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 Product Reviews Ready To Eat

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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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 Hobby Product Reviews

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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Costco Product Reviews Snacks

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 Kirkland Signature Product Reviews

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. This 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. 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. This 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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