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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

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Well it's summer, long awaited after the brutal winter and so so spring. The fruit at Costco has been great. Sweet huge Peaches from CA..yum just finished one before this post, Blueberries, Nectarines and fresh Apricots. Even the Watermelons are such a value, about 3x the size that you see in super markets and half the price. Great for a 4th celebration cook out next week.

What great things are you discovering.

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  1. Hey, are you in Australia or New Zealand or ?? ... Otherwise it's not 3rd Quarter yet!

    1. Just following the previous threads, must be a fiscal year thing. We're tough CH'ers and will get through it chowingly!

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      1. re: treb

        You were just a little ahead of your time, but time has caught up with you. Welcome to the 3rd quarter!

      2. We've had ranier cherries in our Texas Costco and I'm planning on making a pie with them for 4th of July.

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        1. re: rasputina

          We picked those up over the weekend, but they don't travel very well. Less than half the package survived the trip home.

          1. re: ferret

            I tried the Bing Cherries and they are large and sweet, 3.99 per pound. Saw the Rainiers but, passed till next time. Picked up peaches that were a large as softballs, also perfectly sweet.

            1. re: treb

              Rainiers were $7.99 for 2lbs, so hard to pass up.

              1. re: ferret

                ferret, where are you located? I was hoping rainiers would be about the same price at my Costco. I'm in Ohio. Confession time, I've never had a Rainier cherry. I had cherries when I was a kid and remember hating them but I figured its time to step out of my comfort zone and try them. I will probably become an addict as they are kind of expensive with a short season. Go fig.

                1. re: dobs737

                  Chicago. Rainiers have greater depth of flavor than the red (to me, at least).

                  1. re: ferret

                    Thanks Ferret. You said they don't travel well. Is that because they are delicate like raspberries or so good you ate half on the way home?

                    1. re: dobs737

                      Ate them. Neither raspberries nor cherries make it home from Costco without some "shrinkage".

                2. re: ferret

                  I'm in Washington and there's a farming community outside of my town. We went out a couple weeks ago and picked Rainier cherries for $1.25/lb. It's hard to pay grocery store prices after that. Waiting now for peach season.

            2. re: rasputina

              Well they were out of stock when I went today so I guess it's peach pie. Not that I'm complaining.

            3. Island Way Sorbets in Natural Fruit Shells

              AWESOME! the flavors are bright, they're not too sweet and the coconut is heavenly!

              There are two varieties
              the one we had, included a pomegranate/lemon which was my favorite
              the pineapple was a close second

              all served in half 'shells' of the natural fruit!
              Love it!

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              1. re: cgarner

                Those are good but they've been in our local Costco for quite a while. The new trend is salted caramel frozen treats. They're selling Ciao Bella salted caramel gelato sandwiches and Talenti salted caramel gelato bars. Both really good.

                1. re: ferret

                  the flavors are "new" to our local Costco this year
                  zesty pomegranate (which is the lemon/pomegranate)
                  passionate mango (mango/orange/passion in an orange shell)
                  coconut and pineapple seem to be the same

              2. I don't know if this is a new product: Johnny's garlic spread and seasoning. http://johnnysfinefoods.com/products/...

                Picked it up on a whim and I've been loving it in chicken/shrimp marinades, salad dressings and even my toddlers Mac and cheese. Such a versatile product. Costco doesn't stock these all year round - it is seasonal so I need to get myself another jar before it disappears from the shelves. A must try, IMO.

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                1. re: acerulz

                  Do you remember where you found it? I would love to try it, if my local Costco carries it.

                  1. re: liza219

                    Found it in the spices aisle at my local Livermore, ca Costco. I was trying to decide between trying the Kirkland organic no salt seasoning mix and this one and got this. It is priced at <$6 for the 18 oz which is much lower than their site.

                    1. re: acerulz

                      They have carried it for years (though not sure if it is always there) at the stores in the Seattle are, but that may be because it is a local product.

                      1. re: acerulz

                        Thanks, I'll tell the hubs to keep his eyes open. I hope he find it! I'm thinking garlic bread snd shrimps on the grill....mmmmm.

                    2. re: acerulz

                      They've been selling this in my local stores (So. CA) for several years. Makes great garlic bread. Never thought to put it into a marinade form though!

                    3. Kirkland signature Creamy almond butter: again, not sure if it is a new item, but I have never seen this in the store before. The only ingredient is roasted almonds. Not organic. Priced at $8.99, a bit cheaper than the maranatha almond butter we usually buy. Similar in taste. One thing that is better in comparison - the oil doesn't seem to separate as much as maranatha's when I opened this and placed it inthe fridge after mixing it thoroughly with a spoon.

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                      1. re: acerulz

                        I always buy maranatha- is the Kirkland version as "drippy" ? Or is it thicker like a regular jiff?

                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                          Its almost exactly same as maranatha.

                      2. What do y'all think of their frozen sea scallops? At under $18/lb they are often as much as $10/lb less than local purveyors of "day boat" scallops.

                        We picked up a few to try as the seafood roadshow was in town and they were fine sauteed but released a lot of water/milky viscous substance when cut in half after cooking.

                        I assume this means they are treated (per the thread below) as we cooked in a butter/oil at a high temp.


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                        1. re: Dax

                          I always press scallops in paper towels before cooking to release as much water as possible. They carmelize better that way. The Roadshow scallops are always great -- never tried the frozen ones.

                          1. re: boogiebaby

                            The roadshow scallops are the same ones as in the freezer, at least acording to the roadshow guy.

                        2. I will miss shopping at Costco. My membership period ends on July 31, and will not be renewed.


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                          1. re: justicenow

                            Just read that they are putting it back in.

                            1. re: justicenow

                              Though a valid point to cancel membership, a commenter put it best...."you guys want to cancel your membership to a company that pays the highest wages to its employees in the retail industry and offers full medical for as little as $9 a paycheck. And you want to go and shop at Sams Club/Walmart, who can care less about taking care of their employees, and who tells their employees to collect welfare? Over a book? And a book that will be back on the shelves again?"
                              2 Weeks, it'll be back. Costco loves their members....

                              1. re: justicenow

                                Although I am confident this will soon be culled from the thread, give this some rational thought. Costco has room for maybe 30 new hardcovers. A Costco buyer deemed this book worthy of including that title on Costco displays. The book has been in stores for a month and sales have not been stellar. Other books have come out since then that may have more promise.

                                Costco has not ruled out bringing it back if the book shows more promise in the marketplace.

                                Maybe it's just bad timing (it may be that the book needs time to build). Books at Costco change from week to week. I can guarantee that if someone bothered to take an interest in looking they'd find other titles that have been pulled this year.

                                This is a nice bit of publicity for the book based on nothing more than conjecture, but if you look at it rationally - that someone deemed it appropriate for sale in what is possibly the tiniest book selection in all of retail - then pulling it "for political reasons" is not the likeliest of explanations.

                              2. 12 pk of brioche buns (hamburger size) for $4.79.

                                1. Was at Costco today, they have Apple IPhones and IPads.

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                                  1. re: treb

                                    iPads and iPods.. No iPhones that I saw.

                                    1. re: ohmyyum

                                      Maybe not everywhere, but they definitely have them on Costco.com. They've buried the corporate hatchet with Apple. Now if only I could get a Diet Coke at the soda fountain....

                                      1. re: ohmyyum

                                        OOPS.... My mistake yes, iPods. Thanks.

                                        1. re: treb

                                          Edit.... Costco.com also has Iphones.

                                        2. re: ohmyyum

                                          They should be there at the cell phone kiosk; I saw only the 5s at my local store, where there's an empty table for the iPod/Pad/MacBook to be set up soon as well as a huge display of iTunes gift cards.

                                        3. re: treb

                                          Yawn. .
                                          Until Apple gets real with an iphone that has a bigger screen, it will be difficult to compete with the Samsung note and galaxy s5..
                                          Love my Droid!

                                          Big deal that the iwatch will come on board in 6 months..
                                          Stock price closed around $95..
                                          I like Tim Cook but he is no Steve Jobs..

                                          Just my two aloha cents

                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                            Stock split 7-for-1, so $95 is a 2-year-high.

                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                              I've been yawning all the way to the bank since owning Apple stock for almost 2 decades.

                                              I do find it fascinating when laptops, tablets and phones need to get smaller and smaller and now larger and larger. Reminds me of the ties I used to wear, one year wide the next skinny.

                                              1. re: treb

                                                I bet you made some serious bank.

                                                Let's talk Berkshire Hathaway stock. .

                                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                                  I own some of that also, same amount of time. Cha Ching!

                                                  1. re: treb

                                                    Love that in a man!

                                                    Guess my Motley Fool tips on the best penny stocks to buy for 2014, would be lost on treb buffett. .

                                                2. re: treb

                                                  My bad,,...but Billy Joel anyone?

                                            2. New stuff at my Costco in Texas today included butter chicken meatballs ( heat and serve) from the same company that does the tikka masala. I also picked up the new croissant cinnamon rolls in the bakery, which were ok. I think the cream horns they had months ago were much better.

                                              Ranier cherries were back in stock and our store is getting low on the fresh peaches.

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                                              1. re: rasputina

                                                The meatballs sound interesting. Let us know how they are when you try them.

                                                  1. re: Deanna H

                                                    Ok we had them last night for dinner. I thought they were ok but not fabulous. I thought the heat overpowered the flavor of the spices but the rest of the family that enjoys heat more liked them.

                                                    1. re: rasputina

                                                      Thanks for being the guinea pig. I love heat, but not at the expense of the rest of the spices.

                                                1. Yes..., these have been around for a while now, but the "Maple Donuts" assorted gem donuts rock...,especially when you get ones with lots of cinnamon and powdered sugar. They are circulating in the Costco's though...one week in Yonkers....the next in Port Chester...so you have to keep your eye opened!

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                                                  1. re: liza219

                                                    Because the Cinnamon and Powdered Sugar are the best ones they make, or because you are just personally fond of those two varieties no matter where you're getting a donut?

                                                  2. Fresh peaches from the Concordville and King of Prussia PA stores are absolutely delicious. Perfectly sweet and juicy. Nice large size, the juice literally starts dripping out of the peach when slicing into segments. CA grown, too. YUM!

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                                                    1. re: Zoe115

                                                      +1 to the peaches (also from Concordville) - the batch they had last weekend were amazing.

                                                    2. I saw the dreaded star on the Maya Kaimal sauce trio at my Texas Costco. Not sure if they getting rid of them everywhere or just my location. Or maybe it's that seasonal change. They will probably be getting holiday stuff in soon.

                                                      1. Just picked up champagne grapes, really sweet. You get a lot of flavor out of that small fruit. $3.99 for 2 lbs.

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                                                        1. re: treb

                                                          Thank you! I've missed these the last two years. Glad to have a heads up - will try to go by tomorrow and see if they are in my NC location.

                                                          1. re: treb

                                                            Hi treb - in which location did you get these grapes? Thanks.

                                                          2. Friday, our Texas Costco had wild caught sockeye salmon in the butcher case.

                                                            1. Picked up this "fresh asiago" cheese from the cheese aisle yesterday. Mild, creamy tasting, slightly nutty and soft like mozzarella. Made in Italy. I made some omelettes with this cheese for breakfast and the family loved them. Melts beautifully. Would be good for sandwiches, paninis, pizzas as well.

                                                              1. The Rego Park, NY Costco had Lioni brand burrata today, four 4oz balls for $8.99. I had one for lunch and it was GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. Not as good as the best imported stuff, of course, but for a domestic product (and for the price) it was excellent. The center was VERY rich and smooth - it almost tasted as though it was pure, thickened cream rather than the usual blend of cream and mozzarella shreds. Definitely better than Trader Joe's burrata, IMO, and head and shoulders above most of the domestic burrata I've tried.

                                                                1. NAY - Apricots. Bitter and hard.

                                                                  Meh - Fresh figs. They are ok, won't throw them away or anything but haven't had an impressive fig in years.

                                                                  NAY - Watermelon. CA

                                                                  About a month ago I bought a watermelon and it was wonderful. Last 3 times after that (including yesterday) - awful!

                                                                  So I went back today to return some clothes and I mentioned it to the girl at the counter - she said "yeh, we have been having issues with the watermelon for weeks now..." (Um, yet you are still selling them?!?!).

                                                                  Anyway, I told her that I wasn't going to bring in cut up watermelon for a refund and she said she would refund me this time but I need to bring it in for a refund in the future.

                                                                  Maybe I'm just used to TJ's return policy but I'm not impressed with Costco return policy at all.

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                                                                  1. re: toopie28

                                                                    I think it depends on the store, and even the employee. I have had Costco employees give me grief over an item I lugged back into the store and then others that say "why did you bother bringing that back in, you can just tell us about it next time." I agree, though, that Costco can't compete with TJ's on returns - I don't think anyone can.

                                                                    1. re: toopie28

                                                                      Buyers probably bought the whole lot. Expect better quality control next season.

                                                                      1. re: toopie28

                                                                        Can't expect 100% good on any fruit. I've had good luck with watermelons but, have stayed from the cantaloupes as they have not looked to good, at least in my neck of the woods. As far as returns, never an issue.

                                                                        1. re: treb

                                                                          No, that's true - I've had my fair share of bad produce from there too (fruit). Usually, I'll stay away from it if 2 times in a row it's bad.

                                                                          I don't return foods but I'm trying to get better at that.

                                                                          But if you know that there is an issue - either remove it OR sell it for dirt cheap with a warning that there are "issues".

                                                                          It won't stop me shopping there though - when the fruit is good - it's wonderful.

                                                                        2. re: toopie28

                                                                          My experience with them has been hit or miss. I think sometimes it just depends on how busy they are and the mood of the person you're dealing with. I bought a 3-pack of cantaloupe and the first one I took out and cut had a big rotten spot inside. I called the store and the person I spoke to said they had been having issues with them and it was no problem to return them. I sent the remaining two in the original netting bag, as well as the receipt with my father to return them. It would have been acceptable if they refunded or exchanged them, but they gave him grief about the missing cantaloupe. Pretty crappy service for an item that was probably $9 at the most.

                                                                          1. re: gmm

                                                                            The issue may have been that you did not return them. If the sale was made by you on your card then you have to return them. Costco does this practice to ensure returns are done correctly by scanning your card and then issuing a refund. I've never had an issue with returns when following their policy.

                                                                            1. re: treb

                                                                              Yes, I purchase and I returned on my card.

                                                                              I do believe it depends on the location in reading the rest of the posts.

                                                                              On another note - I received a message from Costco (recorded vm) saying that the peaches and nectarines are contaminated and to return them. The peaches I bought were not very good but I just made a cobbler with them... wonder if they will accept that as a return :)

                                                                              1. re: toopie28

                                                                                Interesting, I've purchased peaches for the past 6+- weeks, including today and have not received any notices. What region are you in.

                                                                                1. re: treb

                                                                                  California - both TJ's and Costco recalled - here' the link:

                                                                                  1. re: toopie28

                                                                                    Yes.....its on the USDA website. Was also at Sam's club. I'm a subscriber of the recall list, and its scary how much gets recalled.

                                                                        3. New to me ~~ packaged rotisseried chicken quarters (leg and thigh) in refrigerator case with pizza etc. I love this more than buying an entire rotis chicken.

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                                                                          1. re: laliz

                                                                            I need to look for these next time - we are dark meat eaters here so I rarely buy a rotisserie chicken, since I don't want to waste the breasts.

                                                                          2. Don't know how long they've had them, but I recently discovered Rana Maine lobster ravioli. I've tried lobster ravioli before and never been that impressed, but I picked these up on whim, and now I'm addicted. At the Spokane, WA store for $13.99 for a double pack. Each pack holds around 20 ravioli. Really good. The first time I topped them with Victoria marinara, because I had an open jar in the fridge. The second time, I made a lemon cream sauce and I actually preferred them with marinara. The ravioli are pretty rich, so I like the acidity of the marinara with them.

                                                                              1. re: shoo bee doo

                                                                                What brand of Kombucha is it? Live culture or pasteurized?

                                                                              2. picked this up yesterday @ tustin district.

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                                                                                1. re: alvin

                                                                                  Nice find, I'm going to have to look for that. Did you try it yet. What was the cost.

                                                                                  1. re: alvin

                                                                                    I found it in Mountain View, too. $25.99 for the 5.3 oz pure Iberico package, $18.99 for the 7.1 oz mixed package (with Iberico ham, salami, etc)

                                                                                    1. re: marilees

                                                                                      I purchased the mixed package and the Jamón ibérico. So far I have tried the mixed package with the exception of the Jamón ibérico and found it very good. I specially liked the luscious salami. The chorizo was great also and had a nice kick from the spices. Lomo was good, but not as great as the other two. I will try the Jamón ibérico today and hopefully love it.

                                                                                      1. re: marilees

                                                                                        That sounds like a great price. The equivalent packages at the Costco in Marina del Rey/Culver City were over $30 for the Iberico and I think just under $25 for the mixed package.

                                                                                    2. Not sure if these are new but I don't remember seeing them before at Costco. Samosa's in the frozen section. They come with a cilantro chutney, are potato samosa and they taste great. Tried them last night.

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                                                                                      1. re: rasputina

                                                                                        Thanks for your review, I've been wondering if I should get these for entertaining but as usual the costco size is a big commitment without having tried these.
                                                                                        Now I can give these a try.

                                                                                        1. re: acerulz

                                                                                          Their aren't that many in a box, we ate them in a week.

                                                                                        2. re: rasputina

                                                                                          Are they restaurant size or the more typical small size for frozen grocery brands? Total cost per bag and how many does it contain?

                                                                                          We've gotten spoiled by an Indian cafe we found with GREAT samosas for only $1 each so we often buy 20 at a time and just freeze them.

                                                                                          Unfortunately they're not that close so a Costco alternative for when we've run out would be great.

                                                                                          1. re: NuMystic

                                                                                            Fremont,CA Costco had a sampling last week: they were handing out samples of the chicken samosa and the regular potato filled samosa with chutney.
                                                                                            1. Samosas are not restaurant size(3"x3"), they are more of a frozen appetizer size like 1.5x1.5inch triangle. Similar to what you would find at trader joes frozen section.
                                                                                            2. Chutney is not an authentic indian mint/coriander chutney.

                                                                                            Prices are $9.99 for the chicken ones and $8.99 for the potato ones for about 15 pieces

                                                                                            1. re: NuMystic

                                                                                              They are made by Sukhi's, 16 in a box for 10 dollars, I've only seen the potato ones and the chutney is similar to what I've made at home and eaten in Indian and middle eastern restaurants. As for size, I easily get 3-4 bites out of one but I like to dip every bite.

                                                                                          2. Note that the variety of fresh mangoes varies. A month ago, my local Costco was carrying the Tommy Akin variety. It's stringy, slightly sour. Last week, it was selling the lovely Kent variety; not stringy, sweet and wonderful. Just look on the side of the box to determine the variety.

                                                                                            1. This isn't a food (unless eating cookbooks is your thing). However, I found the Chef's Table books for my area (Baltimore and DC) -- $24.95 list, $15.99 Costco, which is cheaper than Amazon.

                                                                                              The books are a compilation of the area's best restaurants and their most popular/best recipes, straight from the restaurant itself. I'm not a cookbook person, but I had to get the DC book off Amazon last year after finding it had Zatinya's Brussels Afelia (Best. Food. EVER! And worth the money for the book alone.). ISBN for DC is 978-0762781485, Baltimore 978-762792245.

                                                                                              Definitely something to keep an eye out for and paw through if you have great local restaurants, and were ever interested in their recipes.

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                                                                                              1. YAY - Next Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Coconut & Banana. These are soooooo good! I'm not a friend of dark chocolate but the combination of that with either banana or coconut makes this very tasty.

                                                                                                1. Have you tried the barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Almond in the new coupon book? They sound pretty enticing, but I'm not familiar with them. Anything, though, to add a few calories and more chocolate to the daily intake! I'd love some feedback. Thanks.

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                                                                                                  1. re: peppergal

                                                                                                    I haven't had the almond, but their other ones are great!

                                                                                                    1. re: FoodDee

                                                                                                      Thanks, FoodDee. I appreciate the feedback. Will definitely try the almond when I go next week.

                                                                                                    2. re: peppergal

                                                                                                      We have tried the barkThins Pumpkin seeds (seasonal during thanksgiving) and almond. Delicious and very addictive. The thickness is perfect and the nut component makes snapping them really fun. Very good quality dark chocolate too. Hubby liked the pumpkin seeds one much more than the almond.

                                                                                                      1. re: acerulz

                                                                                                        Thanks, acerulz. I'll look for the pumpkin seed ones come Thanksgiving. All I need is something else that's addictive!

                                                                                                      2. re: peppergal

                                                                                                        We had almond bark thins the first time they carried them (about a year ago) and demolished the bag in a couple days. We went back to buy more, and they didn't have any.
                                                                                                        Last week we saw them at Costco again, so we bought 3 bags. One is gone already. Terrible, terrible stuff.

                                                                                                      3. Concordville, PA last week: white peaches (12-pack, 6lbs or so) are perfect. They did not have any yellow ones post-recall.

                                                                                                        I also impulse-bought a bag of Made In Nature (organic) dried banana slices. I expected these to be like banana chips, but they're soft and chewy... yum. No added sugar, just bananas. A good office snack! 20oz bag was about $7?

                                                                                                        1. In Texas, yellow peaches are back in stock today, the minneolas have been great and red velvet cupcakes are back.

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                                                                                                          1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                            The red velvet cupcakes are featured in this month's coupon booklet, IIRC.

                                                                                                            1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                              Any chance, rasputina, that they're (the peaches) from Weatherford? A friend brought me some from the W'ford market a week or two ago, and they were oh-my-goodness good.

                                                                                                              1. re: peppergal

                                                                                                                The box says they are August Flame peaches from Reedley CA.

                                                                                                                1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                  Thanks, rasputina. I'll look for them when I go to Costco next week -- it's quite a bit closer to me than Weatherford! Love, love peach season.

                                                                                                              2. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                Our Costco stores have had peaches back for about a week. I just picked up a flat yesterday, looked real nice and they're huge. I asked the front desk about the peaches and they said they took all their peaches off the floor regardless of whether they were recalled or not. Good move.

                                                                                                              3. Meyer lemons in stock, just in early this past week. They look excellent.

                                                                                                                1. Found Julie's Organic Ice Cream Sandwiches, reminds me of the goods ole days. Thick layer of ice cream, real vanilla, crispy cookie exterior, great overall taste. They're also on MFG instant rebate so each bar is about 50 cents.

                                                                                                                  1. Delicious Minneola tangerines for $5.79 for a 5 lb bag. Bought one for my toddler who is obsessed with oranges lately.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                                        Has anyone tried these? My significant otter is a pie fanatic and said about five times "It's three pounds! Three pounds of pie!"

                                                                                                                        1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                                          Someone cited Garrison Keillor on this very item. As he famously said: "The best pumpkin pie you ever ate isn't that much better than the worst."

                                                                                                                          This isn't the best I've eaten and it's nowhere near the worst. It's a good value and a good pie.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                                            They taste great and are a great value.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                                              Eh it's ok. I don't understand the raves for their pie. But then I think my pie crust is a lot better than theirs.

                                                                                                                              1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                Hard to compare home made to commercial, I can say the same for my pies crust. They do a good job compared to other commercial pies.

                                                                                                                                1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                  I can't remember the last time I ate a commercial pie. I tend to compare the best with the best regardless if it's homemade or store bought. I've had some crap homemade food in my lifetime so I don't assume homemade is better. I don't generally buy store bought what I can make better myself. I'd just be disappointed and it would be a waste of money and calories.

                                                                                                                            2. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                                              I like their pumpkin pies. Also like their apple pies with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the slice.

                                                                                                                            3. Rego Park, NY had a new Kenyan single-origin coffee a couple of weeks ago - it's really quite good, and VERY inexpensive (I think the 2 lb bag of whole beans was $10). Dark roast, very smooth, not much acidity.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                I'm a decaf person and when I see all the interesting choices, I begin to shake as I want to fall back to the dark side.

                                                                                                                                1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                  I know, I drink decaf most of the time too, but occasionally I get jealous of all the interesting coffee that my husband gets to drink and have a cup or two. I pay the price though - it makes me jittery and keeps me up for like 24 hours!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                    sweet marias generally has some decent decafs. still less of a selection but at least it's single origin.

                                                                                                                              2. Found a most welcome surprise yesterday at Silverdale Costco - Acai juice is back! They also have a frozen Acai concoction that you mix with juice and frozen fruit to make a smoothie. Didn't try yet.

                                                                                                                                1. Was at Costco today. They had the Tres Leches cake. Wow it's so good it reminds of caramel version of Boston Cream Pie. I actually hate the texture of authentic Tres leches cake. I'm trying hard not to have a second piece.

                                                                                                                                  1. Portland OR Costco has Schwartz Brother's Zucchini bread and I think it's excellent. Has a bit of gingerbread flavor. Schwartz Brothers is a bakery based in Seattle and you can find their goods in some higher end grocery stores here in the Portland area. I like all of their baked goods and am always happy when they have something at Costco because it's always a good deal.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bungalowgal

                                                                                                                                      Was it located in the bakery section, or on the bread racks in the back?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: sarahvw1

                                                                                                                                        It was on an endcap near the bread racks. I usually find their items in the bread aisle.

                                                                                                                                    2. I've been buying the big tub of Bel Gioso burrata to make caprese salads with the bumper crop of tomatoes I suddenly have. It's the same price for the Costco-sized container ($6.99, I think) as it is at WF for the "normal" one.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                                                                        I still can't find it at my (Jacksonville) Costco. Is it near the fresh Mozzarella?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: sarahvw1

                                                                                                                                            Yes, on the top shelf next to the fresh and the Buffalo mozzarella (from Italy) at my location (San Diego).

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Cathy

                                                                                                                                              We have the buffalo, the marinated fresh mozz balls, but NO burrata here in Jax. I feel cheated! I'll keep looking.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: sarahvw1

                                                                                                                                                I haven't been able to find the burrata in the Delaware store either.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: Cathy

                                                                                                                                                I'll have to really look carefully - I've never seen it at Alhambra or Azusa stores. I love burrata!

                                                                                                                                          2. At Costco today I noticed they repackaged the Columbus sliced turkey breast into dual 1lb packages instead of the single 2lb package.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                              They recently started doing the same thing with the kirkland sliced honey turkey as well. Very convenient because we can split up the product between home and office or freeze one and put one in the fridge.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: acerulz

                                                                                                                                                How is the taste with the thawed meat? I've never thought to do that with deli meat, but will certainly try if taste is not compromised?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: swfood

                                                                                                                                                  ^ I do this with the Kirkland Honey Roasted turkey because none of the split packages are under 2 pounds and I'm the only one that eats Turkey in my home. Really great when thawed from freezer, not watery or different tasting AT ALL. Although I wouldnt subject the deli meat to multiple cycles of freezer-to-fridge.

                                                                                                                                                  tried this with the Hillshire processed 3 pack of OvenroastedTurkey-HoneyTurkey-Ham and the thawed out deli slices were wet and tasted bland. Disastrous.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: acerulz

                                                                                                                                                    I had the same experience w/ freezing the Hillshire Farm 3-pack of turkey/ham. It's such a great deal when they go on coupon that last time I bought three of the 3-packs for the freezer. They come out of the package (thawed from frozen) dripping wet, and I have to lay each slice on a wad of paper towels to remove the moisture before making a sandwich out of them.

                                                                                                                                            2. Kirkland Signature Chocolate Chunk Cookies (500g box of 24 cookies for $7.49) at the Yonkers, NY Costco. The cookies are made for Costco by Walkers Shortbread in Scotland.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: djca

                                                                                                                                                and are they delicious? Because Walkers...and chocolate...

                                                                                                                                                1. Brick, NJ: They were sampling the Toasted Coconut Cashews. Gave in and bought a container. We had to open them in the car on the way home, so good.

                                                                                                                                                  Also tried and purchased the Chicken and Basil meatballs. Trying to figure out how to serve them as a meal. Suggestions for a sauce aside from marinara?

                                                                                                                                                  We were shocked to see that Kirkland salted butter quarters (4 lbs) is now up to $12.39. Very disappointed. Hope this is temporary.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                                                                    I live in CA and butter prices have really gone up here; I'm lucky if I find Challenge for $4.79 for ONE POUND. (I didn't care for the Kirkland butter.) I tried Trader Joe butter for the first time .. it was only $3.59 or so per lb and I thought it was fine.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: walker

                                                                                                                                                      Wow. Butter here is $3.49-$3.99lb (not on sale). On sale I can get it $2.99 or 2/$5. That is cheaper than Costco @ $3.10/lb. We really like their butter but not for that much more. I will keep my fingers crossed.

                                                                                                                                                      We have no Trader Joes. Closest one is 34 miles away.

                                                                                                                                                      I just read online that it was suspected there would be a milk shortage but it never happened so maybe the price went up on a scare? Here's hoping.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                                                                      Their butter is still lower priced than the supers, good flavor, I use unsalted. Even Kerry Gold is cheaper than the supers regular stuff.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                                                                        I saw those toasted coconut cashews in the snack aisle and had to pass them by because I knew they would be dangerously good! Maybe I can find a way to ration them so I don't eat the whole jar in one go.

                                                                                                                                                      2. When I was at Costco yesterday they had a set of Lodge cast iron skillets, 8 and 10 inch IIRC. They also had 18qt electric roasters. Nothing really new in the food aisles other than the deep dish pizza was back after being gone for a couple months.