I love Costco. Sometimes I just don’t have anything more elaborate to say on a Saturday morning that than. I love that there is one place that I can go to for some incredible chocolate, fresh veggies, and a nice shower gel. Go Costco!
Lindt & Sprungli Excellence Extra Cream Milk Chocolate Bars – We went to Switzerland a couple of years ago and absolutely fell in love with the Sprungli chocolate. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find it outside of Switzerland. But you can buy Lindt, which is the other half of the company and produces chocolate in all shapes and sizes, and for all tastes. These bars are so, so, so good! It’s all that extra creaminess, I guess, because they just feel and taste like a little piece of heaven when you’re eating them. They are my favorite chocolate bar, without a doubt. I like them because although they are totally unhealthy and not exactly lacking in sugar, somehow they don’t come off as too sweet but just velvety smooth and full of milk chocolaty loveliness. I like to have just a couple of squares from the bar at a time so I can really enjoy and appreciate the chocolate. These bars have at least 30% cocoa solids and at least 20% milk solids, while that is the same amount of milk solids that you’ll find in a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar (one of the other favorites at our house), the cocoa solids are at least 10% higher in the Lindt bar. 4, 100 gram bars for £3.99 (US: $5.97). Item #: 0043776.
Carr’s Table Water Biscuits/Crackers – These are a great biscuit. They don’t have a lovely buttery flavor or something all on their own, like some crackers, but they do go with anything you could want to put on them. But I do actually like them all on their own in all their plainness. At Costco’s in the US you can usually buy the Carr’s variety pack but here in the UK the pack is all plain. They are perfect to have with cheese, of course, and all kinds of cheese too. They are actually the perfect accompaniment to cheese because they have lots of crunch but not a huge amount of flavor on their own, so they pair up well with even the most mild of cheeses. But they are good for peanut butter or Nutella too. Or, some of the Italian meats like prosciutto or brssaola. I also like them with a little smear of butter and strawberry jam (so wrong I know, but delicious all the same). Mostly I eat them cheese though. They were really great with the Port Salut that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago and are also good with brie; two ends of the cheese spectrum. These are also great crackers to have on hand if you are trying to make little bites for a dinner party because they are nicely sized for a couple of bites and have the crunchiness to stand to sitting around with something spread on them without getting soggy. 6, 125 gram boxes for £3.99 (US: $5.97). Item #: 0022812.
Houmous Variety Pack – I love houmous because it’s got a lot of flavor and texture that are perfect with carrots or other vegetables, bread, or crackers. Some of this and the Carr’s crackers is a perfect little snack, and not unhealthy either. I liked this little variety pack because you got reasonably sized containers with three different flavors: jalapenos, red peppers, lemon and coriander. The lemon and coriander is perfect on vegetables because it has such strong flavors on its own, it needs something that doesn’t bring too much flavor to the table. The jalapeno flavor has a nice little spicy kick without being too spicy. And the red pepper flavor is probably the one I like the best because it has plenty of flavor but isn’t quite as overwhelming and the coriander, so it works better with a wider variety of things. Sometimes for lunch I’ll just have some of the houmous with carrot sticks, broccoli, and slices of red pepper. It’s strangely very filling to have the houmous and I’m not really sure why that is, but it’s good for those who are trying to lose weight or stick to a diet. The other thing that is good about it is that you don’t need a ton of it, like some dips, to enjoy it. 3, 350 milliliter containers for £3.69 (US: $5.52). Item #: 0105781.
Freshtime Broccoli Florets – This is one of the things I like about Costco: you can buy this big bag of fresh, broccoli that is just ready for you to steam or stir fry or whatever and have something healthy for dinner. But really I like the largeness of this bag. Dave and I both like broccoli quite a bit and we have a big serving of it whenever we make it. So, it is nice that you get this very big, 1 kilo bag of washed and prepped broccoli that you can just dump a bunch out and you’re ready to make dinner. We like broccoli steamed with a little lemon and butter and alongside fish. However, it is also great for pasta primavera. I never make cheese sauce for my broccoli but I know that is a way that a lot of people like it. We probably steam it more often than not, and season it with just some salt, black pepper and butter. However, sometimes if I’m feeling fancy I’ll make a garlic butter or olive oil ‘sauce’ to toss with the broccoli; especially nice when serving with red meat. Sometimes we roast our broccoli too. We dump our broccoli and seasonings – salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic – into a zip top bag with some olive oil and then shake it all up to get the broccoli coated well, then dump it on a cookie sheet and you are ready to roast at 325 – 375 F for 20 – 30 minutes or so depending on the florets. I usually check it a few times and flip it around while cooking so that it doesn’t get burned on the little ends. Once I take it out, if I have some on hand, I’ll sprinkle it with grated Parmesan cheese and have a nice side dish. 1 kilogram for £2.79 (US: $4.17). Item #: 0085966.
Original Source Lemon and Tea Tree Shower Gel – On our recent trip to Costco we were in need of some bath soap. I don’t really like the bars because they gets all slimy in the bath if they can’t dry out properly and then just grosses me out. So, we usually go the liquid soap or gel route. There really weren’t as many choices as I was expecting, I was surprised to find. I decided to try the Original Source product because I liked the thought of a zippy lemon shower product in the morning. Plus, they don’t test on animals, use recycled cardboard and minimum packaging to bundle the bottles of soap in for Costco. It is absolutely delicious smelling! Seriously, it smells like a big glass of lemonade. And that is a great way to start the morning, I think. Somehow they cram 10 lemons into the 250 ml bottle of shower gel! The use the essential oils from the lemons and tea tree to make the shower gel and I just really like it. It gets nice and sudsy and then washes off nicely, no filminess left behind, and leaves your skin feeling soft and smelling ever so slightly of lemon. 6, 250 milliliter bottles for £7.89 (US: $11.80). Item #: 0087488.