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Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites: Costco Product Review

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites: $9.99 at Costco, 163 grams, $6.12/100g, 11g of carbs per 50g serving, sea salt, Vitamin C and K, Gluten-free, Vegan Certified and oh-so-good!

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the things I love most about Costco is their willingness to try new things. Sometimes is doesn’t pan out, and the product is quickly removed from the floor, never to be seen again, and sometimes they hit the bull’s eye, as they have with Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites, seasoned with sea salt.

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites

Before I get started on why I love Rhythm’s Organic Cauliflower Bites, let me tell you the one reason I don’t: the price. While I bought them on special, $2 off, the $9.99 regular price is just ridiculous for what amounts to a few handfuls of fried cauliflower. A $5 price point for this quantity of product would be a lot more reasonable, and honestly, just more fair. Based on the nutritional information fact sheet, there are just over 3 servings of 50 grams each per bag, so that’s $3.06 per serving.

This is not caviar. It’s cauliflower. It’s cheap, even if it’s organic, so drop that price and I’ll buy a lot.

Now, after this bummer of an opening, let me tell you the reasons why I LOVE this awesome organic snack from Costco!

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites Nutrition Facts

The first thing would be this: for once, I can buy a nice, crunchy snack that is more or less healthy.

I’m not saying it’s perfect: there’s quite a bit of salt in there, 240 mg per serving, which amounts to 10% of your daily requirement.

Moreover, the fat content isn’t great, but that being said, most of the fat is in the form of monounsaturated fat, for 9 grams per portion. There’s also quite a bit of fiber – 14% of you daily requirement -and no cholesterol.

Since the cauliflower is cooked – or fried, rather- at low temperatures, it retains much of what is good about it, namely a stunning amount of Vitamin C, 82%, 24% of your vitamin K, as well as non-trace amounts of potassium, calcium and Iron. There is no cholesterol, and no sugar or proteins to speak of. As far as calories are concerned, this is where the ‘fried’ really kicks in, as there are 170 calories per 50 grams serving.

This is all well and good, unsurprisingly the Organic Cauliflower Bites are not bad for you, but how do they taste?

One word : AWESOME!

The texture is very satisfactorily crunchy, as in crumble-in-your-mouth crunch, dry but not arid. The bigger pieces are especially delicious in terms of texture. Unfortunately, the Cauliflower Bites are so dry that they tend to crumble by themselves in the bag, so you’ll be lucky if you have more than 15-20 bigger pieces in a bag, the rest is crumbs, still crunchy and delicious but smaller than 0.5 cm in diameter. I’ll update with some pictures when I buy more, I ate the whole bag…

Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites

There is no doubt that these are cauliflower bites; they taste like cauliflower, in a most pleasant way. The taste is not overpowering, but it’s there; some of the pieces, towards the bottom of the bag, will be saltier but even then that’s not bad, you never get a bite that you will feel is just too salty.

Rhythm’s Sea-Salt Seasoned Cauliflower Bites Ingredients

This is where this product really shines; no unpronounceable ingredients, nothing weird or unhealthy:

  • Organic Cauliflower
  • Organic high oleic sunflower and/or safflower oil
  • Sea salt
  • Sugar (organic maltodextrin)

This product is certified organic by the aptly name Organic Certifiers, certified Vegan, and certified Gluten Free. It is also USDA Organic and NON-GMO Verified. It is made in Mexico for Rhythm Superfoods, a company based in Austin, Texas.

Sea-Salt Organic Cauliflower Bites : In Conclusion

There’s no avoiding this : these bite-sized, crunchy cauliflower bites are absolutely delicious; crumbly, but not too much, salty, but not overpowering, taste like the original vegetable without making you feel like a rabit for eating it, and to top it off, just about healthy in every way.

The only thing that is a negative, and it’s a big one, is the price. At more than $3 per 50-gram serving, this is just too much. If Costco can use its purchasing power to get us a lower price, then this will go in my weekly basket; this is something that is delicious, fun to eat, fun to give, offer and make your friends discover.

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Cheddar Moon Cheese Bites : Costco Product Review

Moon Cheese Cheddar Crunchy Snack from Costco : 283 grams per bag, $12.79 per bag, Costco item number 1395182; Gluten free, 18 grams of proteins per serving; definitely an acquired taste

One of the best things about shopping at Costco is that they are not afraid to bring in new things; who knows, they may discover something entirely new and make lots of sales! In this case, I’m not sure we’ve got a winner. I’m talking here about the Moon Cheese Cheddar Crunchy Bites of Golden Delight, which I got at my local Costco.

Moon Cheese Cheddar

Before we get into the details, let me give you my first impression; the Moon Cheese bites from Costco are very crunchy and quite salty; they will also leave a film of greasy matter on your fingers, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The problem is that snack really tastes of dried cheese; for me, that’s okay, but then again, I’ll eat pretty much anything. I find that the taste becomes really cool if I stuff a whole bunch in my mouth, but I find it difficult to appreciate if I only eat one at a time.

The thing is that out of 4 people in my family, only one of them – me – likes them. My wife said that they taste like the bottom of a box of Cheez-It, the stale taste is heavily implied although she didn’t say so, probably out of politeness.

My 8-year-old son ate a single one, made a face and said that it tasted like a failed Cheetos – his words, and my daughter, all of 5 years old, said that it tasted like cheese and nuts and would not have another. Now I’m not saying my kids have the last word on all things snack-related, but it does give me a clue where this is going.

Cheddar Moon Cheese Bites Nutrition Facts

In terms of nutrition, how do I put this … there is none. Except if you have a several calcium deficiency, or perhaps you lack saturated fats or sodium in your diet.

Seriously. For 50 grams of these things, or 2/3rd of a cup, you’ll get a whopping 87% of your saturated fats, 28% of your sodium, 18 grams of protein and 600 mg of Calcium, which is good for 46% of your daily requirement, based on a 2,000 calories a day diet. Of yeah, and that two thirds of a cup of dried cheese is worth 310 calories. Think how long you’ll have to be on the Stair-Master . Answer: almost as long as it’ll take to get rid of that cheese-breath. A long time. Long.

Quite frankly, there is not much good to say here. The positives are the calcium, the proteins and the lack of carbohydrates and sugar. That being said, the ingredients list is honest and devoid of creepy, unpronounceable chemicals. Here is the list:

  • Cheddar cheese (pasteurized milk, salt, bacterial culture, annatto, microbial enzyme)

This cheese product is made in the USA, so there’s that going for it, at least it’s not Chinese, although I would be curious to know what type of cheddar they use, and if the milk used to produce it is full of antibiotics.

Here’s a close look at a piece of Moon Cheese; I must admit that the resemblance to moon rocks is quite striking, at least in my imagination. I understand why they rolled with the name.

Cheddar Moon Cheese close-up

Each and every piece of Moon Cheese looks like this, and this is a pretty representative piece in terms of size. Every Moon Cheese ‘rock’ or Bite is about 2 centimetres in length and pockmarked with Moon-inspired “craters”.

Here’s the problem, as I see it. Many people will enjoy this, but many more will not, and at $12.79 for a tiny 283 grams bag, this is a pretty expensive snack to eat mindlessly while watching TV. I like the Shiitake Mushroom Crisps a lot more.

While I enjoy these Cheddar Moon Cheese Bites, or “Crunchy Bites of Golden Delight”, no one else in my family remotely does, so I won’t be buying them again, unless they are seriously discounted. Moreover, even if you’re not shocked by the distressing nutrition facts, there are more enjoyable ways to ingest 310 calories of cheese. For example, by eating actual cheese.

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Update 2020/11/18: Seems like Cheddar Moon Cheese Bites is on the way out at Costco, at least in my area. I bought a bag – I know, why? – for $8.97, if you’re familiar with Costco prices you’ll know that this is a liquidation price, and the product is unlikely to return in its current form. Maybe it’ll just change packaging, size or price, and in this case hopefully all three.