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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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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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We’re talking here about the Costco chicken wings that are sold raw, to be cooked at home. If you’re looking for the food court chicken wings, make sure to read Lord of The Wings Costco food court chicken wings review, after you’ve read my stuff!

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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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