This week I really wanted to take my time looking around Costco. I must admit it was mostly because we were demoing our bathroom and I didn’t really want to go back to that. There were a couple of new things that caught my eye, but one of the things that had us most interested was the Little Giant Ladder accessories. There was a little demonstration area setup where allegedly there was a guy that was suppose to be selling this stuff. Frustratingly, he wasn’t there even though we spent several minutes, along with another couple, walking around and looking at all the stuff.
Del Real Foods Cheese and Green Chile Tamales – These were really yummy! I’ll be honest, tamales are something that I like but I’m really never going to make myself probably. So, I was really glad to see these in Costco. They come cooked and wrapped in corn husks, so all you have to do is really warm them up. All we did was wrap each one in a moist paper towel and then warm them up in the microwave for probably 8 minutes (which is much longer than they suggest on the packaging). There are two packs in the bag (which weighs 3 pounds 12 ounces), each with 5 tamales. And they are pretty good sized too; 5.5″ long by 1.5″ish wide. If you’re having them with a vegetable and some refried beans, one or two is plenty. I also made a nice little sauce with the Fage yogurt, lemon juice, and jalapeno powder – creamy and a little bit of kick to it too. Though something with avocados would be even better probably. We liked them so much we are going to try the chicken and pork tamales too. 10 tamales for $13.99.
Cape Cod Potato Chips - We don’t often buy potato chips, we’re usually more of a tortilla chip family. But we were getting together with friends for a picnic, so we bought some potato chips. Everyone loved these chips, even though they have 40% less fat than regular chips. They have a nice salty taste and don’t have that too greasy feeling or taste. I guess that’s what comes from using only real potatoes, canola oil, and salt. The potatoes are kettle cooked in 100% canola oil, which is one of the healthier oils for sure. After they fry them, they are flash baked to naturally reduce the fat. Who knew? They cut them thick but not so thick that they’ll cut your mouth when you’re biting into them. However, they are thick enough to hold a nice dip. 24 ounces for $5.29.
Sugar Bowl Bakery Petite Brownie Bites - About a year ago I found a review of these brownies online at Foodie Friend Jen but hadn’t tried them. We finally managed to give them a try and wow, they were so good! I’m kind of wishing that we hadn’t tried them because now we’ll want them all the time. They are about the size of a little muffin, maybe 1.5″ diameter. And, they were as good as homemade, really. They have a nice gooey center and are all moist but the outside does have a little crunch to it. Dave liked them because he said it was like getting a corner piece everytime; obviously, his favorite part. They are as good as using the Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownie mix that I love love love at Costco. I couldn’t believe that a store bought brownie could be this good! The good news is that there are quite a few of these marvelous brownies in the package at Costco. The whole thing weighs 3 pounds and has 3 layers of 16 brownies for a total of 48 brownies. 48 brownies for $6.99.
R.W. Knudsen Boysenberry Nectar - When I think nectar, I think of fruit like mango, papaya, guava or apricot; fleshy fruits. Not berries. But I’m not a juice expert. This is like juice, just regular juice to me. It tastes good and has a really pretty color, but it is thin like juice. The good thing is that it is 100% juice with no sugar added. They also claim there is a full serving of fruit in every 8 ounce glass. But there’s really no vitamin benefit in this juice, well, unless you count the 2% of your vitamin C needs. However, it does have a nice tart flavor. I like something with a little less of a tart bite so I added some sparkling water to mine and made a really delicious spritzer. 2, 64 ounce for $7.99.
Bananas – We buy our bananas from Costco exclusively because they always seem to be cheaper than other places. It’s not that I think they are really a better quality than other places, just cheaper. Honestly, a banana is a banana to me, I’m not such a conosieur that I can tell a difference between them. I’m just amazed that they can sell bananas so cheaply. At Costco I bought a bunch that weighs 3 pounds for just $1.32; just $0.44 per pound. That’s just incredible to me. Now, 3 pounds might sound like a lot but for our current bunch that is just 8 bananas. We will generally eat one each per day, so they last 4 to 5 days. Sometimes Dave will forget to take one to work and it might take us a week to finish them. It really is a great fresh fruit deal. 3 pounds for $1.32.