This Week at Costco – January 17, 2010

January 23rd, 2010 · 7 Comments

We were out of town this past weekend, off having a holiday party in New York.  While it was nice to have a little break, it meant that I couldn’t make my usual Sunday trip to Costco.  So, my list of items to review is tiny this week.  And I even had to get a review from my mom; luckily she went to Costco this week!  So, sorry about the abbreviated post today!

Don’t forget that this is the last weekend for the current Costco Coupon Book.

Kettle Brand Cheddar & Sour Cream Chips

Kettle Brand Cheddar & Sour Cream Chips

Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Cheddar & Sour Cream Chips – Dave and I both really like the sour cream and chives potato chips and I love the cheddar cheese chips, so this was a perfect chip combo for us.  And they really are yummy!  I think some of that is just that the Kettle chips are really delicious because they are thick, crinkle cut chips that are super crunchy.  Plus, the folks at Kettle like to use the natural ingredients and use the good safflower or sunflower oil for frying.  The chips don’t seem as greasy as a lot of chips either.  Kettle chips also contain no trans fats, no artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives and no artificial ingredients.  The cheddar and sour cream chips have a nice cheese flavor that isn’t too overpowering, probably because it is tempered by the sour cream.  They’re not super cheesy, so if you’re looking for something like that, these might not be the chips for you. I really like the Kettle Brand chips that I’ve tried, like the salt and pepper ones.  They have some other new flavors that I’d like to try too, like jalapeno and sweet onion. 30 ounces for $4.99.  Item #: 475443.

Welch's SuperJuice

Welch's SuperJuice

Welch’s SuperJuice – This is a bit of an abbreviated guest post from my mom.  She loves this SuperJuice, and really loves to make smoothies out of it the best.  The super part of the juice comes from the antioxidant heavy juices of Concord grape, acai, and blueberry juices in this 100% juice blend.  While it is really delicious on its own, like a ‘fine wine’, jokingly claims my mom.  She really thinks it makes the most spectacularly delicious smoothies for a quick breakfast or a yummy afternoon snack.  She uses just three little ingredients in her smoothies, yogurt, bananas, and the juice.  For her, the key is to freeze some ripe bananas (which she also buys at Costco), as well as the little containers of yogurt (also from Costco).  That’s right she freezes her yogurt; it surprised me too.  She buys the vanilla Activia a lot but you could use any of the flavors from the KS yogurt packs.  So, then you take your frozen banana (peeled, obviously), and your container of frozen yogurt and add that to 4 ounces of the Super Juice in your blender.  Then you just blend until you get a super creamy, almost ice cream-like, texture.  She says with the frozen ingredients you get a much creamier texture that is more like a shake than the usual smoothie.  So, I’m thinking I might have to try this.   2, 64 ounces for $7.99.  Item #: 520045.

Celery Sticks

Celery Sticks

Celery Sticks – So, here’s something healthy to counter the chips.  We eat a lot of celery at my house.  Dave takes it for lunch and snacks at work, and I like it for an afternoon snack too.  It’s nice because you can eat it by itself, or you can combine it with anything from peanut butter to cheese.  At Costco, they sometimes have the whole stalks of celery.  But at other times, like this week, they just have the celery sticks.  It’s kind of handy when they have the celery sticks because are already trimmed and you can just grab them, wash them, and eat some; no knife needed.  They’re also in a resealable bag, which is nice if you’re not going to eat (and who would) all 2.5 pounds at once.   Most of the time when I snack on my celery I dip it in a little Ranch dressing because that’s quick.  However, if I’ve got some made or I’m not feeling lazy, I like tuna salad with my celery too.  But in any case, it’s a healthy snack, and makes me feel a little better about buying things like chips. :-)  2.5 pounds for $3.99.  Item #: 88402.

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  1. 1 Alex // 2014.01.16 at 3:47 pm

    The Kettle Chips are my favorite! We always have a bag at home, ideal as a snack or for dip if we have friends coming over. In Canada, however, the only type Costco carries are the ‘plain’ ones, with no sour cream, and certainly no cheese. I would LOVE to try them! You can check out my in-depth review on my website (by clicking on my name, just above).

  2. 2 HSW // 2010.01.29 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve heard good things about the VitaMix, never seen it demonstrated at Costco, though. They usually have the BlendTek guy and he seems very infomercial-esque.

  3. 3 Carla // 2010.01.27 at 10:35 pm

    My sister got me to really look at it, after she saw it on QVC. I think the sales person can make or break the deal. Some are totally like the Sham Wow guy. It has a 7 year warranty, most people that comment on it say they have had theirs for like 20 years or more. I think it would be good for newlyweds, say instead of a Margarita Maker that runs in the same price range. Or young people with small kids that want to “hide” vegetable in their drinks. I was amazed at what you can hide in a drink.
    I am of the age that we’ve gotten 2 kids through college (basically free because I got a job at the college- making nothing per hour, but no tuition- books yes, science books yes lots of $$), so the price seemed more like the price of a college pharmacy book, and I’ve bought several of them, so I thought I deserved to spend some money on myself. At least one will make lots of $ with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and the other an artist… she serves coffee at Border’s… she can make pretty whipped cream with that art degree!

    I have a big garden each summer and just pitch stuff over the fence to the compost pile, because there is no way I can eat everything that grows. Sooo… I plan to make a V-8 type drink every day this coming summer. I have made fruit and vegetable smoothies about every other day for two weeks now. I am eating less “bad” food for snacks and they are so yummy.

    My daughter gave me the Costco membership for a Xmas gift. She just graduated from college in St. Louis and every time I was there, I’d long to get in the Costco. With the membership I got a sheet of “special coupons” not the January coupon book, and it was worth more than the $50 membership. It has about $40 of totally free stuff. 2#coffee, a chicken, 48 AA batteries, 100 photos. I have to drive 100 miles to the Louisville Ky store or 150 miles to St. Louis, but I’m so happy to have it. It is a gift much better than $50 to a restaurant that only lasts one night.
    I’m glad to be a Costco girl along with you all.

    Keep passing on all your good information and I love being able to see the coupon books you post, because i don’t get them yet, since I just joined January 15.

  4. 4 Dez // 2010.01.27 at 4:00 am

    My husband is fascinated by Vita Mix. He likes the idea that it “cooks” soup. They are what all the juice shops and Starbucks use for their smoothies…

  5. 5 Kimberly // 2010.01.24 at 10:12 am

    I’ve never given the Vita Mix more than a passing glance because the guy selling it at our location is always like a live infomercial. Seriously, I think he’s channeling the guy that sells the ShamWow on tv. However, maybe I should check it out covertly when he’s not looking. :-)

  6. 6 Carla // 2010.01.23 at 9:05 pm

    Do any of you ladies use a Vita Mix? I bought one last week and so far love it. Sounds like your Mom would like one making her smoothies and HSW you might find you can make some great treats for you daughter with fresh fruits.

  7. 7 HSW // 2010.01.23 at 12:29 pm

    The best thing about the simple salted kettle chip version is that it is good for people that are allergic to soy because they’re cooked in safflower/sunflower oil.

    Just wanted to say thanks for the site! My daughter is allergic to eggs, milk, soy, wheat, corn, peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame seeds so we’ve been scouring costco for options that work for her. Other good finds are freeze dried fruit and fruit leather. The fruits and veggies are a hit too, along with the basmati rice. Now costco is carrying rice milk which is awesome as well. We were worried when we found out about the allergies a few weeks ago that our costco membership wouldn’t be as useful but we’ve been pleasantly surprised. :)

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