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The first day of July marks the beginning of another calendar quarter. I'll start this thread off with a sighting of Mexican Coca Cola at the Waltham, MA Costco.

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  1. You'll never go back to the regular stuff!

    1. At our Costco in Toronto, we have a great amount of fresh fruits coming in that are really good prices and so tasty. We have Black Velvet apricots (incredibly juicy with soft plum texture), South African clementines (very sweet, juicy, and easy to peel), jumbo sized black mission figs (very sweet!), and a huge amount of fresh asparagus.

      One thing I saw that was new was the organic Sriracha sauce. For only $4, you get a HUGE bottle.

      There's a new Brookside dark chocolate covered dried berries with green tea. It's soooo good. I had to hide the huge bag because I would have inhaled in one sitting.

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      1. re: Nevy

        Green tea! I haven't seen those and can't find them on the Brookside wbesite . . . I hope it's not only available in Canada :-(

        1. re: Nevy

          Those Black Velvet apricots are OUT of this world good. They are crimson red inside and black outside and remind me of the taste of an apricot and plum combined. These are a definite must buy and I doubt if they will last long in the stores.

          I have to look for the South African clementines the next time we're in Costco - those also sound like a great find.

          1. re: littleflower

            If your store carries the Israel clementines, they're even better. They're smaller than the South African ones but they're much juicier and sweeter. We inhaled 2 bags in a week and when we went back, they were sold out!

            Another great fruit our Costco started to carry is 'champagne' grapes. It's really dante grapes and they're the size of blueberries but the flavour is really good. It's possibly the most flavourable grape I've had in a long time. It's not tart or sour but a pleasant true grape taste without being overly sweet. The best thing is the price... for 2 lbs, I think it was only $4.

        2. Maybe the cola's fantastic, but they've stopped carrying the Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers (I'm a vegetarian, so that really matters to me). Sam's is apparently still carrying them, so I'll be going to Sam's. Or maybe to both if Sam's fruit and vegetables are not as good as Costco's.

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          1. re: diane42997

            GREEK TABLE hand-layered eggplant @120 calories per serving with 4 servings in a box. Heated in oven or microwave.
            Eat with tzatiki and more vegetables.

            I should add that I almost NEVER eat prepared food but this really tastes like home made. Low sodium, too. Has feta and red peppers.

            Find in in refrigerated section of some Costcos in NYC area (including east Harlem), but frustratingly few stores carry this great product.

            1. re: erica

              Can you elaborate on the location? What other items are these near?

              1. re: Rilke

                I used to get them in Stafford, NJ, but they seemed to move them around, so I always had to hunt for them. The box was mostly green, so I just looked for green in the freezer cases. Morningstar Farms also makes these for supermarkets, but they're thinner and smaller, yet cost about the same. Good luck finding them at your Costco; I was told at mine that they were discontinued because Costco didn't want to pay the increased price that MF was asking.

                1. re: diane42997

                  Hi Diane, thank you -- I was actually referring to the eggplant Erica mentioned :-)

                2. re: Rilke

                  If you are asking about the Greek Table eggplant, I have found these at Harlem and in Yonkers as well as in Commack, off I-495.

                  They are not in the freezer case, but in the case with refrigerated prepared meals, like zucchini pancakes. If you supplement with a side dish of rice or vegetable, you can get 4 meals out of the box, but we usually get only three.

                  1. re: erica

                    Thanks Erica! If the locations are spotty I doubt Delaware has it, but I'll give it a shot.

              2. re: diane42997

                They now carry Morningstar Farms Malibu Burgers. Very good, but not as good as the chipotle black bean.

                1. re: ferret

                  Thanks for the info. Do you have any idea what's in these?

                  1. re: diane42997

                    Sorry, I made a slight error, it's a Gardenburger product, ingredients are here:

                    http://www2.kelloggs.com/ServeFile.as...

                2. re: diane42997

                  Saw the MF chipotle black bean burgers 30 minutes ago at 'my' Costco (San Diego). Next to the Malibu and breakfast versions.

                  1. re: Cathy

                    Thanks!! Maybe they've resolved the price issue. Or maybe customers like me filled out the little slips they keep sorta hidden, telling the Costco buyers that they wouldn't be renewing their memberships.

                    1. re: Cathy

                      They still have them at Seattle Costco #1, in one of the end-cap freezers (not where they used to be).

                      1. re: Cathy

                        I called "my" Costco on July 3 and was told again that they were discontinued. Bought some at Sam's (at much higher $$), and went July 5 to Costco because I didn't like the produce at Sam's. Lo and behold, they ha

                      2. re: diane42997

                        I saw a new variety of vegetarian burger-style patties at Costco yesterday; I've already managed to forget the brand (I'll have to make a note of it next time I go), but they were in one of the refrigerated endcaps near the cheeses. I missed out on the demo samples of them, but I got to try the zucchini patties that were in the case next to them and they were delicious!

                        1. re: JulesNoctambule

                          I bought a box of those new ones, tried one, and gave the rest to my son, who'll eat anything that's easy to fix. They didn't taste bad, they simply had no taste at all. Bad trade for the chipotle black bean burgers :(

                        2. re: diane42997

                          Is this what you're looking for?

                          Burbank, CA

                           
                          1. re: ns1

                            That's them, thanks. I had replied that I found them in my Costco back on July 6, but only after I had bought some at Sam's - who sold a 9-pk for the same ## as Costco's 12 pk. Oh well, at least I have an alternate source if Costco plays games again. I'm so addicted to these ..............

                        3. Just saw fresh figs, they looked excellent..

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                          1. re: treb

                            Ahh where are you? I've been to my Costco (NC) at least once a week and haven't seen them recently! I love fresh figs and buy the clamshell every time they're in stock.

                            1. re: ohmyyum

                              I'm in southern NJ. I called my Costco,, and they told me (rather snippily) that they had discontinued them. I went to the closest Sams and they had a 9-pk for the same price as the 12-pk was at Costco - I bit the bullet and bought 4 boxes because I'm so addicted to them. I'm gonna check out BJ's next week.

                              1. re: diane42997

                                Hmm maybe they just meant they were seasonal?

                                I actually just got some fresh figs from TJs for $3.99/lb. I think that's a bit pricier than they were at Costco, but not exorbitant. As I don't have access to a Sam's or BJs, I'm willing to pay it!

                              2. re: ohmyyum

                                MA.

                            2. Plano, Texas - Brisket & cheese stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon. No breading makes these delish!

                              1. Sushi in the in-store prepared case (not the vile pre-packaged stuff). There was a crab and avocado, tuna, and a salmon. Allegedly it is prepared daily. Anyone tried this? I was in a hurry but will be heading back to this store on Friday so I'll grab a few pictures and more info if someone hasn't by then.

                                Also, the churro in the food court is being discontinued. However I spotted a new sandwich, one that is BBQ pork. $4.99, don't know if that's a meal/something else comes with it or it's just the sandwich as I didn't pay that much attention.

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                                1. re: LuckyCharm

                                  No more churro?! Nooooooooo.....

                                  1. re: LuckyCharm

                                    I the Seattle and Shoreline stores they have BBQ beef brisket sandwiches for 4.99. No sides but a large sandwich with on it for 4.99... coworkers gave it a good review though I have not tried it.

                                    I have tried the sushi in the Seattle store. It is very good. Better then most cheapo sushi places and there is a packed on date. The one I bought was packed the same day and tasted fresh.

                                  2. Brownie Brittle - holy cow, that stuff is good.

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                                    1. re: emily

                                      Also found smoked duck breast and duck confit by Grimaud Farms.

                                      1. re: emily

                                        I had high hopes for the Brownie Brittle but it fell far short. For the high calories I'd rather have a small piece of rich real chocolate.

                                        1. re: Rilke

                                          The other household member wasn't as taken with it, either. Said he'd rather have a brownie. I really like it, though.

                                      2. I used to get this pretzel bread (labriola brand) from west coast costco (az, Vegas,, ca) but can not find it here in westchester, New York costo... Help please

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                                        1. re: Koffeecup

                                          in washington state pretzle rolls are on in house bakery tables, don't know brand. samples were excellent but bag i took home was not great so i haven't gotten any more.

                                          1. re: Koffeecup

                                            Costco makes their own pretzel rolls in the bakery, really good.

                                          2. The Costco (Toronto) started selling Popcorners and they're possibly the most addicting snack I've had in a while. It's popped corn chips... it's similar to popchips except it's less greasy, thicker, but just as crunchy. The white cheddar and kettle flavour is ok but the sea salt and the jalapeno one are really good.

                                            Also, they've started to carry the Oikos 2% greek yogurt in fig and date flavour. It's more expensive than the Skotidaktis (my favourite) but it's a nice option to have.

                                            1. i ran across this at addictedtocostco.com.
                                              http://lenrapoport.hubpages.com/hub/S...
                                              i usually only go to certain areas (maybe that's why they have annoyingly been moving things around). but browsing the store i picked up a huge kirkland oval enameled cast iron french oven from france for $30. big price drop when clearing out limited supplies.
                                              burlington, wa store, only had dozen or so left that i saw.

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                                              1. re: divadmas

                                                I am curious if anyone can still find the edamame cranberry trail mix? Cannot find it either at Warrington, PA or Montgomeryville, PA. Any suggestions for alternative sources. It looks like Anne's House makes it (and probably is the private label producer for Costco). Any other sources?

                                                Also, is this a seasonal item? Should I expect it back later in the year?

                                                1. re: cwdonald

                                                  Ill look again for ya at montgomeryville Pa cw, I go there a lot. Is the Warrington Costco any better? Montgomeryville is taking forever to remodel the freezers and it's a little depressing.

                                              2. currently on sale in Redwood City CA...2007 Vina Eguia Reserva Rioja for $7.99. Even at regular price of $10, a great value! Dark fruit, elegant & balanced.

                                                1. AVOID!!!! The regular apricots, product of Washington, Stemilt Famous Fruits.

                                                  Terrible. Inedible. Cottony texture and zero flavor. I thought I'd try to salvage them by making fruit crisp, but the ones I bought on Sunday afternoon were rotting (not just overripe, but rotting) on Tuesday afternoon. The pluots were marginally better, but seem to be going bad on a similar timeline.

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                                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                    Ruth, if your Costco still is carrying them - do try the Black Velvet Apricots they are amazing. Juicy, full of flavor and are a gorgeous crimson red color on the inside. Looks like a plum but has the taste of an apricot with a little plum undertones. We can't get enough of them!

                                                  2. Just in !!, champagne grapes, really sweet, limited supply.

                                                    1. O.MY.GOD. Addicted to the new- to our Costco ( Folsom Ca)-
                                                      La Grande Galette by Le Chef Pattisier. They were sampling them yesterday and I couldn't get them in my cart fast enough.
                                                      They are a product of France and made with real butter and sea salt.
                                                      We are having them with coffee,
                                                      as a snack,
                                                      sandwiching vanilla ice cream,
                                                      with fruit desserts
                                                      and oh, as a snack...
                                                      did I mention as a snack?
                                                      You could smear them with Nutella, or
                                                      Here is an idea- eat them as a snack!
                                                      They are pure buttery goodness that hits you with a tang of sea salt all wrapped up in the crunchiness of a biscuit/cookie....
                                                      Get them!
                                                      You're welcome ;-)

                                                      1. Yes, our Costco was carrying the Mexican Coca Cola for a great price - I think for only $15.00 for a pack of 12 bottles. No HFCS and love to drink an ice cold coke out of a slightly frosty (we stick them in the freezer for just a few minutes) glass bottle. There are only a few other places in town that sell the Mexican Coke and they want $2.00 per bottle for just one.

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                                                        1. re: littleflower

                                                          Washington, DC-area Costcos sell the Mexi-Coke for $17.99/24-case.

                                                        2. Our closest Costco is in Edison, NJ and I recently bought Food Should Taste Good brown rice crackers. They are somewhere in between crackers and chips in consistency - also, they start out salty and end on this really nice sweet note. They are super addictive and I wish had I had some now. I looked for them in Whole Foods and Wegmans since we don't get to Costco as often as we like these days, but saw no such thing.

                                                          Our store carries Mexican Coke too, and I've seen it at various times throughout the year.

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                                                          1. re: pellegrino31

                                                            At the San Leandro, Ca store my new go to pork product is Kirkland Signature Swift Premium Pork Sirloin Tip Roast (4 pk) $1.99/lb. Swift is one of the pork producers recommended by a chef/pig farmer I see ever year at SFChefs.

                                                          2. I'm surprised that more Costco members aren't complaining -- loudly -- to the company about the way Costco has transformed its formerly wonderful Kirkland Signature pesto (sold in big jars ... presently 22 oz/624g, for around USD 7 and change .. into a third-rate basil-flavored oil and cheese sauce-like food product. The present version is the kind of thing I would expect from Sam's Club. I long ago chose Costco over Sam's because of the quality of its food products. A rethink may be in order. It's shameful, considering that Costco has a much better reputation than that.

                                                            Costco pesto used to be so good that I gave jars to non-Costco friends as gifts. Decent pesto is expensive, and the Costco product was pretty darn good ... closer to homemade than any other commercial version I ever sampled (and that was many).

                                                            So this week I bought a jar, for the first time in two and a half years, owing to being out of the country that long. What a disappointing ... no, disgusting ... surprise i got!

                                                            In America, the enemy of people who love good food is anybody from a marketing department or anybody with a CPA after their name. Costco used to be better than that, but now the bean counters have destroyed Costco's house-brand pesto sauce.

                                                            Let's look at the ingredient list of the present inferior product. Federal regulations require the ingredients to be listed in the proportion in which they occur in the product ... there is a lot more of the first ingredient(s), and generally the last ingredients occur in only small amounts. Sleazy food companies (i.e., most of them, especially the big ones) fudge this by including "blends" as an ingredient, apparently allowed through some loophole or other. Costco, to my regret, now appears to be no more ethical in this regard than the people who make Cheez-Whiz, Cheerios, Twinkies and the like.

                                                            I quote the ingredient list in full: "Basil Blend (Genovese Basil D.O.P., Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt), Parmesan Cheese (Pasteurized Part-Skimmed Cow's Milk, Cheese Cultures, Sea Salt, Enzymes), Pine Nuts, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pecorino Romano D.O.P. Cheese (Sheep's Milk, Rennet, Salt), Fresh Garlic, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Black Pepper."

                                                            OK. What does that mean? You don't need to be a rocket scientist to notice that one cheese is just "Parmesan" and the other, which is a smaller proportion of the product, is "Pecorino Romano D.O.P." I don't find anything objectionable about using a cheaper domestic substitute for Parmeggiano-Reggiano in a product like this one. Obviously they use real-deal pecorino ... there is, after all, less of it in the product, and real pecorino is considerably less expensive than Parmeggiano-Reggiano D.O.P.

                                                            But before, the first ingredient was ... yeah, basil! Pesto Genovese is a basil sauce. If you don't want to taste basil, you shouldn't eat pesto, right? If that's the case, Costco pesto is for you ... you can taste basil, but only a little bit.

                                                            What's with using imported "Genovese Basil D.O.P."? Some products definitely are better if they're from italy. Pasta, for example. But basil? Hardly. Excellent basil is grown all over the world. There is no advantage to using basil from Italy, especially if you're thousands of miles away and making processed food that takes the basil a very long way from its fresh state. Anybody who has grown basil, or bought it fresh, knows it is one of the most perishable of herbs. Costco, obviously, is saving a bundle by replacing fresh American basil with some insipid mix of Italian basil, cheap-ass oil and salt ... "sea salt," of course, because Americans think that is somehow better than whatever other salt.

                                                            More than cost may have been involved. A careful reading of the label reveals that the new, garbage pesto can (at least according to Costco) be frozen. Real pesto doesn't freeze very well, and in America, we like to freeze stuff. Maybe Costco's ersatz "Basil Blend" solved that problem. Yay team.

                                                            This new pesto is crap. Somebody at Costco HQ should be exploring new employment opportunities over this. If you loved the old Costco pesto, try the new stuff. If you think it's junk, let Costco know about it. Reformulating formerly excellent products into mediocrity or worse is why so many of us distrust the American food industry. Costco is supposed to be better than that.

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                                                            1. re: emu48

                                                              I bought some of their pesto recently and it was one of the only things I've ever returned to Costco. No basil flavor at all - it tasted like oily Pecorino paste (and IMO, though I love Pecorino, it has no place in pesto). Too bad, because I had heard rave reviews about this product in the past.

                                                              1. re: emu48

                                                                bust, thanks for the heads up emu48.

                                                              2. Chicken & Kale lasagna from fridge section-

                                                                Well, it was edible and it was sustenance, but I would not buy it again. Let's put it this way: we forgot to put the leftovers in the fridge last night, and I'm not sad that we have to throw it away this morning.

                                                                1. Another change in product I don't like is the new Artichoke/Jack Cheese mix (dip? spread?) I like neither the taste nor the texture. Before this came out, sold in the very same spot in the store was the parmesian/artichoke mix. That one was addictive. I miss it. Once was enough for the substitute.

                                                                  1. I picked up a Kirkland oven roasted turkey breast on a whim because I was having guests for 10 days and wanted things on hand for sandwich fixings and do-it-yourself meals and snacks. This was good beyond expectation. Way beyond. It has no additives but salt and sugar, and not much of either. But it's very moist and flavorful, and nice, clean white meat with no gristle or veining. I made terrific bacon, lettuce, tomato, and turkey sandwiches with it; cut it into small cubes and added it along with some noodles to some homemade chicken broth when one of the guests wasn't feeling well; and just sliced some up for the teenager who was feeling peckish between meals. The rest got sliced, vacuumed sealed, and put into the freezer. Very happy to have discovered this.

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                                                                    1. re: JoanN

                                                                      Ooh this sounds great...I usually buy Applegate Farms Oven Roasted Turkey from Trader Joe's but this sounds like it could be even better...

                                                                      How much is it for a package of it, and where within Costco is it located?

                                                                      1. re: littleflower

                                                                        This is odd. I was sure I replied to you yesterday, littleflower. Maybe I forgot to hit the reply button? Anyway, Expat1234 is right; it was $3.99/lb and mine was about 5 pounds. I don't remember now exactly where I found it except that it was tucked into a corner somewhere like the cheese counter or one of the deli counters. It definitely wasn't with the fresh chicken.

                                                                        1. re: JoanN

                                                                          Wonderful - I will have to check this out. It's nice that it's already cooked AND it is natural/free of unnecessary additives. Decent price, too! Thanks Joan and Expat.

                                                                      2. re: JoanN

                                                                        I'm a fan of the Kirkland cooked whole turkey breast too. I think it is $3.99 lb. Costco also has it pre-sliced but it has some additional additives and processing to it. So go for the whole breast and slice as needed.

                                                                        1. re: Expat1234

                                                                          the costco chicken salad is excellent though kind of spendy esp since i suspect they use up their leftover rotisserie chicken.

                                                                      3. individually packed mackerel sides from Norway - in the freezer aisle (RTE 10, NJ)

                                                                        1. Was strolling through the Montgomeryville Costco tonight and they are all ready for holidays. Christmas items, Halloween and lots of intriguing foods for the Jewish holidays. Honey loaves, apple macaroons, a whole section of tempting sweets.
                                                                          Also the double yolk moon cakes are back. I really have to try them this year. Oh yes, and pumpkin pies as well.

                                                                          1. My latest Nashua NH Costco splurchases: Spilling the Beans, a cookbook. Most of it is superfluous for me because I already put beans in most of my soups, salads, and one-dish meals. I bought it because of the last chapter, which has lots of recipes for baked goods incorporating beans: cakes, cookies, breads, even pretzels.

                                                                            Abandoned in a canned goods aisle was a box of THINaddictives Mango Coconut Almond cookies, begging me to rescue it. These are packed in individual 110-calorie bags of three 1/8" thick biscotti-slice type cookies. They are not overly sweet, and accurately-named. Since I don't know where the box was supposed to be, I don't know if that's the only flavor they carry, but oddly, it is NOT among the 3 varieties pictured on the manufacturer's website: http://www.thinaddictives.com/index.p...
                                                                            They will definitely be on the list of Costco items I buy every time - if I can find them!

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                                                                            1. re: greygarious

                                                                              They've carried the cranberry walnut for years - also very good. Usually located near the crackers/potato chips.

                                                                            2. Pumpkin Seed Tortilla chips (Mother's Farms brand) were being sampled at the EP Minnesota Costco this week and immediately added to my cart.. Wonderful fall flavor combo of pumpkin, corn flour, spices (cinnamon/clove/nutmeg are my guess), honey a bit of lime, with pumpkin seeds embedded in the chips.

                                                                              140 calories and 7 g. fat for only 10 chips (impossible to stop at 10...), so don't hurt yourself on these.

                                                                              1. We really like the square "pita" bread they make with chia seeds, it is scored across the middle. If you put the whole thing in the toaster, it puffs up and separates the layers, and you can rip it into two on the scored perforation. Nice and chewy texture, and it doesn't leak as badly as a pita, so you can stuff it with your tzatziki sauce or whatever and no drips!

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                                                                                1. re: lireland

                                                                                  is this in the bread section? i have only seen round flatbread pita that is good but strictly white bread.

                                                                                2. I'm not sure how new they are because I rarely make it to Costco anymore, but I just picked up a 24-oz bag of raw shelled hemp seeds for $10.89 here in Los Angeles. That's a *major* bargain.

                                                                                  Also spotted large packages of "Love Beets" in one of the refrigerated cases with the cheeses, meats, etc. I've never tried them myself, but I've seen positive comments about them elsewhere on CH and I imagine $5.99 for 2 lbs is a pretty good deal.

                                                                                  1. Caprese salad, also in the fridge section. It's awesome - $6/2 premade salads. I would pair this with another package of organic spring mix from the fridge section.

                                                                                    I use 1 premade salad, combine it with 2 large handfuls of organic spring mix, then use the balsamic vinaigrette that was supplied. They give you a LOT of vinaigrette.

                                                                                    Makes 1 bigass salad for like $4.

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                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                      Speaking of Caprese salad, I've been buying Costco's bufala mozzarella and practically living on Caprese salad while the Jersey tomatoes are still exquisite. Don't recall what the mozarella costs, but it's definitely a lot less than I pay at Fairway and every bit as good if not better.

                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                        I bought that too, and I thought it was fantastic. We made some great caprese with the local tomatoes.

                                                                                    2. We just tried (and quickly finished) a large bag of something called "bark THINS" - it was flat shards of dark chocolate, crushed almonds, and sea salt. On the bag, they had the poor taste to call it "snacking chocolate." Who snacks on chocolate? We do, apparently. All week long, until we finished this giant BAG of chocolate. What was really embarrassing was that it was shaped like a giant bag of cat treats, and every time I picked it up to get myself another piece of chocolate, our cat came running over, thinking he was going to get a cat treat. Oh, god. The gluttony.

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                                                                                      1. re: khh1138

                                                                                        Where did yo find them - they sound amazing?

                                                                                        1. re: FoodDee

                                                                                          We bought these at the Irwindale, CA Costco - we're right in the middle between it and the Alhambra, CA location, so we try either depending on which side of town we find ourselves - and we have noticed slightly different offerings in the two stores. The Irwindale store doesn't have the walk-in dairy cooler (and no half-and-half), much to my chagrin.

                                                                                          They were giving out samples of these in the regular old candy aisle, and we got a sample *after* we had already put a bag in our cart. The package sold us, it looked that good. And the lovely woman giving out samples followed after us and gave us the rest of her samples,wrapped in a little piece of parchment paper, because she was closing up her booth! It was like Christmas in August.

                                                                                        2. re: khh1138

                                                                                          They do sound amazing. Almond Bark is baaack for fall at my Montgomeryville Pa Costco, conveniently placed in with the fresh baked goods.

                                                                                          1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                            Stiff is like crack! Can't get enough.

                                                                                          2. re: khh1138

                                                                                            Could not find these nor the Grand Galette cookies someone else mentioned. Duck confit and Bellwether Farms creme fraiche also appear to be missing.

                                                                                            New to me are 1.5 lb. packages of Kerrygold butter. Found in the cheese section (not with the other butters).

                                                                                            1. re: emily

                                                                                              The Costco near us (Northridge in the LA area) just had an event of Italian foods. I passed on the charcuterie and cheeses but picked up an Italian cultured butter -- Ferrarini is the brand. Haven't tried it yet but I'm intrigued.

                                                                                              1. re: rainey

                                                                                                I love the Northridge store! They have some of the best items that never seem to get all the way to Northern CA. I always stock up on Newhall's California Blend Coffee when I am there on vacation.

                                                                                              2. re: emily

                                                                                                Hmmm.... not loving the Kerrygold. Made chocolate chip cookies and pound cake and both taste "off" (not bad, just not as good as the usual). Could it be the Kerrygold?

                                                                                                1. re: emily

                                                                                                  The kerrygold at Costco is salted. I usually use unsalted butter for baking, and most recipes call for unsalted butter. Could that be the problem?

                                                                                                  1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                    I suppose it could have given the goods a savory boost, but it seems like there is a deliciousness that was there before and isn't now. Perhaps the salt is covering it up?

                                                                                                2. re: emily

                                                                                                  creme fraiche is amazingly easy to make. just need a little buttermilk and cream. costco has 1/2 gallons of heavy cream.

                                                                                                  1. re: divadmas

                                                                                                    And the cream is organic.

                                                                                                    1. re: treb

                                                                                                      i didnt know that. i think it is ultra pasteurized but good flavor heavy cream, not just liight whipping cream. made some amazing scalloped potatoes with it.

                                                                                                3. re: khh1138

                                                                                                  Thanks for this; glad we tried the bark thins but happy to report they're not as addictive as I feared. We have a local shop that makes dark-chocolate-covered cashews. Now, THOSE are addictive.

                                                                                                  1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                    Luckily for us it appears they've stopped carrying the bark thins. Now if we can just give away all the Hallowe'en candy this year...

                                                                                                4. In San Francisco and Costcos nearby, we have been seeing a fantastic large display of artisan beers (1 pint, 6 oz sizes) for great prices. I thought this was standard for Costco now since they have kept the large display and also rotated different beers, but I was in San Diego this weekend and two Costcos I visited did not have this beer display!

                                                                                                  Great prices for great beers. For example, it was only $3.50 for a Lagunitas W.T.F. IPA that I usually get at a Whole Foods for $6.

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                                                                                                  1. re: bobabear

                                                                                                    I've gone to three different San Diego Costco locations this week and that beer is placed randomly. One store had it just to the left as you walked in the door, one store had it in the midst of all the beers and wines and one store had it in the farthest back row, between cat food and toilet paper near the water.

                                                                                                    1. re: Cathy

                                                                                                      Ah good to know! I went to Carmel Mtn and Poway, but didn't see it anywhere in store :(

                                                                                                      Up in SF, they've moved the beer display many times since they started, but have kept the variety!

                                                                                                  2. Kirkland Cashew Clusters with Almonds & Pumpkin Seeds. Fed some to a guest who gasped and asked "Are these legal in all 50 states?" Then proceeded to snack his way through the entire cereal-bowl of it that I'd put out. Quite gratifying.

                                                                                                    These also come in a chocolate coated variety, but we prefer the "plain" ones, with just a hint of salty/sweet brittle holding each small square together. The crumbs from the end of the package make a great crunchy addition to yogurt or topping on ice cream.

                                                                                                    Thanks to the CH who mentioned these a few months ago over on the home cooking board.

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                                                                                                    1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                      i have not had kirkland brand but there is another brand of cashew cluster at costco that i did not like and i love cashews and love brittle.

                                                                                                      1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                        Thanks for the recommendation. Found them yesterday @Costco. Love 'em. Very satisfying.

                                                                                                        1. re: Expat1234

                                                                                                          very good! I usually dont buy snack type items - this one is dangerous.

                                                                                                      2. Mexican Coke has been available in my area Costco stores for years but I just noticed that they're carrying 24-packs of Mexican soda containing Coke, Sprite and Orange Fanta. Big hit over the hot weekend.

                                                                                                        1. Our local CostCo has had pre-seasoned St Louis ribs for a while now. I went ahead and tried them yesterday and they are quite good. Whatever they are using in their rub is quite tasty, and the cost is not a lot more than the unseasoned. It makes for a quick impromptu meal as you don’t have to apply the rub the day before.

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                                                                                                          1. re: mike0989

                                                                                                            how'd you cook em?

                                                                                                            1. re: ns1

                                                                                                              There's instruction on the package to cook them. They have smoker instructions, but the ones I followed said to give them some char on the grill and then finish with a couple of hours in the oven. They were a hit, and reasonably priced as well.

                                                                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                Threw them on the Weber kettle, indirect for 1 1/2 + 2 hours.

                                                                                                                Went back the other day to get some more. They are on Sale through the end of the month at the SLO store. $3.00 off per package.

                                                                                                            2. New crop Honey Crisp and Organic Galas are back at the Seattle and Shoreline stores.

                                                                                                              1. While in the bakery department Monday, I discovered my new addiction: chocolate coconut almond granola cookies by Nothin' But. I was super impressed by the readable ingredient list (Ingredients: almonds, oats,72% Belgian dark chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa, soy lecithin added as an emulsifier), unsweetened organic coconut, organic cane sugar, honey, olive oil, oat flour, vanilla extract, espresso powder, sea salt, and cinnamon.). They're a bit pricey at $7.99, but I finished half of the package already because I keep going back later for just *one* more. I'm dreaming of these things. They're my new breakfast cookie and I'm not ashamed to admit it!

                                                                                                                I found these at the Columbia, MD location. Going back tomorrow to pick up another package to make it through the week... :-/

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                                                                                                                1. re: LuckyCharm

                                                                                                                  The founder/owner of Nothin' But is an old friend of mine from college. I'm going to e-mail him right now to tell him that the cookies are CH-approved :)

                                                                                                                2. This may sound boring, but the Pink Lady apples I got at the Yonkers, NY store are fabulous.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                    you are lucky. I think the costco apples are extremely variable in quality. Even when I search out new crop apples, (i.e. not Washington St apples in May) they are often bland and refrigeratory rather than apple-y - with one tray being good and the next awful. In brooklyn and NJ at least, I see real storage inconsistency problems with fruit and veg. At this time of year, I see no reason to buy apples at Costco when honeycrisps etc are coming fresh into the market from local orchards.

                                                                                                                    1. re: jen kalb

                                                                                                                      Darn you and your variability, nature!

                                                                                                                      1. re: jen kalb

                                                                                                                        And all the apples I have bought at our local farmer's markets have been mealy. Go figure. We have great luck with Costco Pink Lady apples. With others there, not so much.

                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                          I stick to Fuji, Gala or Pink Ladies. The PL's has been firm, crisp with a nice tart flavor.

                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                            the reason I mentioned this is that I bought a miserable package of pink ladies a few weeks ago. I dont think its the apples I think its bad produce handling

                                                                                                                            The local orchards can do a bad job too, if they dont refrigerate and handle adequately.

                                                                                                                            1. re: jen kalb

                                                                                                                              Just got some Gala's and PL's both crisp and tasty. I think the apple season is looking to be a good one.

                                                                                                                      2. It seems Costco is following in the footsteps of Traders Joe snacking. Today I found a large bag of dried sweet mandarin oranges. I loved the Trader Joe version so I bought the Nature's Finest bag. For $9.99, you get about 750 g.

                                                                                                                        The verdict? Just as good if not better than Traders Joe. They're plumper and less dry from the time I bought the TJ in Albany NY. Definitely a great snack. I also like how its in a resealable bag

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                          The TJ ones are in a resealable bag; if Costco's taste better, maybe I'll give them a try.

                                                                                                                          1. re: walker

                                                                                                                            I think they are the same price per ounce so I'm sticking to the smaller TJs bags. I didn't notice a discernible difference in taste/texture.

                                                                                                                          2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                            Interesting, I don't remember ever seeing dried oranges before

                                                                                                                          3. Not really a new find, but the chicken noodle soup (made with their rotisserie chicken) is back! I guess it's officially fall now... this was in Concordville, PA.

                                                                                                                            1. Reporting in from Merced, CA and Fresno, CA:

                                                                                                                              BEST Costco find this year #1---Late July brand Multigrain Snack Chips--A corn chip with oomph! :) Husband and I love these! It's is the Organic and GF sections of the store.

                                                                                                                              BEST 2nd--Newhall Coffee, the California Blend--We were visiting in Northridge, CA, and my uncle got us hooked on this delicious coffee. Comes in 2 lb bags; I bought 3 bags.

                                                                                                                              WORST Costco purchase--Late July Mild Green Mojo Chips--green chili-cheese flavored multigrain chips--Way too salty, and that's saying something because I love salty snacks.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: buzzardbreath

                                                                                                                                The multi grain chips are on coupon 2 bucks off, stock up they're awesome.

                                                                                                                                1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the heads-up, treb! I will be stocking up this weekend. They are definitely awesome.

                                                                                                                              2. I finally opened the Golden Island Korean barbecue recipe pork jerky I bought a couple weeks ago. Sweet and moist. I'm going to have to portion it out to keep from eating the whole bag in an evening. (Seattle Costco #1)