Costco Product Reviews Snacks

Costco Review: Savanna Orchards Honey Roasted Nut Mix

Once in a while I like to deviate from my usual snack mix and try something new. Costco always has something, often in the center aisles, just behind the cereal bars. Last week, I found this, Savanna Orchards’ Honey Roasted Nut Mix. It’s not in my usual selection, but I’m adventurous and I’ll try new things, right? Right!

Costco Review: Savanna Orchards Honey Roasted Nut Mix

Let’s get straight away to how much this costs, and whether it’s a good deal or not!

Savanna Orchards Honey Roasted Nut Mix: Price and Value

Right off the bat, this is a pretty costly snack. It costs, at Costco no less, $15.99 Canadian dollars, plus taxes for 850 grams, or a little under 2 pounds. This comes down to roughly $1.88 per 100 grams, or 95 cents per 50 grams, which is the recommended portion size. This exact item is not available at Walmart for a comparison, but you can find a ‘Gourmet’ version on Amazon that comes out to about $2 per serving (again, 50 grams). If you’re a big fan of mixed nuts, then the Honey Roasted Nut Mix from Savanna Orchards, bought at Costco, are a pretty good deal, both price and value wise.

Savanna Orchards Honey Roasted Nut Mix: Taste and Texture

As far as I am concerned, these nuts are not anything enough. They are not crunchy enough, you could almost chew them with your tongue against the roof of your mouth. They do not taste salty enough, or sweet enough for that matter. Moreover, forget about tasting the honey; it’s feels like just sugar.

My wife, however, wise woman that she is, has a different opinion; she basically inhaled the whole jar. Shed loved the taste, texture, everything, even the supposed and ever-elusive ‘honey’ taste. She bemoans the fact that the Honey Roasted Nut Mix was not salty enough, which apparently makes you stop eating. Never stopped me, but whatever.

I didn’t really care for this, and she loved it, so the jury’s still out. I mean, I still ate a whole bunch, it’s not like it’s poison. Plus, cashews.

Savanna Orchards Honey Roasted Nut Mix: Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Costco Review: Savanna Orchards Honey Roasted Nut Mix Nutrition Facts

To start with, you’ll notice that every 50-gram serving contains 280 calories, which may explain why I have trouble fitting into my pants. I wasn’t exactly counting nuts here.

Each serving also contains 23 grams of fat, or 31% or your daily recommended allowance. You also get 17 grams of carbohydrates and 150 mg of sodium, or 7%.

On the positive side of things, you can count on 300 mg of potassium (no gross bananas today!) 75 mg of calcium and 13% of your daily recommended Iron.

This Honey Roasted Nut Mix from Savanna Orchards really is a mixed bag.

The ingredients are as follows:

  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Sugars (lots, including honey and honey powder)
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Salt
  • Oils (peanut and soy)
  • Xanthan gum

Honestly, there’s nothing bad in there, no unpronounceable chemicals, but it doesn’t mean that I like it. I don’t hate it, and I’ll eat eat, but it’s not my favorite.

Savanna Orchards Honey Roasted Nut Mix: In Conclusion

Savanna Orchards’ Honey Roasted Nut Mix is made in the USA, I think. Strangely enough, I can’t find any information on the packaging, or on A.L. Schutzman’s website, which is suspiciously light on actual information. I’m pretty sure everything is packaged in the USA, but I don’t know the origin of the actual nuts. Considering the fact that the top 10 producers of cashews in the world are third world countries, I wouldn’t bet on them coming from Georgia.

The bottom line is this: my wife likes these, so I’ll probably buy them again, but for me, I like something with a bit more crunch. I enjoyed Savanna Orchards’ Honey Roasted Nut Mix well enough, it was good while it lasted, but I’m not hooked. At least I got them at Costco.

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Costco Home Essentials Product Reviews

Costco Review: Ziploc Large Freezer Bags

After my latest review featuring plastic film wrap, which I think we can all agree was pretty boring, I figured I would go for something more fun and exciting! We’re talking, of course, about Ziploc Large Freezer Bags! Seriously, you can’t have too many of these. I buy these at Costco, of course, and there are so many uses for these it’s crazy.

Costco Review: Ziploc Large Freezer Bags

You can use these freezer bags to, well, freeze stuff, but they are so big you really have options. They are also so tough that you can use it to freeze hot spaghetti sauce, or soup or whatever.

Ziploc Large Freezer Bags: Price and Value

Now I usually stock up on these when they’re on special at Costco, but for these I was stuck, I ran out so I had to pay full price, which is $17.49 Canadian dollars, plus taxes. On special you can usually get $3-5 dollars off, which is obviously better.

Each 3-box package contains 150 bags, so each Ziploc-brand large freezer bag costs 11.7 cents, just over a dime. This is really quite affordable, considering how durable they are. For reference, the exact same bags at Walmart cost 21 cents each, almost double, and that for the ‘Value Pack’! The Walmart house brand ‘Great Value’ is 10 cents a bag. For the extra penny, I’ll have the brand name and not your Chinese garbage, thank you very much. For the record, I don’t *know* that Walmart’s bags are made in China, but with their track record, it seems a safe bet.

Ziploc bags are made in the USA, in Bay City, MI. It goes without saying that for about the same price, it is much better to buy local and get a better quality product, than to save a penny. Better than that, you support a American company, SC Johnson, rather than the Communists.

Ziploc Large Freezer Bags: Quality and Ease of Use

I can’t say much more on that topic than I already have! Ziploc brand bags are awesome; they are easy to open and close, and are made of tough, durable plastic. Some bags I reuse several times, and one in particular has been in my daughter’s school bag all year, for library books. If it can stand up to a year of repeated and daily use by a six-year-old, it can take anything!

Ziploc Large Freezer Bags feature ‘Grip ‘n Seal’ technology, which apparently is better for freezing. I any case, it works. The bags are also BPA Free, which comes with a disclaimer that polyethylene, of which the bags are made, never contains BPAs. A little bit like saying that oranges and apples are cholesterol-free, if you ask me. Ziploc bags are also microwave safe and made with hydro-power, which I guess is a good thing.

Ziploc Large Freezer bags can be bought anywhere, but it’s at Costco that you’ll find the best deal for such a great brand-name product. Make sure you stock up when you see them on special, you’ll never have too many!

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Costco Kirkland Signature Product Reviews

Costco Review: Kirkland Signature Plastic Food Wrap

Plastic food wrap is one of those things that is ubiquitous in the kitchen; you don’t ever notice it, unless you run out, and then it’s a catastrophe of epic proportions. The Kirkland Signature Plastic Food Wrap, which you can buy, unsurprisingly, at Costco, will help ensure that your episodes of panic are few and far between.

Costco Review: Kirkland Signature Plastic Food Wrap
Kirkland Signature Plastic Food Wrap: Quality and Ease of Use

I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this product, in terms of quality and ease of use both. The cling film is just sticky enough to perform as it should, without being so sticky that it is unusable. The width is an industry standard 12 inches, so it’s wide enough to easily wrap your sandwiches and cover plates and bowls.

Kirkland Signature has introduced a cutter-type dispenser with this plastic food wrap. This differs from the one I had before, which had a row of super sharp teeth. I’m not afraid to admit that I like this method much better. It is both easier to use, reduces waste, and is much safer, especially for kids.

Costco Review: Kirkland Signature Plastic Food Wrap

The slider strip comes inside the box; you need to remove a paper film, expose the adhesive and glue it. It takes about 5 seconds. One of the issue that I have with this product is actually the packing. The roll is big enough that there is a distinct possibility that the box may break or fall apart before you’re done with the plastic food wrap. It has happened to me before.

Kirkland Signature Plastic Food Wrap: Price and Value

As this is a Kirkland Signature product, only available at Costco, you can expect great value, and with this Plastic Film Wrap, you are certainly getting it. I purchased this pack of two rolls of film wrap at my local Costco for $12.99 Canadian, plus about 15% taxes, for a total of roughly $14.94. Each roll contains 750 square feet of wrap, for a total of 1,500 square feet for both boxes. The Kirkland Signature Plastic Film Wrap comes out to a smidgen under 1 penny a square foot, or 0.87 pennies if you don’t count the taxes.

For comparison, the Great Value Walmart brand plastic film wrap costs 1.21 pennies per square foot (before taxes). I guarantee you that it is neither great value nor great quality. It costs over 40% more. Another cool thing that I’ve noticed is that the Kirkland Signature Plastic film wrap is actually 0.5 centimeters wider than the Walmart one. This may not seem like much, but if you’ve ever struggled to pull a plastic wrap over a plate, you’ll know that every little bit helps.

Kirkland Signature Plastic Food Wrap: In Conclusion

Costco’s Kirkland Signature Plastic Film Wrap does not make for a very exciting review. I accept this. I’ve done my best. I can’t review delicious snack food all the time. I’m trying to reach middle age here!

This is, however, how savings are generated, and why your Costco Membership pays for itself many times over. Using this product will also help you save money on your food bill, by reducing waste. This plastic film wrap is of very good quality and performs well in all circumstances. It features a new EasyCutter from Berry Global.

It’s a good thing that this is good film wrap, because there’s a lot of it and you’ll be using it for a long time!

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Costco Decluttering Product Reviews

Costco Review: Cosco 3-in-One Platform Hand Truck

I’ve been looking for a good, affordable hand truck for years. I need to to move boxes from my warehouse, which until then I’ve been doing exclusively with an annoyingly small-wheeled platform. It has the unfortunate tendency to drop everything and get caught in every crack in the floor. I was very happy to find the Cosco 3-in-One Platform Hand Truck at Costco, for a good price.

Costco Review: Cosco 3-in-1 Platform Hand Truck
Cosco 3-in-One Platform Hand Truck: Price and Value

I bought this hand truck a few days ago at Costco. I paid $99.99, plus taxes, so about $115 Canadian dollars. Now I’m no expert in the world of hand trucks, however a quick look in my local Uline catalog tells me I’ve made a good deal.

The cheapest hand truck in the Uline catalog is $145, plus taxes and shipping, and we’re talking about a heavy steel one. A convertible 2-in-One hand truck sells for $265, steel again. An aluminum convertible hand truck similar to this one sells for $292, and it doesn’t have a folding toe plate. Anyway you look at this, this a great price.

Cosco 3-in-One Platform Hand Truck: Build Quality

Looking at the hand truck, it is certain that some compromises have been made. For example, the cart is mostly aluminum, however, all the yellow parts are steel. To me, that is an acceptable compromise, considering the price, but this is a not a fully aluminum hand cart.

The welds are consistently clean and unlikely to break under normal use, although I will update should anything of the sort happen.

Costco Review: Cosco 3-in-1 Platform Hand Truck

The wheels are made of hard plastic, and as such are not subject to puncture. The contact surface seems softer, for better traction, but I’ve not tested it yet in any conditions than a dry floor. In any case, the wheels seem very durable.

Cosco 3-in-One Platform Hand Truck: Size and Weight

The overall width of the Cosco Hand Truck is 19 inches. The foldable toe plate itself is 18 inches by 8 inches, and is made of durable steel. The overall height is 48 inches. This is also the overall length when in platform mode.

The weight might be an issue for some people, as the Cosco Hand Truck comes in at roughly 13 kilograms, or about 28 pounds. This could be lighter if everything was made of aluminum, of course, but the price would not be the same.

The diameter of the wheels is 10 inches, which is more than enough for everyday use, and will ensure that your hand truck will not get stuck in every crack in the floor when under load.

Cosco 3-in-One Platform Hand Truck: Features and Carrying Capacity

When it comes to carrying capacity, this thing is a beast! It will carry 800 pounds (363 kilograms) in hand truck mode, and 1000 pounds (454 kilograms) in platform mode. This of course assumes that the weight is evenly distributed, et cetera. I know I will not get anywhere close to those limits, but it’s good to know that it is build tough.

Costco Review: Cosco 3-in-1 Hand Truck (Platform mode)

This hand truck features both a continuous handle for one-handed operation as well as individual hand handles, a nice touch. The folding toe plate is also welcome, which means that you are not constrained by the 48 inches length when carrying items in platform mode; you can carry much longer items without it being awkward.

One area of concern is the size of the smaller wheels, which come into play in platform mode only. Their diameter is 4 inches, which while an industry standard, makes me wary of loading up the platform too much. I’ve had experience with smaller wheels getting stuck in an floor/elevator gap, for example, and it’s not fun. That being said, this is a situation that can be easily avoided.

Cosco 3-in-One Platform Hand Truck: In Conclusion

This Cosco 3-in-One Convertible platform hand truck, which I bought at Costco for about $100, seems like an absolute steal. It feels solid in very aspect, and it is very easy to use. Changing from one mode to another is quick and simple, using a single heavy plastic clasp, and the folding toe plate is also activated with a single button. I’ve had some experience with Cosco products before, a ladder specifically. I’ve had it for years and I am very happy with it. I hope to be able to say the same of this hand truck, years down the line!

I’m very happy to finally have purchased this; I’ve been looking for a product like that for years, and hopefully it will help me in my decluttering efforts!

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Costco Review: Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing & Marinade

I often tell my kids that when it comes to food, there is absolutely nothing I do not like. I don’t LOVE everything, for sure, but I don’t HATE anything, either, and I’ll try just about anything. So far anyways.

With this in mind, I’m always ready to try new things, and thanks to Costco, I’ve had the chance to purchase the Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade. I had an inkling that this was the sort of product I would enjoy, and boy am I not disappointed!

Costco Review: Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing & Marinade
Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: Taste and Texture

I’ve always been a fan of all types of peanut sauces and dips, so this played right to my palette. The overall taste is very bold, to say the least. There is no ambiguity as to what this is: a sesame dressing. If not used carefully, as a dressing for example, it is quite apt to overpower everything. Knowing this, however, you can adjust. It is salty, but not too much, and when it comes to texture and mouthfeel, this dressing is absolutely exquisite.

Sesame seeds are just plentiful in this dressing. It’s not just the taste, you can see them and feel them and even chew them, although that is hardly necessary. Since they are roasted, the seeds will give way easily to the tooth, with just the right amount of yield. The scrumptious roasted seeds will cling to your salad, or to your meat if you use it as a marinade. It looks fantastic and tastes even better.

Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Costco Review: Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing Nutrition Facts

Since the main ingredient is Canola oil, you can’t be surprised that this dressing is highly caloric, to the tune of 70 calories per tablespoon. This is, however, where the bad news end; this Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade is otherwise quite “healthy”, with reasonable fat, sugar and salt content.

When it comes to ingredients, here is what you’ll find, in the usual order:

  • Expeller-pressed Canola Oil
  • Water
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Sesame seeds
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Yeast extracts
  • Natural flavors
  • Dried egg yolk
  • Xanthan gum

The only thing that’s fishy here is the xanthan gum, which is a thickening, suspending and stabilizing agent. Great to ensure that the sesame seeds don’t all stay at the bottom of the jar! Joking aside, xanthan gum is a soluble fiber, meaning your body doesn’t digest it.

Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: Price and Value

I purchased my Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing at Costco, for the surprisingly low price of $8.99. I also benefited from a $2.50 instant savings, which brings the price down to $6.49. This is not a taxable product in Canada, so that’s the price I paid. Each jar contains 887 ml of this delicious dressing, for a price per 100 ml of under $0.75. The price per serving, with the rebate, is 11 cents, which is quite reasonable.

Besides the price, what I like most is the value; this is not just a dressing, or a marinade. You can used it as a dipping sauce for dumplings, mix it with rice or pasta, or basically anything you can think of. It is really versatile.

Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: The Verdict

If you see this sesame dressing at your Costco, pick it up! You’ll almost certainly love it, and if not, someone in your family certainly will. It is well priced, made in the USA by Q&B Foods out of California, so you know that it’s a quality product, and it goes well with anything. I can’t recommend it enough! Q&B is a division of Kewpie Foods from Japan, so know you’re getting authentic Japanese taste, too.

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