Grazing on Costco Samples

July 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments

We’ve all done it.  You know you have too.  You get to Costco a little hungry and then graze your way through on the bounty of delicious samples.  At various times, there might be cheese, pasta, fish, ice cream, juice, chips, licorice, chips, candy, chocolates….the list goes on and on.  It’s brilliant marketing on Costco’s part because everyone loves to get the samples, it’s one of the things I hear or read about most often in connection with Costco.  However, they really do entice a lot of people (like me) to buy the sample items of the day.  I’ve been lured in on several occasions and I’m usually happy that they had a sample I could try before buying.  A lot of times, I’ll purchase something that I never would have even thought about getting if I hadn’t had a nibble to determine it’s yumminess quotient.  It’s also nice to give something a try before lugging home a jumbo 2 pound container of something that you would have preferred not to buy.

So, there’s a great blog post on Little Dragon Fruit that talks about munching her way through the Costco samples.  She even suggests the perfect strategy for a happy sampling experience – meats, cheeses, and assorted food items first, and then hit up the beverage folks.  It’s also nice to get an opinion on some of the things that Costco has on offer that you might not have tried yet.


Tags: Costco in Blogs · Food Share

5 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Midge // 2011.11.01 at 12:25 pm

    My kids have been exposed to all kinds of foods that I did not sample until I was much older than they. My son loves talapia and salmon. Australian lamb. All sorts of things. Plus I like that I can ask the ladies how they cook it or fix it or if they have other ideas on how to use the particular item. They always provide ideas and tips.

  2. 2 Clue // 2008.07.19 at 11:02 pm

    The samples are one big reason among many that I so strongly prefer Costco over Sam’s.

    At Sam’s, the samples tend to consist primarily of pre-fab, processed frozen foods. While Costco may do a few of those from time to time too, there you’re much more likely to get samples of fruits like watermelon and strawberries, or various meats, cheeses and nuts.

    Those kinds of samples can open peoples’ minds to making healthier choices, For example, I know that my spousling would likely have never even tried any of the Kashi or Odwalla products if it weren’t for Costco samplings.

    Go Costco!!

  3. 3 Rene // 2008.07.16 at 4:44 pm

    I get so irritated at samples. The customers crowd around the sample ladies like vultures, dragging their 10 kids with them. It is usually too much of a pain to get a sample plus these folks are crowding the aisle.

    So nice to find another person insane about Costco.

  4. 4 Kimberly // 2008.07.16 at 3:36 pm

    I thought I had posted about these, but I can’t find it right now. They are Organic Batter Blasters & the pancakes are ok, not spectacular but they make a decent pancake. I haven’t tried using them for waffles though. They come in a spray can that is similar to whipped cream. I bought it because they are a great idea for camping, I think. At Costco you get 3 can (18 oz each) for $9.99. I know they still had them in Austin just a couple of weeks ago.

  5. 5 Sara // 2008.07.16 at 3:24 pm

    Where are these spray on pancakes that have now been mentioned in both the chowhound post and the comments to this one???? I *want*.

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