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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!