If you’re in the US, don’t forget that this is the last shopping weekend before Thanksgiving, so plan accordingly. Don’t forget that that usually means that Costco is crazytown all weekend long, not to mention it gets quite picked over later in the day. The good thing is that the current coupon book will be valid through the holiday, so you can still have plenty of time to take advantage of any of those deals for your Thanksgiving feast. Happy shopping!
World’s Softest Cozy Slouch Socks – When you have a name like “World’s Softest” that’s a lot to live up to. However, these socks are really so wonderfully soft, I’m sure they are the softest in the world. What was even more surprising though was how warm they are. The socks are very soft and seem quite light and airy in texture but keep your feet toasty warm when running around the house in the wintertime. The warmth might be a result of the slouchiness of the socks which means there is a lot of fabric scrunched down by your ankle. All of that fabric is the result of pushing down what is essentially a knee sock. In the pack at Costco you get two pairs of these great socks and they come in fun stripes too. They had a wide variety of colours, I chose the pink and red striped versions, but they also had a yellow, blue and green (I think), plus a multi-coloured version but they are all variegated colours and not just solids (except the white striped areas). They are so fluffy and comfy to wear. I like to wear them around the house during the day, like slippers I guess, now that the weather has turned distinctively colder. My only concern is that they bottoms of them, where you walk, will wear out quickly. So far that doesn’t seem to be a problem but I’ve only worn them for a few days. Also, even though I bought these in the UK, they have a different pack of the World’s Softest socks at Costco US. In the Thanksgiving weekend coupon book there’s a coupon for $3.00 off a 3-pack of the socks (final price of $6.99 after coupon). They look to be in different colour schemes and don’t look quite as long though. But I’m sure they are still super duper soft and would make a great winter treat for yourself. There is one funny thing about these socks, well, really it is the packaging for them. I always read the washing instructions because I’m a responsible kid like that, and I thought it was hilarious and worth pointing out that you cannot iron these socks. Who irons socks? Especially fluffy socks like this? To me, that is a bit of an unnecessary warning. But maybe that’s just because I’m not into ironing socks. 2 pairs for £5.99 (US: $9.50). Item #: 0120430.
Enzo Mantovani Cashmere Scarf – Enzo Mantovani is a high quality Italian knitwear designer. They make the most beautiful sweaters/jumpers and cardigans. I didn’t put it together when I bought the scarf at Costco but I actually bought a cardigan from the Enzo Mantovani store in Milan on a trip there last summer. I totally fell in love with their beautiful knitwear designs and would have bought a ton of stuff if I didn’t have to come home on a plane. In any case, the cashmere scarves that they have at Costco are really lovely and soft but also very warm. As I mentioned above, it’s definitely turned cold and wintry here, especially in the evening, so having a decent scarf is essential. And sure I have a couple of scarves already but I just bought a new winter coat, so I felt it deserved a new scarf to go with it. To be honest, I was a bit bummed that Costco didn’t have any really nice ladies leather gloves to go with my new winter outerwear too. But at least I have a great scarf now. The scarf is 12″ wide and 62″ long with some fringy bits at the end of course; the fringe is not part of the measured length dimension. The width is perfect because it is wide enough to do a really good job at protecting your neck and fitting under your coat collar without being so wide that it is all bunchy. The length is quite good, though depending on how I wrap my scarf, an extra 6 – 12″ in length wouldn’t go amiss. Though the length that it is makes it good if you are one of those people that like to tuck your scarf ends into your coat. Since the scarf is 100% cashmere it is a very thin (as in not thick, not chintzy and cheap) but tight weave that totally blocks the wind and cold from your vulnerable neck, but it still looks tidy because it is such a lightweight scarf. Love it! They had a few different colours at our Costco including the black that I got, there was grey, white/ivory, red, navy blue, and I think there was a plaid as well. All of the colours were really nice and would work for women or men. Of course, since the scarf is cashmere, I think we all know what that means for cleaning it, yup, dry clean only. But at least it isn’t like you want to wash your scarf all the time anyway. £19.99 (US: $31.72). Item #: 0568461K.
Carr’s Biscuit Selection Tin – Since I like cheese so much, it is only naturally that I would buy a lot of crackers as well. My preferred brand of crackers is Carr’s, for sure. I used to buy their various packages at Costco in the US and I still buy them whenever I can find them at Costco UK. Though I have always been quite surprised that they are not always stocked at my Costco in Watford. But when I saw this cute tin filled with different varieties of Carr’s crackers, naturally I bought one. In my experience, these are the perfect crackers to accompany pretty much any type of cheese. In the tin at Costco you get nine different types of cracker: oatcake, wheatmeal, original melts, poppy & sesame cracker, large table water, small table water, multi grain, table water with black pepper, and cheese melts. This kind of variety will certainly ensure that you have the right cracker for any type of spread, dip, topping, or cheese that you want to use. I like the table water for its total versatility. It doesn’t have a lot of flavour of its own, so it goes with anything and everything. I also really like the melts because they just have this really unique light texture. Since 500 grams of crackers is quite a lot, I think it is really nice that they are divided into two, separately wrapped layers. So, you have two different layers, each with all nine varieties, which means that you don’t have to get all of your crackers stale while you are enjoying them. At first it might loo like the layers are pretty thin and you’ll be thinking that it can’t possibly contain that many crackers, but it’s a lot of crackers. There are five of most of the varieties, six of a couple and just three of the wholemeal crackers; a decent number of crackers. If you’re going to buy some crackers for the holiday season, this is a great option and you can’t beat the price at Costco. These are £2.35 more at Ocado and that is on sale from £7.50 even. 500 grams for £4.39 (US: $6.97). Item #: 0139445.
Rodeo Joe’s Mozzarella Sticks – Can you go wrong with mozzarella and breading? No, no, you can’t. These were really delicious! I’m possibly a bit biased because of my love of cheese, and the fact that I’m always a sucker for mozzarella sticks. I do think we’ve now tried all of the Rodeo Joe’s snacks that they have available at Costco and I think they’re all pretty good (I’m not a huge fan of the onion rings but they’re not horrible). I think we probably like the mozzarella sticks best but the jalapeño poppers are also pretty delicious. I wouldn’t say “no” to either of them really. The mozzarella sticks are good sized and have a really tasty garlic and herb breadcrumb crust on the outside. They take about 12 minutes to cook in the oven. In that small span of time they manage to get impressively crispy on the outside and deliciously melty on the inside. But don’t forget to let them cool for about two minutes after you pull them out of the oven or you’ll burn your mouth on the hot cheese and that’ll ruin the whole experience. They say that you can fry them but that’s so messy and can be such a hassle, I’m not sure it is worth it when they turn out so well in the oven. When you combine them with a bit of the Kirkland Signature Marinara Sauce as a dip, they are a pretty perfect snack. We find them to be a great companion to a night of sports watching. And good news for those of you that are vegetarians, or have vegetarian friends, these are suitable for you too. I wish I had a bigger freezer so that I could have these and the jalapeño poppers on hand more often. But my little baby freezer space pretty much only has space for one bag of these at a time. That’s probably a good thing for the health and nutritional eating goals of everyone in my house though. 1.2 kg for £6.49 (US: $10.30). Item #: 0074331.