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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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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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Cheddar Moon Cheese Bites : Costco Product Review

Moon Cheese Cheddar Crunchy Snack from Costco : 283 grams per bag, $12.79 per bag, Costco item number 1395182; Gluten free, 18 grams of proteins per serving; definitely an acquired taste

One of the best things about shopping at Costco is that they are not afraid to bring in new things; who knows, they may discover something entirely new and make lots of sales! In this case, I’m not sure we’ve got a winner. I’m talking here about the Moon Cheese Cheddar Crunchy Bites of Golden Delight, which I got at my local Costco.

Moon Cheese Cheddar

Before we get into the details, let me give you my first impression; the Moon Cheese bites from Costco are very crunchy and quite salty; they will also leave a film of greasy matter on your fingers, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The problem is that snack really tastes of dried cheese; for me, that’s okay, but then again, I’ll eat pretty much anything. I find that the taste becomes really cool if I stuff a whole bunch in my mouth, but I find it difficult to appreciate if I only eat one at a time.

The thing is that out of 4 people in my family, only one of them – me – likes them. My wife said that they taste like the bottom of a box of Cheez-It, the stale taste is heavily implied although she didn’t say so, probably out of politeness.

My 8-year-old son ate a single one, made a face and said that it tasted like a failed Cheetos – his words, and my daughter, all of 5 years old, said that it tasted like cheese and nuts and would not have another. Now I’m not saying my kids have the last word on all things snack-related, but it does give me a clue where this is going.

Cheddar Moon Cheese Bites Nutrition Facts

In terms of nutrition, how do I put this … there is none. Except if you have a several calcium deficiency, or perhaps you lack saturated fats or sodium in your diet.

Seriously. For 50 grams of these things, or 2/3rd of a cup, you’ll get a whopping 87% of your saturated fats, 28% of your sodium, 18 grams of protein and 600 mg of Calcium, which is good for 46% of your daily requirement, based on a 2,000 calories a day diet. Of yeah, and that two thirds of a cup of dried cheese is worth 310 calories. Think how long you’ll have to be on the Stair-Master . Answer: almost as long as it’ll take to get rid of that cheese-breath. A long time. Long.

Quite frankly, there is not much good to say here. The positives are the calcium, the proteins and the lack of carbohydrates and sugar. That being said, the ingredients list is honest and devoid of creepy, unpronounceable chemicals. Here is the list:

  • Cheddar cheese (pasteurized milk, salt, bacterial culture, annatto, microbial enzyme)

This cheese product is made in the USA, so there’s that going for it, at least it’s not Chinese, although I would be curious to know what type of cheddar they use, and if the milk used to produce it is full of antibiotics.

Here’s a close look at a piece of Moon Cheese; I must admit that the resemblance to moon rocks is quite striking, at least in my imagination. I understand why they rolled with the name.

Cheddar Moon Cheese close-up

Each and every piece of Moon Cheese looks like this, and this is a pretty representative piece in terms of size. Every Moon Cheese ‘rock’ or Bite is about 2 centimetres in length and pockmarked with Moon-inspired “craters”.

Here’s the problem, as I see it. Many people will enjoy this, but many more will not, and at $12.79 for a tiny 283 grams bag, this is a pretty expensive snack to eat mindlessly while watching TV. I like the Shiitake Mushroom Crisps a lot more.

While I enjoy these Cheddar Moon Cheese Bites, or “Crunchy Bites of Golden Delight”, no one else in my family remotely does, so I won’t be buying them again, unless they are seriously discounted. Moreover, even if you’re not shocked by the distressing nutrition facts, there are more enjoyable ways to ingest 310 calories of cheese. For example, by eating actual cheese.

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Update 2020/11/18: Seems like Cheddar Moon Cheese Bites is on the way out at Costco, at least in my area. I bought a bag – I know, why? – for $8.97, if you’re familiar with Costco prices you’ll know that this is a liquidation price, and the product is unlikely to return in its current form. Maybe it’ll just change packaging, size or price, and in this case hopefully all three.

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Crystal Margarine : Costco Product Review

Crystal Margarine from Costco: 1.7 kilograms, $5.99 (Regular Price); Lactose-free, Vegan, No Trans fat, Contains Omega-3 fatty acids, tastes great

It’s fun to write new and exciting products, but sometimes one must pay homage to the true heroes of the kitchen, those whose praise are rarely if ever sung, but without whose existence cooking would be an unpleasant, tasteless chore. Today, I am happy to pay my dues to the humble margarine, specifically the Crystal Margarine, which I’ve been purchasing at my local Costco for many years.

Crystal Margarine from Costco
Crystal Margarine from Costco

Margarine has been a staple of our household forever; I remember as a kid having it on toast, and to this day a toasted English muffin is not the same without margarine. Of course you can forget making Kraft Dinner without this oily, delicious staple. It even goes great with the Pretzel Crisps Crackers!

I’ll get ahead of all the margarine haters right now: I know its made from oil, and I know that it doesn’t replace butter. Even though it may look similar, and in many cases has similar uses, it is not the same; different ingredients, different uses, different taste.

Margarine, or oleo for the crossword lovers out there, has a long and contentious history in my home province of Quebec. Quebec, you see, is home to a large and powerful cartel of dairy farmers, who through lobbying imposed ridiculously draconian laws and regulation on margarine, as they were afraid people would stop buying butter. For many years, margarine could not be yellow, just plain white. For some time it came with a separate little capsule of yellow dye, which you could mix in with the margarine and thus skirt these lobby-imposed regulation.

Thankfully, for the last 20-25 years, margarine has broken free and can now be whatever color it chooses. It’s still pretty whitish.

Crystal Margarine Nutrition Facts
Crystal Margarine Nutrition Facts

Now, to the crux of the matter, the awesome Crystal Margarine that I purchase at Costco. It costs $5.99, Canadian dollars for 1.7 kilograms or 3.75 pounds, but it is often on special, when you can get the same for as little as $3.99. I usually buy a couple in those cases. It’s a product that is almost always in stock, except in exceptional circumstances – more on that later. If you need it, the Costco item number is 1316819.

Crystal Margarine is non-hydrogenated, vegan, lactose-free and contains absolutely no Trans fat. It’s also a great source of polyunsaturated Omega-3.

For those that are interested by this, it’s also kosher, and made from 91% Canola oil and 9% vegetable oil. Here’s the ingredients breakdown:

  • Canola Oil
  • Water
  • Modified Palm and Palm Kernel Oil
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Natural Flavor, Annatto, Turmeric, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2

Like most reasonable people I’m no big fan of palm oil in any form, so I wish that is something that could be addressed by the company, and that this damaging ingredient could be removed. In the meantime, there’s not too much of it, so I’m willing to give them a chance to fix it.

Crystal Margarine is made in Canada by Richardson Oilseed Limited of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and its absolutely great to be able to encourage a local product, such as it is. Not everything has to come from China, and Canada is a major producer, if not THE major producer of Canola, so let’s get to it already. Crystal Margarine is actually made even closer to home, in Oakville, Ontario.

One of the great things about Crystal Margarine is the reusable Tupperware-style container it comes in; it’s clearly designed to be saved and reused, and is it ever. In fact, one of the only times Crystal Margarine was out of stock at Costco was when they switched containers and packaging, causing great distress in Tupperware closets all over Canada, as the old and the new do not stack neatly together; still, its a small price to pay, as for $5.99 you get 1.7 kilograms of delicious margarine, and a container that you can use for lunches and leftovers for years. This is not a cheap container, as good as any brand-name.

Just like rice, flower, pasta or butter, Crystal Margarine is a product that I make sure never to run out of. It’s delicious, affordable, relatively healthy and has a variety of uses around the kitchen. Don’t forget about the container. Never forget about the container.

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DJ&A Shiitake Mushroom Crisps : Costco Product Review

DJ&A Shiitake Mushroom Crisps from Costco : 300 grams per bag, $9.99 (Regular price), lots of fiber, quite salty and greasy, crunchy and delicious, made in Australia

I have not written on this site for a long time, but I thought that I would start again by writing a review of one of my favorite products at Costco, one that I simply cannot avoid purchasing when I’m there – which is often.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you DJ&A Shiitake Mushroom Crisps!

DJ&A Shiitake Mushroom Crisps

So what are those, exactly? This is a question you’d better get used to answering when you get addicted to them, because they look strange and people will talk.

Basically, these are whole shiitake mushrooms, stem included, that have been very lightly cooked – in oil – thoroughly dehydrated and then seasoned, with quite a bit of salt. It takes about 840 grams of fresh mushrooms to make 300 grams of the cooked and dried ones. Here’s what they look like:

DJ&A Shiitake Mushroom Crisps close-up

So when is a good occasion to partake in delicious Shiitake Mushroom Crisps from DJ&A? Well, anytime. You can bring some as a snack to work, munch on them as you’re writing a product reviews – ahem – or just do like a lot of North Americans , and eat them in front of the TV. What I most enjoy doing is just let it sit in my mouth for a long time, so it regains a little bit of that oh-so-special chewy shiitake mushroom texture.

The size of the bag is also quite generous, 300 grams, which they brag about on the packaging. It used to come in a smaller size – 200 grams I believe – but that was too small for Costco. They re-branded the whole thing, changed the packaging and the price, and there you have it! The current price at my Costco for these is $9.99 per bag, and they are occasionally on special.

What’s great about these Mushroom Crisps is that the taste of mushroom is not overwhelming; it’s there, make no mistake about it, however it’s not overpowering. The spices, which include onion and garlic, blend well with the natural flavor of the mushroom and make for a delicious snack, one that you can certainly binge, although I would not recommend it, because of the impressive saturated fat content.

DJ&A Shiitake Mushroom Crisps nutrition facts

Each 50 grams, or 1/6th of a bag, contains 23% of your daily allowance of saturated fat, as well as 13% of your sodium and 14% of your sugar. Considering that these are delicious, it’s very easy to go overboard and eat more than 50 grams (which is about a cup).

The good news here is that you get a whopping 46% of your fiber, so that’s awesome. Moreover, DJ&A Shiitake Mushroom Crisps are a completely vegan snack option, and the oils used in cooking the mushrooms are sustainable and renewable, even the palm oil.

This product is imported from Australia, and the mushrooms themselves are from China, which is unfortunate, but not so mush so that I’m not buying them. I tell myself that I’m encouraging an Australian company and leave it at that.

DJ&A Shiitake Mushroom Crisps

The ingredients of this delicious snack are as follows:

  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Oil blend (which includes palm, sunflower, canola and rice bran)
  • Sugar
  • Sea salt
  • Yeast extracts, spices, onion, garlic and natural flavor

The list of possible allergens in the Shiitake Mushroom Crisps is also quite impressive, and includes wheat, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans, sesame, egg, fish, crustacean and mollusks. I guess they are covering all the bases and just don’t want to get sued, which I guess is fair enough. There is even a little warning that says that the stems might be hard to chew, which they are, but it’s part of the fun.

In conclusion, the DJ&A Shiitake Mushroom Crisps from Costco are just delicious; I love them in all circumstances, and are for me a much better snack than the pretzels I also get from Costco. They are affordable, relatively healthy and a Vegan option to offer to your friends when they visit. I make sure to always have a bag or two available!

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Costco Product Reviews

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco: Product Review

Costco Canada has been carrying this product for a long time, but for some reason I’d never tried it. Contrary to a regular grocery store, where you can find a thousand brands and flavors of chips and crackers, Costco has a more … limited … selection, so to avoid repetition I decided to finally try the Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers.

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco

First things first, the basics. The Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps crackers come in bags of 737 grams, which is quite a bit, and costs $6.99 plus taxes, in Canadian dollars – about $5 USD. Based on the serving size – more on that later – I can estimate that there are approximately 290 crackers per bag, so each cracker weighs about 2.5 grams, and each costs about 2.4 pennies. They are made in the United States, although there is no indication as to where the actual ingredients come from. For reference, the Costco Item Number is 262313 (in Canada).

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco Nutrition Facts
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco Nutrition Facts

Alright then, enough with the math. As you can see on the Nutrition Fact sheet right here, each serving is 100 calories, for 11 crackers. While this might seem entirely reasonable, it doesn’t factor in the fact that these Pretzel Crisps are friggin’ delicious, and I dare you to only eat 11. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that I are so much of them in one sitting that I gave myself sausage fingers because of the salt content.

Now, joking aside, the salt content is 14% per serving, which is not bad if you only have 1 serving, but that’s not really realistic. If you eat these things are crackers or snacks without putting anything on them, you will hoover down a whole bunch because they are awesome.

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Ingredients

When it comes to ingredients, these crackers are actually not that bad. Here are the ingredients, in order of appearance:

  • Wheat Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Malt Syrup (Tapioca Syrup, Malt Extract)
  • Sodium Hydroxide

Sodium Hydroxide is present in order to give the pretzel their distinctive crunch. In certain cases, Sodium Carbonate is used, but clearly not in this case.

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Crackers from Costco

These Pretzel Crisps are also Non-GMO certified, which is great if you’re into that kind of stuff. Costco has more and more of those products, because I guess they can tell which way the wind is blowing. Personally, I care a lot less about GMOs than I do about the crazy lists of unpronounceable ingredients you can find in heavily modified and processed foods.

In conclusion, while I’m not a fan of that last ingredient, in part because it can be used as a drain and pipe cleaner, I’m confident that it’s only present in small enough concentrations not to be harmful. Moreover, these Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps crackers are made in the USA, non-GMO certified, and more importantly, they are absolutely delicious either just like that, as potato chips, or with dip, as canapes, or whatever. Just be mindful of the salt content, and you’ll be fine.

Enjoy, and let me know in the comments below how you enjoy them, also if your local Costco carries them!

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Costco Pharmacy Product Reviews

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen 200 mg Liquid Gel Capsules: Product Review

It’s no secret that the pharmacy area can be one of the best places to save money at Costco; the pharmaceutical industry is well known for its spectacular profit margins, so it’s a great place to see Costco’s smaller margins in action, especially with Kirkland Signature branded products.

Today I’ve decided to review Kirkland Signature’s Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules, available only at Costco. Contrary to some of my other reviews, this review will be more focused on price than anything else, since the virtues of ibuprofen are already pretty well documented.

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules
Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules

Do Costco’s Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules Work?

That’s the $1000 question, isn’t it? The fact is, Ibuprofen either works for you, or it doesn’t. It really depends on the person. For myself, I can only take ibuprofen, acetaminophen doesn’t work, I might as well have sugar pills, so for me, the Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules are perfect.

The bottom line is, is Ibuprofen is right for you, then these Gel Capsules will work, quickly and effectively. Since the ibuprofen is provided in liquid form, it is quickly absorbed and quickly effective.

What are the KIRKLAND SIGNATURE IBUPROFEN LIQUID GEL CAPSULES ingredients?

As you might surmise, the main – and only – medicinal ingredients in these capsules is 200 mg of Ibuprofen, present as free acid and potassium salt.

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules Ingredients and Directions
Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules Ingredients and Directions

These Ibuprofen Gel Capsules are for adults only, not for children under 12 years of age; for migraines, you should take 1 capsule every 4 hours or 2 capsules every 6-8 hours, at the first sign of symptoms. Don’t exceed 6 capsules per day. I can only speak for myself, but I’ve spectacularly busted this limit many times.

How much do Kirkland Signature’s Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules Cost?

Each container of Kirkland Signature’s Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules contains 250 capsules, and costs $11.99 Canadian dollars, plus applicable taxes. This comes down to a cost of 4.8 pennies per capsule, plus taxes, or $0.05 each. This is an affordable way to get rid of a headache or other aches such as toothaches, menstrual pain, arthritis pain or back pain, among others.

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules
Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules

For the sake of comparison, you can purchase a bottle of 115 brand-name Advil Liqui-Gels, 200 mg of Ibuprofen per capsule, for $23.49 (plus taxes), or 20.25 pennies each, more than 4 times more expensive than the Kirkland Signature brand, for exactly the same active ingredient, in the same concentration.

When it comes to the expiration date, it is pretty close. I just bought some and the best before date is October 2020, which gives me a year and a half to go through 250 capsules. This is a lot, but not unreasonable. If you think this is too much for you, just give half the bottle to a friend or family member; even if they don’t give you any money, your remaining pills are still half the price of the competition, you just can’t go wrong!

I don’t understand why people insist on the brand name, and paying so much for for exactly the same product. That’s the power of marketing, I guess.

In Conclusion: KIRKLAND SIGNATURE IBUPROFEN LIQUID GEL CAPSULES

I regret to say that I am a great fan of Costco’s Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules. They are affordable and easy to swallow, and since the Ibuprofen is present in liquid form, very quick to take effect and relieve the pain. I say ‘I regret’ not because I don’t like them, but because I’d rather not have to use them!

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel single Capsule
Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen Liquid Gel single Capsule

Shopping at the Costco pharmacy and checking out the Kirkland Signature branded pills and vitamins is a fantastic way to pay for your membership fees really quickly.