Costco Product Reviews Snacks

Costco Review: Whisps Asiago Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps

As a massive cheese lover, there are few things I enjoy more than a new cheese-based snacks. In fact I love cheese so much that my doctor told me that if I stop eating it, I’m at a severe risk of weight loss! Joking aside, my new Costco find are the Whisps Asiago Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps.

Whisps Asiago Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps Costco Product Review
Whisps Asiago Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps : Price and Value

I certainly love my cheese snacks, but not at any price. These Whisps cheese crisps, in the 269-gram Costco-sized bag, cost $12.69, Canadian dollars. It is possible to purchase them on sale, with perhaps $3 or $4 off, but not all the time.

Now 269 grams is not really big for a Costco-sized product, but since these crisps are made exclusively of cheese, they are quite filling. The price is not bad, however it boils down to $4.71 per hundred grams, which is pretty expensive. Buying these on special will certainly help here, and they are, after all, quite delicious.

Whisps Asiago Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps : Taste and Texture

When it comes to taste, these are awesome, unlike the pretty horrible Moon Cheese I reviewed before. These crisps are absolutely delicious and do not taste like the bottom of a stale box of Cheez-Its. They are much spicier than you would expect, so maybe not so great for the kids, but, eh, more for me.

Whisps Asiago Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps Costco Product Review
Pardon my fingers.

These crisps’ texture is also right on the money. Very nicely crunchy, thank you very much, which turn a pleasant mulch of cheese in your mouth if you take a big mouthful. Which I did. For research. Several times.

Whisps Asiago Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps : Nutrition Facts and Ingredients
Whisps Asiago Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps Nutrition Facts Costco Product Review

Let’s start with the bad news. As you can expect from a product made entirely of dairy, these crisps are pretty fatty-fat-fat. In each 30 gram serving, and that’s not a lot, you’ll be served 41% of your daily saturated fats – 8 grams – as well as 35mg of cholesterol and 360mg of salt, or 16% of your daily recommended allowance.

That being said, you’ll also find 27% of your daily calcium. Each serving also contains 13 grams of proteins, so that’s not bad at all.

As far as ingredients go, you could hardly ask for better. The only listed components of these wondrous crisps are cheese, Asiago and Pepper Jack. Nothing else, if you can believe it. No weird, unpronounceable garbage ingredients, no preservatives, nothing. Nice.

Whisps Asiago Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps : In Conclusion

You could do much worse than these cheese crisps, if you can handle the saturated fat, salt and cholesterol. Whisps Asiago Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps are available at Costco, as well as in other grocery stores, and are made in the USA, thank God. No weird melamine-laced Chinese cheese here.

Whether you enjoy eating cheese at night in front of the TV, or offering to your guests something new and different, you could do worse than plating up some Whisps Asiago Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps, from Costco of course. Everybody’s taste buds will thank you!

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Costco Review: Staedtler 72 Colored Pencils

This year of global pandemic has not been easy on most people. All things considered, I’ve had it pretty easy, as I did not lose my job, my family is healthy and generally speaking, I enjoy being by myself. Like a lot of people, however, I suddenly found myself with quite a bit more time on my hands, so I rediscovered a hobby I had many years ago: coloring!

I used to use Prismacolor pencils when I was a kid, however those are now dreadfully expensive, and I’m no artist. Thankfully, Costco came to the rescue once again, with the Staedtler 72 Colored Pencils set, which I got for the excellent price of $9.99.

Costco Review : Staedtler 72 Colored Pencils set

The first thing I really appreciate about the Staedtler colored pencils from Costco is how easy they are to sharpen; if you are using a halfway decent sharpener, they are just buttery smooth to sharpen. This contrasts quite vividly with my little girl’s Crayola-brand pencils, which are more akin to sharpening a rough stick, with the lead in the pencil breaking off 75% of the time, if not more.

Staedtler 72 Colored Pencils : Packaging

These gorgeous colored pencils from Staedtler come in an attractive metal case. Inside are three trays of 24 pencils, arranged by colors. It’s probably difficult to keep the pencils like that, but still it looks great!

Costco Review : Staedtler 72 Colored Pencils set
What a beautiful array of colors!

The metal box can certainly be used to keep your pencils and other supplies you may need, such as a sharpener.

It is easy to achieve a sharp point with the Staedtler colored pencils, with almost no instances of the lead breaking off while sharpening. This is one of the most annoying things ever.

In terms of the quality of the color itself, I am quite pleased although by no means am I an expert. The colors are smooth and easy to blend, exactly what it says on the box. My style of drawing, however, does not require blending colors. What I really appreciate is the brilliance of the color, and the ability to achieve and maintain a sharp point, and this I get in droves. The pencils glide softly on the paper and offer excellent coverage.

Costco Review : Staedtler 72 Colored Pencils set
Back of the box
Staedtler 72 Colored Pencils : Pricing

When it comes to pricing, these are from Costco, so what do you expect! You get 72 colored pencils and the metal case in which to store them for the measly price of $9.99, Canadian dollars, plus taxes. This translates to less than 14 cents per pencil. As a quick reference, a quick search on Amazon reveals that Prismacolor Premier pencils retail for over $1 each. Sometimes significantly more.

Now I know that the Prismacolor pencils are far superior, fair enough, but I’m coloring here. I’m not an artist and these Staedtler pencils are more than sufficient for my need; I dare say that this would be the case for most people.

As a note, even though Staedtler is a German company, and some of their products are actually made in Germany, this is not the case with these pencils, which are produced in China. That country is well known for making garbage, which we unfortunately purchase in droves. In this case, however, someone did proper supplier research, and these pencils are well worth the money.

Writing about these beautiful pencils is quite different from the snacks and junk food I usually review. I am trying to stop eating junk food before bed, maybe doing something else. Coloring would be a good idea!

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