This Week at Costco – May 10, 2009

May 16th, 2009 · 5 Comments

We always have kind of a small shopping week right before the coupons become valid, and this week was no exception.  Funny enough, I had cut out all of my coupons and was ready to go before I realized that I was not going to be able to use any of them.  So, I had to rethink my whole shopping trip.  You’d think that since I write about this stuff, I’d be able to keep it straight, huh?

Babybel Cheese

Babybel Cheese

Mini Babybel Cheese – This is great for a small amount of cheese that is easily portable for lunch or a snack.  At Costco, you get a little net bag of 28 of these little semisoft cheeses.  They are all original flavor: creamy texture with a mostly mild flavor.  These are made by the Laughing Cow people, so if you’ve ever had their wedges, these are somewhat similar though not as creamy and soft.  Each of the little wax protected rounds has just 70 calories and a decent 5 grams of protein.  I like to have one in the afternoon as a little snack if I haven’t had something with very much (or any) protein for lunch.  They also play nicely with a salad or a piece of fruit, like an apple or a pear.  They are also great to take along on a hike or a picnic since they are all individually wrapped.  And, for being so small they really are very satisfying.  28 cheese rounds for $9.69.

Dried Cherries

Dried Cherries

Stoneridge Orchards Montmorency Dried Cherries – Usually I find dried cherries to be overpriced and not all that tasty.  But I have to admit that these are really good, and I didn’t think the price was that high for cherries.  They have a nice tart bite when you first have them in your mouth and then gradually you start to get more sweet than tart; they finish with a nice sweet but not too sweet taste.  The good news is that they have a decent amount of antioxidants, practically no fat, and just 130 calories per 40 gram (that’s around 1.5 ounces) serving.  They, like most dried fruits, have a fair amout of sugar since that is one of the only ingredients they add when producing these.  They have about 10 grams per serving more sugar than raw cherries, however, raw cherries aren’t going to be good for anywhere near as long.  While we have only eaten them just as are from the bag, they would be great in some granola or oatmeal in the morning.  I think they would also make a nice addition to a salad, or made into a great cherry sauce for either chicken or pork.  I’ll have to give that a try.  20 ounces for $8.59.

Chilli & Kaffir Lime Flavored Cassava Chips

Chilli & Kaffir Lime Flavored Cassava Chips

Banks Cassava Chips – I know just last week we said we weren’t big on eating chips and now I’m writing about chips again.  However, they lured us in with a little demo station of four flavors of these chips.  Of course, these are different because they’re made with cassava root instead of potatoes.   This translates into a really light chip but still very crispy.  They are kind of comparable to the Cape Cod chips that I wrote about recently: per 1 ounce serving they have 7 grams of fat, 130 calories, and a respectable 15% of your vitamin C RDA.  I don’t know anything about cassava, but they claim that they get this particular type from Java.  That’s a long way to go for a nice chip.  We bought the chilli and kaffir lime flavored chips (all three little bags) because we thought they were the most flavorful.  I can only recall one of the other flavors, cracked pepper which was too sweet for us.  The light, crisp texture is what really makes this a unique chip though because it’s just not what you expect.  3, 4 ounce bags for $6.99.

Guacamole Flavored Tortilla Chips

Guacamole Flavored Tortilla Chips

Abuelita Guacamole Flavored Tortilla Chips – So, since I’m already talking about chips, I will fess up to buying these gucamole flavored tortilla chips this week too.  I have a weakness for these chips and Costco usually only has them for a couple of months in the spring, so I had to buy them.  I’m sure you understand.  It’s not that when you bite into the chips they taste of an avocado (probably because there isn’t actually any in the chips) but they do have a nice flavor that reminds you of guacamole.  They do this with seasonings that they refer to as ‘guacamole seasoning’, which is mostly salt, onion, garlic.  At least those are the predominant tastes to me.  They are good with salsa or refried beans or just by themselves.  Personally, I think I like them best without a dip.  Though, I do imagine they would make some really delicious nachos.  Costco carried a different brand of guacamole chips last year that had a bit more of a firey kick and were a little thicker.  Without a side-by-side comparison I couldn’t say which is better though.  24 ounces for $2.99.

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  1. 1 This Week at Costco – October 23, 2011 | Addicted To Costco! // 2011.10.29 at 5:37 am

    […] Signature Dried Cherries – I used to buy the other brand of dried cherries at Costco, but when I ran out recently I decided to try the Kirkland Signature variety.  As with most things […]

  2. 2 Kimberly // 2009.05.21 at 11:50 am

    ZY, sadly, there were no cassava chips when I was in Costco this morning. I couldn’t believe that they didn’t even have a small stack of bags. Unless they’ve got them someplace completely unexpected, like not by the rest of the chips, there are no cassava chips. :-(

    Glad that I can keep you in the local loop about Costco stuff though!

  3. 3 ZY // 2009.05.20 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks, I will have to check it out next time I’m up in North Austin. Me and my co workers are all crazy cassava chip when I saw it today in your blog.
    I like your week at Costco posts, it let us locals know what can be found at costco. :)

  4. 4 Kimberly // 2009.05.20 at 5:54 pm

    We got ours at the north Austin location off of Research. They were doing a demo though, so I’m not sure that they’ll still have them. Though, often when they do those demos they continue selling at least some of the products in the stores.

  5. 5 ZY // 2009.05.20 at 5:42 pm

    Can you confirm if this cassava chips is found in the north Costco or the south one?

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