Well, it took me a little longer to get this up than I had wanted, but at least you all know what the Black Friday sales at Costco are now. As usual, the week before coupons start, we didn’t pick up nearly as much stuff, and almost all of it was food items that were couponless. The only item that wasn’t food, was a book; can’t leave Costco without a book or a magazine!
Now, don’t forget that the regular Costco Coupon Book is good through November 29th, and there’s also a lot of great items that you can get a deal on for Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend in that coupon book too but you’ve got to shop at Costco this weekend to get one.
Costco Bakery Garlic Bread – I could make up some elaborate reason why I bought bread from Costco that was pre-buttered, but honestly I just wanted to try it to see how it would taste. Since it’s just a little more than the price of a normal loaf, I didn’t even feel that bad about spending money on it. And, as it turns out, it was really delicious and was the perfect companion to the steaks that we had with it. This garlic bread is certainly something you can do at home, and probably do if you like garlic bread, but sometimes you just want or need to take a short cut. All they have done here is take one of their loaves of bread, cut it and smeared on some really great butter and roasted garlic spread. The one big difference between doing this at home and buying it, is that Costco has definitely put way more butter on it than you would do at home, I’m willing to bet. And of course, that is what makes it so yummy! Just make sure that you don’t have any meetings or dentist appointments the next day because it is super-garlicky potent. Also, if you put it in the fridge, make sure that you take it out a few minutes before you are going to cook it so that the butter can soften up enough for you to pull it apart without ripping the bread (yes, we learned this the hard way). 1, 20 ounce loaf for $3.49. Item #: 38223.
Bard Valley Medjool Dates – I love dates! However, they are certainly not a low calorie fruit choice but they do squash a sweet craving pretty handily. I normally just eat them just as they are, right from the package because I love their natural sweetness and the sticky texture; it’s like a dessert you don’t have to do anything to prepare. Of course, I always feel like I should do something more elaborate with them. So, I went to the Bard Valley Medjool Date website and they have a few really excellent ideas for recipes that I don’t think I would have ever thought of, like a salad or wrapped with bacon and broiled. The most surprising was probably the shake; never would have thought of that but now I feel compelled to try it. The package that you get from Costco has 2 pounds of dates in it and they’re not pitted (which they don’t state anywhere on the package), so you’ll have to be careful to avoid biting into them too hard. You can easily get past the pits the first time you bite into the yummy soft, gooey sweetness though. And because of the softness of the fruit, the pit is easy to find and remove. Unfortunately though, the delicious taste comes with not an insignificant amount of calories: 2 dates have 120 calories. However, they have like no fat (1 gram hardly counts) and do give you 10% of your Vitamin A and C for the day, from just 2 dates. I think they make an excellent snack and are really perfect if you want something sweet, like a candy bar, but know you shouldn’t have one! 2 pounds for $7.99. Item #: 10715.
Kirkland Signature Pomegranate Blueberry Juice Blend – Dave really likes the tart juices, so he wanted to give this one a try. And wow, it’s pretty tart, at least to me. But it has a nice flavor, so the tartness is palatable. Aside from the obvious pomegranate and blueberry juices, this blend also contains: apple, peach, pear, white grape, red grape, and (strangely) kiwi juice. It tastes overwhelmingly like pomegranate to me, but I’m not a big juice expert or anything. The only juice that is added that was really a surprise is the kiwi; I didn’t even know there was such a thing. You never see kiwi juice on the shelves. All of the juices are from concentrate, which I know really bothers some people. However, I feel like I’m not really drinking this kind of thing for it’s health benefits, it’s all about taste, so it isn’t a big deal to me. But honestly, it really doesn’t offer much except sugar and calories, as far as nutrition goes. But it does have a nice flavor! It would be the perfect juice to add a little punch to a smoothie, so I might have to try that next time I whip one up. 96 ounces for $5.49. Item #: 265185.
Sabatino’s Chicken Slider Patties and Mini Chicken Sausages – This was a road show item and I’m really glad we stopped and had a taste. Sure, the little sausages look like lil’ smokies, but they are so much tastier. Of course, I could be swayed by the cheese tucked inside them. They had several varieties of the sausages and a couple different slider flavors too, and for their deal you could make a pack from any three. We liked the Tequila Lime sausages and patties best and ended up getting two packages of the sausages and one of the sliders. However, the other flavors were good too; we just like the spicy zing. The Tequila lime flavor packs quite a punch that even took me by surprise. I’m guessing it is the combination of green chilies, jalapenos, and habanero (obviously, the habanero is doing most of the spicy work there) that they use. So, they have this really delicious spiciness and the added benefit of cheese too! I think that the sausages would be delicious all by themselves, but they also really perk up pasta quite well too. The sliders just need a cute little bun and they are good to go. There are somewhere around 25 little sausages in each package and 8 sliders, so you’re getting a decent amount to play around with. Also, everything is fully cooked, so all you need to do is heat it up, for 10 minutes (less for the sliders) and enjoy! Sadly, I didn’t see them again when I went to Costco this weekend (November 15th) but I’m hoping they bring them back. 2.25 pound, 3 item variety pack for $9.79. Item #: 469471.
Kirkland Signature Peppermint Bark – How can anyone resist this? Seriously, once you have a piece you’ll definitely want another one (or four). I don’t even like peppermint and I think this stuff is awesome. Usually, for me, the peppermint bark stuff always has far too much peppermint to properly balance with the chocolate. But of course, the Costco folks get the ratio spot on. It’s enough peppermint to give you that fresh minty flavor but no so much that it completely overwhelms the chocolate and you feel like you’re just having an after dinner mint. I think the nice, thick layers of milk chocolate and white chocolate work well with the amount of peppermint they use; more chocolate is good. Plus, it looks really pretty and would be great if you were having a holiday party. This stuff is great with a mug of hot chocolate (what too much chocolate for you?) or followed by a glass of milk. I do wonder why they call it ‘bark’ though. 2 pounds for $9.99. Item #: 36958.
[For those of you that might be interested, Dave’s having surgery today because the broken bone in his wrist moved after they put the cast on, so they have to put a pin in it to help it stabilize. Why is it so much harder to heal and recover from broken parts when you get older?]