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Costco Review: Trophy Milk Chocolate Covered Peanuts

The holiday season has been hard on me, as well as my family; everybody is healthy, however with the restricted possibilities of going out, meeting with friends, et cetera, we’ve been eating a lot of junk and watching a *lot* of Netflix. I figured that instead of the usual huge bag of M&Ms I normally get at Costco, I would try something different, yet similar. This brings us to today’s review, Trophy Food’s Milk Chocolate Covered Peanuts.

Costco Review: Trophy Milk Chocolate Covered Peanuts
Trophy Foods Milk Chocolate Peanuts : The Basics

Trophy Foods’ Milk Chocolate Covered Peanuts are available at Costco at a price of $11.99 (Canadian dollars, plus taxes) and in a format of 1.375 kilograms, in the big square plastic jar we all know and love. For those who care – you know who you are! – the Costco item number is 1482463, at least in Canada.

Trophy Foods Milk Chocolate Peanuts : In Detail

These milk chocolate covered peanuts have a different mouthfeel than what you’re probably used to. In my case, that’s Peanuts M&Ms; this is because these peanuts don’t have the hard candy shell on the outside, so biting into them is quite the softer experience. Once you accept that this is what’s happening, then you can go on enjoying them.

The chocolate is sweet, obviously, as you would expect from milk chocolate. This is not dark chocolate. The peanuts themselves are pleasantly crunchy, yet yielding, and of good size. You can see that Trophy Foods made sure that Costco got the big, grade A peanuts!

What I really enjoy is the chocolate to peanut ratio, which is generous; there is a healthy layer of chocolate on every nut, unlike lesser brands that are mostly peanut and light on the chocolate.

Trophy Foods Milk Chocolate Peanuts : Nutrition Facts

As you would expect from a snack, this stuff is not exactly healthy. Have a gander at the Nutrition Facts sheet.

Costco Review: Trophy Milk Chocolate Covered Peanuts (Nutrition Facts)

Now, please bear in mind that the values listed here are for one portion, as determined by the good people at Trophy Food so as to make sure we buy their product. One portion is apparently 50 grams, or a quarter cup. It ain’t happening, at least not in my house. I wish these portions were realistic, such as ’15 handfuls’ or ‘half the container’, but that’s neither here not there.

For every 50 grams of sweet chocolatey goodness, you’ll find 7 grams of saturated fat, yikes, and 20 grams of sugar, or 20% of your recommended daily dose. You’ll also get some non-negligible Iron, Potassium and Calcium, probably from the milk in the chocolate, but no one cares about that.

My point is, don’t eat too much in one sitting, those aren’t good for you. But you know that.

Trophy Foods Milk Chocolate Peanuts : Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll find in terms of ingredients:

  • Milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, unsweetened chocolate, milk ingredients, soy lecithin, natural flavour)
  • Peanuts
  • Gum arabic
  • Sugars (glucose solids, maltodextrin)
  • Confectioner’s shellac

Hmmmm. Shellac. Besides that, nothing weird or unpronounceable, so that’s a good thing. Eat up.

Trophy Foods Milk Chocolate Peanuts : In Conclusion

Trophy Food’s Milk Chocolate Covered Peanuts are a great snack to offer guests – if we had any – or to just eat absent-mindedly as you’re watching TV. If you’re going with the later, and I bet you are, make sure not to bring the whole bucket with you, as you’ll very easily over-indulge. Bring a normal portion in a little bowl and go with that, you’ll thank me.

A word of caution: I recommend keeping these in the fridge, as the chocolate gets melty pretty fast; this is not the kind of snack to hold in your hand, or to drop on the fabric couch and then sit on. If you do, you’ll soon be looking for a pet to blame. You know what I mean.

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Costco Review: Kirkland Signature Beef Chili

With that whole lockdown thing that’s been happening all over the world, a lot of people have taken to cooking more and more. This is awesome, and healthy – usually – however there comes a point when the only thing you want is to not be hungry. Meal planning is annoying, and feeling like you’re always cooking, even more so. In these cases, and like a lot of people, I’ve been relying on Costco to provide me with tasty, relatively healthy ready to eat meals. One of my new discoveries is the Kirkland Signature Beef Chili.

Kirkland Signature Beef Chili

As you can see by the packing, this is a product that is packaged at the local level, although I’m pretty certain that they receive this from somewhere and simply put the finishing touches in the actual local warehouse; this is fine, as long as the product is good.

Kirkland Signature Beef Chili: Good Value, or Not?

In terms of value, this Beef Chili is pretty hard to beat; it costs $9.99 per kilogram, or $4.53 a pound, in Canadian dollars, and is packaged in containers of roughly 1.4 kilos. In my situation, the package I got was $14.03, and there was a $4 instant rebate at the cash, so it cost me only $10.03 for 1.4 kilograms of chili! Even without the rebate, this is a good deal.

Now I know that people take their Chili seriously, as do I, to a certain point, but I’m no stickler to “The Rules”. As long as it’s good, it’s good. This Beef Chili contains beans and corn, and tomatoes, which I’m certain will outrage a segment of the chili-loving population, but I’m not here to judge.

Kirkland Signature Beef Chili (detail)

Costco’s Kirkland Signature Beef Chili is a tasty treat, and a fantastic quick easy meal for the whole family, which is all I can ask of it; the taste is middle of the road. It’s spicy, but not too much; my five-year-old daughter has no problem eating it, and she’s usually very picky when it comes to spicy food.

Kirkland Signature Beef Chili Ingredients

I’m not going to list all the ingredients, as this would be too long. Let’s just say that besides regular additives that you’ll find in other ready-to-eat meals, there is nothing weird or unpronounceable. Costco doesn’t provide a Nutrition Facts chart for this product. I’m sure it’s available online; what you can be sure of is that this beef chili is both salty and fatty, not in a bad way, but hey, it’s prepared chili, what do you expect.

Now, I don’t get this product every week, but once a month or is just fine for this delicious beef Chili; the kids love it, as do we, it’s quick to make – just reheat on the stove, add spices if you’d like – and it’s inexpensive. One whole other meal that I don’t have to fret about!

Costco’s Beef Chili: In Conclusion

The Kirkland Signature Beef Chili is a new product, at least at my Costco; if your Costco carries it, make sure you give it a try, and keep buying it once in a while if you want it to stay. If it doesn’t sell well enough, they’ll replace it with something that will, and at least in the winter, I love having my Chili, so I do my part!

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Costco Review: Jack Link’s Teriyaki Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is one of those things that when I was younger, I could rarely convince myself to purchase; it’s very salty, I’m going to eat the whole bag in one sitting, and it’s pretty expensive. Thankfully, I now make more money, and I can buy the jerky at Costco, so I can indulge in one of my favorite things ever; it’s still very salty, though. This week I purchased the Jack Link’s Teriyaki Beef Jerky from Costco.

Costco: Jack Links Teriyaki Beef Jerky

I bought the Jack Link’s Teriyaki Beef Jerky at my local Costco; the Costco item number is 1256995, and the cost is $12.99 Canadian dollars for a 300 gram bag. We are helpfully informed by the Nutrition Fact sheet that the serving size is 30 grams, or about 2 pieces, which brings the actual cost per serving to $1.30 or so, which is not cheap, but beef jerky is never inexpensive.

Beef jerky is mainly a North American food staple, and is widely available in convenience stores, supermarkets and gas stations, but it is gaining popularity in other parts of the world, mainly Australia, New Zealand and Germany. People with good taste, clearly!

Costco: Jack Links Teriyaki Beef Jerky Nutrition Facts

Jack Link’s Teriyaki Beef Jerky Nutrition Facts

Now, to the elephant in the room. When it comes to nutrition, beef jerky in general, and Jack Link’s Teriyaki Beef Jerky in particular, are both very good and very bad, simultaneously.

The very bad part, let’s get this out of the way, is the fact that it is extremely salty; this is unavoidable, as beef jerky relies on salt content to halt bacterial growth and remain unspoiled sometimes for months without refrigeration.

The very good news are more numerous; Jack Link’s Teriyaki Beef Jerky is a low-calorie, low-fat, high protein snack option, with low sugar to boot, despite the sweet teriyaki marinade.

Each serving contains 80 calories, a paltry 1.5 grams of fat, 11 grams of proteins and 6 grams of sugar. You can also find 25 milligrams of cholesterol and 6% of your daily iron requirement.

Because this jerky is so tasty, it’s easy to go overboard and eat a whole bunch, and with 24% of your daily salt requirement in a single serving, you can reach over 100%, or 200% very easily and without finishing the bag. Eating too much salt in such a concentrated fashion feels very weird and is quite uncomfortable, so avoid it if you can.

Jack Link’s Teriyaki Beef Jerky Ingredients

Here we see again that Costco cares, at some level, to bring us non-garbage products. Besides a whole bunch of salt, you won’t find any strange products, or unpronounceable food additives.

  • Beef
  • Brown sugar
  • Water
  • Soy sauce powder (water, wheat, soybeans, salt)
  • Sea salt
  • Salt
  • Flavors
  • Dried beef stock
  • Cultured celery extract, spices, pineapple powder, smoke

As you can see, there’s a whole bunch of salt and salty stuff in there, but as I said before, that’s unavoidable if you want to have actual jerky.

Where’s the beef? Here’s the beef! Jack Link’s Beef Jerky!

Costco: Jack Links Teriyaki Beef Jerky (detail)

When it comes to taste, flavor and texture, Jack Link’s Teriyaki Beef Jerky is everything you would expect, and more. The typical piece seems to be roughly as pictured above, about 3cm by 6-10 cm, about 3mm thick, or 1 inch by 2 inches, 3/16th think. More or less.

The taste is very Teriyaki, both sweet and salty at the same time, and once you swallow, the smoky aftertaste is quite pronounced, which is a good thing! The texture is fibrous, as is expected, but not too much. It’s easy to take a small bite, for example and cut it with your teeth without fighting or getting anything stuck in your teeth.

I am happy to recommend Jack Link’s Teriyaki to anyone looking for a healthy, low-fat treat that is also extremely tasty and fun to eat. I bought mine at Costco, but this is a popular product, and I’m sure you can find it in many places. It’s made in the USA, too, so you can buy with confidence!

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Costco Review: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank

With everything that is going on in the world right now, people are definitely staying more at home, and cooking more, but that gets old sometimes. Several times a week I feel like I couldn’t be bothered to cook, and I wish I could just not be hungry. That’s pretty grim, I know, and thankfully there are some tasty alternatives out there.

Costco seems to have figured this out, and there are more ready-to-eat meals than ever available. I picked up this new thing just a few days ago, and tried it last night: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank.

Costco: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank

I got this gorgeous new thing at my local Costco for only $19.99, Canadian dollars, no taxes. Basically for 20 bucks you get two pork shanks, about 700 grams each. The box helpfully proclaims that ‘one shank is ideal for 2 people’ so I made the whole thing, since there are 4 of us. I made this with mashed potatoes and asparagus on the side, and there was some left over at the end.

Each shank is vacuum-sealed in its own bag, so you can chose to make only one if you want.

Costco: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank

These come already fully cooked; you only need to heat them up, which I did in the oven. The box claims that 18 minutes at 350 degrees, uncovered, will do the trick, but I left it in there for 20 minutes, covered and it still wasn’t warm enough to my liking. The next time I make these, I will boil them in the bag, which is another cooking option, as is the microwave, but I don’t do that (I don’t even own a microwave).

Costco: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank

Now, the Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shanks don’t look huge, but I assure you that there is plenty of meat on there to satisfy even the more voracious appetites. There’s also plenty of bone, but those are pork shanks; this is to be expected and not a surprise. I just wish I could easily slurp up the marrow!

Costco: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank

Now on to the most important stuff: appearance, taste and texture! I’ll let you judge the appearance for yourself. This is not meant to be fancy food, but that being said, nicely presented, the shanks look good, the color is good and you can see herbs and spices and the surface if you look at the previous picture.

As to taste and texture, this is where this product really shines! The meat is fall-of-bone delicious, and would have been even more so if I’d boiled the packages instead of opening and roasting them. Lesson learned. That being said, the meat was very easy to separate from the bone, and besides the actual bones, there is very little waste in terms of cartilage, tendons, fat, et cetera.

The taste was subtle and pleasant, not overpowering, just… delightful. One thing that must be said, however, was that this is an extremely salty dish.

Costco: Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank Nutrition Facts

As you can see with the Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank nutrition facts sheet, there is a stunning 35% of the daily recommended sodium in just 100 grams of this delicious stuff. That’s a lot, and if you eat half a shank, then you’ve definitely had at least 2 servings. I’m guessing the bone probably weighs around 250 grams, leaving a total of 5 servings per shank.

When it comes to the rest, these are actually not bad for a prepared meal. You get 11% of your daily fat, 15% of daily trans Fat, 26 grams of proteins and non-negligible amounts of Potassium and Iron. Oh yeah, and 80mg of Cholesterol.

Honestly, nobody buys products like this and expects something truly healthy; I’m happy when it’s not actually bad, and when I recognize all the ingredients without investing years of my life in a PhD in Chemistry.

Speaking of which, here are the ingredients that go into these delicious Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shanks. It’s a blessedly short list:

  • Pork
  • Salt
  • Sugar (Dextrose)
  • Marsala wine
  • Natural flavoring
  • Spices

There is nothing weird or unpronounceable here, no unholy conservation agents or anything of the sort, so these roasted pork shanks go even higher on my list.

There is just one negative point, and its a personal one, but it’ll give you something to think about: my wife couldn’t finish her plate, as she claimed the meat was too salty. As I said, a personal point, she’s sensitive to excess salt but usually not to that extent, and has been known to polish off a bag of chips in one sitting, so make of it what you will.

In conclusion, the Fratelli Beretta Roasted Pork Shank, available at Costco for $19.99 Canadian dollars, are a fantastic deal for a quick weekday meal, and presented properly, could be offered to guests. The meat is tender, juicy and tasty, and the value proposition spectacular. Just mind the salt.

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Costco Review: D’Amico Spicy Eggplant Strips

Now, I’m a guy that likes to eat just about anything. The sole exception to that are eggplants and everything in that category of vegetables, such as squash, pumpkin, et cetera. Of course, it’s only so that when people ask me what I don’t like, I have something to say, because I actually don’t mind eggplants, if they’re prepared properly.

Strangely enough, people in general will not believe you when you say you like – or even love – everything. But with every rule come the exceptions, and for me, those are Spicy Marinated Eggplant Strips. Costco has been out of this product for years, but I’m happy to report that they are making a comeback! I bought the D’Amico Spicy Eggplant Strips from Costco yesterday, and what a deal!

Costco D'Amico Spicy Eggplant Strips in Seasoned Oil Product Review

Because I was in so much of a rush to taste these things – years, I’ve been waiting! – I actually ripped off the packaging as soon as I got home, so you don’t see that there is supposed to be 2 jars in the same heat-shrunk package. For the price of $9.99 – no taxes in Canada – you get 2 jars liked the one pictured above, a total of 2 liters of eggplant goodness. This comes out to about 50 cents per 100 grams, which is a fantastic deal. 100 grams of spicy eggplant strips is a lot to put on a sandwich, or even several sandwiches.

Costco D'Amico Spicy Eggplant Strips in Seasoned Oil Product Review

D’Amico Spicy Eggplant Strips Ingredients

Here are the ingredients that go into those delicious eggplant strips, in order of appearance:

  • Eggplants
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Peppers
  • Wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Herbs, Hot chili peppers, Flavors (my favorite), Citric acid, Ascorbic acid

The good news here is that there is really nothing wrong with this list, nothing bad or anything. Of course when you drill down to the nutritional information and facts, this can change a little bit.

Costco D'Amico Spicy Eggplant Strips in Seasoned Oil Nutrition Facts


As you cann see from the image here, these eggplant strips are actually food for you, at first glance. No sugar, very little fat, and only some ‘excessive’ salt to throw a wrench in the whole affair.

We are also told that there are but 30 calories per 30 gram serving. Interestingly, we are also told elsewhere on the package, that these must be eaten ‘drained’.

An interesting theory, for sure, but it’s a bit rich to assume that I’m not eating those straight out of the jar. Which I am. If they are not drained, I can certainly assure you that there are way more calories than 30 per serving, and way more fat than the beautifully low numbers listed above.

That being said, I don’t really care. The oil is nice and spicy, and gives a velvety smooth texture to the natural springiness of the eggplants. I don’t mind the extra calories, no matter how many. This stuff is awesome.

In Conclusion: D’Amico Spicy Eggplant Strips from Costco

These eggplants are fantastic to add in pasta, or simply on a nice sandwich. The texture is just springy enough, the oil makes it velvety-smooth, even if you drain then, and they are just spicy enough, won’t burn your mouth but they’ll give a nice little kick to whatever you’re having. Despite their 12% of salt per serving, they don’t taste too salty and won’t overpower anything, but bring out the best in whatever you’re serving them with. At only $9.99 Canadian dollars for 2 jars, or $5 a jar, you can’t really go wrong. They are made in Italy by D’Amico and contain wholesome ingredients, although this is not certified organic or vegan. According to this recipe, you can make your own, but that seems like a process, especially if these are so affordable with your Costco membership.

What do you put these guys on? Let me know in the comments, and please share recipe ideas. I’ve got 2 jars of this stuff to go through!

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Costco David Roberts Sweet and Salty Perfect Mix Product Review

In my continuing series of reviews of Costco snacks, I would like to bring to your attention this little gem, the David Roberts Sweet & Spicy “The Perfect Mix”, which is a delicious blend of sweet butter candy coated nuts with spicy Cajun corn sticks. I really enjoy this product for several reasons, which I will detail below.

Costco David Roberts Sweet and Spicy Perfect Mix Snack

As I usually do, I will first examine the price point. After all, I bought this product at Costco, so I would assume, nay, demand to get excellent value, and in this case, my favorite membership-only club store doesn’t disappoint. The David Robert Sweet & Spice “Perfect Mix” is available for a paltry $7.99 (Canadian dollars) for a whole kilogram – that’s 2.2 pounds.

David Roberts Sweet & Spicy Perfect Mix Nutrition Facts

Costco David Roberts Sweet and Spicy Perfect Mix Snack Nutrition Facts

As the Nutrition Facts sheet so helpfully informs us, a serving is 50 grams, or half a cup, so there are 20 servings in the container, for a price per serving of a mere $0.40 – forty pennies. That’s a whole lot of taste for not a lot of money, so you can keep offering, treating your guests like kings while spending like a pauper.

That is, if kings like their snacks to be extremely salty and extremely sweet at the same time, as well as spicy.

While we’re on the subject of nutrition facts, let’s get a ‘fact’ straight. These are not very good for you. Not terrible, per se, if you stick to the serving size, but you probably won’t because they are very tasty.

In 50 grams, which I guarantee you can inhale comfortably in 30 seconds or less, you’ll get 260 calories, 15 grams of fat (10% of your daily saturated fat allowance), 12 grams of sugar, and 300 mg of sodium. These are not terrible numbers, but remember, you won’t be eating only ONE serving. I dare you.

On the plus side, you get 7 grams of proteins and 600 mg of potassium, which is actually not bad, but I bet you’re not buying this for the potassium.

David Roberts Sweet & Spicy Perfect Mix Ingredients

David Roberts Sweet & Spicy Perfect Mix Ingredients

Now, normally this is the place where I list all the ingredients, and comment on whether there’s anything in here that looks nasty or unpronounceable. For the Sweet & Spicy Mix, I will instead grace you with a picture of this wall of text, which you can peruse at your leisure, because I certainly won’t.

There are of course, a few allergens: Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Sesame, Soy and Gluten. I’m pretty sure we were all expecting those.

There are as well some timeless classics, such as monosodium glutamate, glucose, dextrose, maltodextrin, silicon dioxide, thiamine mononitrate, and a whole bunch of other things.

The bottom line, when it comes to ingredients, is to simply accept that there may be some chemicals in there – and really, it’s not that bad – but the whole thing is delicious, sweet and pleasantly crunchy, so you just go with the flow and eat half the bucket in one sitting. That’s what I do.

David Roberts Sweet & Spicy Perfect Mix: The Verdict

Ever since I discovered these, I make a point of always having some at home. They’re great for all occasions, but specifically for wolfing down while sitting in from of the TV, maybe with a side of M&Ms, also from Costco.

Joking aside, I’ve nothing negative to say about The Perfect Mix besides what I’ve already said. They don’t call it “Perfect” by accident. The mix ratio is perfect, there are a LOT of sugar-coated peanuts, or pralines, and all the components are crunchy just the way they have to be to complement each other.

David Roberts Sweet & Spicy Perfect Mix

David Roberts Sweet & Spicy “The Perfect Mix” is a worthy addition to your pantry, and to Costco’s snack offerings. At only 40 cents per serving ($7.99 per container) it’s very affordable, and it tastes exactly the way that you think it should. Don’t get too hung up on the nutritional value and you’ll be fine! The good people from the Moon Cheese company should take notes here.

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Costco: Original OREO Cookie Family Size Review

Costco sometimes take a chance on new things, and this is one of the things I love about them, you never what crazy new thing you’re going to find! That being said, there’s something to be said for classics, and it doesn’t get more classic than delicious Oreo Cookies!

You can now purchase Oreo cookies at Costco, in the shape of the Original Oreo Family Size, for the cost of $12.99 CDN.

Costco Original Oreo cookies Family Size

You already know that the cookies are delicious and excellent, but let me draw your attention to something else that is excellent, although not as delicious: the packaging.

The box of Original Oreo cookies, family size, weighs 2 kilograms, and is broken up in 4 individually sealed trays of 500 grams each, maximizing freshness and minimizing the risks of bingeing the whole box.

Costco Original Oreo cookies Family Size (inside)

The box is also quite sturdy and of a convenient size, so it’ll be useful to ship something that I sell on eBay. I do try to reuse and recycle when I can, although I don’t go crazy with it.

Costco Original Oreo cookies Family Size (single tray)

Back to the Oreos. Each tray contains 3 rows of cookies 15 cookies each, for a total of 45 Oreo cookies per tray, and 180 cookies for the whole box. That’s a lot of Oreos. I’m having one right now.

Costco Original Oreo cookies Family Size (Nutrition Facts)

Now according to the Nutrition Facts, each serving consists of a measly 2 cookies. That means that there are a stunning 90 servings per box, at a cost of 14.43 pennies per serving, or 7.2 pennies per cookie.

That is not expensive! It’s definitely much cheaper than anywhere else; just a quick search tells me that the same Oreo cookies, at Walmart, are about 9 cents each. Sure, that doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s definitely cheaper at Costco. It always is, and that’s not even counting the 2% Cashback you get when you avail yourself of the Executive Membership, which, if you’re reading this, you definitely should have.

Original Oreo Cookies Nutrition Facts

Now, I don’t even know why I’m writing this. Thoroughness, I guess. Oreo cookies are not good for you, even if you buy them at Costco. When you like at the nutrition facts, see above, you’ll think, of yeah, they’re not that bad, and you’ll be right, but then you’ll remember that this is the values for TWO COOKIES, not 20 of them, and you’ll re-evaluate your verdict. Each single cookie contains 55 calories, 4.5 grams of sugar, 3.5% of your daily fat intake and 37.5 milligrams of salt, of all things.

Let’s just accept that Oreo cookies are delicious, a staple of our childhood – and adulthood – and that even though they are pretty bad, it’s just something that we deal with.

Original Oreo Cookies Ingredients

Here’s what goes into those cookies we love so much:

  • Wheat Flour
  • Sugar
  • Modified Palm Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Cocoa
  • Glucose-Fructose
  • Wheat and/or Corn starch
  • Salt
  • Soy Lecithin, Baking Soda, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Unsweetened Chocolate, Artificial Flavor

Since they go all-out and print in on the box, the Oreo people must be pretty proud of the ‘real cocoa’ thing, but maybe they should cool it on the ‘modified palm oil’ and find something else to put in there that’s not so damaging to both our health and the environment. I’m no tree-hugging hippy, but there are limits, and palm oil is definitely past the line.

In conclusion, if you’re going to be buying Oreo cookies, and you will, consider doing so at Costco. This is where you will get the most cookies for your money. At only $12.99 for 180 Oreo cookies, the 2 kilogram Original Oreo Family Size available only at Costco is the best deal in town!

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Werther’s Original Caramel Popcorn: Costco Snack Review

We all love Werther’s Original candy; for some reason, it reminds me of a candy dish at my Grandma’s house when I was a kid. I’m certain there’s about a billion dollar’s worth of marketing that guarantees that’s what Werther’s Original reminds me of, but that’s neither here nor there. One thing is for sure: Werther’s Original candies are sweet, buttery and delicious, and Werther’s Original Caramel Popcorn is just about the same.

Werther's Original Caramel Popcorn

Just look at these perfectly popped kernels! Don’t they look scrumptious? Full disclaimer: they are and I ate the whole bag.

Werther's Original Caramel Popcorn

I was not sure what I was getting into when I found these at my local Costco. I figured, I might as well give them a shot, “for research”. The bag of Werther’s Original Caramel Popcorn costs $7.99 (Canadian dollars) and contains 624 grams of sweet, sweet popcorn. There are no duds in here, all the kernels are perfectly coated with caramel. They are heavy with syrup yet yield pleasantly to the tooth, and are easy to chew by the handful.

Werther's Original Caramel Popcorn Nutrition Facts

Each serving of Caramel Popcorn contains 230 calories, 24% of your Trans Fat for the day as well as 25% of your sugar, or 25 grams. Just to be on the safe side, you’ll also get 11% of your sodium.

That’s not so bad, isn’t it. Well, the serving size is a measly 50 grams, or a cup and a quarter. I DARE YOU to eat just a cup. You can’t, as it’s too good. I guess this particular snack will be reserved for cheat days!

As with many excellent snacks, it’s important to look at the value you are getting; Costco is known for offering excellent value, and it’s generally true, so what about this Caramel Popcorn, courtesy of Werther’s Original? Well, each bag contains roughly 12.5 servings, so the cost comes down to 64 cents per serving, plus taxes, which is perfectly acceptable.

This is especially true considering that notwithstanding what I said before, you will not be able to eat the whole bag in one sitting, it’s just too sweet.

Werther’s Original Caramel Popcorn Ingredients

  • Sugars (sugar, glucose syrup, cane sugar)
  • Popcorn
  • Butter fat
  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Condensed Whey
  • Butter, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor

As you can attest, there is nothing weird here, no unpronounceable ingredients or anything unexpected. This delicious popcorn is made in Germany by August Storck KG, a German candy company, home to a whole host of candies and other sweet things I’ve never heard about. But I’m open to finding out!

In conclusion, Werther’s Original Classic Popcorn, which is named after the small town of Werther, Westphalia, is a great if pretty unhealthy snacking option. At only $0.64 cents per serving, it’s hard to go wrong, and it makes the kids and the dentist happy. If you’ve enjoyed my review of this awesome snack, please make sure to check out my other reviews, right here!

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Costco Product Reviews

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites: Costco Product Review

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites: $9.99 at Costco, 163 grams, $6.12/100g, 11g of carbs per 50g serving, sea salt, Vitamin C and K, Gluten-free, Vegan Certified and oh-so-good!

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the things I love most about Costco is their willingness to try new things. Sometimes is doesn’t pan out, and the product is quickly removed from the floor, never to be seen again, and sometimes they hit the bull’s eye, as they have with Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites, seasoned with sea salt.

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites

Before I get started on why I love Rhythm’s Organic Cauliflower Bites, let me tell you the one reason I don’t: the price. While I bought them on special, $2 off, the $9.99 regular price is just ridiculous for what amounts to a few handfuls of fried cauliflower. A $5 price point for this quantity of product would be a lot more reasonable, and honestly, just more fair. Based on the nutritional information fact sheet, there are just over 3 servings of 50 grams each per bag, so that’s $3.06 per serving.

This is not caviar. It’s cauliflower. It’s cheap, even if it’s organic, so drop that price and I’ll buy a lot.

Now, after this bummer of an opening, let me tell you the reasons why I LOVE this awesome organic snack from Costco!

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites Nutrition Facts

The first thing would be this: for once, I can buy a nice, crunchy snack that is more or less healthy.

I’m not saying it’s perfect: there’s quite a bit of salt in there, 240 mg per serving, which amounts to 10% of your daily requirement.

Moreover, the fat content isn’t great, but that being said, most of the fat is in the form of monounsaturated fat, for 9 grams per portion. There’s also quite a bit of fiber – 14% of you daily requirement -and no cholesterol.

Since the cauliflower is cooked – or fried, rather- at low temperatures, it retains much of what is good about it, namely a stunning amount of Vitamin C, 82%, 24% of your vitamin K, as well as non-trace amounts of potassium, calcium and Iron. There is no cholesterol, and no sugar or proteins to speak of. As far as calories are concerned, this is where the ‘fried’ really kicks in, as there are 170 calories per 50 grams serving.

This is all well and good, unsurprisingly the Organic Cauliflower Bites are not bad for you, but how do they taste?

One word : AWESOME!

The texture is very satisfactorily crunchy, as in crumble-in-your-mouth crunch, dry but not arid. The bigger pieces are especially delicious in terms of texture. Unfortunately, the Cauliflower Bites are so dry that they tend to crumble by themselves in the bag, so you’ll be lucky if you have more than 15-20 bigger pieces in a bag, the rest is crumbs, still crunchy and delicious but smaller than 0.5 cm in diameter. I’ll update with some pictures when I buy more, I ate the whole bag…

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites

There is no doubt that these are cauliflower bites; they taste like cauliflower, in a most pleasant way. The taste is not overpowering, but it’s there; some of the pieces, towards the bottom of the bag, will be saltier but even then that’s not bad, you never get a bite that you will feel is just too salty.

Rhythm’s Sea-Salt Seasoned Cauliflower Bites Ingredients

This is where this product really shines; no unpronounceable ingredients, nothing weird or unhealthy:

  • Organic Cauliflower
  • Organic high oleic sunflower and/or safflower oil
  • Sea salt
  • Sugar (organic maltodextrin)

This product is certified organic by the aptly name Organic Certifiers, certified Vegan, and certified Gluten Free. It is also USDA Organic and NON-GMO Verified. It is made in Mexico for Rhythm Superfoods, a company based in Austin, Texas.

Sea-Salt Organic Cauliflower Bites : In Conclusion

There’s no avoiding this : these bite-sized, crunchy cauliflower bites are absolutely delicious; crumbly, but not too much, salty, but not overpowering, taste like the original vegetable without making you feel like a rabit for eating it, and to top it off, just about healthy in every way.

The only thing that is a negative, and it’s a big one, is the price. At more than $3 per 50-gram serving, this is just too much. If Costco can use its purchasing power to get us a lower price, then this will go in my weekly basket; this is something that is delicious, fun to eat, fun to give, offer and make your friends discover.

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Costco Deli Chicken Wings in Actifry Air fryer

Costco Deli Chicken Wings (not from food court!) cooked in Tefal Actifry, about 25-30 minutes, tender and juicy, much less salt and grease

The Costco deli chicken wings are always a favorite at my house; they are delicious, affordable and easy to make. You just stick them in the oven for about 20 minutes, and you’re good to go!

Just one small problem: like all chicken wings, they are incredibly fatty, as the foil on which they cook will attest, and more specifically to Costco, they are spectacularly salty! The salt content is not rated, but trust me: if the batch is not properly mixed by the employees, you will find some wings with clumps of seasoning, and they will be downright inedible.

(side note: just now, as I write this, I have completed my bag of Moon Cheese I reviewed a few days ago; as I thought, I will not be buying it anymore)

As I was given a Tefal Actifry air fryer recently, I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to try something new. The deli manager at my local Costco told me he’d never tried it, that I might lose some seasoning, but that it should work.

Boy, did it ever!

Costco Deli Chicken Wings in Tefal Actifry

This took about 25-30 minutes, a bit longer than the oven, but it was well worth it. Much of the seasoning did end up in the bottom, soaking up the grease, but it would not have been possible to tell; the wings were just as flavorful and delicious as usual, although they did seem a little bit dryer, probably due to the fact that all the grease that I normally would have eaten was at the bottom of the Actifry.

Costco Deli Chicken Wings in Tefal Actifry  (Residue)

I cooked about 2/3rds of the package, so about 1.5 kilograms; in retrospect this is way too much for the Actifry, but I didn’t know, I just got it. Cut me some slack, okay?

Joking aside, check out the picture above; all that salt and grease I normally would have eaten. It’s absolutely wonderful that I can cook these awesome and tasty chicken wings from Costco while not ingesting all that sludge! And seriously, the taste is just about the same.

Costco Deli Chicken Wings in Tefal Actifry  (close-up)

Check out this crunchy, tender and delicious Costco chicken wing! Compared to the version cooked in the oven, it looks downright healthy! True enough, there are patches where this no more seasoning or batter, but honestly, this makes no difference except visually.

On a grosser note, since I overloaded the Actifry, some of the wings got roughed up and lost their skin, which ended up in the bottom rolling around with the seasoning and grease. I mistakenly bit down on one such morsel, and I won’t do it again.

In conclusion the Tefal Actifry is perfect for cooking Costco deli chicken wings; it’s fast, doesn’t make a mess and most importantly, it removes much of the excess salt and fat, which conveniently clump at the bottom of the non-stick surface, ready to be disposed of in the garbage. The wings come out juicy and tender, with the just the right amount of crunch.

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We’re talking here about the Costco chicken wings that are sold raw, to be cooked at home. If you’re looking for the food court chicken wings, make sure to read Lord of The Wings Costco food court chicken wings review, after you’ve read my stuff!