I hope everyone had a nice Halloween and remembered to pick up their candy at Costco since it is such a good value there. In the UK, Halloween isn’t quite the holiday that it is in the US, so no trick or treaters for us this year. Don’t forget that this Sunday is the last day for the current US coupon book. So, don’t forget to take advantage of it. The next coupon book starts on November 11, so you won’t have to wait long for the next round of deals. I’ve received a couple of emails from readers already with the new coupon book, and will be posting about it on Monday.
Kirkland Signature Cashews – Who doesn’t like cashews? And if you’re looking for a great price on really good quality cashews, you just can’t beat Costco. They have that big tub of cashews for a really fabulous price, but it’s the quality that makes it so great. They are big, whole cashews, not little cashew bits or broken nuts. Plus, they are nicely roasted with the perfect amount of salt; not so salty that they burn your mouth when you eat one. We always got to Costco for any nuts that we want – cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds – because they are such good quality. And honestly, the prices are really good and hard to beat for the nice nuts that you get. Just a couple of weeks ago we bought a small bag of cashews someplace else, and they weren’t nearly as good but would have been much more expensive for the same amount as the Costco tub. And at Waitrose, I would have to pay £5.99 for 450 grams of cashews of similar quality, which would be £15.04 for the same 1.13 kg of nuts that I can get at Costco for just £9.49; a difference of £5.55! We never do anything exciting but snack on our cashews because they are so yummy! Why can’t you eat just one cashew? 1.13 kg for £9.49 (US: $15.35). Item #: 0197875.
Cadbury Drinking Chocolate Mix – Dave has been wanting this for a long, long time. But you know, it just wasn’t cold and thus not hot cocoa weather really. So, we finally bought some and rushed home to make us each a big mug of hot cocoa with our nice new Cadbury drinking chocolate. Sadly, though, we weren’t overwhelmed with deliciousness. It was actually pretty bitter, which takes some of the pleasure out of it for me. And I thought maybe it was just me noticing the bitter after-taste because I’m not a fan of dark chocolate, but even Dave thought it was bitter. My other thought was that it wasn’t very rich in taste, however, that can be rectified by adding a little more mix to your milk, I guess. Dave was disappointed because he thought it was going to be more like actual chocolate instead of just regular hot cocoa powdered mix. Unfortunately for us, we are now stuck with this very large canister of mix that we’re not thrilled with. So, I guess I’ll be trying to figure out how to make it more palatable to us. 1 kg for £3.73 (£4.39 – £0.66 coupon) (US: $6.03). Item #: 0012427.
Aberdeen Angus Roasting Joint – What’s not to like about a big piece of lovely, quality meat? Nothing, that’s what! I’ll be honest, I rarely make roast since it’s just the two of us. However, I thought it seemed like the perfect thing for this time of year with some lovely roasted veggies from the farmer’s market. Yum! But really, the meat is such good quality, it’s not hard to make it taste good. It’s not so much about your cooking skills when you have good ingredients, at that point it is more about just doing the right things and not masking the delicious taste of the meat. We were lucky enough to find a roast that was decent sized but not so enormous that the two of us would be stuck eating roast for the next week too. And it was as delicious as I was hoping it would be, especially with the roasted parsnips, carrots, and potatoes. I must admit, I cheated and bought pre-made Yorkshire puddings which actually turned out to be really nice. We had a little bit left over, enough for a couple of nice sandwiches with some horseradish and nice bread; delicious the second day too. 1.21 kg for £12.09 (US: $19.56). Item #: 0002769.
Go Ahead! Yogurt Breaks Forest Fruit Bars – I must admit when Dave wanted to pick these up, I thought they wouldn’t be all that tasty. They just sounded like a sad rip-off of a Pop Tart, with a yogurt coating. However, they are really yummy. They are thin and crispy like a Pop Tart, though they are smaller in size more like the size of a NutriGrain bar probably. They have a filling flavored with sultanas and berries in a crispy biscuit shell with one side covered with a yogurt frosting. They’re the perfect size for a quick snack mid-morning or -afternoon because they have just 72 calories per bar or 144 for the pack of two. I would have been more impressed if both of the little bars were just 72 calories, but either way it isn’t bad because they do actually do a nice job of filling me up. At Costco, you get three boxes packaged together and each box has six packages containing two bars each, for 12 bars per box. Dave took a box to work for a nice snack in the afternoon when he’s feeling like he needs a break. I also like to have them in the afternoon with a cup of tea. They aren’t super sweet, which I really like. The biscuit part is nice and crunchy and the fruit filling is just a little chewy, so it’s got a nice texture too. Plus, when you open the package, they have this great super-fruity smell, which just makes them all that much better. 3, 6 packs for £3.99 (US: $6.46). Item #: 0097942.
Meniericke German Peppered Salami – I don’t know what makes this German salami but it sure is delicious! We’re big fans of salami in our house. It is delicious plain or on crackers with some cheese, or even sandwiches. And the addition of the peppered edges makes it even better and give it a little spicy kick too. The great thing about this is the really lovely smooth texture that just kind of melts in your mouth. With the pepper on it, you can’t really pair it with too much because it is definitely going to over power everything but the most stout of cheeses probably. So, if you’re looking for something with a more mild taste, this is not the salami for you. However, if you’re looking for something with lots of flavor, this is ideal. This stuff is particularly good on water crackers because they add some crunch but don’t have any flavor of their own and you’re not really eating them for their taste anyway. 2, 300 gram packages for £4.49 (US: $7.26). Item #: 0071871.