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This is Costco Thread for the 2nd Quarter of 2014 for Ontario. Discuss new food related products (food/kitchen supplies/cookbooks/etc).

Please provide the location if you found a new product or an item on clearance as pricing and product selection can vary by store location.
This is the 1st Quarter of 2014 thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929744

Some general useful info.

Prices ending in 97 cents usually means the item has been marked down

Items with an asterix in the upper right hand corner means that they aren't being re-stocked again (although, sometimes they will introduce new packaging for the same item but it has a different SKU, or it may come back if it is seasonal)

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  1. Thanks for starting this new thread ylsf, and for posting the price codes. I'm constantly going online and looking them up.

    1. Saw some beef ribs in the freezer at Downsview Location. Has anyone tried them as luv beef ribs and make it a point to order them whenever see them on the menu.

      1. If you haven't picked up a bag of the pumpkin seed barkthins yet...well.... i hear they're discontinuing them at most costcos. SAD. my family is obsessed with them. it's so perfect for all the nut allergies.

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        1. re: jinxie

          Noooooooo.... it's always sold out. We love them, too.

          1. Thanks! The 1st quarter thread was getting a bit unruly.

            Love hearing about new Costco discoveries. I fear I am becoming a Costco addict :)

              1. Picked up the beef ribs from the downsview location will report back how they taste.
                Also of note were the organic strawberries from Mexico for 7 $ (2 lbs) They are decent (not the same level as the wild small one's that one picks from the farm)
                Kung Pao Shrimp was on clearance for 13.97$ for a 2 lbs box. At that price worth a try I suppose.

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                1. re: elvisahmed

                  are these beef short ribs uncut or are they sliced and ready for the likes of Korean BBQ?

                  1. re: gaudreaur

                    No these are pre cooked in BBQ sauce so just need to be thawed and warmed up.
                    If you are referring to the Kalbi style cut they do sell them at Downsview location as well (Miami Style Ribs). I assume other stores that have Kosher focused items carry those as well. They are pricey though so haven't tried them yet as one can get the Kalbi King Rib for the same price!!!
                    I am attaching a pic of those too so they can be admired :)

                     
                     
                    1. re: elvisahmed

                      I mistakenly assumed they were shot ribs not beef back ribs. They look good but with a smoker at home i'd rather just make my own. :)

                2. I manage to snag a few samples of Alexander Pont Neuf cheese at the Etobicoke location. For 'commercial' cheese (I believe they are under the Saputo company), they were pretty tasty and so reasonably priced at Costco. I know I would spend 2x the amount at Loblaws. The chevre were my favourites. It's part of the rotating 'show' they do... Mississauga North has the hummus currently.

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                  New items this week

                  Skoulakis Greek Chicken Souvlaki, 1 kg - $16.99. in the refridgerated section

                  Wild Pacific Salmon Burger, 12x114 g - $14.69

                  Sarah's Organic 8 grain flat bread, 2x321 g- $7.49. These are in the cracker section. The word 'flat bread' is a bit misleading as they're maybe a few mm thick but they are topped with tons of seeds/grains

                  Sunnyfruit Dried Mulberries, 680 g - $6.99. This was already mentioned by someone else. I bought these and uhm... they're weird looking. Perhaps I was traumatized at one point in my life with larvaes during my Thai travels but these were off putting visually. They're a pale white with a yellow-beige tinge and bumpy all over. It looks like they were roughly picked off the bush ... short twigs and all. If I close my eyes and pretend it looks like a blueberry, the taste is not bad. It's not sugary sweet but a light berry-ish flavour with no tartness. It's one of the 'super fruits' that doesn't require a rainforest to grow.

                  Pro Chef Coconut Oil Spray, 2x225 g - $6.89

                  Bio Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, 750 ml - $8.99. Made in Italy and Organic. It has a best before date as well.

                  Garland Jack's BBQ Sauce, 2x960 ml - $8.99

                  Cattlemen's Hot & Spicy BBQ 2x895 ml - $9.69

                  Organicville BBQ sauce 1.033 L - $5.99

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                  On Sale

                  Sunrype Okanagan Energy bar, 15 bars - $6 off; $7.99

                  Balderson 2 year old cheddar, 750 g - $4 off, $10.99. I like this one for it's tempered sharpness. It's much more flavourful than conventional cheddar but it doesn't have too much pungency. Price tag is great... I think Loblaws is $8 for 250 g.

                  California Olive Ranch Garlic Flavoured EVOO, 1l - $4 off, $4.99

                  Capolla Sliced Proscuitto, 300 g - $2 off; $5.89

                  Diet Coke, coke, gingerale, 32 cans - $3 off; $8.35

                  Tropicana Tropical mix - $2.50 off

                  Nestea Hot Brew Iced Tea, 24 cans - $4 off, $7.49

                  Crush, 32 cans - $3 off; $8.99

                  Powerade 28 bottles - $4.50 off; $13.49

                  Tostitos Medium Salsa, 1.85 L - $2 off; $4.89

                  Blue Diamond Almond Milk, 6 boxes - $2 off; $7.99

                  Perrier Sparkling Water, 24 bottles - $3.20 off; $12.69

                  Skotidakis Greek Yogurt, 12x150 g- $3.50 off; $7.99. I'm happy to see they replaced the sugary honey with black cherry as one of the flavours. This is one of the best flavoured mix in greek yogurts I've tried. It's rich, tangy, and creamy textured.

                  CJ mini chicken wonton (Korean style) 1.36 kg - $3 off; $9.49. I bought these because they're so tasty and easy to prepare. My little one loves these and they're great in her lunch bentos.

                  Villa Ravioli 3 cheese tortellini, 2 kg - $2 off

                  Dare Variety Crackers, 1.17 kg - $2 off; $6.99. These are all made in a peanut free facility. These are the perfect things to bring into the school if you have those lunch or snack days you supply the entire class. Though they are made with whole wheat, the flavour is quite nice that I never come home with any leftovers.

                  Ferrero Nutella. 2x 950g - $2.60 off; $9.99

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                  Discontinued Deals

                  Leclerc Praeventia Cookies Snack packs, 30x30g - $3.97

                  Kirkland brand Pistachios (in shell) 1.36 kg - $14.97. I think this is location specific but if you love pistachios, grab this deal. Normally priced at $23, this is a steal... cause even the $23 is a good price comparably to outside prices. The pistachios are not dried out and they're fairly large. I bought 2 bags myself to horde. The due date is November 2014.

                  Happy Planet Sante Fe 4 Bean Chile, 2x500 ml - $4.97

                  La Perla Hazelnut spread, 2x825g - $5.97. If you're a lover of nutella, I completely recommend this 'made in Italy' spread over the North American Nutella. It has more hazelnut flavour and it's less sweet... I love to use this inside my french toasts with bananas. The price is really great and cheaper than the sale price of Nutella.

                  10 Replies
                  1. re: Nevy

                    Thanks!! Which location were the pistachios at? Was there a lot left?

                    1. re: jl_1978

                      I found the d/c price at the Mississauga North location and there was about 2 boxes left when I took my 2 bags. They are very tasty so if you're a nut lover, it's a good deal.

                    2. re: Nevy

                      Thanks Nevy!

                      I mentioned the mulberries last week. True, they are not the most attractive looking dried fruit but I find them quite tasty and mix them in with my homemade granola.

                      Thanks for the heads up about the pistachios. I will check out the price at my local store.

                      I also picked up the Bio Balsamic Vinegar but haven't tried it yet. I usually ignore the best before date on balsamic as I store it in the fridge.

                      1. re: mrsleny

                        Please do share your opinion on the Balsamic. With my recent addiction to Caprese Salad I have been using Balsamic quite a bit. Kirkland one is decent actually but at this price I want to try out the organic one as well (after all the best things come from the deepest darkest part of the Jungle and are organic :D

                      2. re: Nevy

                        Thanks Nevy. I'm planning to go to Costco tomorrow. I will add the Balderson and the California Olive Ranch Garlic Flavoured EVOO to my list.

                        1. re: Herne

                          I'm not too good at finding things at Costco but this am I was unable to find the Balderson or the Garlic flavoured EVOO at the Warden store. There was some double smoked Balderson for $9.95 I believe but doubled smoked and I don't like each other.

                          1. re: Herne

                            Which Balderson were you looking for? They don't have the 5 year old anymore. They only have the 2 and 4 year old versions in addition to the double smoked version

                              1. re: Herne

                                Hmm maybe the location you went to was out of stock as they had it on special last week. I did see it at Downsview.

                                1. re: elvisahmed

                                  Well I could have missed it. But I also wanted the garlic flavoured oil as well. On the bright side I got out with a minimal bill::))

                      3. I'd like to get everyone's opinion on cheesecake. I know everyone has said the cheesecake that was previously sold (I think it was cheesecake factory or Carole's cheesecake - though I never recall ever seeing that in any of the stores I went to, I just see the same brand they carry now).

                        How does the frozen cheesecake compare to the one made instore? I got the one instore and tasted it, it was good enough to buy. But when we got home, the crust is literally stuck to the round thing at the bottom. I noticed the lady doing the demo had some difficulty getting it out but I assumed it was because she was in a rush.

                        I wonder if it's worth it to buy the frozen variety (I can't remember the name but it's not the one people on here have been talking about).

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                        1. re: flonie

                          I've never had the store-made cheesecake, but I'm a BIG fan of the frozen Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. That said, I might be in the minority.

                          1. re: kwass

                            Which stores carry the cheesecake factory cheesecake? I'd been looking for it for a few years but I only ever saw the brand they currently sell at Etobicoke, and Mississauga/Heartland and Hwy 7.

                            1. re: flonie

                              They still have it at the Vaughan location (Hwy 7 and Weston Rd).

                              1. re: kwass

                                I want to save myself some disappointment and the trip up there to get this...

                                Does the crust get stuck to the plate/bottom of the cake thing? The 'fresh' one that we got, the crust is entirely stuck on there. You have to use something to dig it out and it's not easy to dig it out. Even then, it's as if someone squished the crust to the bottom so it's tough to get out.

                                1. re: flonie

                                  I haven't experienced that, and I've bought it twice.

                                  1. re: kwass

                                    Thanks, I'll try it. Is this the only store in the GTA that still carries it?

                                    1. re: flonie

                                      Not sure about that. It's still a discontinued item, maybe it's just selling a little slower @ the Vaughan location. That said, I haven't been there in a week, so I'm not sure if they still have any. But there were still a fair amount when I was there last.

                                      1. re: kwass

                                        I don't think I'll get there till at least a few months (I was hoping they'd still carry it regularly)...sigh...Is costco the only place that sells cheesecake factory?

                                        1. re: flonie

                                          There's a place in Concord called Coveted Cakes, and they sell CCF cheescakes. I'm not sure about the price, but I imagine it would be more expensive than what they're sold for at Costco.

                                          Here is the link to their website:

                                          http://www.covetedcakes.com/?page_id=211

                                          1. re: kwass

                                            Have you tried the Gizelle cheesecake? It's on sale this week.

                                            I've had the PC cheesecakes and they are good IMO, especially based on the fact that the crust does not stick to the bottom of the plate (what happened with the fresh one we bought).

                                            I know everyone on here really liked teh Cheesecake factory ones, but in the meantime until I can get there. Anyone got any opinions on the one on sale this week?

                                            1. re: flonie

                                              What is the Gizelle Cheesecake?

                                              1. re: kwass

                                                That's the frozen brand that they sell at every Costco I've been to (etobicoke, Mississauga, Markham).

                                                I think there's a variety of slices in there.

                                                1. re: flonie

                                                  I know what you're talking about.

                                                  No. I've never tried it. But I have tried some of the PC cheesecakes, and I agree, they're pretty decent.

                        2. Just the other day noticed they're carrying Bella Casara Burrata cheese - a Canadian product. I can't remember the price, but I did buy one and served it in a beet and arugula caprese salad and it was delicious! Ok, not the genuine italian article, but still quite creamy inside. I'll be buying it again. Hope they're still carrying it when tomato season hits!

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                          1. re: Nyleve

                            I was at a birthday party last night and had some enormous shrimp. Today the host informed me that they were frozen and from Costco but he was unaware of the brand etc. Anyone know/guess the brand ?

                            1. re: Herne

                              They have some shrimp on sale this week.

                              http://www.aquastar.com/Seafood/

                              There is are at least two different products by them that are packed shrimp. The one on sale was the smaller of the two packages, sorry I don't recall the pricing, weight, etc. It might be this product that you had at the party.

                              1. re: ylsf

                                Thanks yisf. If I get a chance tomorrow I'll go take a look.

                            2. re: Nyleve

                              I will still pay $12 (Fiesta) for the Italian import but at almost half the price I'll definitely buy this again. Yes please, let's have a bumper tomato crop this year !

                              1. re: Mila

                                Bought another one yesterday and it's pretty delicious - even though not italian. I think somewhere around $6-something for a container.

                                1. re: Nyleve

                                  ooh... where is this... where you would normally find the balderson? or more in the sliced cheese section? (I am thinking the warden Costco)

                                  1. re: Apple

                                    Its in the refrigerated case, near the containers of ricotta, bocconcini and I think also the Balderson cheddar.

                                    1. re: Nyleve

                                      I didn't see it at the Warden Costco and I looked high and low yesterday. I guess I'll have to check out another location.

                                      1. re: Apple

                                        I've bought it in peterborough. Don't know why it would be in that store - which is not in a particularly burrata-friendly area - and not in others. Just keep your eyes peeled. It must be elsewhere.

                            3. Has anyone seen the almond milk in the refrigerated section? Can't recall the name at the moment but they were in the 4L bags and the packaging was purple.

                              Have not seen it within the last month or so.

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                              1. re: LearningHow

                                ive seen it at the warden location last weekend

                              2. I was at Downsview yesterday and couldn't find the frozen French onion soup. Has anyone seen it - perhaps Woodbine/Highway 7?

                                1. Full swing on the Easter trail! They have spiral hams, fresh turkey, and most Easter chocolates on sale. Also it appears the summer grilling season is making an impact in the freezer and refrigerated section. There are many new meat items that are perfect for the bbq.

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                                  New items this week

                                  Tribe Mediterranean style Hummus. 2x454 g - $6.89

                                  DOM Atlantic Salmon (farmed), 908 g - $19.99. This is just another option to the other frozen salmon by Kirkland brand

                                  Belsoy Soy Pudding Dark Chocolate, 12x125 g - $10.49

                                  Prana Annapurna organic snack mix, 681 g - $11.99. It looks to be a mix of Almonds, Goji berries, and cranberries

                                  Freshly baked Limoncello cake, 1.2 kg - $14.99. This looks similar to the chocolate tuxedo cake but instead of chocolate, it's lemon cream

                                  Woolwich Chevrai Plain Crumbles, 454 g - $7.59

                                  Janet and Greta's (of the silly spoon fame) Chicken patty with caremlized onions and swiss cheese, 907 g 8 patties - $12.99

                                  West end cuisine Grilled Chicken skewer, 600 g - $12.99. This are pre-cooked. To be honest, this was an odd thing to see. You have the roasted chicken from Costco at a much cheaper price. The big difference is that the Costco one isn't on a skewer.

                                  Kirkland Atlantic Cod Fillets, 910 g - $16.99. I'm not sure if this is new or not but I haven't seen it before. Usually they have the Olivia brand instead of Kirkland

                                  Kirkland Tilapia Loins, 1.1 kg - $16.79

                                  Kirkland Mahi Mahi, 1.36 kg - $19.99. They no longer carry Olivia and they replaced it the Kirkland brand.

                                  Cortina Passata Strained Tomatoes (in jar) 6x720 ml - $7.99. Made in Italy

                                  Sunmaid Organic Raisins, 2x907 g - $9.79

                                  Harvest meats Smoked Farmers Sausage, 1.5 kg - $12.99

                                  Pinty's Buffalo Chicken Flings Gluten Free, 907 g - $11.99. I guess this is upgraded healthier version as the previous one was not gluten free. I find it amusing that they called these boneless wings 'flings'. Why not just call it for what it really is.... processed chicken breast mash? Not as appealing?

                                  Pinty's Sundried Tomato Chicken Strips, 1 kg - $15.49. Similar to above except it's not the radioactive red colouring. Strips vs flings... they look the same size except it's clear geared towards the kids vs 'foodie parents'.

                                  Mama Chia Blackberry Hibiscus Juice, 6x296 ml - $16.99. Deah lawd this is expensive and it looks like it has more seeds than the leftovers of my raspberry jam sessions. It says that has more omega 3 than salmon, more fiber than flaxseed, and more calcium than milk.

                                  Kirkland brand Maple Bacon, 1.82 kg - $12.99. Looks like Costco is jumping onto the sweet and savoury bacon combo as well.

                                  Stromboli Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza, 3x368g - $9.99. I'm quite amused by this because the box is a bright fuschia colour. I saw a family pass by it and the little girl wanted it because it was a Barbie pizza... lol

                                  Leanlife Coconut chicken strips, 1.2 kg - $14.99

                                  Hampton House Bacon Cheddar stuffed chicken burger patty, 6x170 g - $15.99

                                  Nature valley Protein Granola Cereal, 790 g - $7.99

                                  Organicville Sun dried Tomato & Garlic and Herbs de Provence Vinaigrette 2x710 ml - $8.99. The ingredient list is quite good... nothing overly processed. I would be willing to try this in the summer time when salad season starts.

                                  Hershey's S'mores Kit, 1.23 kg - $11.99. This only makes 36 smores.

                                  Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats (looks like a rice crispy treat but with cinnamon toast), 24x24g - $7.99

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                                  On Sale

                                  Most, if not all, Easter chocolates are on sale this week!

                                  Lindt milk chocolate filled eggs - $3 off

                                  Chocodelice Easter Eggs, 560 g - $3 off

                                  Cadbury Filled Easter eggs - $2 off

                                  Cadbury mini eggs (ones with shell), 1.2 kg - $14.99

                                  Kindereggs, 2 dozen small ones - $4 off

                                  Kinder eggs, 1 giant large one - $7 on sale

                                  Laura Secord set (giant milk chocolate bunny with 4 filled eggs) - $4 off

                                  Set of 4 super cute bunnies - $2 off

                                  Oka Cheese, 300 g - $2 off

                                  Ocean Spray Craisins - $2 off

                                  Campbell's Chicken Stock - $2.50 off

                                  Kellog's Vector cereal - $2.50 off

                                  Gizella's Assorted Cheesecake - $4 off

                                  Bridor Frozen Croissant - $4 off. This box has 60 of them... this is truly costco size or enough to feed a girl soccer team in one break (yes this is by experience!)

                                  Sealtest salted and unsalted butter, $2.95 each

                                  Mini Quiche set - $4 off

                                  Thinaddictives Mango and Almond cookies - $2 off

                                  Special K Morning bars - $2 off

                                  Quaker Chocolate Covered Dips - $2.50 off

                                  Aquastar Frozen Shrimp size 5/9 - $5 off

                                  Poppies Mini cream filled puffs - $2.50 off

                                  Pita Bites - $2 off

                                  Nature Valley Berry Trail mix - $2.50 off

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                                  Discontinued Deals

                                  Carnation Hot Chocolate, 1.9 kg - $9.97

                                  Ito En Oi Ocha Green Tea, 12x500 ml - $12.97. For all lovers of authentic Japanese style iced green tea, this is a really great deal. Most of the time I see this at $2 /bottle. This is mildly sweet with a more pronounced tea flavour. I loved this when I had this in Japan's summer heat.

                                  Mandira Thai Sauces Green and Red, 2x475 ml - $5.97

                                  Love your Health Dark chocolate covered soy nuts & dried cranberry, 794 g - $4.97. I find it ironic that it's 'healthy' and it has mochocolate on it ;)

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                                  1. re: Nevy

                                    Thanks Nevy! Don't know what happened to my other post.

                                    Mr Leny picked up the Kirkland mahimahi. Hope it's not Seafood Watch bad list.

                                    1. re: mrsleny

                                      Good news... The Kirkland mahi mahi is wild and so it's recommended! We switched from Atlantic farmed salmon to Mahi Mahi. Of all the frozen white fish, this has the highest omega 3 content and it holds up to many cooking techniques. My favourite way to cook it so far is a miso sake marinade with a touch of sesame oil and broil it till done.

                                      1. re: Nevy

                                        The high omega 3 content will make Mr Leny very happy.

                                        Hmmm ... I thought all mahi mahi is wild caught.

                                  2. My visit today was filled with a bit of surprise because most of the sales last week are carried over. So if you think this is a bit of a deja vu... it really is :)

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                                    New items this week

                                    Saint Paulin cheese, 350 g - $6.99

                                    Belle Marie Double Cream Brie, 1 kg - $12.99

                                    Black's Family Raspberry Twist, 624 g - $6.89. This is the same as the maple and cinnamon version except fruit based.

                                    France Delices Individual Angel Food Cake, 12 pieces 475 g - No price because it just came out of the box

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                                    Back in stock

                                    Kirkland Cashew clusters, 907 g - $10.99

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                                    On Sale

                                    Kirkland Belgian Truffles, 1 kg - $9.99

                                    Lindt Assorted eggs - $4 off

                                    Lindt milk chocolate filled eggs - $3 off

                                    Lindt Mini Gold Bunny, 300 g - $3 off

                                    Belfine 3 bunnies in a cage, 255 g - $2 off

                                    Chocodelice Easter Eggs, 560 g - $3 off

                                    Cadbury Filled Easter eggs - $2 off

                                    Cadbury mini eggs (ones with shell), 1.2 kg - $14.99

                                    Kindereggs, 2 dozen small ones - $4 off

                                    Kinder eggs, 1 giant large one - $7 on sale

                                    Belfine set of 4 super cute bunnies - $2 off

                                    Gudrun Spring Truffles - $2 off

                                    Boursin Herbs or Cranberry & Pepper cheese, 2x150 g- $5.49

                                    Swiss Knight Gruyere, 454 g - $8.99

                                    Ocean Spray Craisins - $2 off

                                    Campbell's Chicken Stock - $2.50 off

                                    Kellog's Vector cereal - $2.50 off

                                    Sealtest salted and unsalted butter, $2.95 each

                                    Thinaddictives Mango and Almond cookies - $2 off

                                    Quaker Chocolate Covered Dips - $2.50 off

                                    Aquastar Frozen Shrimp size 5/9 - $5 off

                                    Poppies Mini cream filled puffs - $2.50 off

                                    Pita Bites - $2 off

                                    Nature Valley Berry Trail mix - $2.50 off

                                    Black Diamond Marble, Cheddar, and Mozzarella, 907 g - $7.99

                                    Kraft Light and Regular Cream Cheese, 2x 400 g - $5.69

                                    Sealtest Sour Cream, 2x500 ml - $3.25

                                    Sealtest Half & half, 1.1L - $1.71

                                    Natrel Light Cream, 1.1L - $1.85

                                    Natrel Maple 1% Milk, 1.1L - 1.85. This seems wrong on a few levels but boy, it tastes great. It really tastes like authentic maple syrup without the artificial flowery notes you see in fake stuff. It borders on caramel brown sugar... and it's SWEET. I bought it, tasted it, loved it, but I didn't blink for 2 hours afterwards. I started to use it in baking. Honestly, my cinnamon buns have never been better... or addictive. I'm going to try this is a custard next.

                                    G.H. Cretor's Chicago Popcorn Mix, 737 g - $4.69. This is one of those snacks that you either love or hate. I'm undecided ... the caramel popcorn in it is really good. It's buttery, crispy, with the right amount of sweetness. The savoury popcorn with cheese... I can pass up. It doesn't hold up against the sweet ones. The flavour lacks sharp cheese notes that would have been awesome.

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                                    Discontinued Deals

                                    Crockpot brand 7 qt fully digital slow cooker with a mini 1.5 qt (?) bonus one - $29.97. This big stainless steel behemoth is on discount. I see the non stainless steel manual turn knob version (without the bonus little guy) for $49.99.

                                    Canyon Creek Loaded Baked Potato Soup, 2x625 ml - $4.97. Fresh refrigerated section

                                    Canyon Creek Clam Chowder Soup, 2x625 ml - $4.97

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                                    1. re: Nevy

                                      Thanks Nevy! Awesome post as always.

                                      I am so tempted by the Chicago mix. I love the sweet and salty flavours mixed together. But it truly is my "kryptonite" as I can eat a good portion of the bag in one sitting.

                                      1. re: mrsleny

                                        I have the same problem mrsleny. The Chicago Mix is unbelievably delicious and incredibly addictive!! Once I start eating it, I can't stop. I loooovvvvve it!

                                        And I agree Nevy, that the cheese popcorn lacks a sharp cheese taste, but that's what I like about it, as I'm not a fan of strong cheese flavour.

                                        1. re: kwass

                                          You're both welcome! The Chicago mix usually goes on sale once every 4 months so if you grab a bag only when it's on sale, it's not so bad to indulge!

                                          My 'kryptonite' is the dried organic figs... I can't stop eating them once the bag is open! I also suspect the dark chocolate caramels with sea salt would be my kryptonite and that's why I haven't bought them!

                                          I didn't think I would like a strong cheesy crisp but when I went travelling, I had an amuse bouche that played up the sweet and cheesy savoury combo. It was a crispy tempura coating on top of the caramelized chicken crackling. The savoury was a deep fried cheesy pork rind to pair with it. The pork rind had freshly shaved whispery thin aged Parmesan just imported from Italy. So after that, if you're going to go cheesy... go for the bold stuff :) If you want to know, yes... this was in Dallas, Texas.

                                          1. re: kwass

                                            Glad to hear I'm not the only one. I can literally eat half the bag in one sitting and that is not a good thing.

                                            Still, I'm going to pick up a bag :)

                                            1. re: mrsleny

                                              You're definitely not the only one...it's wickedly addictive :)

                                        2. re: Nevy

                                          Thanks Nevy, looks like a trip to Costco is in order. I want to try the maple milk, love your idea of using it in baking, I'll try it in my coffee too.
                                          I like using the Boursin in my mashed potatoes and at the price I can't resist!

                                          1. re: cheesymama

                                            The Boursin price is pretty great already before the discount. I think they had 2 flavours only at Costco but I've seen other variations in the past.

                                            Lots of good savings this week in the food section!

                                          2. re: Nevy

                                            LOL. I saw the maple milk and only thought about putting it in my cereal. Maple custard is a fantastic idea.

                                            1. re: Apple

                                              I actually tried putting the maple milk in cereal, and while it seems like a great idea in theory, it actually turned out pretty horrible. The milk is WAY too sweet for that -- it completely overwhelms the taste of the cereal. I tried it with a not particularly sweet cereal (Weetabix) and it was still sweet overload. I can't even imagine what it would be like if you did it with a sweet cereal. It would probably end up like that episode of the Simpsons where Bart and Milhouse drink pure Squishee syrup and go on a bender.

                                              1. re: Michael N

                                                LOL. You gave me a side stitch from laughing so hard. That's why I passed up on the milk this week. But I might pick it up for dessert applications this week.

                                                Another thought would be to cut it with some 2%...if you wanted to go the cereal route.

                                                1. re: Apple

                                                  Or how about in french toast. That could be good!

                                                  1. re: cheesymama

                                                    I can confirm it's awesome in a budino and custard :)

                                                    I also used it to blend it with a banana and then used my Zoku popsicle maker for maple banana popsicles. I'm saving those for a rainy day.

                                          3. As a Costco regular until recently I have enjoyed the quality of their beef. Has anyone else noticed a slip in quality lately? Perhaps a drop from AAA to AA? I just don't see the marbling I used to...

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                                            1. re: Beermonger

                                              What particular cuts are you referring to? If the labels on the packaging indicate the beef is AAA, it indeed would be illegal to sell anything of lesser grade.

                                              I bought a pack of two gorgeous boneless chuck roasts last week - cut them into stew beef cubes and they cooked up fantastic. Also bought a nice prime rib roast.

                                              Haven't noticed a drop in quality of beef though.

                                              1. re: dachopstix

                                                @dachopstix-Thanks for your reply-I am not suggesting that Costco is doing anything illegal-perhaps I used the comparison of AAA to AA improperly. I usually buy the rib steak and have found the lack of marbling recently (say last 4-5 months).
                                                I also bought some gristly Choice rib steaks in a Florida Costco that were poor to say the least and should have been returned. This has never happened to me before. Costco has been expanding in North America with several new stores and I question whether or not their "supply" is somewhat lacking. Perhaps I have just had a bad run of it.

                                                1. re: Beermonger

                                                  Ah, I get what you're saying now :)

                                                  Gristly Choice steaks in the US is somewhat upsetting, especially on a Rib steak!

                                                  I know for a fact that all of Costco's beef is Albertan beef, no US-finished feedlot beef. Visble marbling can be visually appealing, but it is not always indicative of tenderness and quality of the beef. Mind you, Costco has a great return policy, and I guess you could always bring back the cooked steak if it wasn't tender enough :)

                                                  True, you may have had a bad run, OR you're right, the visible marbling is lacking. It was also a rough winter, so maybe the cows weren't finishing well, thus not fattening to the likes we consumers are used to.

                                                  Give it another chance. But if the rib steak sucks, you're right to complain :)

                                                  1. re: dachopstix

                                                    Just because it's from Alberta doesn't mean it wasn't finished in a feedlot... Southern Alberta is full of feedlots.

                                              2. re: Beermonger

                                                No comment about the marbling but wasn't Costco mechanically tenderizing their meat before? I think maybe they stopped this practice or were going to stop it after they had an issue with contamination? Maybe that is effecting your experience if they did indeed stop that practice?

                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                  I never noticed their premium cuts being mechanically tenderized when I purchased them - I know that the practice was being discontinued due to insufficient cleaning/sterilization.

                                                  1. re: dachopstix

                                                    All of their cut steaks have been blade tenderized. You'll find this information in teeny tiny print on the package label. If you want to avoid this, you can buy the large, primal chunks - a whole vacuum packed boneless rib or strip loin - and cut the steaks yourself. I had a rather long conversation with one of the meat guys at our local costco because I didn't want the blade tenderized meat (this was after the big meat debacle a year or so ago). The butcher was sympathetic and agreed that this is a dumb practice - especially with such naturally tender cuts - but he also said it was company policy and wasn't going to change anytime soon. So I bought a whole boneless rib - it's actually cheaper anyway and pretty easy to cut into steaks so not a big deal, if you have a freezer.

                                              3. I went to the Costco in Mississauga North the other day (i.e. Heartland). That store had a completely different layout than any other store I have been in. Products were in different sections too (i.e. the Neo patio tiles were in the "seasonal" section instead of in the flooring area that I saw them in other Costcos, etc).

                                                Food wise, I notice a few things, they might have been mentioned before but they caught my attention:

                                                Borges Foods Ltd. - Morcela Blood Sausage - $10.49 a KG - interesting to see this at a Costco, hardly even ever see it in grocery stores.

                                                Moishes kosher dill pickles - 2L - $4.99 - again they may have had this brand for a while but never noticed before

                                                Grok Cheese Snack - 3 x 60g = $9.99 . A 100% cheese snack, in the aisles (not refrigerated). I was curious so I bought it but I haven't tried it yet.

                                                La Tourangelle Roasted Walnut Oil - 1L - $9.49

                                                The Mamma Chia Blackberry Hibicus drink that Nevy mention, I ended up buying a 6 pack because I had tried it before (I think they sell for like $3.99 retail). I actually really liked them. The chia seeds go down easy when they are in the beverage so it isn't like drinking a jam with a ton of seeds :) Again, I bought it in part to support them bringing in unique products!

                                                I bought the "Barbie pizza" (i.e. Stromboli brand in a pink box) in a previous visit and I thought it was really good. The brand is from Quebec, I had never tried it before. I would definitely buy it again and I hope they consider bringing in other topping options.

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                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                  Thanks for the report! I'm similar to you where I try to buy unique Canadian products so the buyers keep sourcing interesting things.

                                                  Good to know the Stromboli is pretty good. Do you think it's better than the regular Costco refrigerated pizza? We usually stick to the Costco ones but if it's that much better, I'll buy it next time I see it when it's my turn to buy the pizza for my husband's hockey pool party.

                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                    I haven't tried their refrigerated pizza before but I would say it is one of the best frozen pizzas I have had... Or, maybe I was just really hungry!

                                                    I forgot to mention, I got the 2 pack of 4 triple chocolate cupcakes, not sure if mentioned in this thread but they were pretty good for store bought cupcakes. Not sure about the ingredient list/etc but considering the cost I would say they are worth trying. I froze a 4 pack and gave away two of them before I would end up eating all 8!

                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                      Oh the double chocolate ones? Yes I think I reported them back last quarter and a few CH'ers are saying the exact same thing as you. Definitely tasty for a mass marketed cupcake. Moist and delicious! And also dang affordable. It's already 'affordable' compared to bakery prices at Superstore, it's even more affordable at Costco!

                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                        Agreed. Really great for a store-bought cupcake!

                                                  2. I went in early on Saturday to grab a few things and it was quite busy at 9 am! They're closed Good Friday and Easter Monday so the extra open hours on Saturday was appreciated. I didn't see too many new sale items compared to the week but I did see some great new things.

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                                                    New items this week

                                                    Kirkland brand Rhubarb Strawberry Pie, 2.4 kg - $11.99. I was pretty darn impressed with the ingredient list... first thing listed was rhubarb followed by strawberries. Sugar was third.

                                                    Kirkland Lemon Cream Cheese Crisp, 1.3 kg - $7.99. Ingredient list was definitely not as impressive or natural as the rhubarb strawberry pie but it looks a bit more of a true bakery pie. The topping was nicely browned over a daffodil light yellow creamy interior.

                                                    France Delices Angel Food Cake - I reported this earlier this week but now I know the price, $8.79

                                                    Albert's Leap Panini Brie, 500 g- $6.99

                                                    Frozen Japanese Scallops!!! Yes, 3 exclamation marks because I was shocked to see this. I've only found Peruvian, Chilean, or Canadian scallops in the frozen section of any store. In the usual Olivia large 12-15 count scallops, they had these brown boxes with ghetto looking packages BUT inside them, there were large white perfect circles. Out of curiosity, I grabbed the bag and started reading the white sticker label on the clear bag. Wild caught 12 - 15 count scallops... product of Japan! I've heard Japanese scallops are far more sweeter than the South American ones. The price is the exact same as the Olivia ones too! I was so thrilled to see this. I can't wait to try them this week.

                                                    Organic Meadow Organic Butter, 454 g - $7.29. I think it's unsalted but it wasn't clearly labeled. Great price either way.

                                                    Moov Frozen Cauliflower Florets, 1.5 kg - $5.99

                                                    Wildroots Harvest Blend, 1.5 kg - $7.99

                                                    The Good Bean Roasted Chick Pea Snacks, 510 g - $5.99

                                                    Cookbooks - Nothing super impressive but 2 large volumes appeared. Good housekeeping cookbook ($19.79), America's Test Kitchen Cooking School ($28.99)

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                                                    Discontinued Deals

                                                    Kitchenaid Kitchen Gadget Set, 5 piece - $12.97. This includes a spatula, slotted spoon, soup ladle, can opener, and whisk. I can't tell if the set is composed of silicone or black plastic.

                                                    Rubbermaid Premier 24 pieces - $14.97. Supposedly it's stain resistant because its a hybrid plastic/glass for easy cleaning and durability. Sizes are from 0.5 Cups all the way to 7 cups.

                                                    Lisbon Dinnerware set, 16 pieces - $24.97. This set isn't as nice or as heavy as Denby but's very impressive at this price.

                                                    Diamond Harvest Kung Pao Shrimp, 907 g - $9.97

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                                                    1. re: Nevy

                                                      Thanks for letting us know that they're closed tomorrow. I could have sworn they were open, and was planning on going. So you saved me a trip that would have ended in disappointment ;)

                                                      1. re: Nevy

                                                        Nevy, are you sure that they're closed tomorrow? I just went online to check their holiday closures and it says Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but nothing about Easter Monday.

                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                          It is open tomorrow. I think she just made a typo and as Easter Sunday wasn't mentioned as a closure above :)

                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                            That's what I thought. Thanks ylsf :)

                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                              My typo! I did mean Friday and Sunday ... Thanks for helping fix that :)

                                                              I find Mondays least optimal for deals and fun new finds. They're just recovering from the weekend, barely cracked open the new stuff, and haven't placed the dc pricing yet in the stores near me.

                                                              I hear this week it's organic week! Plus I get to use the executive coupons! $3 off the premium 5 ingredient Kirkland brand vanilla ice cream! $3.49 for 1.65l is a deal! I wonder if it's Haagen Daaz behind the KB ?

                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                Thanks for the update Nevy! Couple of questions.

                                                                Do you get the executive coupons in the mail? We only switched to executive last fall.

                                                                Also the Wildroots harvest blend ... is that a cereal or grain product?

                                                                I picked up a package of organic dried apricots from the same company that puts out the figs. I haven't seen the apricots before. I generally dislike dried apricots but these are so good. Sweet and soft. Definitely worth the $11-something price.

                                                                1. re: mrsleny

                                                                  The Executive coupons do come in the mail. It maybe you could try asking at the membership counter since you are a member. I think they maybe came together with my Costco Magazine but now I can't remember 100%

                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                    We've never received our executive coupons, in the mail or otherwise. We've complained to customer service about it twice and each time they've promised to fix it, then still no coupons. I don't think that we're going to stay with executive after ours expires this time.

                                                                    1. re: Strongbad789

                                                                      We never got them either. Checked with customer service in-store and they said we should be getting promotions in the mail. They gave me the executive coupons but they expire in a week.

                                                                      Does anyone know when they are sent out so I can keep an eye out for the next batch?

                                                                  2. re: mrsleny

                                                                    I did get the executive coupons in the mail by themselves. Just an FYI, we missed our first set of coupons because they had our address turned 'off'. I think it's a privacy flag they had for some reason (like I don't want to save more money!) so you may want to go to the customer service counter to tell them that you did not receive the coupons. They should check your profile to make sure you have the address correctly in there.

                                                                    As for the wildroots harvest blend, they have a strawberry whole grain cereal and then they have a granola looking item. It's not a grain where you can use it for a salad ... at least not that I'm aware of!

                                                                    Ohhhh a Made in Organic apricot? I have to keep an eye out for that! Thanks for letting me know. I really enjoy the brand... if you ever see that brand for degloot noor dates or black mission figs, grab it! Both are amazingly delicious. I happen to like brown sugar and caramel flavours and both dried fruits have notes of those. Plus they're both soft in texture.

                                                                    1. re: Nevy

                                                                      Thanks for the tip re executive coupons. Will definitely ask at the customer service/membership counter.

                                                                      RE Wildroots cereal. We already buy the the organic triple berry bliss and the hemp granola. Is the harvest blend something different? I think I've seen a pearl couscous blend.

                                                                      The Made in Nature organic dried apricots are divine. Too bad they were not on sale like the figs. I hope Costco carries more from this company.

                                                                      1. re: mrsleny

                                                                        I think the Wildroots harvest blend is a side dish looking at my pictures. It's definitely not the cereal or granola one. It looks more like a wild rice or grain combo. I'll take a closer look next time I'm there.

                                                                        Which store had the new apricots? I didn't see it today at Mississauga Central

                                                                        1. re: Nevy

                                                                          Made in Nature apricots at Richmond Hill store (Leslie & Elgin Mills). They never got the freekah in but I did pick up at Vaughan. Still haven't made yet!

                                                                          Will look for Wildroots. Not that I need any more grain products. Still have unopened packages of quinoa, wild rice and quinoa mix and ancient grains penne. Yikes .. I'd better get cooking.

                                                                          Planning to pick up the organic edamame this week. Are these in pods or shelled?

                                                                          1. re: mrsleny

                                                                            mrsleny, what section are the apricots in?

                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                              Apricots were in the baking/dried foods section in Richmond Hill store.

                                                                              1. re: mrsleny

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

                                                                            2. re: mrsleny

                                                                              The edamame appears to be in shells still. Thanks for letting me know where the apricots area... I'm assuming they're in the baking aisle with the other dried fruits? :)

                                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                                Ok. Thanks Nevy! I wasn't sure, because sometimes stuff like that is with some of the nuts around the candy section.

                                                            2. It's Happy Earth week at Costco... they call it Spring Savings Organic to be accurate. Easter came and went and if you're lucky, you can put yourself into a sugar shock for only $4.97, For the ridiculously low price, you get 1.2 kg of Cadbury Mini Eggs and the ability to speak really fast.

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                                                              New items this week

                                                              Kirkland Extra Large Peanuts, 1.13 kg - $7.79. May not be new but I've never seen it before. At least not the size of 'extra large'.

                                                              Pasta Italiano, 5x500g - $13.99. Made in Italy, bronze die extrusion and in really fancy fun shapes. I haven't seen shells, tubes, and swirly pasta this big in a long time. I think my daughter wanted this just cause of the shapes

                                                              Traditions Ice Cream Treats, 24 - $16.99. Made in Canada using Canadian milk. There are 4 types: Vanilla bar covered in almonds and chocolate shell, Vanilla ice cream between 2 chocolate cookies, vanilla bar covered in dark chocolate, a cone filled with vanilla ice cream, caramal and almonds mixed in. Compared to other types, this is the best value as it's less than $1 each.

                                                              Legacy Pork'n'Pull Pork shoulder butt portion - $7.99/kg. I haven't seen this before. In the butcher area, they have this packaged and marinated pork butt for easy cooking. It looks like you put all the contents into the pot and voila, pulled pork. Or should I say 'come and git em'

                                                              Bel Gaufre Waffles, 715 g - $6.49. I'm not sure if they're trying this out because it's new but there's only like 10 of them on the table. Made in Quebec, it's freshly made waffles that have a nice short real ingredient list. No preservatives and it even tells you how to reheat it so you get the crispy edges. I smelled it and it smells like real baked waffle. I was tempted to buy it. You can find it in the fresh bakery area

                                                              Santa Lucia Smoked Mozzarella, 681 g - $7.79

                                                              Citterio Imported Italian Ham, 340 g - $9.49

                                                              La Sierra Serrano Ham, 2x350 g - $10.99

                                                              Lilydale Sliced Turkey Breast, 2x 400g - $17.99. This is the healthier version with less sodium and no nitrates

                                                              Summerfresh Farro Black Barley Quinoa Salad, 725 g - $6.99. This is one very trendy grain salad... all it's missing is the freekah. It looks like it had kale in it too

                                                              This is not exactly a food item but they have 3 new BBQs. Two of them are monsters and could probably cook 20 burgers at the same time.

                                                              KTX Stainless steel 7 burner propane 80000 btu - $999.99

                                                              KTX Stainless steel 7 burner natural gas 80000 btu - $1099.99

                                                              Weber Q300 gas grill 2 burner, 21700 btw - $319.99. On Amazon this is $387 direct from Weber and retail pricing is $449. For those who don't need to cook a side of cow, this is a good alternative. The store I was at only had 2 of them available.

                                                              Kirkland blueberry pecan cereal, 907 g - $6.89

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                                                              On Sale

                                                              Nature's organic edamame, 2.4 kg - $2.50 off

                                                              Taste of Nature Organic bars - $3.60 off

                                                              Mary's Gone Crackers, 2x283 g - $2 off

                                                              Sunmaid California raisin - $2 off

                                                              William Organic espresso beans - $3 off

                                                              Nature's Path organic chia, buckwheat, and hemp cereal - $4 off

                                                              Simply natural organic pasta sauce , 4x739 ml - $2 off

                                                              Simply natural organic ketchup, 2x750 ml - $2 off

                                                              So Delicious coconut milk, 6x946 ml - $2.50 off

                                                              Organicville BBQ sauce 946 ml - $2 off

                                                              Made in Nature Organic dried figs, 1.13 kg - $2.50 off

                                                              Organic frozen corn, 2.5 kg - $2. off

                                                              Liberte organic 0% yogurt - $2 off

                                                              Organicville vinaigrette, 2x710 ml - $2 off

                                                              Paul Brasac organic sparkling juice, 3x750 ml - $2 off

                                                              Terra Delyssa organic EVOO 2x1 L - $3 off

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                                                              Discontinued Deals

                                                              Oberto Original Flavour Beef Jerky, 300 g - $6.97. I bought 2 of these for the carnivores in my house... I should have bought 8 according to them. They like it that much and the price is great.

                                                              Jean Talon Chocolate Bunnies, 4x200 g - $4.97

                                                              Belfine Bunny Tower, 4x50g - $4.97

                                                              Gallerie au Chocolat Spring Ballotin - $7.97

                                                              Cadbury Mini Eggs, 1.2 kg - $4.97

                                                              Millefoglie D'italia, 330 g - $3.97. These are the wonderfully flakey and tasty cookies that are made in Italy. They come in a super nice looking tin box. The ingredient list is really wholesome as well. Real sugar, flour...

                                                              Ling Ling Chicken Pot stickers, 1.91 kg - $6.97. If you like potsickers, go grab a few :) Even T&T can't beat this price and the ingredients are pretty good. Not as good as the Korean mandu ones they have but still pretty awesome. I think Kwass said they were tasty.

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                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                They are. They're wonderful!! I also saw the lillydale sliced turkey, which looks fantastic! I had it in my cart until I saw the fully cooked chicken souvlaki, and then I put it back. I'll get the sliced turkey the next time I'm there, but I'm glad I went with the souvlaki! I highly recommend it! It's delicious!!

                                                              2. Sterling butter is back. I don't know if it was discontinued chain wide but was at the Vaughan location this week (normally we shop at Warden). I stocked up - just in case. :)

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                                                                1. re: Apple

                                                                  Has anyone seen the Hera olive oil? Have not seen it in Mississauga or Richmond Hill. This is a great oil for dipping or dressings. I bought several bottles to give to family and friends and now find out that I cant find more..

                                                                  1. re: LJS2

                                                                    Last saw it in March it was on clearance ($3.97) though so not sure it will be back again. If you have the item code you can call in the admin office and have them do a search for you to locate if anyone has it in stock.

                                                                    1. re: elvisahmed

                                                                      I believe it was priced at 3.49 which I took as a here to stay price. But I am totally paranoid about de-listing. Costco is so mean by giving me things I love and them taking them away (I am talking about the marcona almonds, barkthins, calvin klein jeggings :), bellavitano cheese, Fleur de sel, previous version of Costco pizza - off the top of my head...

                                                                      1. re: Apple

                                                                        Yeah the Bellavitano was an amazing deal and is one of the staple items at home.

                                                                        1. re: Apple

                                                                          Calvin Klein Jeggings have been in store for the last few weeks - colours have been depleted, but they were still there a week or so ago (Queensway)

                                                                          1. re: Truffles

                                                                            ack. I feel like I am missing out at the warden store - no burrata, no freekah, no lupini beans, and alas, no jeggings. :( first world problems.

                                                                  2. hi hounds,

                                                                    i love this thread and i end up buying a ton of stuff @ costco that i wouldn't normally! so i'm going to throw out a question in the hopes you can all help ...

                                                                    i'm trying to reduce the amount of gluten in my diet (long story) ... i'm not trying to eliminate it. i found a box of breakfast bars by glutino ... and promptly returned them after eating one bar. OMG ... they were atrocious! however, today, i bought the dempsters gluten-free bread and it's pretty tasty (i've never eaten another gluten-free brand so i don't know how it compares).

                                                                    anyway, i'm wondering if you have any gluten-free favourites at costco that you can recommend?

                                                                    TKS!!!

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                                                                    1. re: lilaki

                                                                      The Marys crackers are quite popular with my gluten free friends and family and the price on them there is a steal compared to what they go for at the grocery store.

                                                                      1. re: cheesymama

                                                                        yes - i love those crackers! thank you! :)

                                                                      2. re: lilaki

                                                                        These are really quite good for a gluten free cookie and they are vegan too.
                                                                        http://www.gogoquinoa.com/products/co...

                                                                        I also like the ancient grains pasta.
                                                                        http://truroots.com/products/truroots...

                                                                        1. re: mrsleny

                                                                          oooh ... good to know. i saw them yesterday but didn't buy either ... just wasn't sure if they'd be any good. thanks!

                                                                          1. re: lilaki

                                                                            They sometimes have samples of the quinoa cookies. Try them first if you can. Even Mr Leny likes them and says they are pretty good for a gluten free product, but it may not be to everyone's taste.

                                                                            The only thing I don't like about the cookies is the overpackaging ... each one is individually wrapped in plastic.

                                                                            1. re: mrsleny

                                                                              LOL! i'm hoping the packaging helps me NOT eat the whole box! :)

                                                                              i bought the skinny pop popcorn on the weekend ... not cuz it was GF but just for something new to try. it's pretty tasty.

                                                                        2. re: lilaki

                                                                          If you like snacking on pretzels, they have the Glutino brand gluten free ones on discontinued pricing.

                                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                                            given my experience with the glutino cereal bars, i'm a bit wary of the brand now! are the pretzels good?

                                                                        3. The Duck Confit was on clearance at Downsview location for 6.97. Picked up 2 as there is a lot of duck fat in the pack that can be used to make other tasty treats.

                                                                          1. i discovered the kirkland brand red grapefruit segments near the yogurt in the etobicoke store yesterday. there's a bit of added sugar ("packed in slightly sweetened water"). they are DELISH. they come in a box of 12 cups ... i don't remember the cost ... maybe $10 - 11. easy way for me to enjoy some grapefruit!

                                                                            1. I'm not sure if any of you have tried Crumbs Cupcakes from NYC, but they're being sold in packages of 3 at Costco now. I saw them today at the Downsview location. This is totally a big deal :)

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                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                    i saw these at etobicoke on sunday. they're HUGE. are they good???

                                                                                    1. re: lilaki

                                                                                      They are huge! I'll be buying them next week, so i'll let you know :)

                                                                                      1. re: lilaki

                                                                                        I tried these today. They're extremely so-so. They're not bad, but I'd definitely never get them again. If Hostess were to introduce a line of premium cupcakes, that's what I'd imagine they'd taste like. The triple chocolate cupcakes they were selling recently were a lot better.

                                                                                  2. re: kwass

                                                                                    Kwass, what do you like about them? I had them when I went to Westport and sadly my experience was not very good. Perhaps that storefront was not representative of how good they can be.

                                                                                    1. re: Nevy

                                                                                      To be honest with you I had them a couple of times when a friend would go to NYC, and they were wonderful...really delicious...everything you'd want a cupcake to be. This goes back about 5 years. Then, about a year ago, I had them again, and I found them to be far too sweet. So, I'm not sure if my taste in cupcakes had changed, if they had changed their recipe, or if I just got a batch that weren't as good as the previous cupcakes I had tried. Given all that, I'm going to try them again. I didn't buy any this week, but I will next week, and report back.

                                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                                      Dunno how calorie conscious you are, but Crumbs lists the calories for each cupcake in their stores. The Blackout's my fave and luckily is less than 500 calories. I say luckily cuz pretty much every cupcake beyond the plain ones are way over 500 calories.

                                                                                      1. re: GoodGravy

                                                                                        I only eat this kind of stuff on my cheat day, so I'm not too concerned about the calories :)

                                                                                        And really...who thinks about calories when they're eating cupcakes?!

                                                                                    3. From my little tour of the store today, it seems they'll soon be changing out the old snacks and bringing in new summery ones. There were a few more d/c pricing in the snack aisle.

                                                                                      Oh, last week I mentioned there were these new Montreal freshly made waffles... completely gone! I guess they were really popular. Oh to whoever said the Kirkland brand Premium Vanilla ice cream is pretty good... oh I 100% agree with you. We bought it with the executive coupon of $3.49 for 1.5 kg of it and we were shocked on how creamy it was. This isn't an ice treat but it is real ice cream. I still can't believe we paid only $3.49 for it. I had to give my husband a look when he was making happy sounds while eating it because my daughter started copying him.

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                                                                                      New items this week

                                                                                      FGF Brands Triple Chocolate Loaf, 750 g - $5.99. I think this looks and smells like a chocolate pound cake

                                                                                      Coastal Food Inc "Crumbs" Cupcakes, 3 cupcakes - $6.99. These were cupcakes that Kwass alerted as being a big deal so I went off to search for them. When I tried them in the CT storefront, I didn't have a good experience. It was the usual cupcake issues... dry crumb, no flavour, and too much buttercream. I saw these in the fresh bakery area and they had 3 of them (Cookies n Cream, peanut butter cup, and red velvet). They are pretty big! and they did have the bakery look that I recall from CT. I looked at the ingredient list and it clearly was not the same as the ones in the storefront. The storefront prides itself on quality ingredient (butter only supposedly) and these ones have palm oil, vegetable oil, margarine, and shortening instead. I also noticed that it wasn't labeled as 'Crumbs' bakery but Coastal Food Inc. instead. So comparing this to one of Toronto's cupcakery, Prairie Girl, it's definitely the better deal. It's bigger and looks like have a better balance of cake to "butter cream" or icing. It also looks great. As for tastes, well, I'll leave the final judgement to Kwass and her memory of what it was like in NY. :)

                                                                                      Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil, 710 ml - $9.99

                                                                                      Capri Sun 100% 40x117 ml - $11.99

                                                                                      Kirkland Ice Tea powder, 3 kg - $8.99.

                                                                                      Sun Tropics 100% Juice Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava - 2x1.89 L - $7.99. Compared to most 'juices', this one actually has guava puree as one of the top ingredients. Usually use see grape, apple or orange and then natural flavour, this one has the fruits as real juice instead of flavour. It's from concentrate though.

                                                                                      Baja Chopped Salad, 355 g - $2.99

                                                                                      Waldorf Salad Kit, 963 g - $7.99. Made in Canada

                                                                                      Apple & Kale Salad kit 454 g - $5.99. Made in US and Mexico

                                                                                      Kirkland Polish Sausage, 14x123 g - $11.99. This maybe a returning item from last summer but I'm not sure. These are the ones sold in the food court so if you like the ones there, you can enjoy them any time in the comfort of your own home :)

                                                                                      Deli Cart Mild Sausage, 2x750 g - $11.69

                                                                                      Kirkland Beef Wieners, 14x123 g - $11.99. These are the ones sold in the food court as well. I'm not sure if these were offered previously or not (I suspect yes but I haven't seem before)

                                                                                      Danone Danino Greek yogurt, 24x100 g - $8.99. Flavours are banana caramel, grapes, and peach. They're geared towards kids and the container is a crazy red and yellow swirl. The ingredient list is definitely better than activia as it lists out milk and fruits before the sugar.

                                                                                      Kirkland 0% FLAVOURED greek yogurt, 15x142 g - $12.99. Holy cow... either Liberte is making these or that Kirkland is totally ripping off on them. Kirkland finally came out with their individual flavoured greek yogurt. It looks like Liberte except it has a greek inspired border on the box and the flavour of raspberry is switched out for blackberry. Other than that, the ingredient list reads the same. The kicker... Kirkland is $2 cheaper before sales.

                                                                                      La San Marzano Arrabiata Sauce, 2x750 ml - $7.99

                                                                                      Cortina Passata Strained Tomato in glass jars, 6x720 ml - $7.99. Made in Italy.

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                                                                                      On Sale

                                                                                      Laughing cow 32 portions, 535 g - $6.49. They have both light version and regular.

                                                                                      Haagen Daaz Vanilla Almond Bars, 9x88 ml - $10.99

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                                                                                      Returning items

                                                                                      Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino, 12x281 ml - $18.99. This was available last summer and once again it's back. I think it's $2 per bottle in the starbucks store so pretty good deal. Though the deal isn't as good as the Chai one they had.

                                                                                      Philippines Brand Mango Nectar, 24 x250 ml - $14.99. Seriously really good deal ... I think T&T has the individual cans for $1 each.

                                                                                      Kirkland brand Margarita Cocktail Mix, 2x1.75 ml - $7.99

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                                                                                      Discontinued Deals

                                                                                      LeClerc Praeventia Cookies, 30x30g - $6.97. They look like chocolate oreos without the middle :) and in cute heart shapes

                                                                                      Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, 737 g - $4.97. I bought these... they're exactly as advertised. Pretzel but flat.. personally I like them better than the normal rounder version as I find there's more crunchy texture to the dry innards.

                                                                                      Glutino Gluten Free Pretzels, 680 g - $4.97

                                                                                      Phillyswirl Assorted Sorbet bars, 40x52 ml - $5.97. I think it's cute they have flavours like cotton candy, blue raspberry and claim that it's all natural flavour. :)

                                                                                      Naturesource Tamari Almonds, 950 g - $9.97. Great price and the almonds are large. They're not stale, old or shriveled. Definitely a good snack.

                                                                                      Nature Valley Protein Berry Granola Bars, 24 - $4.97

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                                                                                      1. re: Nevy

                                                                                        Nevy, how does the Kirkland Premium Vanilla Ice Cream compare to Haagen Dazs Vanilla or Vanilla Bean Ice Cream?

                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                          I haven't tried the HD Vanilla bean one but I can compare the KB to the HD vanilla one. I would say from a texture and ingredient list... they're awfully close. It's creamy with no ice crystals. I really enjoy both because the sweetness is slightly tempered to showcase more about the dairy and vanilla flavour. The actual vanilla flavour is where I think they differ. Both are 'natural' in vanilla flavour but I find the HD a bit more floral and perhaps more nuanced. I find the KB one is good but perhaps more plain or 'one' note. I will say KB is also a touch more sugary sweet. It's not as sweet as the conventional store brand ones but definitely sweeter than HD.

                                                                                          For the price though, I'd choose KB if I have to host a party. 1 small tiny tube of HD is $5 on sale compared to $3.49 for 1.5 kg.

                                                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                                                            Thanks Nevy. I just purchased some HD Vanilla Bean, so maybe once I've finished it, I'll give the KB a try.

                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                              Yeah I jumped on the ice cream deal with the executive coupon and in a word it is amazing. There is a comparison done by CH in Sf here are the results and I must say I agree with them
                                                                                              http://www.chow.com/food-news/74974/a...

                                                                                              1. re: elvisahmed

                                                                                                That's awesome!! Thanks so much elvisahmed!!

                                                                                                1. re: elvisahmed

                                                                                                  I have an Executive membership but "coupons"? not getting these are they via email or the in store ones?

                                                                                                  1. re: MiniMom

                                                                                                    They come in the snail mail. I think they come together with the magazine they mail out (i.e. in the same plastic wrapper) if you are an Executive Membership. Best to check with member's services.

                                                                                          2. re: Nevy

                                                                                            I wanted to mention that Costco has the Kitchenaid Professional 6000 standmixer for $300 in stores! The Bay equivalent is the 600 TM version and it's selling for $699.99.

                                                                                            Oh new cookbooks are starting to come in... I saw Plenty today for $23.99

                                                                                            1. re: Nevy

                                                                                              Thanks Nevy. I was @ the Ajax Costco today. They had the KA mixer but no cookbooks of real interest and definitely no Plenty. A variety of Williams Sonoma, a new Weber BBQ book plus the leftover New Year health focussed books.

                                                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                Which store did you see Plenty in? Was thinking of stopping by the Queensway store on Sunday for this,

                                                                                              2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                Has anyone tried the Kirkland Greek Yogurt? I've been buying the Liberte Greek since imo, it still has the best texture out of all the other yogurts there, but I'm not happy that they changed it a couple months ago:
                                                                                                - They changed to organic and increased the price ($1 or $2 more)
                                                                                                - They reduced the number of blueberry (my favourite) from 6 to 3 and increased the vanilla (my least favourite) from 3 to 6
                                                                                                - The organic version has less pieces of whole fruit. It's more like a puree now.

                                                                                              3. Has anyone seen the Que Pasa tortilla chips lately? (In the paper bag). Billy Bishop didn't have them a few weeks ago, and a family member didn't see them in Oshawa recently either. Que Pasa sells their tortilla chips in some grocery stores, but they are not the same - different texture, more like other grocery store brands. Costco has been selling these for years, I hope they are still available!

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                                                                                                1. re: bigos70

                                                                                                  I had the same question - I have not seen them in either the Warden or Vaughan location in over three weeks.

                                                                                                  1. re: Apple

                                                                                                    They have several columns of these at the Etobicoke site.

                                                                                                  2. re: bigos70

                                                                                                    Not sure you're still looking for these but bought these in the Ajax store yesterday.

                                                                                                    1. re: sman

                                                                                                      Boxes of California navel eating oranges - about 15 oranges per box - for $10.99 at the Wilson and Dufferin warehouse: it'd be worth the price if the oranges were tasty and reasonably juicy. But of the 10 oranges already sampled, four were dry, two were juicy, and four were neither here nor there. I'm not hopeful about the quality of the remaining five. Not the first time I've been disappointed in Costco's bags and/or boxes of oranges. In short, not particularly good value. I suppose I could drive back and wait in that long, long returns line at the warehouse, but it's not worth the time it takes. I'll just remain gun-shy from oranges at Costco.

                                                                                                      1. re: juno

                                                                                                        Juno, I agree with you about the oranges in general at Costco. I bought a bag of Cara Cara oranges a year ago and they were delicious. So, I bought another bag recently and they were definitely nothing special. But, I gave it another try hoping that they would be better and they were not. They were what I would call "woody", dry and pulpy. I buy a lot of my fruit at Concord Fruit Centre at Dufferin & Centre Street and that it where I will continue to buy my oranges for sure. Cistco is great for many things, but not everything!

                                                                                                        1. re: farmgirl1836

                                                                                                          i find the cara cara oranges at costco to be great when it's EARLY in the season (i.e. when they first come out). the longer the season goes on, the worse they get. probably a sign that i shouldn't be eating a cara cara orange in may! :)

                                                                                                  3. Looking for Bonne Maman jam. I've checked both Billy Bishop and Warden stores in the past couple of weeks, without luck. Yesterday though, I asked at Billy Bishop if they could find stock at other stores. They said that Warden shows over 1000. Anyone seen this on the shelf there this week? Thanks.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                      There is a huge stock of them at Etobicoke store

                                                                                                      1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                        Yes, but they put it in the right aisle when you face the back of the store. It's just there in huge quantity in the aisle near the freezers. I found my espresso beans there too, and not on sale. So don't understand the logic in moving staple items away from where people expect them to be, as I almost left the store sans espresso, but luckily discovered it before heading out.

                                                                                                        1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                          Good point, Full tummy. I couldn't find a product the other day at Billy Bishop, so I asked at the info centre. There was lots of stock showing, but the body wash was a couple of aisles from where I expected it.
                                                                                                          Are you referring to the Warden store for the jam?

                                                                                                              1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                You're welcome! Just wanted to also say, as a fan of the Bonne Maman jam, that the Kirkland organic strawberry spread may be worth trying! We love it.

                                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                  Good to know. I'll have to give it a try.

                                                                                                          1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                            Yep, I saw a ton at Warden today at the end of an aisle as well, not with the other jams/peanut butter.

                                                                                                        2. Does anyone know if they stock the Tazo Chai Latte mix regularly or is it some kind of special deal item?

                                                                                                          1. I bought the Crumbs cupcakes yesterday, so here's my report: They're good for a store-bought cupcake. Incredibly fresh, but also, incredibly sweet. My 2 favourites were the cookies and cream and the peanut butter. I didn't particularly like the red velvet. And while I'm glad I tried them, they were a little to sweet for my taste, so I probably wouldn't buy them again.

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                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                              I absolutely agree. I bought them and cut each into 4 -- they are large. I ate a quarter of each, thought they were quite moist, but way too sweet. My husband wasn't going to be interested in eating any of them. I then took each one out of the paper and put them down the garbage disposal. I was proud of myself!

                                                                                                              1. re: farmgirl1836

                                                                                                                It's not even just that they were too sweet (though that was certainly an issue) but that, outside of the sweetness, they just had a muddled, meh flavour. The triple chocolate cupcakes they sold recently were also very sweet, but they had a satisfying chocolatey intensity that made them worth eating.

                                                                                                                1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                  I don't think the flavour was necessarily meh, but I do agree that the triple chocolate cupcakes, while sweet as well, were possibly a superior cupcake.

                                                                                                                2. re: farmgirl1836

                                                                                                                  I did the same thing farmgirl. I also cut each cupcake into quarters. And while I normally freeze cupcakes I don't eat, I also just threw out what was left.

                                                                                                                  1. re: farmgirl1836

                                                                                                                    you could have returned them for a refund if you didnt like them..instead of putting them down the disposal.

                                                                                                                    1. re: youdonut

                                                                                                                      She'd already cut them in quarters, and probably ate at least 1/4 from each cupcake. And, the truth is that there is nothing wrong with the cupcakes except that they are on the sweet side. That said, I don't think it would have been right for her to return them.

                                                                                                                      1. re: youdonut

                                                                                                                        There was nothing wrong with the cupcakes, just not to my liking. That's not a reason to return them.

                                                                                                                        1. re: farmgirl1836

                                                                                                                          does not have to be anything wrong with them. it is satisfaction guaranteed, they would have taken them back regardless. if you have been following these posts since they first got started, someone had posted that they knew someone who returned a half eaten bbq chicken for a refund, dont know how true that is though. but it is one of the perks of paying for a yearly membership plus it lets them know that maybe that product they are selling may not be all that great as it is.

                                                                                                                          so just remember with costco when they satisfaction guaranteed they really mean it.

                                                                                                                          1. re: youdonut

                                                                                                                            Regardless of their policy, it just feels wrong to return something that's half eaten. It also feels wrong to return a product that has nothing wrong with it, despite the fact that I didn't like it.

                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                              I understand what you are saying but I did return some gluten free cookies that were so nasty I couldn't even give them away. When I returned them the guy at the counter said they were getting a lot of them back. If there was a product that I felt I needed to throw away vs. eating (i.e. I didn't like them THAT much) then I wouldn't have a problem returning it to the store. The line for me is that I am not able to finish them (or have no desire to finish them) or if a second person also thought it was gross.

                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                I think that there's a difference between doing what you did, and bringing back a half-eaten bbq chicken or cupcakes that have been cut in quarters and eaten.

                                                                                                                  2. Has anybody seen the baby organic superfood blend lately? It was a 1lb bag from I think Earth Greens and contained baby kale, spinach and chard. I've been buying at least a bag a week for the last 6 months, but haven't seen it in a few weeks at the Warden location.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: jl_1978

                                                                                                                      MIA at Richmond Hill store too. I meant to ask earlier but had forgotten the brand name. Thanks for posting the question.

                                                                                                                      We have had to make do with Earthbound Farms spring mix.

                                                                                                                      1. re: jl_1978

                                                                                                                        Sad to report but I was told that this item has suddenly been dropped by Costco and there is no indication if it will be replaced by anything comparable... I too have been buying at least one bag a week for the last ten months... Maybe if enough of us complain they will reconsider?

                                                                                                                        1. re: afong56

                                                                                                                          NOOOOOO ...... I loved that mix. I really dislike the salad kits they have been getting in. I like the salad greens but the dressings included are not to my taste.

                                                                                                                          Guess I will have to complain at customer service.

                                                                                                                        2. re: jl_1978

                                                                                                                          Is this the one with little packets of cranberries and sunflower seeds and the citrusy dressing or something else?

                                                                                                                          1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                            That's the Sweet Kale salad kit with cranberries and pumpkin seeds and poppy seed dressing.

                                                                                                                            I think there are a couple of new ones too.

                                                                                                                            1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                              Ah, I'm glad the one that's gone is different than the sweet kale one. I love the sweet kale one, and while regular grocery stores have started to carry it, by started to carry it, I mean they now all seem to have empty spaces on their shelves where it's supposed to be but isn't. And if they actually had it, which they generally don't, their prices would be about 3 times what Costco charges.

                                                                                                                              Not that I'm glad that you're all missing a salad that you like, I'm just glad that I'm not missing a salad that *I* like!

                                                                                                                              1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                                I totally get what you mean :)

                                                                                                                                It's not that I don't like the sweet kale one ... I love the mix itself but the dressing has more fat and sugar (from the cranberries too) than I really should consume and it just seems wasteful to toss it.

                                                                                                                                Same goes for the ginger bok choy salad kit.

                                                                                                                                1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                  New from Eat Smart (sweet kale and ginger bok choy) - apple kale salad kit.

                                                                                                                                  Brussel sprouts seem to be MIA :(

                                                                                                                        3. I went to Costco yesterday, and noticed they're now carrying Haagan Daz Gelato. It comes in a package with 3 different flavours. I'm sorry, but in my haste to get in and out, I forgot to check what the flavours were.

                                                                                                                          They're also carrying skinny cow ice cream, which came with ice cream sandwiches, chocolate ice cream bars and ice cream cones, all in one box

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                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                            I saw the gelato on my last visit. I'm pretty sure there was a dark chocolate, sea salt caramel but don't remember the third. I was very tempted.

                                                                                                                            1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                              I was tempted as well. Was the 3rd one stracciatella?

                                                                                                                            2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                              Which costco? i was there but ignored the ice cream seciton last night. And what is going on wiht their Quinoa pricing? $19.99 a bag?

                                                                                                                              1. re: MiniMom

                                                                                                                                Funny, I was looking for Quinoa, but couldn't find it.

                                                                                                                                I was at the Vaughan location.

                                                                                                                                1. re: MiniMom

                                                                                                                                  That's cheaper than what it was last month. They had another brand selling for $24.
                                                                                                                                  I'm sure the fact it's "organic" has a lot to do with it.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: sbug206

                                                                                                                                    I still have a bag of TruRoots quinoa (organic) from last year. I am sure it was no where near the $19.99 price sticker.

                                                                                                                                    I guess demand is driving up the price.

                                                                                                                              2. My adventures this week was to restock my empty fridge after a trip out to Asia. I will give thanks to whoever suggested the Made in Nature Organic Apricots as a snack. I bought one of the last bags in Etobicoke as my plane food. These are awesome! They're not dry and truly sweet with the taste of a Blaze Prince peach.

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                                                                                                                                New items this week

                                                                                                                                Bark Thins Dark chocolate quinoa blueberry, 454 g - $9.99. This was available for samples and it was surprisingly good. The chocolate broke with a nice snap, a nice balanced bitterness, and a good melt. I really liked how it had a good texture contrast of the chewy dried blueberry and mild crunch of the quinoa. I think this is much better than the pumpkin seed version. I like the flavour as the sweetness balances our the bitterness.

                                                                                                                                True to Nature Hemp Protein bar, 24 - $16.99

                                                                                                                                Auricchio Provolone Cheese Sharp, 500 g - $14.99

                                                                                                                                Santa Lucia Mozzarella La Di Bufala, 250 g - $6.99

                                                                                                                                Summerfresh Southwest Kale Salad (no price placed yet)

                                                                                                                                Summerfresh Pasta Feta Salad (no price placed yet)

                                                                                                                                Suntropics Pure Coconut Water 6x1L - $16.99

                                                                                                                                Quality Burrata Cheese, 250 g - $6.99

                                                                                                                                Beehive Cheese Co, 454 g - $17.59/lb

                                                                                                                                Royal Harbour Trout fillets - 1.13 kg - $16.99

                                                                                                                                Nut n Better Honey Peanut Butter, 2x750 g - $6.99

                                                                                                                                PG Beet and apple salad 2x415 g- $8.79

                                                                                                                                Haagen-Dazs gelato variety pack, 3x414 ml - $12.49. This was mentioned above and I was pretty excited to see this. The 3 flavours are dark chocolate chip, stracciatella (which is a milk base with dark chocolate shavings), and sea salt caramel. It's a little long on the ingredients compared to kirkland brand vanilla ice cream. I'll probably buy this once I have freed up some freezer space.

                                                                                                                                Extreme Bean Spiced Pickled Beans, 1 L - $5.99

                                                                                                                                Whytes Coronation Sweet Relish Squuezable, 2x500 ml - $3.99

                                                                                                                                Originale Augustin Chocolate chip cookie ice cream treat, 12 - $7.99

                                                                                                                                Chudleigh's Key Lime pie, 830 g - $7.99

                                                                                                                                Philly swirl fruit dip popsicles, 30 - $12.99

                                                                                                                                So Delicious Coconut Almond Bars, 12 - $11.79

                                                                                                                                Nestle Skinny Cow variety pack, 15 - $13.99

                                                                                                                                Sunkist popsicle variety pack, 24 - $13.79

                                                                                                                                T-Fal Easy Clean Digital Fryer - $89.99

                                                                                                                                T-Fal Optigrill - $179.99

                                                                                                                                Bormioli Rocco ice cream goblets, 8 - $18.79

                                                                                                                                Kitchenaid graters, 3 pieces - $21.99. There's 1 course grater, 1 medium grater, and 1 fine zester.

                                                                                                                                Gordon Ramsey Dinnerware set, 16 pieces - $69.99

                                                                                                                                Books
                                                                                                                                Bal's Spice Kitchen - $16.99
                                                                                                                                William Sonoma Good for You - $19.99
                                                                                                                                Plenty - $23.89

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                                                                                                                                Returning items back on the shelf

                                                                                                                                Fresh Satsumas, 7 lb - $8.99

                                                                                                                                Fresh Tarocco oranges, product of Italy, 8 lb - $10.99

                                                                                                                                Maclaren's Imperial Sharp Cheddar Cheese, 2x230g - $8.99

                                                                                                                                Summerfresh Farro Black Barley Quinoa Salad, 725 g - $6.99

                                                                                                                                Fresh Ataulgo Mango, 6 large mango - $6.99

                                                                                                                                Olivia Wild Sockeye salmon, 1.36 kg - $36.99

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                                                                                                                                On Sale

                                                                                                                                Nestle mini variety pack popsicles, 30 - $11.89

                                                                                                                                Green Giant Corn Kernel Niblets, 12x341 ml - $8.89

                                                                                                                                The Keg Steak Seasoning 1.1 kg - $4.99

                                                                                                                                Tropicana Orange Juice - $2.50 off

                                                                                                                                Azuma Gourmet seaweed salad, 794 g - $8.99

                                                                                                                                Tostitos Medium Salsa, 2x1.2L; $6.99

                                                                                                                                Cattlemen's Hot & Spicy BBQ, 2x895 ml - $7.69

                                                                                                                                Frito Lay Munchies snack mix, 1.1 kg - $4.99

                                                                                                                                Nestle Drumstick variety pack, 18 - $13.49

                                                                                                                                Chicken Breast boneless & skinless - $5 off

                                                                                                                                Aylmer Diced Tomato, 8x796 ml - $7.79

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                                                                                                                                Discontinued Deals

                                                                                                                                Liberte Organic yogurt 2x750g - $3.97

                                                                                                                                Campbell's Beef Broth, 6x900 ml - $6.97

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                  Was this at Etobicoke? I was there today and bought Tropicana. I didn't get $2.50 off.

                                                                                                                                  One new thing I saw. Organic meadow butter, $7.99.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: sbug206

                                                                                                                                    I was at the Mississauga store this week. I saw the organic butter at Etobicoke a while ago but it wasn't at Mississauga one for some reason.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                      Which Mississauga store? The one at Dundas/Dixie? I Looked for Plenty yesterday on my trip to Burlington but I didn't see it

                                                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                        I was shopping at Mississauga North. I dont think they had many Plenty books left. 2 weeks ago, Etobicoke had a much larger stock but I'm not sure if they've sold out of them. I'm probably heading to Etobicoke next time and I can check for you.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                          Thanks. And I am also glad you are back from your trip with more Costco updates!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                    Thanks Nevy! I have missed your Costco adventures.

                                                                                                                                    I am curious about several things if someone can enlighten me.

                                                                                                                                    Kitchenaid graters - are they as good as Microplane?
                                                                                                                                    Seaweed salad - someone on another forum mentioned it can be frozen?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                      I don't think the KA is as good as other brands like Henkel or Microplane. I think it's probably a decent middle one and considerably more affordable. I bought 1 Henkel hand medium grater for the price of this entire set.

                                                                                                                                      Interesting thought about freezing the seaweed salad! I've never done that. I've seen the fat broad seaweed sold frozen at Asian groceries before. I've never seen the more delicate thin stringy frozen. Did they say which type they froze?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                        On RedFlagDeals Food & Drink forum someone mentioned freezing the Costco brand. I wouldn't have thought it would freeze well but several people said that it does.

                                                                                                                                        I'll try it out if I manage to get to Costco this weekend. Not that I have a whole lot of room in the freezer after the frozen edamame purchase :)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the KA info. I think I will stick to Microplane. I have the coarse hand grater and love it. Works like a charm for grating frozen ginger or turmeric.

                                                                                                                                    2. I couldn't find cinnamon toast crunch treats at costco in ancaster anymore. Anyone seen them?

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: garsides

                                                                                                                                        I was recently told by a staff member that the cereal stock rotates and they will not always offer the same products but they will eventually be back on the shelves. I am always on the look out for Shreddies and only find it about twice a year.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: garsides

                                                                                                                                          Do you mean the snack bars? Because if you do, I just saw them at the Vaughan location.

                                                                                                                                        2. Just at my local Costco today (RH) and it looks like they replaced the Earthbound Farm Organic greens (baby spinach, baby romaine and spring mix) with Earth Greens (baby spinach, lemony arugula blend). Not sure if this is a permanent switch. Costco does tend to mix things up every so often.

                                                                                                                                          Also did not see any packages of portobello :(

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                            At Queensway on Saturday, the Burrata is gone, but it has been replaced with mozzarella di bufala (can't remember the brand). $6.99

                                                                                                                                          2. i was at the etobicoke location and noticed sealtest butter (both unsalted and salted) was priced at $2.85. i guess i don't pay attention but this seemed way lower than before!

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: lilaki

                                                                                                                                              IIRC Sealtest Butter was $3.89/lb, so it might be on sale.

                                                                                                                                              Also I noticed that Costco has started selling Kerrygold Unsalted Organic Butter for about $7.xx/lb. Regular retail is about $10/lb

                                                                                                                                              1. re: asagiri

                                                                                                                                                oh! what costco did you see the kerrygold at?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: lilaki

                                                                                                                                                  It was the one by Downsview (Billy Bishop).

                                                                                                                                              2. re: lilaki

                                                                                                                                                I find that the price of sealtest butter varies from week to week. If butter is advertised on sale in one of the major grocery flyers then chances are it will be offered at a lower price at Costco that week. Same thing with the Black Diamond cheese blocks.

                                                                                                                                              3. After more business travel, it's always refreshing to be back home... even if it means to fight the people who are clueless and stands in the middle in the aisle intersection in Costco. It beats standing in line at the New Delhi customs line up... btw, never pick a fight with them. They're not afraid to use 'necessary actions' in front of everyone.

                                                                                                                                                New items this week

                                                                                                                                                Made in Nature Organic Antioxident dried fruit blend, 680 g - $16.99. I did a double take when I passed this in the aisle because I'm just hoping Costco Canada will start stocking the dates or black mission figs from this brand. This one looks intriguing till you read the fine print in the back... for nearly double the price of the dried apricots, you get dried cranberries and raisins (first 2 ingredients) and then tart cherries... followed by pepita seeds, blueberries, goji berries, and some apple juice concentrate.

                                                                                                                                                Marie Morin Panna Cotta Trio 6x110 g - $9.99. I spied this new summer chilled dessert right by the dairy section. The ingredient list reads quite wholesome with no fillers or artificial junk. And by wholesome, I mean... real milk fat. This is not a dieter's dessert.

                                                                                                                                                Olivia Red King Crab legs, 908 g - $24.99. This is the real deal frozen at sea.. not the 'krab'.

                                                                                                                                                Pepperidge Multigran Chip Cracker, 510 g - $5.99. Dang these are good... they're a great crunchy cracker that is quite thin so it feels like a chip. Savoury taste comes from a bit of cheese, nuttiness from the whole grains, and a dose of sea salt.

                                                                                                                                                Jones Soda, 12 bottles in 3 orange cream, 3 berry lemonade, 3 green apple, and 3 root beer - $9.99. REALLY good price considering the cheapest I usually see these are $1.25 on sale at T&T. Most of the time they're $2 each.

                                                                                                                                                Grandmother's Bake Shop Mini tartlets in pecan, lemon, raspberry and butter tart. 24 tarts - $7.69

                                                                                                                                                Basse Whole Macadamia nuts - $11.99

                                                                                                                                                Philips crab cakes, 510 g - $18.99

                                                                                                                                                Dofino deli slices of Harvarti and Gouda for your burgers - price unknown

                                                                                                                                                Arla Dofina Smoked Harvarti, 450 g - $8.99

                                                                                                                                                RW Garcia Sweet Potato Crackers, 567 g - $5.99. This looks intriguing... it's for those who want a cracker but gluten free

                                                                                                                                                Fresh n Pure Organic Cranberry Lemonade, 2x1.75L - $6.99

                                                                                                                                                GH Cretor's Caramel Nut Crunch, 709 g - $7.99. This is the awesome caramel popcorn found in the Chicago blend except without the lightweight cheese ones.

                                                                                                                                                There are 2 new cooking items that really intrigued my especially for the price.

                                                                                                                                                Tramontina Proline half size pan for $8.49. This is a very sturdy, high edged, half size cookie sheet that is quite thick.

                                                                                                                                                Tramontina Proline non stick skillet pack of 2 - $36.99. This is a very thick bottomed non stick skillet in the size of 10" and after looking it up (on amazon.com), this is a super deal. Normally it's $50 for 1. I would say this is very comparable to the top of the line TFal at Bay and they never go this low in price. I like how it can go from stove top to oven (up to 400F)

                                                                                                                                                Partners Wise Crackers - $6.99

                                                                                                                                                Books
                                                                                                                                                Cooking Light Global Kitchen

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                                                                                                                                                Returning items back on the shelf

                                                                                                                                                Peach from CA - $11.99. Ridiculously expensive and no scent to them at all. They're rock hard... fresh peaches!

                                                                                                                                                Nectarine from CA - $11.99. It the smooth and bald version of above.

                                                                                                                                                Apricots from CA - $7.99. Cute and fuzzy but super hard with zero scents. It's like they're creating these in a lab out of plastic.

                                                                                                                                                Cherries from CA. 907 g - $12.99

                                                                                                                                                Sharon Fruit from South Africa - $8.99

                                                                                                                                                Mini watermelons - $3.99.

                                                                                                                                                POPCORNERS! $4.99 for a giant bag of Jalapeno, White Cheddar, Sea Salt, or Kettle corn. Personally, I love the Jalapeno one. It has a touch of cheese to it and the crunch factor is great.

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                                                                                                                                                On Sale

                                                                                                                                                Angie's tri coloured pop kernals - 8.49

                                                                                                                                                Choice Organic Teas, English Breakfast, 60 bags - $3.99

                                                                                                                                                Sealtest butter, salted and unsalted 454 g - $2.95
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                                                                                                                                                Discontinued Deals

                                                                                                                                                Nestle mini variety pack popsicles, 30 - $6.97

                                                                                                                                                Skinny Cow ice cream treat - $7.97

                                                                                                                                                Earth Balance Coconut Peanut blend - $4.97

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, the Costco thread just isn't the same without your amazing reports :)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                    You're very welcome! I'm just hoping for some great fresh, and RIPE designer name fruits soon! These awful and horribly expensive Costco fruits just make my memory of Asian markets just maddening. It's mango season in India and I had thee best time eating an entire Alphonso box for only $10. The mangos were so much better than the ones shipped to Toronto and lucky me, I ate 8 of them!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                      I can't imagine how good they must be considering the ones in TO are the best mangoes I've ever had. What a rare treat it must be to eat them locally.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                    Welcome home Nevy!

                                                                                                                                                    You have no idea how much I have missed your Costco posts. For the last few weeks, I ended up wandering around Costco without purpose :)

                                                                                                                                                    The apricots aren't too bad once they ripen up. But yes they are hard and without scent at first. I bypassed the peaches after gasping at the price. The satsuma oranges weren't as sweet as I expected. My first time eating them so not sure if that's just the way they are supposed to taste.

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the info re king crab. It is one of Mr Leny's favourites. Will have to look for it next time.

                                                                                                                                                    The non-stick skillet sounds intriguing. I have tried numerous brands. They all start out nice but begin to stick after a while.

                                                                                                                                                  3. Not sure if this is turning up in all the Costco stores, but peterborough has a special seafood kiosk right now that includes whole wild sockeye salmons for 16.99 kg. I bought two of them - one was $28-ish, the other $26-ish. A fantastic price for wild salmon, especially when you see the individual fillets selling for $35 to $40 each in the fish cooler. I managed to fillet one myself but I'm afraid I butchered it rather badly. I'll let my husband do the other one.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Nyleve

                                                                                                                                                      Last year Costco near Warden was selling wild sockeye salmon too. Ya it was reasonably cheap vs Diana Seafood but I passed because I dont have the tools and the skills to clean and fillet the fish. Also, the fishes looked fresher at Diana's.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: yippy

                                                                                                                                                        These are nice. But you're right - there's no service other than putting them in a bag. Which is why I attempted a fillet. But at least, they have no head and they've been gutted.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Nyleve

                                                                                                                                                        Real Canadian Superstore has wild sockeye salmon on for $9.98/lb already cleaned and fileted this week.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: youdonut

                                                                                                                                                            I guess these are previously frozen. But I could be wrong.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: yippy

                                                                                                                                                              it does state as being fresh in the ad but then some people have weird definitions for fresh ie. "Freshly Thawed" "fresh from the freezer" but you never know. i was looking at the fish counter at costco and i couldnt believe what they were charging for Thawed from frozen farmed scallops.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Has anyone tried Island Way Sorbet - the sorbets in the actual fruit shell?

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mila

                                                                                                                                                            Tried a sample at Concord Fruit Market and bought a four pack there with mango and lemon flavours. They are delicious. I will buy them at Costco because they have a bigger pack with more variety and it's much cheaper. They are beautiful enough and delicious enough to serve to company.

                                                                                                                                                            1. The return of the seasonal fruits are here! Last year, I was so happy to try several designer fruits like the black velvet aprium, the summer rose pluot, and a plumcot variety. Most of the time I get a bit of a sticker shock but when comparing it to the prices in Loblaws, Michaelangelos, or Superstore, Costco is at least 30% cheaper. Onto the goods!

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                                                                                                                                                              New items this week

                                                                                                                                                              Originale Augustin Chocolate Chip Cookie ice cream sandwich, 12 sandwich - $7.99

                                                                                                                                                              Wild Roots Wildchips Kale & Chia, 680g - $6.79. This had me excited because I love my home made kale chips but the prep work of cleaning, de-ribbing (is that a word?), and massaging is a lot of effort. When you read the back and the ingredient list, you realize quickly it's a corn tortilla chip with kale and chia near the bottom. Corn, vegetable oil, brown rice flour, and flax seed are the top 4 ingredients and it includes 3 types of sugar.

                                                                                                                                                              True to Hemp Protein bar, 24x40 g - $16.99

                                                                                                                                                              Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Set (by Waterford crystal), 6 pc - $54.99. This set is retailing for $150 on amazon (on sale now for $88.10). Seems like a great deal to me.

                                                                                                                                                              MMMine Toasted coconut cashews, 794 g - $11.59. This new item in the snack aisle reads like a samoa cookie but without the flour. Pieces of cashews are enrobed in a vanilla coating and then tossed in toasted coconuts. All of the coconuts are a deep brown colour so when they say they're toasted, they're not kidding. The size of these treats look fairly large but I can't tell if its cause they used big cashew pieces or the sugary coating is thick.

                                                                                                                                                              Equal sweetener packets, 800 - $13.39. I'm not sure if this is new or not but I've never seen the blue artificial sweetener.

                                                                                                                                                              Books
                                                                                                                                                              Paleo Kitchen by Juli Bauer
                                                                                                                                                              Bunner's Vegan Treats
                                                                                                                                                              Chuck's day off by Chuck Hughes, $14.79
                                                                                                                                                              Garde Manger by Chuck Hughes, $14.79

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                                                                                                                                                              Newly returned or restocked items

                                                                                                                                                              Copper river wild sockeye salmon filet, refrigerated area, - $38.99/kg. These are pricey but they look wonderful compared to the cheaper Superstore $9.98/lb deal they have right now. The Costco ones do not have mushy pieces or obvious mishandling holes in the flesh. The Costco filet colours are a wonderful vibrant reddish papaya shade and the fat is even throughout.... it's not the large stripes of translucent fat you see in the farmed and penned atlantic salmon but the nice opaque white of a wild fish. I bought one and planked it on the cedar boards (from Costco too) on the bbq.... it was so good.

                                                                                                                                                              Black Velvet Apriums, 3 lb - $8.99. I was so happy to see these return. They have a dark burgundy skin with a bit of fuzz from their apricot parentage. The flavour was sweet but floral... it isn't like the cotton candy flavoured grapes (btw, that is just weird to taste... I can't get into it). I could only think of it as a sweet plum crossed with the floral notes of lychee. They are a firmer fruit and this early batch is a bit of the hard side. I took a sniff and maybe I'm being picky, but I think they're under ripe as there is only a light light scent to them. Last year, they were lightly firm and very fragrant.

                                                                                                                                                              Seedless limes, 3 lb - $3.49. Considering there was a lime shortage, I was surprised they had this giant package so cheaply priced. Caipirosca for world cup viewing? :)

                                                                                                                                                              Ataulfo mango from Mexico, 6 - $6.99

                                                                                                                                                              Organic cherries from Washington, 2 lb - $9.99

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                                                                                                                                                              On Sale

                                                                                                                                                              Skoulakis Greek Chicken Souvlaki, refrigerated section - $12.99

                                                                                                                                                              Fontaine Sante 3 bean salad, 2x350g - $3.79

                                                                                                                                                              Azuma Gourmet Seaweed salad, 794 g - $8.99
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                                                                                                                                                              Discontinued Deals

                                                                                                                                                              Dried fruit medley, 680 g - $4.97. I loved this fruit and nut mix. It has unsalted almonds that are a good side and not rancid. It includes dried pineapple, papaya, and yogurt covered apricots. I have to keep this away from me because it's so good.

                                                                                                                                                              Grok cheese snack, 3x60 g - $7.97. You're not reading that wrong! 180 g is $8 on discontinued pricing... I was thinking they'd need to lower the price a lot more to get me to try it. I looked it up cause I like a good food story even if it's a bit of train wreck type. Turns out this is made by an Italian producer of grano padano cheese who wants to sell more of their product. The ingredient is just 2 things... 75% semi ripened cheese and 25% grano padano DOP. Has anyone tried it?

                                                                                                                                                              Sanders salted dark chocolate caramels - $7.97. I bought these because I love all things sugar and dark chocolate. According to the internet, this cannister normally goes for $25 so I think $8 is a very good steal. The texture of the caramel is really good... soft, pliable, but not overy sticky or tacky that it becomes a 2nd filling. The dark chocolate is fairly good quality as it cracks as you bite through it instead of a chewy mock-chocolate texture. The only thing that makes me stop from raving about them is the taste of the caramel... I found it to be surprisingly light on caramel flavour and the large sea salt granules overwhelmed it easily. I'll admit I prefer the darker turbinando and demerara over the light brown sugar so maybe the caramel flavour is fine but it's too light for my tastes. Otherwise, excellent caramel snack for texture and dark chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                              Quinoa milk - $6.97

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                Welcome back Nevy! Really missed your posts.

                                                                                                                                                                You've got me curious about the aprium. I've added that to my shopping list.

                                                                                                                                                                Has any one tried the Prana Kilimanjaro snack? I'm a bit hesitant because of the price. Think it was $11.99.
                                                                                                                                                                http://pranana.com/en/products/kilima...

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                                                  Hi there! Of all the fruits last year, the black velvet sprium and the black figs from turkey were my favourite. I would suggest doing a sniff or touch test on the aprium... If they're not ripe, they taste like an apricot so it's more tart and you miss out on the floral notes.

                                                                                                                                                                  I saw the Prana (2 types) at Mississauga central but nothing at all yesterday at Mississauga North. Like you, the price seems quite high for a fancy trail mix. Nothing in it makes me believe the price is justified. If I wanted a fancier nut based snack, I'd buy the Sahale pecan one.., Sahale brand is very good!

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                  I forgot to add this other new item!

                                                                                                                                                                  Mark Avenue Coconut chocolate almonds, 907 g - $10.69. Similar to the new coconut cashews, this is a sweet nut snack that is covered in sugar and coconut. Each almond is covered in 'real' coconut cream (I'm assuming this means the coconut meat is soaked in a sugary water and then pureed) and then covered in a dark chocolate coating. The dark chocolate look very shiny so I'm thinking it is either a low quality high palm oil variation or another additive. It's way too shiny to be just nicely tempered.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                    I tried the Grok chips several months back, and I recall them being pretty good. You know when you have a grilled cheese sandwich and some of the cheese has oozed out and gotten crispy? It's like a whole bag of that. It's probably not the type of thing you're going to compulsively snack on because it's got such a sharp flavour, but for what it is it's pretty tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the explanation! Crispy cheesy edges of a grilled cheese sandwich is a very good explanation. I like cheese but to your point, a whole snack of crispy grano padano maybe a bit too pungent. I think I'll buy the block of smoked harvati instead... 4 times the weight for about the same price. I think there's a smoked harvati grilled cheese with jalapeno slices calling my name :)

                                                                                                                                                                  2. I was so excited from my find at Costco today! I'm sorry if I come across as a school girl swooning from a crush but honestly... I've never seen this DOP certified cheese at this price outside of Italy. I had this while I was in Tuscany and I feel in love with this. I've had the Montforte version and while that was swoonworthy, this one is faint worthy!

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                                                                                                                                                                    New items this week

                                                                                                                                                                    Oxo softworks salad spinner - $22.99. Great great deal... I think this retails at Bay for $45 and $39 at amazon.com. I have a version of this and it's very sturdy, easy to clean, and well made.

                                                                                                                                                                    Il Foretto Pecorino Toscano DOP, 300 g - $9.49. This is a wonderful sheep milk cheese that I had in Italy. I never thought I would see it here in Canada. It's certified DOP and the taste is so much more nuanced and flavourful than my beloved Montforte. It is aged 4 months and the flavour profile is a bit tangy, definitely nutty, salty (not sweet at all), and mild herb note. I really enjoy this.

                                                                                                                                                                    Galvanina Organic Blood Orange italian sparkling beverage, 6x1L - $14.99.

                                                                                                                                                                    Kirkland Extra Lean turkey burgers, 12x151 g - $18.99. This is in the freezer section

                                                                                                                                                                    Cardinal Roadhouse Bacon Cheddar, 2kg - $17.89. The freezer section as well... there's like 10 choices of burgers currently. If you have someone who is indecisive, do not send them for burgers in Costco or you may need to file a missing person report.

                                                                                                                                                                    Planet Rice Sprouted Brown Rice, 2kg - $8.49

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                                                                                                                                                                    Returning or restocked item

                                                                                                                                                                    JJ Wilk Cheddar Perogies, 2.72 kg - $6.49

                                                                                                                                                                    Nut'n Butter Almond Butter, 2x500 g - $14.99

                                                                                                                                                                    Bark thins dark chocolate dried bluberry with quinoa, 454 g. $9.99. If you like good dark chocolate (and this is one of the better mass produced dark chocolate in a confectionery) with a savoury note, you would like this. It's not sweet and the bitter note is not prominent. There is a good dose of salt and quinoa to add a textural contrast.

                                                                                                                                                                    Bing Cherries, jumbo size and 3 lb - $7.99

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                                                                                                                                                                    Kirkland signature chocolate truffles, 2 kg - $4.97. That is not a typo, 2kg for less than $5. If you want to feast on chocolate or use this in baking even... this is a steal. For a super quick dessert, I've had unbaked tart crust in my freezer, quickly bake that, and then throw these on top of the crust as it comes out of the oven. The truffles melt evenly from the hot tart and it looks impressive especially with fresh in season berries.

                                                                                                                                                                    Sanders salted dark chocolate caramel, 1 kg - $4.97. The lowered the d/c price a second time!

                                                                                                                                                                    Glutino cereal bars, 18 bars - $9.97

                                                                                                                                                                    Laguiole Pakka wood steak knives, 8 - $24.97

                                                                                                                                                                    I have heard (but not seen) the Cuisinart ice cream maker on d/c for only $29.97.

                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                    6 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                      Costco (Billy Bishop) is having a sale on their Organic Whole Chickens. $6.00 off per package, regular price is about $30 for two whole chickens.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks Nevy! Those salted caramel chocolates are so good. Not sure if the discounted price is a good thing!

                                                                                                                                                                        It's going to be time for a new thread soon. Yah!

                                                                                                                                                                        Does anyone know when the next executive coupons are mailed out? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                                                          I know what you mean about those caramels! They're good but super amazing at that price!

                                                                                                                                                                          I think the next set of executive coupons are either August or early Sept. That's when we got ours last year. (I think)

                                                                                                                                                                          We need to start a Costco tasting group :). There are so many items I find and want to buy since they're not available normally BUT I cannot justify 1+ lb of it just to try! Especially the snacks... The sweet potato crackers, the Thai curry vegetable chips I missed out on, the Ritter chocolate set I missed out on, the cashew and almond florentine cookies, most cheeses... Lol

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                            Salted caramel chocolates are not on sale at RH store :(
                                                                                                                                                                            Though this might be a good thing.

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the update re executive coupons. This is our first year on executive plan. Only two of us but we do buy for family and have bought some big ticket items. Will have to see if it is worth staying on.

                                                                                                                                                                            Oooh snacks are sooo addictive. We can polish off the Chicago Mix in less than a week! Same with Popcorners. Now we try to avoid those and get healthier ones like the mixed nuts etc.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                                                              Caramels were $6.97 at Warden store. Not a "buy" for me unless they go to that $2.97 price. They seemed to have lots left.
                                                                                                                                                                              Also no 2kg box of KS chocolates or Grok chips.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                              If anyone could find a way to set up a tasting group somehow I would definitely join! Many things I want to try or buy regularly but don't have enough people in the household to consume it all.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. This week at Costco didn't have too many new things but there are a few snack items that people can enjoy. Short and sweet this week.

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                                                                                                                                                                          New items this week

                                                                                                                                                                          New Moon Kitchen 'World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie' (parve, vegan, organic, egg and dairy free, gluten free, allergan safe, natural spelt flour.... etc), no price listed - These were amusing to read as it has an insane list on the box saying every single marketing trend known to man. It's found in the baking area. All I can say is that it can't be world best if you're using chocolate that lives up to them claim of 'cholesterol free, trans fat free, and another type of 'fat' free.

                                                                                                                                                                          Phillyswirl Coconut water swirl and chia popsicle, 30 - $11.99. Another snack that is hoping onto the marketing trends. Not only does it have coconut water, it has chia too! This makes me wonder how the texture is as I find chia is a bit gummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Returning or restocked item

                                                                                                                                                                          Ranier Cherries!! 2 lbs - $9.99. Yes these are ridiculously expensive but if you are a lover of fruits, these ones would be ones to try. They look under ripe because their 'ripe' colouring is predominantly golden peach with a blotch of red. They never go fully red. The flavour is wonderful when they're ripe... it's a light caramel peach flavour. The size of these ones are huge and it's unusual to see them in such great shape. Most of the times in supermarkets, they're marred and bruised. These are super finicky fruits as they're hard to grow and travel.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Sale

                                                                                                                                                                          Salted and unsalted butter - $2.85

                                                                                                                                                                          Popcorners, 568 g - $2.99. Awesome deal especially if you can get the Jalapeno or white cheddar version.

                                                                                                                                                                          Kirkland brand Balsamic Vinaigrette

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                                                                                                                                                                          Grok cheese snacks, 180 g - $2.97. Further reduced! Michael N said they were like the crunchy edges of a grilled cheese so I bought them to experiment. I put these in my cod cakes last minute before frying them up and holy cow, they were great as an add in. Also, they're pretty good in a salad as well... nice alternative to croutons especially with a balsamic vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                            What brand of butter is it? I am in Ottawa and find this thread interesting because your Costco seems to carry items the one I go to (Hunt Club) doesn't. Case in point - I have never seen their butter on sale.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Yummyolives

                                                                                                                                                                              Currently they're carrying Sealtest and Organic Meadows but only the Sealtest goes on sale. Once in a while you will get extremely lucky and see Stirling Butter AND the rare occasion, it's on sale too. That only happened during the Christmas season so far.

                                                                                                                                                                              As for different inventories, even within GTA, there are some stores which really lack high end items. I normally go to Etobicoke for high end items or to find greater variety. I have found the Brampton and Waterloo store lacking ... if anything, I would almost say the offering is bland and just the staples. They do adjust the offering store by store. When I was in Newfoundland, I was shocked to see the variety of snacks in the refrigerated and snack area. There was so many I've never seen before BUT in the fresh fruit and vegetable section... it was the size of the dairy section in my Mississauga (which is to say, TINY). Isn't there 2 Costcos in the Hull and Ottawa area?