This week, all the products (bar one) could have the sub-theme of, “things you really, really shouldn’t eat all the time”. But nonetheless, they’re all good and sometimes you want a Kit Kat, darn it! And don’t forget that this is a holiday weekend. So, in the UK that means slightly different shopping hours on Monday (10 am – 6 pm), however, in the US Costco is totally closed on Monday.
Cottage Pie – I don’t know what it is about the Cottage Pie but we are totally hooked. The cottage pies you can buy in the deli section of the store are as good as the ones you can get in the Food Court, just a wee bit bigger. In the package, you get 3 cottage pies in aluminum foil loaf pans that are about 7″ x 3″ and no more than 2″ deep. If I’m honest, this is just enough for one meal for Dave and me. Unless you’re having a lot of other food, this definitely isn’t feeding more than three people (at most, and really just two I’d say). The filling is this delicious minced beef and whatever secret spices (onions, celery, and parsley for sure) and such that go into but it’s like a yummy, thick beef stew (with mince instead of chunks) and has that kind deep beefy, delicious flavor too. And then on top there’s a layer of fluffy mashed potatoes and a light sprinkling of cheese. The potatoes and cheese turn a lovely golden brown when you cook it. The whole thing is absolutely delicious and makes for a nice meal when combined with some veggies, we prefer a variety of roasted vegetables but a salad might be a good one too. This isn’t super quick, since it takes about 45 minutes to get it nicely heated and browned, but at least you don’t have to do anything but pop it into the oven; it even comes in its own pan so you don’t have to do dishes afterward either. The good thing is that you can quite nicely freeze these too but they will take at least a day to thaw in the fridge (and possibly two). 3 pies, 1.984 kilograms, for £10.42 (US: 4.38 pounds for $15.00). Item #: 0062578.
Rocky Mountain Marshmallows – Dave likes the uber-healthy Rice Krispie Treats, and one of the big ingredients is marshmallows. Strangely, we’ve had a hard time finding these in a decent sized bag at the Waitrose that we shop at. They have this little tube of cute miniature pink and white ones, but it would take about 10 of them to make the recipe, and that’s not going to happen. So, we were thrilled to find this big bag of marshmallows at Costco. I’m not sure that I’ve ever noticed marshmallows at Costco in the US, but I imagine they have them and I just haven’t noticed. We both found it really funny that they are called ‘Rocky Mountain Marshmallows’ and on the bag they also say ‘A True American Tradition”. Somehow that just strikes me as funny with the little campfire picture and everything. Just like back in the Girl Scout days. They are nice big marshmallows though and taste nice with a soft texture, so we were pleased. And since the bag is over two pounds, that’s enough to make the Rice Krispie Treats a couple of times and maybe have a couple for something else like s’mores made in the oven. Now, s’mores are definitely a true American tradition that I can get behind. 1 kilogram for £3.99 (US: 2.2 pounds for $5.74). Item #: 0090822.
Nestle Kit Kat Bars – On to my next unhealthy item! Nothing says bad for you like a candy bar. However, I like the packaging of these because you can eat the two Kit Kat sticks and satisfy your craving for chocolate and sweets, but not over indulge. Each pack of two sticks is a reasonable 107 calories. Of course, that means you have to have the will power to not eat two or three of the little packages. I’m the one that really had a thing about the Kit Kat bars because of the creamy chocolate with the little crispy crunch of the wafers too. I know all of our friends in the US that are from the UK or Europe always say that the chocolate here is different, and I have to say that it does seem different. You expect that when you’re having fancy chocolates from Belgium or Switzerland, but not really from the run of the mill candy bars like this. However, the chocolate does seem creamier somehow. In any case, these are delicious and a favorite with a cup of tea or as a little something for after dinner. 24, 2 finger bars for £2.35 (US: $3.38). Item #: 0108038.
Chocolate Loaf Cake – And for my last unhealthy item, we’ve got an unbelievably chocolaty cake from the Costco bakery. While it wasn’t my favorite thing I’ve ever picked up from the Costco bakers, it was still quite good. Dave’s opinion: it wasn’t particularly special. However, it is deeply chocolaty and then some more chocolate on top of that. It’s a chocolate cake that also has chocolate icing drizzled over the top. The chocolate drizzle is a wise addition because it gives it enough of a different chocolate taste and some different texture, to make it more than just a piece of chocolate cake. But, they could be just a smidge more liberal with it. I found the loaf to be a really nice accompaniment to a cup of tea or a glass of milk. But honestly, just one piece is quite enough because of how rich it is. And that’s most likely a good thing! This would probably make a really nice dessert if served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and maybe even a little chocolate or caramel syrup. Or, if you’re being healthy, some strawberries and just a touch of whipped cream. 705 gram loaf for £2.99 (US: 1.55 pounds for $4.30). Item #: 0003578.
V-Moda Sport Headphones – A while back Dave bought some nice noise canceling headphones but wasn’t overly thrilled with the comfort level of them. And then about a year ago, I piked up a pair of these V-Moda headphones at our Costco in the US. I liked them because they are pretty much the only earbud style headphones that I’ve been able to wear that don’t pop out of my ears (freakishly small ears, I guess). So, Dave was pretty pleased to see the same exact V-Moda headphones at the Costco here, and since they are even a little, tiny bit less than we paid in the US ($29.99), they are very reasonably priced. The package here is the same as what we got in the US: you get a nice little case that is sized to fit an iPod or something similar, plus it has a couple of little zippered compartments where you can fit the two adapters that it comes with, including one for planes and one for home stereo systems, as well as three different sized covers for the actual headphones. So, even if you’re like me and have weirdly small ears, you can actually get these to fit. They have a nice, crisp sound no matter what style of music we are listening to and because they fit so well, they do a pretty good job at blocking out the noise from an airplane or whatever environment you’re in. For my review last year, check out my previous post about these headphones. £19.97 (US: $28.75). Item #: 0099677.