jayt90 Dec 21, 2013 02:51 PM

                They will all be fairly quiet after 2 PM on the 24th.

                1. re: ylsf
                  Nevy Dec 21, 2013 02:59 PM

                  I actually like the new Costco. It wasn't too busy but I went when it first opened. Its definitely less busy than Etobicoke with bigger aisles and better lighting.

                  I have to do a brunch for Christmas so I'm waiting to grab more items and planning to head back in Tuesday morning. I really like how they employed a lot of people with several years of experience in the new spot. Everyone had a tag that showed 2010 or older.

              2. jayt90 Dec 20, 2013 05:11 PM

                The search is on for a replacement for Heinz Ketchup using sugar rather than HFCS. (The current supply of Heinz will be fine until next spring). PC ketchup uses sugar, and now Costco has introduced an organic ketchup from California at an attractive price, 2-pack 750 ml each @ $5.79. I have it, but unopened, so will report, probably on the Heinz plant closing thread.

                Stirling 84 Euro butter was on special at $4.79/this week, until Dec 24). Compare that to Kerrygold or any high bf butter!!

                Jordan's breakfast cereal from U.K. is $5.79

                There is a 3-pack of Patak Indian sauces, $5.97

                Alexis de Portneuf Camembert 1 kg reduced to $9.99, pull date Feb 7

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                1. re: jayt90
                  duckdown Dec 21, 2013 09:34 AM

                  Keep us posted about that ketchup, I want to definitely buy it if it's half decent! In fact, go try it now for us! :D

                  1. re: duckdown
                    jayt90 Dec 21, 2013 11:10 AM

                    I have just tried the organic ketchup, and it beats Heinz easily!
                    It's Simply Natural, from Bridgeport, New Jersey.
                    It has 2g sugar in the ingredients, where Heinz has 4g and PC 5g.
                    The flavor is bright, tangy, and tasting of tomatoes (surprise!).
                    These three ketchups may taste different on food; I know I like PC on hot dogs but not by itself.
                    However, Simply Natural made a good impression on me, and I hope it remains available.
                    Here is a link, at a higher price http://well.ca/products/simply-natura...

                    1. re: jayt90
                      mrsleny Dec 28, 2013 03:50 PM

                      Agreed ... just picked up the 2 pack today at Markham Woodbine store. YUMMMM. I'm a big Heinz fiend and this one is very very good, if not better.

                      Freekah is still MIA for me. Maybe they will restock.

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                  smfan Dec 17, 2013 06:40 AM

                  At Warden location, Stirling churn butter, Tropicanna OJ, Jules all butter belgian cookies, Swiss fancy cookies, Gray Ridge Extra Large Eggs, Whipping cream, Fresh Chocolate milk, Carnation Simple ingredients chocolate mix, Sugar, Vaseline, Advil, Pork Tenderloin, some cheese and cold cuts are on sale.

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                    smfan Dec 16, 2013 03:50 PM

                    All Butter Panettone from Italy $5.99 is quite good

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                    1. re: smfan
                      duckdown Dec 16, 2013 08:46 PM

                      Got a brand name? Would like to Google the ingredients.

                      All the Panettone I've seen this year are highly processed and sweetened with HFCS, to my surprise even the ones imported from Italy. What the hell is going on!

                      1. re: duckdown
                        smfan Dec 17, 2013 06:23 AM

                        Someone mentioned the brand Forno Primavera a few years back on chowhound. The only questionable ingredients are emulsifier and flavour. All other ingredients are natural. And for $5.99, one KG,from Italy, it's a great deal. It is quite moist and not too sweet with rasins and candied orange peels. You won't find any info using google. I tried.

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                      ylsf Dec 12, 2013 05:22 PM

                      A quick report from my last two trips. Some of these things might always be there or have been there for a while but they peaked my interest

                      Mississauga South location (last week)

                      Noted the cookbooks there, sorry, don't have prices

                      Save with Jamie
                      Scarpetta Cookbook
                      Ottolenghi - The Cookbook (I was tempted by this one!)

                      Ethical Bean Lush Coffee Beans - organic- 908g - $15.89

                      Bean Head - organic coffee beans - 800g - $18.99

                      Sol sunflower milk unsweetened - 6 x 946ml - $8.99 - I have never tried sunflower milk before, anyone have comments?

                      Dom Speciality Seafood organic white sturgeon - 50g - $89.99

                      This was the first time I noticed Brisket (point) at costco too. I guess they only have it at certain locations because it wasn't in Burlington today

                      Burlington location (Today)
                      -Safies Hot and Spicy Pickles - $2.97 each , end of line (*) product. I haven't tried them yet

                      -Cracked Freekeh Greenwheat - 1.36 kg bag, $7.99. Looks like an interesting product, picked up a bag

                      -Greenpan Non-stick skillet - 2 pieces - $39.99 I hadn't seen these in store for a while. I bought some in the past and they are good frying pans

                      -Sunblest brand coconut flour. Never cooked with coconut flower before, seemed like an interesting product though
                      2kg bag, organic and gluten free - $7.99

                      -750g Toblerone bar $8.99 until Dec 15, 2013, (it is $3 off regular price)

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                      1. re: ylsf
                        mrsleny Dec 12, 2013 07:32 PM

                        Curious about the Freekeh Greenwheat. I will look for it at my local store.


                        1. re: mrsleny
                          kwass Dec 13, 2013 04:48 AM

                          I'm curious about it too. Prior to hearing about it on this thread, I had never even heard of it. But I looked it up and it looks great! Really nutritious!!

                          1. re: kwass
                            ylsf Dec 13, 2013 08:30 AM

                            Yeah, and I like that it is high in fibre. I will try to get around to making it at some point and reporting back :)

                            BTW, it is from Australia.

                            1. re: ylsf
                              kwass Dec 13, 2013 08:59 AM

                              I like that too. If I remember correctly, I think it has 2x as much fibre as quinoa, and 4x as much fibre as brown rice, which is pretty impressive! I'm definitely going to pick some up this week.

                              Did you find it in the same aisle as the rice?

                              1. re: kwass
                                mrsleny Dec 15, 2013 07:34 PM

                                I couldn't find the freekeh at my local store (Richmond Hill). I searched the rice aisle as well as the cereal/grain one where they sometimes stock quinoa.

                                Store was starting to get busy and Mr Leny wanted to leave before it got too crazy.

                                1. re: mrsleny
                                  kwass Dec 15, 2013 07:42 PM

                                  I'm going to Costco tomorrow. Either Billy Bishop or Vaughan, depending on which I'm closer to. So I'll let you know if I find it @ either of those stores.

                                  1. re: kwass
                                    mrsleny Dec 16, 2013 05:52 AM

                                    Thank you! Though probably won't be hitting Costco again until after the Christmas rush. Unless I can convince Mr Leny :)

                                    1. re: mrsleny
                                      Yongeman Dec 16, 2013 08:19 AM

                                      Costco can get busy, but if you only need a few things, don't bring a cart--it's pretty easy to negotiate the aisles without one.

                                      1. re: Yongeman
                                        ylsf Dec 16, 2013 10:08 AM

                                        Or just leave your kid to wait in the line for you while you shop... like some lady did when I went last time... the girl kept saying "go ahead, I am waiting for my mom" for a good 10+ minutes.

                                        1. re: ylsf
                                          kwass Dec 16, 2013 06:51 PM

                                          That's funny!

                                      2. re: mrsleny
                                        kwass Dec 16, 2013 06:50 PM

                                        Well when you do finally go again, I found it in the cereal aisle @ the Woodbridge location today.

                                        1. re: kwass
                                          mrsleny Dec 16, 2013 08:50 PM

                                          Thanks ... will try to get to Vaughan store sometime. They also have (or did have) some cereal that mr leny liked which our local store never carried.

                          2. re: ylsf
                            Full tummy Dec 12, 2013 09:24 PM

                            I bought the sunflower milk. Nobody in my family likes it, as it has a strong aftertaste, which is noticeable even in baked goods. Worth trying, though, as you may like it. I figure some people must!

                            1. re: ylsf
                              justsayn Dec 12, 2013 09:43 PM

                              I have really enjoyed cooking out of his book "Plenty". Definitely going to check that one out. Thanks

                              1. re: ylsf
                                Yongeman Dec 14, 2013 05:27 PM

                                Thanks ylsf. Do you know if it's the 20cm and 26cm greenpan that's available? Sounds like a good price to me. I'm looking for safe non-stick pans.

                                1. re: Yongeman
                                  ylsf Dec 14, 2013 07:29 PM

                                  Sorry, not sure. It looks like the same as last time around (if you have seen them before) one larger/one smaller. I took a picture of the price label but it doesn't have the sizes on the label.

                                  1. re: Yongeman
                                    jayt90 Dec 15, 2013 05:40 AM

                                    There are two sizes of Vita Verde pans available at Superstore for less than $20. I use the small white one with a thin ceramic lining for bacon, eggs and pan fries. Has been excellent for about 6 months.

                                    1. re: Yongeman
                                      elvisahmed Dec 15, 2013 09:27 AM

                                      If I recall they are the 20 and 26 CM.
                                      Same as these one's sold online

                                      1. re: elvisahmed
                                        Yongeman Dec 15, 2013 10:56 AM

                                        I did see them online, elvisahmed. So in the store they're $39 and online, $59. Good saving. I'm also interested in the Vita Verde pans that jayt90 mentioned. Does anyone know how the quality might compare? I'm interested in SAFE non-stick more than anything else. Thanks.

                                    2. re: ylsf
                                      ls150 Dec 15, 2013 05:58 AM

                                      Did you catch how much Ottolenghi - The Cookbook is? I was thinking of getting it for someone from Chapters.ca, but if it's the same, I'll bypass waiting for the shipping.

                                      1. re: ls150
                                        jayt90 Dec 15, 2013 10:19 AM

                                        Costco is a standard 40% off unless a clear out.
                                        Chapters ca says 37%.
                                        So the decision depends on shipping, returns or convenience factor.

                                    3. Nevy Dec 4, 2013 11:38 AM

                                      For the first week of December, here's what I've found. As an aside, if ANYONE needs to buy boy toys, head down to Mississauga South. At least 5 good boy toys are on severe discontinued pricing. Great Christmas gifts.

                                      New items this week

                                      Verismo System 580 by Starbucks - $119.99

                                      Kirkland Brand Chocolate Yule Log - $18.99, 1.4 kg

                                      Kirkland Brand Cream Puff Brownie Cake - $15.99, 900g

                                      Basse Premium Mixed Nuts - $14.79, 865 g. The mix looked pretty good. It had large whole cashews, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, and pecans. I think cranberries are added in just a touch. It’s a Quebec company and they roast their own nuts as well.

                                      On Sale

                                      Olympic Ham - $5 off, sold by the kilo. Average size is about 2.5 kg

                                      Sealtest Unsalted butter - $2.49

                                      Four O’Clock Organic Teas - $19.79, $5 off, 160 bags. I think there’s about 6 to 8 varieties in the box

                                      Diamond Harvest Shrimp Platter 41/50 - $14.99, $5 off, 965 g

                                      Cavendish Farms French Fries - $7.49, 4.25 kg

                                      Puff Pastry Cheese Bites - $9.99, 1.3 kg

                                      Olivia Smoked Salmon kabobs - $14.99, 300g

                                      Asparagus - $6.99, $1 off

                                      Red and Orange Pepper - $5.99, $1 off

                                      Quaker Chocolate Tender Oat bars - $7.49, 36 bars of 34 g

                                      Lindt Truffle Lindor - $15.99, 900 g

                                      Belgian Butter Florentines Cookies - $6.99, 500 g. We bought these because it was about 30% nuts enrobed in butter and chocolate. I thought it sounded great and compared to the really expensive Lacey cookies, this was a good alternative to try.

                                      Yves Delice Melting Delights - $9.99, 448 g. This is made in France and I’ve tried the chocolate from this brand before and I think they’re really well done. No yucky additives like palm oil … just butter, sugar, and cocoa mass.

                                      Toblerone - $8.99, 750 g. I think this is the cheapest I’ve seen them?

                                      Crunchmaster Gluten Free Multigrain Crackers - $5.99, 567 g

                                      A lot of drugstore chocolate bars are on sale for $4 off for the box… kit kat, coffee crisp, aero, Lindt. Kinder surprise was on sale too


                                      Bormioli Rocco Luna Glassware 16 pieces - $12.97. Made in Italy, there are 8 tumblers and 8 lowball. They’re actually quite nice and hefty

                                      Frozen Lobster Cocktail Claws - $15.97, 645 g. These are interesting looking… they’re half cracked and peeled so the meat is easily accessible.


                                      Online Sale

                                      Leonidas Chocolate is on sale... it's not the best price I ever seen them but this is cheaper than direct from Leonidas with shipping included.

                                      8 Replies
                                      1. re: Nevy
                                        Nevy Dec 7, 2013 07:19 AM

                                        This is not a sale but Stirling Salted butter is $3.49. This is the lowest I've ever seen this before. They also have the Stirling European Churned 84% butter fat one for $5.49 which is a great deal. This is at the Etobicoke location

                                        There are no Next Organic dark chocolate covered cherries here (sadly)

                                        1. re: Nevy
                                          jayt90 Dec 7, 2013 07:35 AM

                                          That is good news, as if Stirling may become a regular at Costco, in addition to to Lactantia unsalted, and a mass produced butter from a major producer.


                                          Stirling unsalted was highly rated by Saveur, but their salted version is also rich in flavor, with a long aftertaste.

                                          Sealtest, Nestle etc seem to be on a par with Becel or Imperial on my palate.

                                          1. re: Nevy
                                            jammy Dec 7, 2013 05:48 PM

                                            Stirling churn 84% is fabulous. It has made a huge difference in baked goods.

                                            BTW is $5.49 for the high fat butter for a pound or a half pound?

                                            1. re: jammy
                                              Nevy Dec 7, 2013 05:59 PM

                                              Both the salted and European Churn is a full lb.

                                              1. re: Nevy
                                                jammy Dec 7, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                Good grief, that's a good price! Was there a lot of churn 84 in stock?

                                                1. re: jammy
                                                  Nevy Dec 7, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                  It is a fantastic price! I would say that there wasn't a lot of either. It was in the enclosed door refrigerated section where there's a divider between the upper shelf and lower shelf. Each butter type was less than 60% filled of a shelf but what you can see seemed to be newly opened as only one or two bricks was taken out of a box.

                                                  I took a brick myself for some upcoming Christmas baking and I'm thinking I should have bought more!

                                                  1. re: jammy
                                                    smfan Dec 9, 2013 06:09 AM

                                                    Billy Bishop has the churn 84 with salt for $5.79.

                                                2. re: jammy
                                                  Sadistick Dec 9, 2013 05:43 AM

                                                  I have actually started seeing Stirling butter at Longos as well.

                                                  So far only the churned, not the Euro style.

                                            2. Nevy Dec 1, 2013 03:30 PM

                                              I braved the weekend insanity to bring a friend in to get a deal on a tv. And while they were figuring out if they like the 60" or 50", I was able to wander a bit to see what was new coming in.

                                              I didn't have my good phone with camera so I didn't capture a lot of details but here's what I remember.

                                              If anyone is looking to upgrade their microwave, they have one on sale and it's a nice stainless steel one. $40 off at the moment

                                              They have ridiculously large chafing dishes for only $22.97 (or possibly less) and for those who are entertainers or doing Christmas brunch, this might be useful for that one day!

                                              In the fresh cake area, they've added 2 more festive cakes. One is a profiterole explosion and the other was another bar cake in a season flavour (I want to say cranberry mousse type but I think that's wrong). Both are in the $18.99 range for a huge monster 1.5 kg amount.

                                              In the butcher area, you may want to keep an eye out on CA Prime grade beef coming in. I overheard one store person saying they may be getting top CA Prime grade prime roast beefs in shortly. I believe right now their cut is AAA.

                                              As for new items, there are more chocolate confectionery treats than there are people possibly in the store. Dark chocolate covered dried mangos, Ganoog double pack of liquor chocolate (Queen Anne Cherry cordials types and another type of nougat chocolate),

                                              They also have asparagus... I have no clue how on earth they have fresh Asparagus in December but they do!

                                              Oh, the tangerine boxes... they're a steal now at $2.49 for the extra large box.

                                              Happy Black Friday Shopping!

                                              38 Replies
                                              1. re: Nevy
                                                magpiebakes Dec 1, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                Thanks for posting all these updates!
                                                Btw, has anyone tried the chocolate covered mangoes?

                                                1. re: magpiebakes
                                                  mrsleny Dec 1, 2013 06:58 PM

                                                  I am also curious about the chocolate covered mangoes. I didn't want to dish out $11.99 (I think) if they were only so-so.

                                                  Has anyone tried the Terra Delyssa 4 jar organic olive oil gift set (4 of 250 ml, $11.99)? I picked up a couple for gifts.

                                                  1. re: mrsleny
                                                    Nevy Dec 3, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                    So I was able to try the chocolate covered mangos today and I'm happy to report they taste great BUT as for execution, it's a bit of a mess.

                                                    They're using pretty good mangoes and they have the similar texture and taste as the Philippines mango brand. I find with those mangoes, if they're fresh... they're pretty darn tacky and sticky (and that's a good thing). This causes a problem when you're trying to enrobe them in chocolate! You get these giant mass of mango with dark chocolate on it and not slivers of individual mango in chocolate. The mangoes are not sugary sweet but they do have good flavour. The dark chocolate is not bitter so I'm assuming it's a lower percentage ... it tastes lower than a 50% so I would hazard a guess at 40% cocoa solids dark chocolate. It's not shell-like (which is Brookside) but more authentic to a moderate dark chocolate bar. It melted a little more quickly than a dark chocolate lindt 50% chocolate bar in my hands but not as quickly as a normal drug store confectionery mock-chocolate.

                                                    Would I pay the $11.99 personally? No... but I'd definitely buy it if it goes on sale! Now the dark chocolate organic cherries ... those are calling my name!

                                                    1. re: Nevy
                                                      mrsleny Dec 3, 2013 08:51 PM

                                                      Thanks for the review Nevy! Think I will wait for a sale.

                                                      Must look for the dark chocolate organic cherries next time I'm at Costco.

                                                      1. re: mrsleny
                                                        magpiebakes Dec 4, 2013 04:56 AM

                                                        Thanks for the review Nevy! Ooh they have chocolate covered cherries? Have to check them out.
                                                        Does anyone know if they have the dried tart cherries yet? Not the royal harvest brand though!

                                                        1. re: magpiebakes
                                                          Nevy Dec 4, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                          The dark chocolate covered organic cherries are what Brookside hopes to be. The cherries are dried jumbo size and they're individually enrobed in dark chocolate. The cherries are still moist, and flavourfully tart to balance the chocolate. The chocolate on the cherries are not 'bar quality' but marginally better than Brookside but in the same vein of quality. And it's not the terrible Royal Harvest brand :)

                                                          1. re: Nevy
                                                            duckdown Dec 4, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                            Funny, I got dragged to the One Of a Kind show this past weekend with the wife and my mom, and they have a decent enough food vendor section. One place called "Tingleberries" or something ridiculous was giving out absolutely delicious chocolate covered cherries. We were 2 seconds from buying a bag until I almost choked when I read the price tag.. $10 a bag, for a few individual cherries, couldn't have been more than 10 cherries in there. So I am VERY interested in these ones available at Costco to see if they are even remotely comparable

                                                            edit: this was them:

                                                            1. re: duckdown
                                                              Nevy Dec 4, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                              Is the Tingleberries the vendor that has a large assortment of chocolate covered fruits and nuts in unnatural colours (a bright red for cherries, dark blue for blueberries). It's been a while since I went to One of a Kind but I remember each year I went, they had that one chocolate covered snack vendor.

                                                              1. re: Nevy
                                                                duckdown Dec 4, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                Sounds exactly like them.. I just edited my post above for typo's and linked to the vendor's page at the bottom, I'm sure that must be them

                                                                1. re: Nevy
                                                                  duckdown Dec 4, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                  Look familiar?


                                                                  1. re: duckdown
                                                                    Nevy Dec 4, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                                    Yes! That's them... I've had those before (blueberries, strawberries, and cherries). I would say that comparing them, I like 'Next Organics' better because it's a bit less of a confectionary and a far better deal. I find Tickleberrys chocolate coating to be more mock-chocolate (waxier and softer... definitely less cocoa mass content. Milk chocolate or white chocolate coating instead?) compared to Next Organic. Next Organic chocolate is a bit more bitter bc it's dark chocolate and the organic cherries are far more prominent in flavour. They're not sweet cherries but they're tart and a nice balance to the sweeter chocolate.

                                                                    As for price, Next is a far far better deal. I remember getting only 8 pieces in the Tickleberry and I think it's at least a lb in the Next for $11.99. They're not as good as Soma stuff but then again, nothing is :) Next is pretty good for mass marketed stuff and an upgrade from Brookside dark chocolate fruit pieces. Hopefully my taste buds give you a good assessment. LMK what you think of them.

                                                                    1. re: Nevy
                                                                      duckdown Dec 4, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                                      Excellent info, thank you! One last thing - which store did you see them at? And where do they keep them?

                                                                      Trying to figure out if Brampton (Steeles & 410) or Heartland Costco is the better bet

                                                                      1. re: duckdown
                                                                        Nevy Dec 4, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                        They're available at Heartland for sure and they're found in the seasonal confectionery aisle right beside the Christmas decoration aisle. Those aisles are right beside the butcher area/high end cheese.

                                                                        They're also found in Mississauga South and Etobicoke location.

                                                                        1. re: Nevy
                                                                          duckdown Dec 4, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                          Damn it!! Nowhere to be found at Brampton location, was just there tonight

                                                                          1. re: duckdown
                                                                            Nevy Dec 4, 2013 05:18 PM

                                                                            I hate to say it but the Brampton warehouse has the least amount of good stuff in the GTA West from my experience. The Mississauga Heartland site had a decent amount left so you could possibly try to head there in the next few days to grab it. The price is above $10 and most people would grab the larger and cheaper option of Brookside if they wanted a chocolate covered 'something'.

                                                                            1. re: Nevy
                                                                              duckdown Dec 4, 2013 08:16 PM

                                                                              Frig, I even looked in the regular "chocolate covered fruit" aisle. There were at least 3 Brookside offerings: Chocolate covered cranberries, chocolate acai+blueberry, and some kind of mixed fruit crunch. But alas, nothing else. Also worth noting the "Brookside Aisle" is right at the front of the store, before the protein bars, not the festive aisle near the deli cheeses.. So just to clarify, the cherries weren't with the other Brookside packs then, right?

                                                                              Is this what the bag looks like, just so I know what to look for

                                                                              Thanks again Nevy

                                                                              1. re: duckdown
                                                                                Nevy Dec 4, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                That is the right bag design except there's a lot more brown.... The bag is much bigger than that pouch! The Next Organic chocolate cherries are in the seasonal area and not in the Brookside / regular candy section. So you were looking in the right aisle (seasonal) that is beside the butcher area.

                                                                                This has been out for a good 2 weeks at other locations and though the stock is not huge, I haven't seen a big dent made in it. I'm sure you can find it at Heartland the next few days with no worries. :)

                                                                          2. re: Nevy
                                                                            mrsleny Dec 4, 2013 08:09 PM

                                                                            Good to know ... thanks for the info.

                                                                            1. re: mrsleny
                                                                              MorseCat Dec 5, 2013 04:43 AM

                                                                              Thanks for the tip. They are delicious... found beside the Brookside chocolates at the Elesmere/Warden Costco. Only bought 1 bag and wish I opened it in store so I could have picked up another.

                                                                              1. re: MorseCat
                                                                                Nevy Dec 5, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                That's good to know they're in the GTA East! I have family out there that is requesting me to buy a whole shelf of this stuff because they're not in GTA West and they couldn't find this 3 days ago.

                                                                                1. re: Nevy
                                                                                  magpiebakes Dec 5, 2013 07:05 AM

                                                                                  Thanks for the review, will have to go see if avaliable at Yorkale location!

                                                                                  1. re: magpiebakes
                                                                                    Crepes Suzette Dec 5, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                    I saw the Next chocolate cherries at the Yorkdale location yesterday. But not in the seasonal aisle. They were next to the Brookside products in the candy/nuts aisle towards the front of the store.

                                                                                    1. re: Crepes Suzette
                                                                                      kwass Dec 5, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                                      I saw them there too yesterday. They looked awesome!

                                                                                      1. re: Crepes Suzette
                                                                                        duckdown Dec 5, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                        The plot thickens! So many stores ARE storing them not in the seasonal chocolate aisles, but rather at the front of the store with the rest of the chocolate covered fruits.

                                                                                        Thanks for the tip, gonna head over today

                                                                                        1. re: duckdown
                                                                                          magpiebakes Dec 5, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                                          Yes, thanks for the heads up!

                                                                                          1. re: duckdown
                                                                                            duckdown Dec 5, 2013 10:24 PM

                                                                                            Finally found them today at Costco Mississauga.. To my delight they were free sampling them before I even bought a bag. Took 2, just to be sure!

                                                                                            They are quite delicious, but I don't think they are as good as the Tickleberry ones I tried at the One Of A Kind show. The "cherry" flavor is way more pronounced in the Tickleberries from my vague recollection; whether this is artificial or not though, I cannot say. The problem is I only tried one free sample at the OOAK show and can't really make a fair comparison on that note alone. The Next Organics ones seem to focus more on the chocolate aspect of it while the Tickleberries were all about the cherry..

                                                                                            Again I will be the first to admit I'm not really qualified to make a definite comparison of the two as I never purchased any of the Tickleberries to go (just ridiculously expensive, unjustifiable even)

                                                                                            I will happily enjoy my bag of Next Organics though simply delighting in the savings factor alone! The fact they are delicious doesn't hurt things either.


                                                                                            PS: On a side note, they were also free sampling the "Brookside Mixed Fruit Crunch" which were also coated in dark chocolate and they were damn delicious too! My first time trying them.

                                                                                            1. re: duckdown
                                                                                              mrsleny Dec 8, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                              Lots at Richmond Hill store. Also shelved with Brookside chocolates at front of store.

                                                                                              Very delicious.

                                                          2. re: Nevy
                                                            Sadistick Dec 1, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                            I also bought some excellent Chantrelles from the woodbine location a few days back.

                                                            1. re: Sadistick
                                                              elvisahmed Dec 1, 2013 08:03 PM

                                                              Saw the Chantelles at the Etobicoke location as well. An excellent deal if you ask me.
                                                              Also picked up a cheese knife set from laguiole (was the last set there though I do recall seeing a lot more of them at Woodbine) even though its made in China its very solid and would make a very nice holiday gift for food luving friends.
                                                              Merlot Bellavitano was gone unfortunately. The Avocado Oil was on special for 6.99!!!

                                                              1. re: elvisahmed
                                                                kwass Dec 1, 2013 08:11 PM

                                                                I hope the avocado oil isn't on sale because they're discontinuing it. I love that oil !!!!

                                                                1. re: kwass
                                                                  elvisahmed Dec 1, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                  Yeah it is very good and I don't think I will switch to another type unless something ground breaking happens. This was limited discount and not clearance as the price didn't end in the 0.97 (product is being taken off the shelf for the season or discontinued)

                                                                  1. re: elvisahmed
                                                                    kwass Dec 2, 2013 09:34 AM

                                                                    Great! Thanks elvis. I wasn't aware that items that ended in 0.97 were discontinued items. I'll keep an eye out for that.

                                                                    1. re: kwass
                                                                      elvisahmed Dec 2, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                                      Yeah I learned that from RFD so make a mental note of checking out the items that end with the price 0.97.
                                                                      YLSF I think the discount ended yesterday.
                                                                      Also tried and bought some gluten free crackers from Breton (nice item if you want to entertain people who avoid gluten products)

                                                                      1. re: kwass
                                                                        jayt90 Dec 3, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                        If discontinued, the price sign will have an asterisk on it, and it may be reduced to a $xx.97 level.
                                                                        If reduced, the price gap is met by the vendor, who has refused to take it back.
                                                                        A second level of price reduction may occur, to free up shelf space.
                                                                        Many poor sellers go back to the vendor, so there is no point in waiting for a reduction that doesn't happen.

                                                                        1. re: jayt90
                                                                          Yongeman Dec 3, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                                          That's interesting to know.
                                                                          The BEST deal that I ever got at Costco was about 3 or 4 years ago. There was about a quarter skid of product sitting in a corner. It was a make-your-own beer kit priced at $0.25 per two litre bottle. It was past the expiry date, so a bit of a risk. I did buy about 25 of them and every one produced 2 litres of really good beer! Awesome deal! Wish I'd purchased the entire lot, but hindsight is 20/20.

                                                                          1. re: Yongeman
                                                                            foodyDudey Dec 3, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                            Just so you know for the future, there is not much in a beer kit that will go bad just shortly after the expiry date. The few ingredients would be malt extract, hops (probably liquid), yeast and yeast energiser or nutrient, and non of those just goes bad in a hurry after the expiry. So if you see a kit again, keep that in mind.

                                                                    2. re: kwass
                                                                      ylsf Dec 2, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                                      And, if they end in an asterix that means end of line clearance.

                                                                      I didn't notice the Avocado Oil on sale today though, should have read this thread before going! (Mississauga South)

                                                                      1. re: ylsf
                                                                        kwass Dec 2, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                        I had no idea about any of this. Thanks ylsf!

                                                              2. Full tummy Nov 28, 2013 02:06 AM

                                                                Laguiole steak knives, set of 8 with wood handles - $39.99 IIRC - at the Warden and Ellesmere location.

                                                                1. Nevy Nov 27, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                  I ran in to get some milk and wow, they have a bunch of new things and sales going on.

                                                                  New items this week

                                                                  Albert’s Leap Ashley Goat Cheese - $8.99, 370 g. This is made in Canada. It’s an ash ripened soft goat cheese

                                                                  Papille Rosette de Lyon Nature - $13.79, 600 g. This looks quite fancy in a blue wrapped packaging. I tried to figure out what it is and it looked to be salted cured pork but it’s not certain what style it is. It’s made in Quebec

                                                                  Fantino & Mondello Trio Antipasto - $12.99, 675 g

                                                                  Freybe Assorted Gourmet Salami - $18.89, 3 of 375 g. The flavours are gypsy salami, Italian wine salmi, and Pepper salami

                                                                  Rachel’s Corned Beef Briskey - $7.99/kg, each package is different. I haven’t seen this before so I believe it’s new. The packages were at least 2 kg each.

                                                                  Brandt Smoked Turkey Legs - $5.99/kg, each package is different but they’re HUGE. I reported this previously but now I have a price with it and noticed that each package has a different price.

                                                                  Fresh cherries from Chile - $12.99, 907 g. This is a lot of money but heck, cherries in winter. lol

                                                                  Sutter Buttes Olive Oil Co California Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar set - $18.99, 4 of 250 ml. Basil EVOO, EVOO Garlic, Fig Balsamic Vinegar, and Dark Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar

                                                                  Liberte Organic Yogurt, Plain 0% - $6.99, 2 of 750 g. This is a really good deal. I would normally buy organic yogurt for $7 just for one tub.

                                                                  Nonni’s Garlic Panetini - $6.49, 850 g

                                                                  Dr Kracker Garlic Parmesan Chips/Crackers - $6.99, 595 g

                                                                  Crispy Just Baked Coconut Short Bread - $4.99, 800g

                                                                  Pilaros Vine Leaves with Rice - $6.99, 4 of 280g.

                                                                  McLaren’s Gherkins - $4.99, 1 L

                                                                  Sacla Itilia Assorted Pasta Sauce - $9.69, 3 of 545 ml. It has Arrabbiata, Parmiagna, and Napoletana and it’s made in Italy

                                                                  Coronation Marashino Cherries - $5.89, 3 of 275 ml

                                                                  Cardinal Roadhouse BBQ Sauce Back Ribs - $12.99, 908 g. I’m not sure if this is truly new but it’s never been in the freezer section before.

                                                                  Cion Bakery Honey Castella Cakes - $7.99, 1320 g. This is not a new product but it’s in a new holiday packaging with snowflakes.

                                                                  Kirkland brand Christmas Fruit Cake - $15.99, 1.6 kg. This is a monster fruit cake and when I read the ingredients, I was pleasantly surprised on the order. Glace Fruits was first on the list.

                                                                  Kirkland brand Tourtiere - $14.99, 1.8 kg. I never thought I would see this in Costco.. tourtiere? This is in the fresh refrigerated area and the ingredient list is pork, flour, water, beef, veal, canola oil, shortening, soy flour, bread crumbs, salt, dextrose, dehydrated onion, liquid egg, vinegar, spices, calcium propionate, and mono/dicgylcerides.

                                                                  KC Belgian Chocolates - $18.99, 800g. Another chocolate with pretty packaging. It’s imported from Europe (unclear where) and the ingredient list is ok. It has palm oil in there and it’s not as good as the Quebec chocolates beside it.
                                                                  On Sale

                                                                  Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch - $6.99, 600 g

                                                                  Ferrero Rocher - $10.49, 12 packages of 3 Rochers

                                                                  Sarah’s Naan Crisps - $4.49, 560 g

                                                                  Olivia Shrimp Phyllo - $11.99, 384 g

                                                                  Laughing Cow - $5.99, 535 g

                                                                  Tine Jarlsberg - $6.69, 500g

                                                                  Dempster Wholegrains Ancient grains bread - $4.89, 3 of 725 g loaves

                                                                  Swiss Delice Biscuits - $5.99, 500g. I bought these and these are far better than I would have imagined. It’s 5 types of biscuits and 4 of them were ones I would buy again. Almond macaroon, milk chocolate hazelnut, orange chocolate, almond biscuit (this one was too artificial tasting), and I can’t recall the last one. Two families ate these up in an hour during a visit to a friends place. They’re far more impressive than the price point. Ingredient list was remarkably better than most store shelf cookies.

                                                                  Bailey’s Filled Chocolate - $7.79, 500g

                                                                  After 8 Mints - $10.99, 3 box of 300 g. This is a really good deal if you like this candy. Normally the price of one box is $7.

                                                                  Icy Squares Chocolate - $9.69, 90 units

                                                                  Fresh ground turkey - $5 off

                                                                  Fresh chicken wings - $4 off

                                                                  Limited Stock (not DC but looks to be selling out)

                                                                  Black's Family Cinnamon Twists - $ 8.49, 725 g. These are non dairy, no butter, no eggs, and low fat cookie flakey pastries. For vegans or people on a diet, these are pretty awesome. 60 calories for only 2 pastry twists
                                                                  Sadly Discontinued
                                                                  Plats du Chef Creme Brulee in a pastry cup - $6.97, 690 g

                                                                  Safies Hot & Spicy Pickles - $4.97, 1L

                                                                  Victoria Tomato Parmesean Sauce - $3.97, 2 of 710 ML. The ingredient list is a simple tomato, parmesean, and spice. I picked it up and it’s nicely flavoured. It’s made in USA

                                                                  Lindt Advent Calendar - $9.97, 290 g. This is far better than the ones currently sold at Shoppers or Loblaws. It includes the higher end options so the pralines, truffle types, and it’s 2 times larger than the ones sold at most places for the same price.

                                                                  FYI - If anyone is an Aeroplan collector and wants to buy Christmas baskets, supposedly it's 3 times the Aeroplan miles for all things on the Costco.ca site. This includes Leonidas chocolates, godiva baskets, and other items.

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                                                                  1. re: Nevy
                                                                    Helen Nov 27, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                    Thank you so much

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                                                                    ylsf Nov 25, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                                    A heads up that a new Costco is opening in Mississauga on Wednesday at Dixie and Dundas. This should hopefully lighten the load of the Queensway Costco and the Mississauga South Costcos.

                                                                    It also has a gas bar. If anyone goes to this location when it opens please highlight anything interesting that you find :)

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                                                                    1. re: ylsf
                                                                      youdonut Nov 25, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                      actually it opens tomorrow the 26th at 8am.

                                                                      1. re: youdonut
                                                                        ylsf Nov 25, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                                        Thanks for the correction

                                                                      2. re: ylsf
                                                                        Nevy Dec 2, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                        Has anyone been to this location yet? Does it carry the nicer items like the Etobicoke or Yorkdale location? Or is it more like a Brampton or Mississauga North location where you can just get the basics?

                                                                        1. re: Nevy
                                                                          duckdown Dec 2, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                          Interesting; I was never aware there were special locations that carry nicer items than others? I shop exclusively at Brampton or Heartland Town Center only.

                                                                          1. re: duckdown
                                                                            elvisahmed Dec 2, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                                            Well the items do vary based on the location i.e. Wilson location has a lot of Kosher items, Scarborough has items from the sub continent. Etobicoke has more narrower product range IMO for food (Willson and Etobicokedo have more luxury non food items compared to Scarborough though)

                                                                            1. re: duckdown
                                                                              Nevy Dec 4, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                              Duckdown, I would say that 90% of the inventory is the same between the 'upscale' Etobicoke, Yorkdale, and Mississauga South location and the 'normal' Mississauga North and Brampton locations. Depending on the location's size, sometimes they carry more of the nicer stuff ... I find the Etobicoke site smaller than the Mississauga South and so it doesn't have as much stock on the nicer items compared to Mississauga South BUT I find the Etobicoke site will carry the largest variety of the nicest items.

                                                                            2. re: Nevy
                                                                              ylsf Dec 2, 2013 07:26 PM

                                                                              I haven't been but from what I read on Redflagdeals it is a bigger store, has a gas bar and full selection (i.e. like QUeensway).

                                                                              1. re: ylsf
                                                                                Nevy Dec 2, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                                Thanks so much! I'll go tomorrow and report back on what I find.

                                                                                1. re: Nevy
                                                                                  Nevy Dec 4, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                  I think it's too early to tell how this store is... at this time, it feels like a normal store but perhaps that will change once the store establishes a shopping pattern for their buyers to understand.

                                                                          2. Nevy Nov 25, 2013 06:04 AM

                                                                            Black Friday week and the deals will be starting on Wednesday. So a lot of the deals I saw yesterday were all expiring and new ones should be appearing shortly. In the mean time, a bunch of new items appeared on the shelves.

                                                                            New items this week
                                                                            Beanhead coffee - 800 g, $ 18.99. Canadian roasted, organic, and ethical beans

                                                                            Terra Delyssa 4 jar organic olive oil gift set. - 4 of 250 ml, $11.99. The oil is from Tunisia and USDA organic certified. Flavours are basil, lemon, chili pepper, and garlic.

                                                                            Starr Culinary Lemon Cranberry Christmas Tree Cake - $7.99, 1.1 kg. This is the bakery section and it's in a lovely tree bundt mold with a dusting of powdered sugar. I think this could be passed off as being home made

                                                                            Kirkland in house bakery Peppermint velvet cake - $15.99, 1 kg. This is in the open refrigerated bakery section. It looks similar to the tuxedo bar cake except its a festive red and white with candy canes.

                                                                            Pont Neuf Camembert in a wooden case - $15.49, 1 kg. This is not a new product but its a new size and festive packaging for the holidays. I think the normal size is 500 g

                                                                            Summer Fresh Variety Dip Pack - $8.49, 720 g. This is a 4 pack of dips and the flavours are sun dried tomato parmesan, artichoke asiago, aged cheddar chipotle, and queso cheese.

                                                                            Vino Europa wine kits for Cabernet and Chardonnay each - $49.99, 2 of 7 L.

                                                                            Cherry Coke - $10.99, 24 cans

                                                                            Dolce Parfait Dessert Cups - $12.89, 24 desserts. These are in the freezer section. The dessert are in their own clear square containers and they appear quite nice on the box. It looks to alternating between a milk and dark chocolate mousse.

                                                                            Way Better Snacks Sweet Chili tortilla Chips - $7.39, 567 g.

                                                                            Vittorio & Alberto Strano Black and White truffle oil - $24.99, 2 of 100 ml. Made in Italy. This gift set has one bottle of white truffle oil and one bottle of black truffle oil

                                                                            Filotea Salsa al Tartufo - $9.99, 350 g. This is a mushroom and truffle mixture. The ingredients are white mushrooms, porcini, summer truffle (8%), pepper, garlic, parsley, and salt

                                                                            Petit Navire Mackerel Fillets - $ 9.69, 3 of 175g. These are imported in from Portugal.

                                                                            Bolthouse Egg Nog - $4.49, 1.54l. Compared to the Natrel cream version, this is a low fat version and its actually fairly creamy for the ingredients. It also have a decent amount of protein and its tastier than I anticipated for being so healthy.

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                                                                            1. re: Nevy
                                                                              MiniMom Nov 25, 2013 06:36 AM

                                                                              Winston Churhchill/Dundas location now has the sterling butter back in stock $5.50 approx price.

                                                                              1. re: Nevy
                                                                                cheesymama Nov 25, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                Wowttthanks for all that. I missed a lot on my quick trip this morning. One thing I was happy to see back for the holidays is Isigny St Mere vanilla whipped cream - the kind in the metal canister. $7.49 for a 500g canisyer

                                                                                1. re: Nevy
                                                                                  kwass Nov 25, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                  Hi Nevy. Where would I find the salsa al Tartufo? Is it with the refrigerator with the other salsas?

                                                                                  1. re: kwass
                                                                                    Nevy Nov 25, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                    Hi Kwass! This is found right beside the truffle oil set in the spice, condiment, and baking product aisles. They seem to throw all truffle items there. They had the dc truffled salt, oils, and this 'salsa' all in a row.

                                                                                    1. re: Nevy
                                                                                      kwass Nov 25, 2013 05:18 PM

                                                                                      Thanks so much Nevy! I'm going to look for it when I go this week :)

                                                                                      1. re: kwass
                                                                                        Nevy Nov 25, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                        FYI, I saw this in the Mississauga South location. I haven't seen this at all in the Mississauga North but with most 'high end' items, I find Mississauga South and Etobicoke having very similar limited edition and nicer products.

                                                                                        1. re: Nevy
                                                                                          kwass Nov 25, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                                          Thanks Nevy. Chances are that the Yorkdale location will have it then, because they tend to carry "higher end" items as well.

                                                                                      2. re: Nevy
                                                                                        kwass Dec 1, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                        I found it the other day, but I'm not quite sure how to use it. I'm wondering if I could marinade fish or chicken in it, or use it like a pesto in pasta.

                                                                                    2. re: Nevy
                                                                                      mrsleny Nov 25, 2013 09:07 PM

                                                                                      Thank you!

                                                                                      The sweet chili tortilla chips are delish .. and relatively healthy.

                                                                                    3. sgogo Nov 23, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                      My beloved Philippine brand Dried Young Coconut has disappeared from Costco shelves, at least the ones I go to (Queensway, Dundas W in Mississauga). I would very much appreciate it if anyone can report back that they've seen it. Will travel for coconut!

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                                                                                      1. re: sgogo
                                                                                        Nevy Nov 23, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                        This has been dc for many months sadly. The last time it was on the shelf, it was probably early summer.

                                                                                      2. jayt90 Nov 22, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                        Today at London South

                                                                                        Chevrita (Quebec) $4.97 a round
                                                                                        Jack's Salsa (Detroit) $4
                                                                                        Becel reduced to $6.95, 4 lb
                                                                                        No Stirling butter, but Lactantia cream cheese is in
                                                                                        Australian brown rice, Calrose variety

                                                                                        1. mrsleny Nov 21, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                                          Has anyone seen the Wild Roots Kale & Chia chips lately? http://www.wildrootsfoods.com/Product...

                                                                                          I checked at my local Costco but they did not have. I wanted to bring them again to my work Christmas potluck. They were a bit hit along with the Skortidakis Greek yogurt jalapeno dip.

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                                                                                            PatriciaTurnbull Nov 21, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                                                            K I live in Ontario my question is simple and really need a simple yes or no answer...do you have to be a member to shop for groceries in Costco retail stores?????

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                                                                                            1. re: PatriciaTurnbull
                                                                                              TorontoJo Nov 21, 2013 02:33 PM

                                                                                              Yes. Or you have to go with a friend who is a member, or get that friend to buy you Costco gift cards, which allow you to shop there without a membership.

                                                                                              1. re: TorontoJo
                                                                                                Yongeman Nov 21, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                                                And if you go with your friend, the friend has to pay for your stuff...you can't use a credit/debit card of any kind unless you are a member.

                                                                                                1. re: Yongeman
                                                                                                  ylsf Nov 21, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                                                                  I thought the restriction was just that credit card name had to match members name. I went with a friend and he used his debit card to pay (no name on the debit card). However, it was just him buying something vs. two separate transactions. Maybe it was a one off? Regardless, good point to bring up to people. Gift card is the best way to go for occasional purchase.

                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf
                                                                                                    Yongeman Nov 21, 2013 09:00 PM

                                                                                                    You may be right about the debit card, ylsf. I've just heard the cashier say that the member has to pay, and they can check the photo on the back of the card.

                                                                                                    1. re: Yongeman
                                                                                                      Truffles Nov 22, 2013 05:57 AM

                                                                                                      If you're paying with AMEX (only cc they accept) the name has to match your membership card. If your guest is not a member, they will not allow them to pay with their debit card - they will subtotal your guest's order, but the member has to pay whether credit or debit.

                                                                                                      1. re: Truffles
                                                                                                        Yongeman Nov 22, 2013 06:26 AM

                                                                                                        Thanks for clarifying, Truffles.

                                                                                                2. re: TorontoJo
                                                                                                  smfan Dec 9, 2013 06:20 AM

                                                                                                  If using gift cards without membership, they charge you regular price for sale items.

                                                                                              2. Nevy Nov 20, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                                                If anyone wants me to stop posting about new items or deals at Costco, let me know. I go there weekly so I can scope out the goods and I figure someone (anyone?) might benefit from my trip.

                                                                                                New Items
                                                                                                Harvarti Cheese (it's not a mass brand but looks like to be one from Europe)
                                                                                                Brandt Turkey Legs ... these are possibly smoked turkey legs. I couldn't get a good look and they were ridiculously big (2 giant ones in a package) on the top shelf.
                                                                                                Next Organic dark chocolate covered cherry
                                                                                                Sprouted grain sweet chilli chips
                                                                                                Meyer Lemons are back
                                                                                                Natrel Premium Egg Nog
                                                                                                Ice Cream 'yule log' in the freezer section
                                                                                                Maroc clementines (large box for $3.49 and double the size I saw at Sobeys for the same price)
                                                                                                There's a new organic tofu... they no longer carry Unisoya. This tofu looks to be medium firm instead of the extra firm they had before.
                                                                                                Gift set of olive oil and flavoured balsamic oils. There's about 5 bottles in total and it looked to be a good set for someone who likes to make their own vinaigrette.

                                                                                                Sealtest Sour Cream 1.95 for 2 tubs of 500 ml
                                                                                                Skotidaktis Jalapeno greek yogurt dip
                                                                                                Lindt truffles
                                                                                                Kirkland truffles
                                                                                                Pickled grilled mushrooms

                                                                                                Merlot Bella Vitano is back! Looks like they got a whole new shipment in
                                                                                                Lacey's Milk Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookie
                                                                                                Stirling Salted butter

                                                                                                Cemoi Organic milk chocolate coconut bars. There's 3 large bars for only 2.97. They're a bit better quality than Lindt bars and the same size. Considering a Lindt bar is normally $2.50 on sale, this is a great deal. Cemoi is a brand from France
                                                                                                Glutino chocolate cookies
                                                                                                I didn't catch the brands on these items that are d/c but there's a 2 jar of marinara sauce (no perservatives), the soy butter (2.97 / jar), ED Smith Strawberry Preserves (giant jar), jalapeno pickles, and truffle salt from Italy.

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                                                                                                1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                  jayt90 Nov 20, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                  Oh no. Don't stop. I only go once a month now as I am 60 km from the London whses.
                                                                                                  Brandt smoked turkey legs are good, and substitute for a leg in soups.

                                                                                                  1. re: jayt90
                                                                                                    Nevy Nov 20, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                    If it helps you, I can be more detailed next time I go (brands, cost, size...) since I just off by my memory more or less.

                                                                                                    I heard about those Brandt smoked turkey legs being really good especially in turkey and bacon tetrazzini. It's supposedly the best comfort food for a cold winter day.

                                                                                                    1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                      smfan Nov 20, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                      Thanks for the info Nevy. Please keep posting.

                                                                                                  2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                    Mila Nov 20, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                    Thank you, very much appreciated ! Keep posting and I'll try to contribute as well.

                                                                                                    1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                      ylsf Nov 20, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                                      Definitely appreciate your posts here and it is the type of info I was hoping for when I posted the thread. It is nice to know what to "look out for" because it can be a bit overwhelming shopping at Costco.

                                                                                                      A friend sent me this MSNBC documentary on Costco. Interesting watch for Costco fans.


                                                                                                      1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                        Apple Nov 20, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                                        yes - please keep posting! I certainly appreciate it. I will try to contribute as well! :) thank you.

                                                                                                        1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                          mrsleny Nov 20, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                          Please continue. I really appreciate all your hard work. It makes shopping at Costco so much easier. Mr Leny thanks you too ... otherwise I'll be spending hours browsing the aisles.

                                                                                                          I'm sad about Unisoya being discontinued. It was a Canadian product, GMO-free but not organic and also came in a 4-pack for less the price of the new tofu product which is a 3-pack.

                                                                                                          1. re: mrsleny
                                                                                                            mrsleny Nov 21, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                            FYI the new organic tofu is also made in Canada by Superior Tofu in BC. It is extra firm.

                                                                                                            I'm glad that tofu is back at Costco.

                                                                                                          2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                            Yongeman Nov 21, 2013 05:12 AM

                                                                                                            Please keep posting the Costco updates, Nevy. Maybe start a new 2014 thread in January so this one doesn't get too unwieldy? Possibly
                                                                                                            that's your plan anyway, since this one will have been going for exactly a year by then.

                                                                                                            1. re: Yongeman
                                                                                                              Nevy Nov 21, 2013 05:43 AM

                                                                                                              Good point Yongeman. I was finding my poor tablet having issues scrolling through this 500+ post thread.

                                                                                                              I'll keep posting new items, sales, discounted, and restocked favourites as I see them in my weekly hunts. I'll try to be more detailed next time and try to capture pictures of the new items so people can see them as well. Provided the staff doesn't hunt me down. I know a few of them are a bit suspicious when I pull out my phone to take pictures. Glad to see this helps someone!

                                                                                                              1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                Yongeman Nov 21, 2013 06:24 AM

                                                                                                                Awesome! I've found some good products here, Nevy. Ones that I likely wouldn't have discovered otherwise.

                                                                                                              2. re: Yongeman
                                                                                                                ylsf Nov 21, 2013 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                Yeah, I am planning to start a 2014 thread in 2014. Wasn't expecting this thread to get so big but a lot of useful info!

                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf
                                                                                                                  Yongeman Nov 21, 2013 08:56 PM

                                                                                                                  Perfect, ylsf.

                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf
                                                                                                                    Nevy Dec 3, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                    For next year, maybe we do a new thread per quarter? If we keep up this pace, its going to a really big thread

                                                                                                                    1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                      ylsf Dec 3, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                      Good idea. BTW, if you made it to the Dundas/Dixie store today please post any reviews under that section where it was discussed.

                                                                                                                2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                  lilaki Nov 21, 2013 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                  hi nevy,

                                                                                                                  please keep posting. MUCH appreciated! thanks!

                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                    Crepes Suzette Nov 21, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                    Thanks Nevy for all the info and advice. It's really helpful! If you could also mention which Costco location that would be great. I tried searching your previous posts and must have missed it. TIA!

                                                                                                                    1. re: Crepes Suzette
                                                                                                                      Nevy Nov 21, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                      I go to different ones in the GTA West... so that would be Mississauga North, Mississauga South, and Etobicoke. I know Mississauga East opened one up but my normal routes don't take me there.

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                                                                                                                    principessa del pisello Nov 20, 2013 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                    Has anyone ever seen frozen pearl onions at Costco? I'm making a big batch of beef bourguignon this weekend and it would be a great time saver if I found frozen ones. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: principessa del pisello
                                                                                                                      TorontoJo Nov 20, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                      If you're in a pinch, I've bought them at the Pusateri's at Bayview Village mall before.

                                                                                                                      1. re: TorontoJo
                                                                                                                        Helen Nov 20, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                        Not any more. I couldn't find them the last time I looked

                                                                                                                      2. re: principessa del pisello
                                                                                                                        sbug206 Nov 20, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                        You can get them from MacMillan Orchards.


                                                                                                                        1. re: sbug206
                                                                                                                          principessa del pisello Nov 20, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                          Thanks. I noticed this place mentioned in an old thread about frozen pearl onions. I'm in the west end and won't have a chance to get there before the weekend. It seems strange that these are so difficult to find in Toronto. In the US, most grocery stores seem to carry them.

                                                                                                                          1. re: principessa del pisello
                                                                                                                            sbug206 Nov 20, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                            They have a sister location in Acton if you're on the west side.


                                                                                                                      3. Full tummy Nov 17, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                        A couple of weeks ago, I found barkTHINS at the Warden & Ellesmere location. They are the dark chocolate pumpkin seed variety, and are really quite good.


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                                                                                                                        1. re: Full tummy
                                                                                                                          Nevy Nov 20, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                          I saw those and though I love the salty sweet combination, pumpkin seeds are not my favourite. Now if they had the almond bark ones, I'd be all over it!

                                                                                                                          1. re: Full tummy
                                                                                                                            ylsf Nov 20, 2013 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                            I bought a bag of these last time I went and they are pretty decent but I found that the pieces were really broken up! Almost seemed like the leftover pieces from the production line .. Hopefully isolated to just a few bags

                                                                                                                            1. re: Full tummy
                                                                                                                              Apple Nov 20, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                              picked these up today! They are excellent. Excellent. nice amount of bitterness from the cocoa, salt and sweet.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Apple
                                                                                                                                Full tummy Nov 21, 2013 01:45 AM

                                                                                                                                I'm with you!

                                                                                                                                1. re: Apple
                                                                                                                                  Apple Dec 19, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                  Went to the Warden location two days ago and there were no barkthins? Have these been delisted? I hope not. They were part of my January de-tox plan. :)

                                                                                                                                  On another note - found the Martin's Crispy Apple Chips for $6.99 in the chip aisle - dehydrated apple chips. so satisfyingly crunchy and delicious. Only one ingredient - apples.

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                                                                                                                                LJS2 Nov 14, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                I have been meaning to post about the Kirkland pulled pork product for some time. I usually make my own pulled pork but sometimes there is a lack of time, pork, good weather etc. I have tried this a few times this year and it is surprising quite good. According to the package it is smoked for hours then pulled. Its about $10. for a five pound package. It has smoke flavor and some bark. It is not sauced (I consider that to be a bonus) and keeps forever in its cryovac package. Not as good as home made but very good nonetheless.

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                                                                                                                                  Michael N Nov 14, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                  I like it a lot, though it is very salty and tastes like an odd mix between ham and smoky, southern-style pulled pork. It's definitely tasty, but I don't know how much purists would go for it.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Michael N
                                                                                                                                    LJS2 Nov 14, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                    Agree about the purists but everyone I have served it to has liked it. I should check the label to see if it includes a cure. If so then its not authentic. But it still tastes good.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: LJS2
                                                                                                                                    duckdown Nov 15, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                    Never seen it before. Where is it kept?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: duckdown
                                                                                                                                      ylsf Nov 17, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                      It is in the fridge section.. Where they have fresh pasta/ fresh sauces/hummus/etc.

                                                                                                                                  3. Nevy Nov 9, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                    I was quite amused when I stopped into Costco to pick up something for a friend. In the cold area, they are now selling 50 grams of white sturgeon caviar for $80. My friend was commenting if it's US origin, that's a pretty good steal as it sells for $90 for 30 g at a store near her.

                                                                                                                                    They are now selling a new high end cheese from the UK. It's a 'dessert' cheese that you serve at the end of a meal and it's called Grandma's Singleton Wensleydale Cranberry cheese.

                                                                                                                                    Also, they brought back the Kirkland Brand french oven. It's a round one this time (last year I only saw the oval) and it looks to be a 6.5 qt version. I think it's around $80 or $90 ... I can't recall as it was a complete zoo with so many people in the aisles. I bought mine last year (oval cherry red 7 qt) and I love it. It's so much better than my LeCreuset and it's my go to one (even though it's a giant sized oval).

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                      jayt90 Nov 10, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                      If they would sample the U.S. sturgeon eggs, I'd be right there!

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                                                                                                                                        Kagemusha Nov 10, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                        French or Chinese-made? They've been poor sellers, so I'm surprised they're back. Snagged one 2 years ago when they were briefly marked down before vanishing. Costco's been cheaping out on cookware, even ordinary stuff like T-fal fry pans(OK, who doesn't use 'em?), choosing Chinese-made over the better quality French-made line.Loblaws Superstores are worth watching for cookware/kitchenware deals like the just-finished 50%off bakeware sale, quality storage containers. better-grade T-fal, etc.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Kagemusha
                                                                                                                                          smfan Nov 11, 2013 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                          Kagemusha, which Loblaws had bakeware sale?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: smfan
                                                                                                                                            Kagemusha Nov 11, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                            The "SuperStores" tend to have bigger+better cookware/houseware sections than the plain vanilla Loblaws. I usually shop the one at Steeles+Hurontario in Brampton.It's over now but I suspect another will pop-up again well before the holidays. Check their flyers online.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: Kagemusha
                                                                                                                                            Nevy Nov 11, 2013 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                            Kagemusha, I do not know if this year's model is French or Chinese. I'll take a look next time I'm there and when it's not a zoo to fight across the aisle.

                                                                                                                                            The one I bought was made in France and I have to agree with you that the French ones are far superior than the ones from China. Even if you save $10, you'll get dings and faster wear and tear .... you'll end up spending more in the long run.

                                                                                                                                            It's interesting you mention Superstore and Loblaws. Their bakeware is often a relabel of the US brand (and manufactured in US) Nordicware. I've picked up 3 pieces from them (bundt and muffin tins) at 25% of the retail value compared to everyday prices of Nordicware. It is a good deal and they're really well made. You do have to find them though... not all bakeware is Nordicware. You'll know that it's the Nordicware by the weight. It's often 3 times heavier than the other items on the same shelf.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                              Kagemusha Nov 11, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                              There's usually a wide price/quality range, especially in bakeware. Yup, I've snagged Nordic-branded stuff in the past there. Our heaviliy-used everyday Baker's Secret and Wilton stuff gets beat to crap--muffin tins, loaf pans, baking sheets, square tins--so the sales bring replacements/extras at knockdown pricing. Should be another sale as the holidays approach.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: Kagemusha
                                                                                                                                              Nevy Nov 13, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                              Kagemusha, this version is made in France and it looks like they didn't cheap out with the lid like LeCreuset. To me, this looks to be the same quality as last years.

                                                                                                                                              This weeks Costco has so many food items on clearance and selling out quickly.

                                                                                                                                              Chimchurri sauce is 1.97 and only 8 bottles left
                                                                                                                                              Frozen tuna steaks is 9.97 for 2 lbs and only a few bags left

                                                                                                                                              Other Items on clearance
                                                                                                                                              Grated parmesan flakes
                                                                                                                                              Fresh apple cider
                                                                                                                                              Truffle salt
                                                                                                                                              Oven smoked salmon skewers
                                                                                                                                              Bob mills flax seed
                                                                                                                                              Gluten free flour blend
                                                                                                                                              Agropur Chevre 300 g
                                                                                                                                              Unisoya organic firm tofu
                                                                                                                                              Twinnings Earl Grey
                                                                                                                                              Kirkland brand decaf coffee
                                                                                                                                              Greek yogurt covered granola bites in the snack area

                                                                                                                                              Items selling out fast
                                                                                                                                              Bellavitano cheese... Mine only had 8 left!

                                                                                                                                              Sold out
                                                                                                                                              Sadly the Laceys is all gone...all 2 flats. Its crazy how quickly that sold

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                duckdown Nov 13, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                That Merlot Bellavitano cheese is spectacular, glad it's selling well, I was just talking about it on a different forum saying how much I liked it. Down to my last tiny corner of the piece I bought.

                                                                                                                                                The cheesemaker has several other varieties out there, including balsalmic and raspberry ale. I want to try both

                                                                                                                                                1. re: duckdown
                                                                                                                                                  jayt90 Nov 13, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                  The Merlot is a reserve and a prize winner. That makes a difference.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: duckdown
                                                                                                                                                    elvisahmed Nov 13, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                    yeah that cheese is addictive. If you like the corks in downtown at Maple Leaf Square in Longos offer the other varieties (Balsamic is the one I tried). Maybe they can sub the other one with the other varieties they have.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                    lilaki Nov 14, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                    hey nevy,

                                                                                                                                                    which costco did you see the dutch oven at?


                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lilaki
                                                                                                                                                      Nevy Nov 14, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                      It's at the Mississauga South and Etobicoke locations.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                        lilaki Nov 15, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                        thank you! i picked one up at the etobicoke store last night!

                                                                                                                                                2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                  klf Nov 21, 2013 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Just picked up one of the round Kirkland ovens from Costco in Scarborough, and it is now permanently on my stove. Absolutely love it: well constructed, lid fits properly, and oven-safe to 500C with no knob swapping. At $90, this was a steal, since I was just about to drop $200 on a smaller Staub. Thanks for the tip, Nevy!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: klf
                                                                                                                                                    Nevy Nov 21, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I bought the larger oval version last year and it's been holding up very well with weekly use during the winter season. I would say that it's just as good as my Staub and better than my LeCreuset. I definitely do not like the poor quality knobs from LC these days.

                                                                                                                                                    With everyone saying how good the Kirkland is, I'm tempted to buy this round one to compliment the giant oval one I have. Glad to see you found the tip helpful.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                    Strongbad789 Nov 23, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I bought the caviar a couple of weeks ago and ate it tonight (it had a best before date of late January 2014...sort of surprising). When I bought it I had to negotiate around a Ukrainian woman telling me that $90 for that "small amount" was a rip-off, and that I should try Yummy market (I called Yummy...they sold "black caviar" for a fair bit more than Costco).

                                                                                                                                                    Anyway, I'm hardly a caviar expert, but I thought it was good but not great. The only other "nice" caviar I've ever had was from the guy at the St Lawrence Market, and while it was a fair bit more expensive (I don't entirely remember, but I think it was $165 for 30 grams vs. costco's $90 for 50 grams) it was also quite a bit better. The texture especially in the costco version was a bit on the mushy side...maybe due to the fact that it was packed into the tin within an inch of its life.

                                                                                                                                                    Anyway, at $90 for 50 grams it's probably a good deal. I don't buy caviar often enough that I'm trying to save money, though, so I doubt I'll be buying it again.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                      jl_1978 Dec 23, 2013 10:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                      The caviar was on clearance for $49.97. It's from Canada (BC). Best before is February 2014. Haven't tried it yet.

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                                                                                                                                                      youdonut Nov 7, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I have not noticed any mention yet but there is a new Costco opening up by the walmart at dixie and dundas in Mississauga opening sometime near the end of November and will have a gas bar as well.

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                                                                                                                                                        lilaki Nov 5, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                        i also like the manoucher breads that show up every once in a while in the travelling road show events. they freeze well and are great for entertaining.

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                                                                                                                                                          juno Nov 5, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Every year about this time, I try to track down at my local Costco near Wilson and Dufferin, a first-rate cookie made by Lacey's, a California confectioner. It's Lacey's almond and dark chocolate crisp toffee wafer cookie - $8.49 last year around Christmas for a substantial package of the things. Wonderful taste. But so far this year, I've struck out. Haven't found it, despite several vague, presumed sightings by others, who may just be teasing me. Though I prefer my own local Costco, I'm prepared to travel to another - if those delightful Lacey's cookies can be found. Any tips on their whereabouts will be gratefully received.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juno
                                                                                                                                                            Helen Nov 5, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                            i think they bring them out closer to the holidays. I'll check it out tomorrow as I'm going to that location.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: juno
                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Nov 6, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                              These are being sold now at the Heartland centre in the Christmas chocolate aisle. Its in a clear plastic container. Its not 8.49 from what I recall but its over $10 and heavier than other chocolate cookie options.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                juno Nov 7, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the tip, Navy. Costco's Heartland Centre store is now my backup plan. I'll try to make it out there to Mississauga over the next couple of weeks - assuming my local Costco doesn't start stocking it very soon. It's certainly not on view in the Wilson-Dufferin chocolate aisle at the moment. Though in the cookie section, there was - at least, a few weeks ago - another Lacey's concoction that didn't interest me at all. It's Lacey's almond and dark chocolate crisp toffee wafer cookies for me - or nothing.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: juno
                                                                                                                                                                Helen Nov 7, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Just got back from Costco. They don't have the almond and dark chocolate ones, I bought the Lacey macademia/milk chocolate, might as well give them a try.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Helen
                                                                                                                                                                  Nevy Nov 7, 2013 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I saw those ones as well... please report back. They looked quite tempting in addition to the other hundreds of holiday treats!

                                                                                                                                                                  Between this fabled Lacey's, the Montreal based Chocolatier Galleries de Chocolate chocolate caramels, the sticky toffee pudding, and the frozen mille feuille... I'm in trouble!

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                                                                                                                                                                    Helen Nov 9, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Delicious but they are extremely sweet, a bit too much for me. Good for someone with a really sweet tooth !!

                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't seen the sticky toffee pudding - where abouts are they?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Helen
                                                                                                                                                                      Nevy Nov 9, 2013 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      At the Costco near me, the sticky toffee pudding is near the high end gourmet cheeses. It's beside the Laura Secord Chocolate Mousse. At the Costco in Etobicoke, it's in the open refrigerated section just outside the dairy and egg area. My friend bought 2 of these for side desserts in their Thanksgiving meal and they were both finished before the homemade black bottom pecan pie. She had to admit that she even took a 2nd slice just so that her daughters go for a 3rd slice. She did admit it was indulgent and wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                              lilaki Nov 5, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                              i noticed a jar of herbes de provence at the etobicoke costco last night. thought this was interesting as it's not a commonly stocked spice. anyone try it out yet?

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lilaki
                                                                                                                                                                Helen Nov 5, 2013 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Good to know. I use it a lot

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                                                                                                                                                                  lilaki Nov 5, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Me too! I've been getting friends to bring back bottles from France but this is a much more 'direct' option. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                    jayt90 Nov 5, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    They had a 'Provence' 5 years ago that was musty, and off scented. From California?? I'll have to see if they brought back the same one.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jayt90
                                                                                                                                                                      lilaki Nov 6, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      the one i saw on monday night was by 'rodelle' ... same brand as the vanilla beans. i've never bought anything from this brand so would be interested to know if anyone else might know?

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: lilaki
                                                                                                                                                                      chris100 Nov 11, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      You can buy H de P loose at Bulk Barn.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Nevy Nov 4, 2013 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I just came back from another trip to Costco and the amount of sauces, prepared foods, and chocolate coated everything is just mounting for the Christmas season.

                                                                                                                                                                  New items found
                                                                                                                                                                  - Habanero Pineapple sauce. I was hoping to buy another Chimchurri bottle but found out that they sold out of them! I saw this instead and it looks quite inviting. The sugar content is a bit higher than I thought but the seasoning in it looked interesting.
                                                                                                                                                                  - Sriracha spice and En Provence Spice... this is not the sauce! it's a dry rub version of the Sriracha. I bought one and tried it on a roasted chicken. Great flavour.. is it worth the $5 or so for it? I think so... but thats just me being lazy instead of buying 5 bottles of different spices to come up with the same version.
                                                                                                                                                                  - Tons of new frozen bite sized pastries or cheesecakes
                                                                                                                                                                  - After 8 mint JUMBO box. It's 4 boxes of this for only $8. Ridiculously cheap
                                                                                                                                                                  - They have a 2 pack of the Godiva Hot Chocolate gift set which includes the Hot chocolate, mug, chocolate, a mint stir stick and a small tin of chocolate covered cookies. For $20... I saw a similar package in the mall WITHOUT the cookies for $15 for ONE! This is a great gift idea since everyone knows the Godiva brand
                                                                                                                                                                  - Ethical Bean Lush coffee (organic and fair trade). It's actually much tastier than any Starbucks medium-dark brew. Right now it's only sale for $11 for 2 lbs. It has moderate acidity and light chocolate tasting notes.
                                                                                                                                                                  - Madagascar Vanilla beans Kirkland brand. This is a phenomenal deal for the upcoming baking season. For $12 you get 10 beans!! I saw them and they're quite plump so they're not old stock.

                                                                                                                                                                  I'm sad to report they sold out of the organic dried figs. It was sooo good and phenomenally priced at $10 for a large bag. I'm hoping it comes back soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                    duckdown Nov 4, 2013 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    The Pineapple Habanero sauce has been around since forever, they have another newer one by the same brand, Coconut-something as well.. Try the pineapple habanero sauce on top of a cracker with cream cheese, that's how they were demoing it at the store when we bought it, and it's still probably my favorite way to enjoy it (or use a different favorite cheese.. brie, etc)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: duckdown
                                                                                                                                                                      Nevy Nov 7, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I see... they weren't stocked in the same spot the last few times I visited Costco.

                                                                                                                                                                      On a side note, they are discontinuing the Chimchurri sauce. I picked up 3 of them at $1.97 each!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Nov 7, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        No way! I wonder why? It explains why I couldn't find any when I was there yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                        Which Costco were you @ Nevy?

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass
                                                                                                                                                                          Nevy Nov 7, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I think it's to make room for all the new holiday items. The only had a quarter of a flat left at the Heartland centre. They were restocking areas for all the new sauces

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Nov 7, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I was @ the Woodbridge location yesterday, so I'll check the Dufferin location next week and keep my fingers crossed that they still have a few bottles. I wonder though if it's sold anywhere else.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass
                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Nov 8, 2013 04:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I haven't seen this brand anywhere else. They do have an online store though... Prices look reasonable but I'm not sure about shipping.

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                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Nov 8, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I'll check it out. Thanks Nevy!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                      jinxie Nov 6, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I've used the Madagascar beans- they're great! Really good quality.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Nyleve Nov 1, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Wild chanterelle mushrooms are back! In the cooler section with the fresh veggies - $9.99 for a pound of fresh chanterelles from the west coast somewhere. I found them yesterday at the peterborough Costco so they must be everywhere.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Nyleve
                                                                                                                                                                        sbug206 Nov 1, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        If these are the Ponderosa brand, they're not wild. No way you can get foraged chanterelles for that price.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sbug206
                                                                                                                                                                          Nyleve Nov 1, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          The brand is Emperor Specialty Foods Ltd. a bit of googling shows that the mushrooms are, indeed wild - they also sell cultivated mushrooms of various types, but these are on their website under the wild heading. From what I know about chanterelles, they are very difficult to cultivate, so these are almost definitely wild. The company is located in Richmond, BC.

                                                                                                                                                                          An amazing price, absolutely for sure. But they carried them a couple of years ago also. I bought 2 packages.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Nyleve
                                                                                                                                                                            jayt90 Nov 1, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            There is a subculture of mushroom hunters in B.C. Who would have guessed the Costco buyer would connect!

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                                                                                                                                                                              sbug206 Nov 1, 2013 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              i find it very hard to believe there's enough wild chanterelles out there to be able to supply skid loads to every Costco across the country.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Nyleve Nov 2, 2013 05:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Look it up yourself. Or contact the company. It's actually quite difficult to cultivate chanterelles - they grow from a mycelium, which is a rootlike business that usually forms in connection with certain tree species. There have been a few cultivated chanterelles grown but It is not a common practice. So, yes, they are wild ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                Having said that, the Costco product is a couple of weeks from having been packaged. So they do lack the aroma of a freshly picked wild mushroom. But still. They're chanterelles and they're delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Full tummy Nov 2, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  And covered in leaves and woody bits giving credence to their wild origins.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. mrsleny Oct 30, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Medjool dates are finally back (Israeli). Bought at Richmond Hill store. $8.99 for 2 lb box.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Nov 7, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I just wanted to mention these weren't very good. They're better than the average non-Medjool Canadian grocery store honey dates but these Medjools were still too chewy and a tad on the dry side.

                                                                                                                                                                            I find the dates from Adonis much better and fresher. They're more plump and taste like toffee instead of a flat generic sweet flavour.

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                                                                                                                                                                            ylsf Oct 30, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Saw they are now carrying pumpkin seed tortilla chips. 567g for $5.99 . I bought the same brand (Mother's Farms) at a USA costco before and enjoyed them

                                                                                                                                                                            They also have 1L avocado oil for $10.89 (didn't notice before)
                                                                                                                                                                            I picked up some Rodelle Sriracha "seasoning" too ($4.89)

                                                                                                                                                                            One unusual product, saw they had capers, 3 jars for $4.99 (100 ml each jar). Doesn't seem very mainstream, surprised they had that (brand is Renoir)

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                                                                                                                                                                              szw Oct 30, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              You are surprised they have capers or that particular brand of capers? Costco has always had capers but I don't know what brand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                ylsf Oct 30, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Surprised that they had capers... Doesn't seem like it would be a high demand/high volume item.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  szw Oct 30, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think you'd be surprised! You can find capers pretty much everywhere, even yellow no-name brand capers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Oct 30, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                The avocado ill is fantastic! I use it exclusively now, in place of olive oil. It's a little healthier and has a higher smoking point.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Carolla Nov 1, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Those pumpkin chips are really good, they're quite sweet actually. I thought they were more expensive than $5.99 the last time I went (I think they might have been $8.99). Was that a sale price or am I remembering incorrectly?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  picesblue Oct 23, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone seen the Better than Bouillon? Chicken or beef? I have been to the Wilson/Dufferin location and Richmond Hill location and could not find it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Nevy Oct 23, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm sad to say this has been d/c since early spring. They went on d/c sale for such a cheap price (3.97 for a large jar) and then disappeared off the shelves.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      picesblue Oct 23, 2013 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you, will search elsewhere.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      randomthoughts Nov 11, 2013 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      After reading great reviews, I bought one of these from Costco but I had to return it... It tasted overwhelmingly of celery.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not overly picky but I'll have to stick with liquid stock.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Sadistick Oct 22, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Perhaps it was mentioned already, but speaking of cheeses, there was a little wheel of English aged cheddar (in purple wax) that I bought last week, which was surprisingly good.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Also got the Stirling butter, thanks for the heads up, far superior to the stuff you find in grocery stores.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. jayt90 Oct 21, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Bellavatino Merlot cheese from Wisconsin, is the best medium cheese I've had in years. It literally develops exponentially in your mouth. Half way between Italian and cheddar. Not to be missed. The merlot crust is edible, tho' it looks like wax. It's $25/kg., compare that to premium cheese prices at Loblaw or Metro.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Herne Oct 21, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Couldn't find OKA in the Warden store today. Anybody know what is going on?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Oct 21, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            In the Etobicoke and South Mississauga, they just got in a new batch of Oka cheese ... perhaps yours is just in the midst of restocking?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Nevy Oct 21, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you for confirming how great this cheese is... perhaps I need to buy a few blocks of this after all! I am still enjoying my Comte so I need to eat that one up first before indulging in another high end cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              duckdown Oct 24, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Just picked up a wedge of the Merlot cheese; smallest piece I could find was priced around $11.50, most pieces $13-14 or more.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Haven't tried it yet but looking forward to pairing it with some red wine! So you eat the purple rind, you say? I wasn't sure what to do about that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                jayt90 Oct 24, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, they just baste the cheese with merlot until a crust forms. I looked for the lowest price wedge too, but was pleasantly surprised, and would buy it again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                ylsf Oct 24, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds/looks good. I just looked it on and came across this description from another site:


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                                                                                                                                                                                                  cheesymama Dec 20, 2013 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  This cheese, original and at least 4 different flavours (Merlot, Espresso and others I can't recall) are on at Loblaws for $2.99/150g wedge. I also got 840 PC Plus points for each wedge I bought this morning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    ylsf Dec 20, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awesome, thanks for the heads up! If anyone sees this at other "loblaws" company stores for the same price please post (i.e. fortino's, superstore, etc).

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. kwass Oct 16, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Was @ Costco today, and they're selling the Cheesecake Factory Tuxedo Mousse Cheesecake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    LotteDempsey Oct 16, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    How much was it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Oct 16, 2013 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think it was $19.95, which is a lot cheaper than buying individual slices from Pusateri's @ $5.00/slice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        jayt90 Oct 16, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's the prce I saw yesterday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          flonie Oct 22, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          How much does that work out to per slice? I don't feel like spending $20 on cheesecake if it just tastes 'ok'

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Oct 23, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            There are 12 slices, so i guess that's about $1.70 per slice

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              flonie Oct 23, 2013 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Are these really thin slices or decent slices?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Oct 23, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'd say somewhere in the middle between thin and decent. That said, I still think it's a good deal, given that they charge $5 per slice @ Pusateri's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think the box said that it's a 9" cake. But I have to double check to make sure that's actually what it said.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          farmgirl1836 Oct 24, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know it doesn't really help, but we were at BJ's in Buffalo on the weekend and picked up a huge Cheesecake Factory plain frozen cheesecake for $10.49. Should have taken more than one, but we brought ice packs and a cooler and with the frozen turkey we bought and all the frozen stuff from Trader Joe's, there just wasn't any more room. Worth the trip to Buffalo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Oct 24, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's an amazing price!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          ylsf Oct 30, 2013 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I waste tempted to buy a box but then I looked at the nutrition label.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Each slice is 121 g, and 32g of fat. 480 calories

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Since I could eat at least 2 or 3 in one setting I decided to pass :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          cinderelladressmaker Oct 15, 2013 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I so very much miss Costco's in house made Chicken Enchiladas! Haven't seen it for a few years. Damn they were good!
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Love the Quinoa salad!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            duckdown Oct 16, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Never seen those that I can remember (the enchiladas) but I so would have tried them if I did

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              szw Oct 22, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              They are usually in the open air refridgerator section...where they keep prosciutto and the more expensive cured meats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. jayt90 Oct 15, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today, Oct 15 in London, I didn't find fresh turkeys on sale. They were dated Oct. 16, so maybe it will happen then, but I won't be able to attend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I did find Rachel's corned beef brisket (raw) at $8/kg, a phenomenal price for those making pastrami at home (I'm one).
                                                                                                                                                                                                            A Ben and Jerry's choc chip tub of ice cream reduced to $4. I bought it, reluctantly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wiper blades, about $8 from Michelin
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kirkland canned organic crushed tomatoes, 8 for $9.69
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ziploc med freezer bags, 3 boxes $7.50
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Large perfect white potatoes from Grand Bend, $4.49/10lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Flour, white or whole wheat $6.69/10kg
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brownie mix is back
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stirling 84% Euro butter, $5.29lb. Should have stocked up
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Homo $4.77
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Super fruit jam (France) $4.97
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bellavatino, a prize winner, about $25/kg
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Truffle salt $10. It better be good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. mrsleny Oct 15, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chicago Mix popcorn on sale this week (oct 15-20) ... $3.99 for a huge bag. Yummmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gonna stock up :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Helen Oct 15, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                That stuff is fatal :):) Can't leave it alone

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mrsleny Oct 15, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know ... but it has no nasty ingredients and the corn is non-GMO. That should count for something!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TeacherFoodie Oct 15, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good to know - love Chicago mix - will be getting a few bags.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  craisin Oct 15, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Speaking of popcorn... has anyone seen SkinnyPop in their local store? I asked at the Etobicoke location last week and was told they were sold out and not sure when they would get more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's really yummy and a snack that almost everyone can enjoy (even those with tree nut allergies!!).


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    piadina Oct 17, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I didn't find the SkinnyPop at the Yorkdale Costco either. Help!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Herne Oct 21, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was in the Warden and Ellesmere store this am and looking for the Chicago popcorn. Didn't see it. Was I right in assuming that it is in the aisle with the potato chips?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cheesymama Oct 21, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was at that location today and picked some up. It was actually at the end of the chip aisle, but the end toward the edge of the store, not facing the middle of the store. It was kind of tucked away and there wasn't a lot of it there. It was still on special though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Nevy Oct 14, 2013 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For those who like scallops, they had Canadian scallops on sale at Costco Mississauga North. They had 1 kg frozen bags and they're the U15 size for $18. Its a fantastic deal and I've actually been to St John's to see how they harvest them. The wild scallops are harvested with a lot of respect for the environment and so I don't mind buying these.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      scgalea Oct 9, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm really enjoying the salt-free seasoning I just bought

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mrsleny Oct 9, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is that Mrs Dash or their own Kirkland brand?


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ctl98 Oct 9, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just came from Costco on Warden/Ellesmere and they had Stirling Creamery 84% butter in stock. $5+ each.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Herne Oct 9, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Does Warden/Ellesmere usually have stirling butter?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jayt90 Oct 9, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No. They had Stirling regular salted at about $3 in June or July, (all locations had it). It sold out quickly,and it was very good compared to their usual Sealtest or Lactantia. You may have to move quickly on this offering, as it is likely stocked temporarily in many or all locations in Ontario.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stirling uses an old fashioned churn, nothing like the massive devices at the big dairies, and the 84% bf non salted has been difficult to get, never this price, so this is a good time to buy and freeze.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              smfan Oct 10, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              84%bf stirling do you use it in baking?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jayt90 Oct 10, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes. I am not a baker, but reportedly it is easier to work with and gives better results, not to say richer. High bf is the norm in France, and easy to find in EU or U.S.A.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Herne Oct 10, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll get to it as soon as I can. I love their Whey butter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Oct 10, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've only seen the salted versions in GTA West (Etobicoke and the rare occasion at Mississauga South)... never the unsalted versions. I wish they carried the unsalted ones

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mila Oct 10, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just by some strange coincidence I was in Hastings County and bought a pound of 84% Sterling for $8 and then found it at Costco later that day for $6. Yes, quite a great deal -- the flavour had lots of nuances. I'm heading back for more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Nevy Oct 9, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For all those getting ready for Thanksgiving, they have the really large 12 inch pumpkin pie for only $5.99 in the bakery section

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I did see a new cheese Called Bellavitano merlot. Its from a creamery in Wisconsin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They also have a new dessert in the specialty cheese area. Its a sticky toffee pudding from the sticky toffee pudding company. It has no preservatives and I was really impressed with it. The first ingredient was dates and there were no artificial chemicals either. The price looks to be half the price online. Considering it won a gold medal at the Fancy Food show in NY, I may give this a try

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  elvisahmed Oct 11, 2013 12:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Merlot Bellavitano is an amazing cheese. Which location if you don't mind sharing as I would like to pick it up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nevy Oct 11, 2013 04:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I saw this at the Costco North location (Heartland). It was a HUGE piece and probably the most expensive cheese there. Just did a search and wow, the Costco pricer is much better. Looks like the online price is $78 and the Costco price is about half price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What is the flavour and texture like to you? I loved the Compte cheese that was recommended above so I'm willing to try this one too is it's similar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      elvisahmed Oct 11, 2013 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OK great thanks I hope they carry it at Etobicoke or Wilson locations as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is an aged cheese but is very rounded. Goes very well with red wines. I am used to buying it from Longos. If you have tried the more commonly sold Bellavitano Gold (even no frills sell that one) the texture is the same but it doesn't have the after taste/bite. There are some wine undertones but not overwhelming in anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        duckdown Oct 11, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Was just gonna ask if the "Merlot" in the name alluded to something regarding red wine.. as a red wine lover, I'd really like to try this now

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          elvisahmed Oct 13, 2013 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Picked up two wedges of the Merlot Belavitano from the Scarborough location it is an amazing price as its almost half of what you pay at Longos.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also saw white truffle salt on clearance for 9.97. Going by the black truffle salt I got last year I am sure it is a sure to please truffle luvers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also saw some scalloped potatoes I haven't seen earlier. Has anyone tried those?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jayt90 Oct 14, 2013 04:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I didn't enjoy the Swiss made potatoes I got last year. They come in two large air tight packs at room temperature for $10; I don't know if that type is still there. The ingredients were OK, but the flavor was processed; little creaminess or potato flavor came through. The second pack went to a food bank.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll have to try the truffle salt; I thought it might be a contrived gimmick, but the other $10 truffled oil product is getting good notices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Oct 14, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How would you use the truffle salt?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cheesymama Oct 14, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Are you referring to the scalloped potatoes in the fridge, Main St I think? They were sampling them at Richmond Hill location this weekend. After trying them I decided to go for it. They are tasty, very creamy with a good amount of cheese on top. They could use more potatoes, I found there was too much sauce. They were on special for $4.99 and well worth it my opinion. I'll be buying them again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                elvisahmed Oct 14, 2013 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes I am referring to the scalloped potatoes and not the swiss one's. Is it a new product as I haven't seen them before or maybe its a Scarborough specific thing as I saw products I haven;t seen before?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I use the truffle salt to make popcorn and try and replicate the one's served at French Laundry. (if you have truffle oil you can infuse the butter ti get really intense taste)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Salt I have used on eggs though I prefer the oil better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cheesymama Oct 15, 2013 03:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think they are available at many locations. We picked them up in Richmond Hill and my mother has seen them at an Ottawa location. But as you said they are in Scarborough as well. The brand is Main St Bistro.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MiniMom Oct 29, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is the truffle salt still avail? i had the most amazing salad dressing on the weekend, lemon, olive oil and truffle salt on arugula. Could have just had that for dinner yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jayt90 Oct 30, 2013 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I got the truffle salt two weeks ago in N. London, after elvis' recommendation. It was a clearance item at $9.97, so I don't know if any places still have it. I suspect they do, as not many customers will pay $10 for salt, or know what is inside the jar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You could call the warehouse as they usually list a phone number on the receipt, or publish a list in www.costco.ca

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mutti Oct 21, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If the scalloped potatoes where in the ones in the fridge, then I for one recommend them thev'e been around for awhile at least since last year thats when I bought them for the holiday's I doctored them up a bit as we like a lot of cheese and tucked the sauce under the tatter's.Saved a lot of time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pizza Lover Sep 24, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Picked up Snowdonia Extra old cheddar from the UK at the Ajax Costco for under $10. What an awesome cheese!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kagemusha Sep 24, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Looks like it's the replacement for the killer Welsh cheddar, Collier, that's vanished. Saw it yesterday at Heartland and will try it. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Smorgasbord Sep 23, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last week the Warden Costco had a 2.1kg tin of Walker's shortbread for $19.99, and it had been made for Kirkland by Walker's- but they INCREASED the butter content in the recipe for them. Needless to say, they taste awesome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            justsayn Sep 23, 2013 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now you're talking!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Breadcrumbs Sep 21, 2013 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Has anyone seen the large wedges of Pecorino Romano lately? We were at the Ajax store today and there were 2 types of Parmigiano Reggiano (aged 24 and 36 months), Asiago and Grana Padano but no Pecorino Romano.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Truffles Sep 21, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not at Etobicoke- I was looking for it today and they didn't have it either..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Nevy Sep 21, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It looks like Costco is following in Trader Joe's path of dried fruit snacking. One of TJ latest craze is sweet juicy dried mandarin. When I was in Albany, people were buying them 10+ at a time. Supposedly they can't keep stock. Today at Costco, they had a large resealable bag of these! The brand is Nature's Finest and for $9.99, it seemed reasonably priced to try. I loved them! I think they're just as good or even better than the TJ ones. They're a chewy sweet citrus snack but with a hint of tartness so it doesn't go into sugary candy domain. I'll be buying these again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, I saw a new Christmas chocolate gift pack from a Montreal Chocolatier. Galleries au Chocolat chocolate covered caramels 200g boxes are normally $10 per box but Costco has them 4 boxes nicely wrapped for $23.99. I checked the ingredients and no types of oil, palm sugar, or nasty preservatives. I think I'll bed buying these for myself... Er gifts!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Nevy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cheesymama Sep 23, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Where did you see the dried mandarin? I was at the Warden location today and didn't see any in the snack or baking aisles. I asked an employee but just got a blank stare.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I picked up a pack of the chocolates. Thanks for the rec!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nevy Sep 23, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I saw the Mandarins at Costco Etobicoke and they just got them in. It's in the baking area right beside the other dried fruits (blueberries, cherries... AWFUL btw, raisins, and figs).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As for the Costco stare, I don't get that much as the either super helpful person or the "i'll get back to you on that..." and they disappear. Complete polar opposites in the service department.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Let me know how good the chocolates are... the last time I had them was in Montreal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    elvisahmed Sep 23, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just picked them up today at Etobicoke location. Here is a pic that might be of help as the item number on the receipt just say 530 (dried oranges)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mrsleny Sep 23, 2013 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saw them at the Richmond Hill store in the section with other dried fruit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ComeUndone Oct 7, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        +1 for dried mandarin. I want to enrobe them in dark chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. mrsleny Sep 12, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Has anyone seen dried Medjool dates at Richmond Hill or Markham (7&Woodbine) locations? I bought them once and haven't seen them again. They were in the fruit and produce section.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know I should just ask someone but it's always crazy busy on the weekends (only time I can go these days) I just want to get my stuff and go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks kindly!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        afong56 Sep 11, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        not sure if this falls into the category of 'new products, and apologies if this has already been reported, but my local costco has switched from coke product fountain drinks to pepsi, so if you like grabbing their hotdog combo and prefer coke drinks, or just like having a soda to drink while walking around the warehouse (coke zero fan here), you may have to prepare to be disappointed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        furthermore, they only offer diet pepsi, made with aspartame, if you like calorie free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sad times, imho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Nevy Sep 11, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My visit to Costco today was a big surprise. There are 2 full aisles of Christmas items including one full row of Christmas tins, baskets, and chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They had a box of Ferrero Rocher and it looks like at least 50 in it. They also have a Kirkland brand hand rolled European dark chocolate truffle (2kg) for less than $10. If it's decent, that's a huge saving. They also had gift set of European chocolates, Godiva baskets (less than $30 for 5 items in it), Walkers Shortbread cookies, and a lot of other candy items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As for the non Holiday items, I saw that they brought in another greek yogurt from a brand I've never seen in Canada. It's Greek God Organic 9% Honey yogurt. It's more expensive than the Skotidaktis. I've never tried it but it is a pleasant surprise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I saw a severely discounted maple sugar for $4.97 for 500g. That's a steal ... so if you're a baker and you want to use maple sugar, I highly recommend to head to Costco.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In the same spice and baking areas, they brought in organic unsweetened coconut, Sultana raisins (not the horrible sunmaid brand), fresh vanilla beans (kirkland brand), Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster Sauce in a gigantic bottle, and a few more gluten free items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I guess they're gearing up for the holiday baking and cooking season.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Truffles Sep 11, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That means they're discontinuing the maple sugar..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LexiFirefly Sep 11, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Noooooooo *checks car share*

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cheesymama Sep 11, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Which location were you at? I would love to pick up some of that sugar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nevy Sep 11, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mississauga North has this discounted ATM. I saw once at Etobicoke but I'm not sure if they still have it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yongeman Sep 8, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also posted this in the Pluot thread: I was at the Billy Bishop Costco today and picked up a tray of 18 Apriums (here's the difference between apriums and pluots: http://www.chow.com/food-news/54023/w... ) for $6.99. They are fantastic!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mila Sep 7, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you're feeling snacky and heading to the Etobicoke Costco...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Nevy Sep 7, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For all those who love their chai latte, Costco just introduced a 3 large tetra pack of Tazo Chai concentrate for only 7.99. Its the same blend they use in Starbucks I was told. Considering one chai latte is $ 6, this is a steal as it looks like the one box of concentrate can do tons.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nux2 Sep 22, 2013 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great, thanks! I just picked this up -- what a bargain!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Flexitarian Sep 4, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The best new product I have seen in years at Costco is Skotidakis Plain 9% MF Yoghurt 500ml 2 packs for $6.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Saw them the first time at the North York (Billy BIshop) Costco a couple weeks ago. It's the best greek yoghurt I have ever tasted!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nevy Sep 7, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have to agree this is a great tasting yogurt and such a great deal. Its so rich and creamy. I have to cut it with some plain 0% fat bc I cannot eat more than a few TSP straight

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      toronto guy Aug 28, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Has anyone tried the Chimichurri?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It hasn't appeared yet in 905

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I still miss the good sun dried tomatoes from Italy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Costco cannot be selling much of the substituted inferior stuff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from California

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks in advance


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lilaki Aug 26, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i think i've seen almond fresh almond milk in the refrigerated section. does any know which variety is carried and whether you've seen it recently? i'm specifcially looking for the unsweetened one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cheesymama Aug 26, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know they carry Almond Breeze in 6 packs for 9.99. It is a shelf stable product, until opened and comes in (almost) 1 litre containers. It is the original unsweetened.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They also carry one in the refrigerated section but I can't recall the details.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lilaki Aug 28, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the etobicoke costco had almond fresh in the coconut flavour. way too much sugar (and calories) for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks for mentioning the almond breeze stuff ... i might take a look at it next time i'm there! cheap too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Nevy Aug 24, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Costco Mississauga South had 3 really interesting new item. In the frozen section, they had a mushroom mix from Italy that included porcini mushroom and for $10 for 750 g, its such a great price versus dried mushroom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The also got a new Chimichurri sauce with no filler or preservatives. It was garlic, parsley, and herbs essentially. We're going to probably next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lastly I was thrilled to see a 2 pack of large Skotidatkis Greek yogurt for $6.99. This is the full fat version and its so wonderfully decadent. The texture is so creamy. Phenomenal price too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Aug 24, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Where was the chimichurri sauce?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nevy Aug 25, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was either beside the refrigerated seaweed salad/pesto sauce section or the aisle with the canned oyster and tuna. My Costco introduced so many sauces this week ... Well over 6 and I was just reading labels non stop to find one that was laden with sugar, preservatives, or HFCS.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Aug 25, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks Nevy. I'll take a look.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Aug 28, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I went today and couldn't find the chimicurri sauce. I looked in the refrigerated section, but forgot to check the canned tuna aisle. I'll check again next week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Oct 31, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I finally found the chimichurri sauce. I used it last night on grilled mahi mahi. And I have to say that it was delicious! A tad on the salty salty side, but delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        duckdown Oct 31, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Really?? I found it to be lacking salt, when we used it on chicken breast pieces.. We simply cooked them after a long marinade and they needed to be further seasoned.. Maybe the mahi mahi is more absorbent and more delicate I guess

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Oct 31, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's interesting, because I always add salt to chicken or fish before I grill it, but I tried the chimichurri sauce before I used it to marinade the fish, and because it tasted so salty, I didn't bother adding salt to the mahi mahi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sbug206 Aug 25, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone seen the mushrooms and chimichurri at other stores (Etobicoke or Scarborough)? I'd rather not drive all the way out to Mississauga.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cheesymama Aug 25, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I saw the chimichurri at the Peterborough store. Not where you are looking, but leads me to believe it's a new product in most of their stores.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Truffles Aug 26, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I saw the Chimichurri at Etobicoke on Saturday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      duckdown Oct 24, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Picked up a bottle of the Chimichurri last visit, the brand is "Gaucho Ranch" and I was quite surprised, marinated a few pieces of chicken in it for a few hours, seared it off in a cast iron pan before roasting in the oven to completion and the results were damn delicious. You need to add salt to the meat though, there isn't enough in the marinade itself to eliminate the addition of more

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Oct 24, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Where in the store did you find it? I haven't been able to find it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          duckdown Oct 24, 2013 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Heartland Town Center, it's in one of the standard unfrigerated aisles that have different condiments and stuff. It's in a tall long neck glass bottle with green & yellow label. Like an oversized beer bottle kind of. $5.99

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Oct 24, 2013 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks duckdown. I'll take another look.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ComeUndone Aug 21, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Has anybody seen the Stacy's Pita Chips lately? If so, which store in the GTA? I recently went to Weston Road/Hwy 7 location and did not see any.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Aug 21, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've never seen them @ Costco, but I see them @ Pusateri's all the time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nevy Aug 21, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I saw them in early spring but its been a while. Ever since they got the naan pita crisps, I haven't seen them

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            smfan Aug 21, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last saw them at Warden. 2 months ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LexiFirefly Aug 21, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Warden had them on Tuesday when I was there. They were on the back wall through the canned goods.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ComeUndone Aug 21, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Awesome! Thanks for the info!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MiniMom Oct 24, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Winston Churchill/Dundas location usually has them, got them in August but not in chip section off in anther section by fresh produce area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Nevy Aug 21, 2013 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Mississauga one started to carry the Ontario peaches. They're pretty fragrant and reasonably priced. They're not as ripe or soft as the one at Etobicoke Civic farmers market but they're much cheaper and bigger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, they started to sell Moon cakes!! In a presentation box that is satin lined, there are 4 double yolks lotus paste cakes. The price is $10.88 for the box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They also have freshly made tiny donuts for the week. Its cruel!! The entire store smells like Tiny Tim. It was 60 just made donuts for $5.99 I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. jayt90 Aug 17, 2013 03:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Avocado oil, with a high smoke point is in, $10/liter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. mrsleny Aug 14, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brought these to a potluck at work and were devoured quickly.



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tygrr_lily Aug 14, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That jalapeno dip is my favourite Costco product!! I love it with Diva's Delightful Crisps, also at Costco. I recently got a batch of the dip at the Etobicoke store that was off though - a lot more sour than usual blech. Hoping it was just a one off

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Aug 14, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have you tried the red pepper or the French onion dip, and if so, how we're they?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steve Green Aug 17, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love the other Skotidakis dips, in fact the Jalapeno is the only one I _don't_ like (too spicy for me). Unfortunately, the jalapeno version is the only one available out here (Las Vegas), unless they're doing a roadshow, when they're all there -- some six varieties.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mrsleny Aug 14, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love the Diva crisps .... they are so addictive! Next time I will definitely try it with the dip. Thanks for the tip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Aug 14, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm assuming the diva chips are found with the regular potato chips. Would that be correct?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LexiFirefly Aug 17, 2013 05:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They're usually in the bakery section.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Aug 17, 2013 05:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Lexi! I'm going to look for them this week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Aug 20, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Went to Costco today and I couldn't find the Diva Crisps anywhere. I checked the bakery section and the cracker/cookie section. I was in a rush, so I didn't have time to ask anyone for help, but I guess that's what I'll do the next time I go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tygrr_lily Aug 20, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh how disappointing! I hope you can find them. I'm not sure where your local Costco is, but I usually have no problems getting them at the Etobicoke location. This is what they look like for next time:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Aug 20, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the picture tl. I went to the Vaughan location today, but on Thursday I'm going to the Dufferin St. location, so maybe I'll have better luck there :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      smfan Aug 20, 2013 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I could not find the Diva Chips at Billy Bishop last weekend either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Aug 21, 2013 04:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh oh. Maybe they don't carry them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Helen Aug 21, 2013 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I got them there last Friday. They were where the cookies are - not in the bakery area.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Aug 21, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ok. Noted. Thanks Helen!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LexiFirefly Aug 21, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Am i the only one frustrated by how much stock gets moved, or differently placed from store to store. I almost list it when Skippy's got moved at warden. Little firefly would not have been happy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Aug 22, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, I went to the Yorkdale location today and I found the Diva Criss. Thank you so much everyone fort your help in finding them :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tygrr_lily Aug 17, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In my Costco (Etobicoke), they're usually in the aisle with all of the crackers and cookies. They come in a clear box and there's three rows of the crisps.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Aug 17, 2013 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much! I'll look in the both sections.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          smfan Aug 14, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cape Cod potato chips are very good. Product of US.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            duckdown Aug 18, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If anybody EVER spots the any "dark" Cape Cod flavors anywhere, at ANY store, please tell me! I used to be able to get them at whole foods, but they've since stopped carrying them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Flavors include "Robust Russet", "Dark Russet", and "Golden Russet". All of the chips had the slightly "burned" appearance from the sugars in the potato. You know how the odd time in your bag of regular chips, you'll get one of those darkened brown chips? Well every single chip is like that. They were awesome

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's a pic: http://i308.photobucket.com/albums/kk...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks in advance, keep an eye out for these!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jayt90 Aug 18, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Try making your own in a pan of duck fat, with large hand sliced Russets. That's how they turn out. Cumbrae's has duck fat, but there might be something closer to you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cheesymama Aug 18, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I did a little Googling and it seems that this line has been discontinued. There was a Facebook campaign to bring them back, but all of the posts are at least a year old.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't know what other chips might compare to these.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  duckdown Aug 18, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah, damn, you are right. Wikipedia has them listed as discontinued. How stupid! They kept loads of generic flavors while doing away with the ones that made them actually somewhat unique. What a bummer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  youdonut Aug 18, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Since cape cod is not making them any more keep an eye out for Herrs version of Russet potato chips.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Or you could look for Covered Bridge Chips, they are all made with Russet potato's and have that dark look. they are sold at Winners, Homesense and Bulk Barn.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    duckdown Aug 18, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't think I've seen Herr's anywhere recently, especially not a russet version. I would buy like 5 bags if I could locate them..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Utz brand also makes a dark russet chips but I've only seen them online, probably only available in the USA, but they look awesome. Paul & Sandy's Real BBQ in Etobicoke sells small bags of Utz chips but never has had the dark russets. I think I will make a request with them to see if they can bring them in for me, since they seem to be the only place I've seen importing them or bringing them back across the border

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We just came back from Cape Breton & New Brunswick where Covered Bridge chips are the norm. They are good for sure, they even have a "red and white" Canadian chip that is a mix of red potatoes and white. But from what I recall their normal, kettle cooked chips are not russets or have that dark look.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here is the Red & White Canadian chips:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On sale, 2 bags for 5 bucks at Whole Foods this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll open the bag of Covered Bridge Montreal Steak Spice chips I brought back from NB with me this week and check if they are dark

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheers :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yongeman Aug 20, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just bought some Herr's at the No Frills at Victoria Park and Eglinton. They were on for something like 99cents a bag, but I don't think they had the flavours that you're looking for dd.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        duckdown Aug 20, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I remember the Herr's "Heinz Ketchup" flavors being spotted all over the place, No Frills, Fortino's, etc. but yeah I have never seen the dark russet variety.. Do let me know if you ever spot them though. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                marcharry Aug 12, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What the heck happened to Epiros Greek Feta. It was a staple in Toronto stores.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone have an alternative - the domestic 'feta' is generally too salty and bland

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone have a high-value feta alternative?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nevy Aug 12, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From my memory, my Costco carries the Skotidaktis feta cheese. I personally like it and though it is 'briney', it's not as overly salted as other local mass produced feta cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jayt90 Aug 12, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As I recall it was pricey ($20/kg?) and probably wouldn't appeal to the bargain hunting crowd. Highland Farms usually has a Greek or Bulgarian/Romanian sheep's feta, by the kg.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I recall a green can, "passed by state Veterinarian".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Crepes Suzette Aug 16, 2013 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just got back from the Downsview Costco. They had all three brands of feta in containers with brine. My favourite is the Shepherd Gourmet Dairy (Ontario) which is made with sheep's milk - it has a nice consistency, not too crumbly or too creamy and I like the taste. They also had Skotidakis (cow and goat's milk), and the Greek Epiros (I assume it's sheep's milk, but did not actually check).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      asagiri Aug 11, 2013 05:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was shopping at Costco the other day and noticed that they started selling Organic Eggs, 18 for $7.99. Has anyone tried them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        smfan Aug 11, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was $9.99 a few weeks ago for the Organic Eggs. And no expiry date on the carton. I personally find the egg yolk of Omega Eggs taste better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lilaki Aug 12, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yep - i've tried them. it's the same brand that longos carries ... (can't remember the name off the top of my head). and i saw them for $7.99 at the etobicoke costco.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Nevy Aug 6, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For those who have a gluten free diet, I'm happy to report that Costco started to carry Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free flour blend. I was pleasantly surprised to see it. It's almost much cheaper here than at Loblaws or Superstore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, I saw some champagne grapes ... these are soooo amazing. They're the size of a pea but they are so much more juicier and sweeter than your average grape. The best part is the price.... only $4 for 2 lbs. The store near me is nearly sold out (they've had this for 2 weeks now). They also freeze really great and it's a great treat to add to ice cream on really hot days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dory Aug 6, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you enjoy kale try the Eat Smart Sweet Kale bagged "super 7" salad in the produce section. Contents include Kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, chicory and a package of dried cranberries and roasted pumpkin seeds. The package also comes with a pouch of poppyseed dressing which I blend with some hummus as I find it a bit overbearing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              smfan Aug 3, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone tried the Organic Whole Chicken $8.99/kg? How does it compare to Yorkshire Valley? Yorkshire costs $16-22/kg.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                asagiri Aug 11, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've tried them, and their pretty good. I haven't tried the Yorkshire Valley brand, so I can't compare the two. But there's noticeable more flavour and firmer, better texture in comparison to regular supermarket chickens.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jayt90 Aug 26, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would like to try the Costco organic chickens. I checked the label and they come from Peterborough area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One thing I will check out before buying is the breed. All, and I do mean all, supermarket chickens and fresh market chickens are the same breed, Cornish-X Cross. Organic growers do not have to use this breed, but many do. The breed is prevalent because they mature in 6-12 weeks, on regular feed or organic feed, conveniently supplied by Purina and Shur-Gain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Organic growers do not have to use this breed, or feed, but many do. Most organic chickens never see daylight. I was surprised to learn this when I visited a grower at 401-115 who sells at SLM. The birds never got out of the completely sealed henhouse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll conclude by noting one thing about Cornish-X Cross, your regular chicken: They live to eat, and gorge for 6-12 weeks. Some drop off. None can fly. They won't go out to grass even when offered. They stay by the feed trough, and IMO they all taste the same, even those $25 birds with the organic label.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kagemusha Aug 26, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They'd cost more if they frolicked al fresco before getting the chop. Volume is what keeps "organic" poultry affordable--sad but true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mention of organic chicken always recalls this:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. prima Jul 29, 2013 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not sure if this has been mentioned already. Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, $8.69 for 964 ml at the London Costcos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ylsf Aug 3, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That is dangerous. Might be better for me to stick to smaller containers :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    prima Aug 3, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I didn't think I liked Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, because I don't normally like vanilla ice cream/vanilla ice cream based ice creams, but it turns out I do! Good thing they don't carry Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz, Coffee Heath Bar Crunch or Mint Chocolate Cookie (which i don't seem to see much in Canada, anyhow!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      prima Oct 3, 2013 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Ben & Jerry's 946 ml Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is now $5.97, at the London ON Costcos. Would think the priced is province-wide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Noticed refrigerated Laura Secord chocolate mousse, near the hummus and potato salads, and had memories of the canned Laura Secord puddings, a treat in 1980s lunchboxes. Has anyone tried the mousse?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        elvisahmed Oct 3, 2013 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Laura Secord Mousse was way too sweet IMO. I don't have any nostalgia related feelings for it though so you might like it more than I did

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          prima Oct 5, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks, elvisahmed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          some vintage Laura Secord pudding ads:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Nevy Jul 19, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is probably my childhood nostalgia coming out but I just spotted Laura Secord (dark?) chocolate pudding in the open refrigerated section beside the high end cheeses. I was going to grab one but the gauntlet (aka 2 seniors hogging the entire aisle) was oblivious to everyone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Apple Jul 20, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Which Costco... I was at the Warden and Ellesmere one this morning and didn't see it. I am assuming when you say high end cheese you meant the welsh collier, double smoked cheddar, etc...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nevy Jul 20, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, it's beside the Collier cheddar area. I saw this at both Mississauga Costco locations. Today at Mississauga South, I was able to grab the packaging and I was really pleasantly surprised by the ingredient list. It was only 5 or 6 and it started with chocolate, milk, sugar, egg white, egg yolk, and then something else. I was going to buy it but I already grabbed the 2 carton of Kirkland Vanilla ice cream for our BBQ tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Apple Jul 20, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Darn. Then it's not being sold at the Warden location. Kirkland Vanilla is excellent. The two pack throws our freezer space out of wack though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Apple Aug 6, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            update - they are now being sold at the Warden location. They made some changes this week and the pudding may be found in the open fridge by the fresh fruit / vegetable "room"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Nevy Jul 17, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just wanted to give a heads up to all the snackers who love nuts. The Kirkland brand Marcona almonds are on sale for $6.99. ($3 off) The due date is pretty far off too and I thought these were really great tasting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I tried to find the Comte but it looked like it was allll sold out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have been following the Kawartha Dairy thread on this board and I looked at the giant tub in Costco. Lots of filler... on the other hand, the Kirkland brand Vanilla icecream looked quite similar to the Haagen Daaz ingredient list. I didn't do a detailed check but could it be the same supplier?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brookside dark chocolate green tea black currant is really tasty. So those who love dark chocolate covered treats... I would completely recommend this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would also recommend the chicken and turkey smoked sausages. We bought one the past weekend for a fast meal and we loved it. Well spiced, good amount of protein compared to filler and fat, and it was pretty healthy compared to all the other sausage options we've had recently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the fresh fruit section, they just got some BC Blueberries and they're so sweet. They're not the gigantic monsters from California. They're smaller but really potent in flavour. The carton is ridiculously large though... a good 3 lb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. mrsleny Jul 15, 2013 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I used to be able to get extra firm tofu in the refrigerated section (4 packs in a box) but haven't seen it lately. I hope they haven't stopped carrying it. It was a great price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also has anyone tried the Sky Valley sriracha? It is $6.99 for 1L bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I usually shop at the Richmond Hill store.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Full tummy Jul 16, 2013 05:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I saw the tofu at the Warden and Ellesmere store yesterday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mrsleny Jul 16, 2013 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jayt90 Jul 16, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sky Valley is pricey, great color, some Vit. C, and somewhat salty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The competing Tuong Ot (Rooster) Sriracha is half the price, stronger in heat, and true to the original family recipe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My opinion is that Sky Valley is dumbed down for Anglophones, but will be a success at outdoor gatherings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Jul 16, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is this the organic sriracha? If so, thank you for the review, it looks like I will not be buying this one :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jayt90 Jul 16, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes. Organic. Looks good with a nice label and very fine color. It is dominated by salt, which I almost never object to. I will use mine at outdoor BBQ's with the neighbors and in laws (Nyleve's influence!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nevy Jul 16, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Are you referring to the Unisoya organic tofu? The one near me (Etobicoke) has many boxes currently. They don't expire for another month or so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mrsleny Jul 16, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes! Thank you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LJS2 Jun 6, 2013 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone seen the KC Masterpiece Private Stock barbeque sauce? I tried it last year and thought it was the best commercially prepared sauce available. I have not seen it at the Mississauga/Oakville or Richmond Hill stores. I posted a new thread yesterday and got one reply saying that the Etobicoke store might have it. Has anyone else seen it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jayt90 Jul 12, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Haven't seen it in London. Better ask someone to look it up. Probably discontinued.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Nevy Jun 5, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I went to buy my normal bag of frozen organic wild blueberries at Costco when I saw they had frozen figs! Has anyone tried them? For 1 kg, it was 6.99

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carolla Jul 20, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, I bought those frozen figs yesterday at Warden. They appear to be from Turkey? (nothing printed on the package but the best before date is stamped Turkey). Inside is chock full of perfect figs, as plump and purple as can be, nice red interior. I haven't been able to defrost one fully yet - too impatient, and even frozen they are good. I have no idea what I'll do with them, but what a deal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lilaki Jul 20, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oooh...would love to hear what you're going to do with them! Yummmmm...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nudibranch Jun 1, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I loved the Kirkland dried cherries. A great price for cherries that actually tasted like cherries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But apparently they're gone now. I tried the replacement, Royal Harvest brand, and blehhh! Those are like dry maraschino cherries, even have that glaze and the strange translucent quality of maraschinos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nevy Jun 1, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you for the warning. I was looking to buy those. I ended getting the Kirkland dried blueberries and they're quite tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MeMeMe Jun 3, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yep - i just bought them and they don't really taste like the Kirkland ones. They are sitting there not being eaten, sadly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ylsf Jun 3, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am sure you are aware already but in case you aren't, definitely bring them back to Costco for a full refund, even if opened.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I bought some gluten free cookies that were the nastiest thing I ever tasted. (had nothing to do with the gluten free aspect, they were just really bad). They gladly took them back and the guy said they had been getting a lot of returns on them. I guess maybe some of the buyers have "off" taste...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lilaki Jun 3, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tks for the warning. i have a new, unopened bag of the royal harvest brand sitting at home. i will be taking those back ASAP!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FresserGuy May 27, 2013 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just got Comte cheese at the Billy Bishop way Costco the other day! I was very excited - it's my favorite cheese, and usually only found at gourmet cheese shops, and VERY expensive. But a huge hunk of it at Costco for $9 was amazing - probably 1/3 of the cost of places like Cheese Boutique.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It wasn't as good as some of the aged comte I've tried, but still quite good :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jlunar Jul 12, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          More Comte:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Juraflore Comté - 300g. Aged 15 months. Green label cheese (if that matters to you). Imported from France by Alexis de Portneuf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $3.97 at the Warden Costco.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Herne Jul 14, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Going to the Warden Costco Monday. Never tried the Juraflore Comte before but given the reception here I will tomorrow. Can anyone give a good description of the package and where it likely is in the cheese area?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jayt90 Jul 14, 2013 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It will be opposite the fresh meat section, and close to fresh fish/chicken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The cheese is similar to French gruyere, recommended by old timers like Julia and James, but under EU rules has to be sold under a new name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jlunar Jul 14, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                [insert 2000 words]

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Herne Jul 14, 2013 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OK . Thanks. I should be able to find it now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Herne Jul 15, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well I was wrong. Went around the cheese area twice. Went to a lady with a computer monitor and she found that were 20 left and asked another clerk to get one for me. When she came back with it she told me they were in a "bunker" near the Deli so back I went. Still couldn't find it. When I got home and had a piece I doubt I will go back to track down the bunker. Nice but not that nice. Of importance -- during the conversation i believe I heard that they would not be getting more in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                elvisahmed Jul 15, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for sharing I picked it up today while I was there without even reading it here The magic number for items that end with .97 always catch my eye (clearance).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also on the Wilson location they had the white truffle oil on clearance for $9.97!!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Very potent stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Nevy May 27, 2013 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most Costco only carries ED Smith jam and the second ingredient is normally sugar. I went to the Etobicoke Costco and was pleasantly surprised to find a Jam spread from France with no sugar added! It was a strawberry one with much less calories (and shorter shelf life because of less preservatives). Considering it was only a few $ more than the ED Smith, this seemed like a great deal. The flavour is really good... it tastes like real sweet strawberries and though it isn't a sweet as ED Smith, it's a great sweetener to my Kirkland Brand 0% plain greek yogurt. I think it tastes just as good as the Skoti strawberry greek yogurt!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                shocked Jul 16, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is that the Bonne Maman jam? I was happy to see it at Costco Warden the other day. Yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nevy Jul 16, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Actually it was! They had the super large size of the strawberry one. It's quite wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    duckdown Jul 16, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agreed, that's the closest tasting brand to the homemade stuff. Love it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yongeman Oct 30, 2013 10:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Has anyone seen the Bonne Maman jam lately? I was at Billy Bishop this week and couldn't find any.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nevy Oct 31, 2013 04:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've only seen it at the Etobicoke site and there's less than half a flat last week. You might want to grab a few to stock up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yongeman Oct 31, 2013 04:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks, Nevy. I'll try to get there today. Do you remember the approximate price/size, by any chance? It's a bit of a hike for me and I hope it's worthwhile. I think the regular size is about $5-$6 in most supermarkets.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            poppygirl Oct 31, 2013 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I bought the large jar of strawberry Bonne Maman jam at the Etobicoke store a couple of weeks ago. If I'm remembering correctly I think it was $5.99.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yongeman Oct 31, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, poppygirl! That's fantastic. I hope I'm able to score some.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                duckdown Oct 31, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I definitely remember it being $5.99 as well, but it's been missing from Heartland Costco and Brampton Costco on my last visits too

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yongeman Oct 31, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just got it today at the Warden Costco for $6.89. Hooray and thanks for the help.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                durianlover May 24, 2013 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Chicago Mix" Popcorn by G.H. Cretors. It's interesting as it contains both salty cheddar and sweet caramel popcorns.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Caramel Popcorns are not available at Loblaw's/Metro/etc in GTA, unless I go to expensive Kernel's store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn May 24, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kitchen Table has GH Chicago Mix and Loblaws has an in-house version.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    durianlover May 24, 2013 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the tips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bunnylicious May 24, 2013 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've seen the gh cretors Chicago mix at superstore and pretty sure at loblaws too. Imagine Costco is more economical though :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        smfan May 26, 2013 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Highland farms have it but very expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lilaki May 27, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gh cretors is super tasty. PC brand, not so much.