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Today I spotted a plastic jug of Toasted Coconut Cashews on the endcap of the nuts/candy aisle in the Delaware store. I almost didn't get them as I was afraid they'd be addictively good. I was right. Description: "Roasted cashews are drenched in a luscious vanilla coasting, then tossed in shreds of toasted coconut." Brand name is "mmmine!"

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  1. I second those cashews! They remind me of the best aspects of the Girl Scout Samoa cookies; I plan to dip some in chocolate to further the association. Saw a very similar product at Trader Joe's today, too, only they were $6.99 for a small bag as opposed to $9.99 for 1.75 pounds that Costco in Raleigh offers.

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    1. re: JulesNoctambule

      I saw those at TJ's as well. I've been made to wonder whether they have the same suppliers for certain items/product categories. Thanks for the tip that Costco has a better price!

      1. re: ohmyyum

        Scratch that last thought-- the Costco coconut cashews look nothing like TJ's. Costcos have a thick vanilla glaze and toasted coconut. The Trader Joe's version was very lightly crusted with untoasted coconut.

      2. re: JulesNoctambule

        Stuff is addictive, an open jar leads to an empty jar very quickly. Oh....my teeth are beginning to hurt!

        BTW my Costco in NH was blowing out their sundried tomatoes in olive oil for about $5.00 per jar. They also have the Libby's Pumpkin in the 3 pack, those will fly off the shelves quickly.

        1. re: treb

          sledge. .
          Just curious, why would the pedestrian Libby's 3 pk fly off the shelves at Costco...you need to up your game bro.

          ; )

          1. re: Beach Chick

            It's the Calabaza variety of Libby''s great for my 2 fav's pumpkin pie and pumpkin whoopie pies! Ever have a whoopie pie?

            1. re: treb

              Fan of the whoopie but not the pie version..

              1. re: treb

                calabaza is the spanish word for pumpkin. Libby's website says they use Dickinson pumpkins

        2. Toasted Coconut Cashews..sounds fantastic!

          My Poway, CA Costco has the dark chocolate covered coconut chunks that are fab and I was at the Lihue, Kauai Costco a couple of weeks ago and they had lots of local goodies with lilikoi and things with tons of Aloha..

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            The chocolate-covered Japanese arare crackers are SO good. Wish I brought some home to CA.

          2. My usual Costco in Westbury, NY is FINALLY carrying the 3-pack of Kerrygold butter! I also picked up Amylu brand cheddar and apple chicken meatballs and Sabattini basil and mozzarella chicken meatballs, both new-to-me products. Haven't tried the Amylu but the Sabattini are quite good.

            They were FINALLY stocking Charmin extra strong and the Guatemalan Kirkland brand coffee (blue bag) again, after a long absence. It was a good day to be at Costco!

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            1. re: biondanonima

              I found the 3 pack of Kerrygold in Commack, too, but it was salted only. I don't use it. :-(

              1. re: mcf

                Oh, too bad - I like salted butter, although I will say that I have gotten a pack or two of Kerrygold that was TOO salty.

                1. re: biondanonima

                  I like salted butter, but the Kerrygold did make my pound cake taste a little funky (perhaps a bit savory?).

                  1. re: emily

                    I always buy Kerrygold unsalted, it is so much much better. For baking anything sweet it is too salty... Salted butter lasts longer in a fridge but doesn;t taste as good...

                    1. re: HealthNutForever

                      If the butter was unsalted, how could it make your baked goods "too salty"? I'm confused.

            2. Sunsweet Mediterranean dried Apricots - 48 oz (3 lb) for 6.99. The bag I got last spring and keep in the refrigerator is almost empty (how'd that happen?).

              I just saw these featured again on an endcap there, so I'm going back to my Eden Prairie, MN Costco.

              Unlike most dried apricots these are soft with a bright golden yellow color and no taste of sulfer although sulfer dioxide is listed as one of the preservatives. A very nice, sweet addition to cereal, oatmeal, granola or as a snack.

              1. Kirkland Signature Organic Peanut Butter is back - I saw it at the Culver City/Marina store in Los Angeles yesterday. The price was $11.99 for a twin pack of 28-oz jars.

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                  1. re: ohmyyum

                    Plastic. I bought the two pack in July.

                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    Just smooth (as I see here in Maryland), or do you have crunchy available as well?

                    1. re: jmerchlinsky

                      I saw Kirkland organic crunchy (it's a red label; smooth is blue label) in the store yesterday.

                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Plastic jars, and smooth only. I looked online out of curiosity and it appears that their "natural" PB (also in plastic) is now available in crunchy as well as smooth, but no crunchy for the organic.

                      I don't eat much PB anymore so it would be silly for me to buy such a large package, but I would find a way to justify it if it only it came in glass jars! I have no idea if the flavor of this reintroduced version measures up to its predecessor, but it used to be very tasty and a bit less salty than my favorite Santa Cruz Dark Roast (which I personally consider to be a good thing).

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        The "natural" is tasty but could use a tad more salt, IMO. Stirs up relatively easily on the open. And oil seems to stay mixed once refrigerated. Not sure what the diff between "organic" and "natural" as both are just peanuts and salt. There's no difference in nutritional value. Farming techniques on the peanuts, perhaps. Otherwise just a marketing gimmick.

                        1. re: crewsweeper

                          "Natural" is mostly meaningless. "Organic" is not. There are plenty of sites that explain this better than I can, but the two terms are definitely different.

                          1. re: crewsweeper

                            Not sure what the diff between "organic" and "natural" as both are just peanuts and salt.
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                            As Rilke said, "natural" is a meaningless marketing term; organic is a legally defined qualification.

                            Conventionally-grown peanut crops are sprayed with multiple toxic chemical pesticides & fungicides. The soft, porous shell of the peanut allows for absorption of those industrial chemicals into the peanuts, and those residual chemicals end up in your "natural" peanut butter. Certified organic peanut crops aren't sprayed with those chemicals, so organic peanut butter isn't contaminated with those chemicals.

                            Peanuts (and tree nuts, corn and other grains) are vulnerable to certain strains of aspergillus mold that produce a dangerous by-product called aflatoxin, so conventional farmers often spray/treat the crops with fungicide to prevent mold formation. But aflatoxin can still develop after harvesting and processing, so spraying the crops with chemicals doesn't mean your peanut butter is aflatoxin-free - most commercial peanut butter (conventional and organic) contains some level of aflatoxin.

                            Mold isn't much of a problem in an arid climate, so aflatoxin contamination is much less prevalent in crops grown in those environments. New Mexico is one such place, and it's where Valencia peanuts are grown. I don't eat much in the way of peanuts or PB anymore, but when I do it's strictly an organic Valencia product.

                            I know the Kirkland organic PB is made with Valencia peanuts; I have no idea about the conventional.

                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          I saw that at costco a couple of weeks ago. didn't know how good it was - im picky about peanut butter.