This Week at Costco – September 14 2008

September 25th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Obviously you’ll be able to figure out from the date that this post is a long overdue.  I tried really hard to get it posted before I left but just wasn’t able to pull it off.  And despite Dave’s belief that I could just write it all from my iPhone, that actually didn’t seem like a viable option.  There’s only so much typing on that baby sized keyboard that I can take at one time.  So, sorry you all had to go so long without a Costco-y goodness post from me.  I’m eating a fresh baked toll house cookie (see below) as I write this and I’m certainly thinking they are every bit as good as Stella said in her comment.

Georgia-Pacific Advantage Ink Jet PaperGeorgia-Pacific Advantage Ink Jet Paper – I like buying my paper at Costco because I can buy it like once a year and not have to think about it or worry if I’ll have enough for quite some time.  The paper is a good, heavy weight and really bright white so everything you print comes out very crisply and the colors pop a bit more than on regular, low cost papers that you might get from the office supply stores.  Plus, you really do get a nice supply of good quality paper for less than you can get it anywhere else. The GP stuff has a brightness of 94, and a weight of 24.  In each carton you get 5 reams (that’s 500 sheets) for a total of 2500 sheets of paper.  2500 sheets for $13.99.

Ghiradelli Chocolate SquaresGhiradelli Chocolate Squares – I know it’s wrong to buy this giant bag of chocolate squares but they are so good!  Each square has a yummy filling that pairs perfectly with the creamy milk chocolate.  In the bag at Costco you get 55 chocolate squares that come with a variety of fillings: mint, milk chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter.  I can’t decide which is my favorite, the caramel filling or the peanut butter.  The peanut butter is nice because it’s like all of the good parts of a Reese’s peanut butter cup but I like the mix better because it’s got a better ratio of milk chocolate to peanut butter.  Of course, the caramel is super delicious too because it’s all gooey, yummy goodness.  Really, no matter what flavor you get it’ll be good.  55 squares for $9.99.

Kirkland Signature Balsamic VinegarKirkland Signature Balsamic Vinegar – Balsamic vinegar is one of those things that everyone that really likes to cook should have around the house because it can be used for a nice variety of things, from savory to sweet.  We like it on salads, especially a nice tomato, basil, mozzarella one where we drizzle a little straight on, however, you can also mix it with things to create a nice salad dressing.  We have also found it is really surprisingly good on sweet things, like strawberries or figs and vanilla ice cream.  Sometimes you can use it straight from the bottle, other times it is nice to reduce it to thicken it and make it a little sweeter.  But no matter how you like it, the KS stuff is a good deal.  It has a nice flavor and is actually from Italy, much like the KS olive oils.  The balsamic vinegar comes from Modena and is certified by the Assaggiatori Italiani Balsamico (AIB), which is a pretty strenuous testing and tasting routine to grade the vinegar based on its aroma, tast, and visual properties.  The KS vinegar is designated “four letters”; the highest quality rating of the AIB. (You can read more about the AIB here, but only if your Italian is up to the task. 1 litre (33.8 ounces) for $10.99.

Kirkland Signature Granulated California GarlicKirkland Signature Granulated California Garlic – Normally I am very snooty about where I buy my spices, however, we were out of garlic and I thought I’d give the KS stuff a try since it is so cheap.  I think I’ve mentioned before my love of garlic but I will reiterate: we use it all the time, in all of our non-sweet foods practically.  It’s great on veggies or bread or meat, well, you get the picture.  So, the key is that we use a fair amount of garlic, minced and granulated, in a given year.  Which is where Costco really shines, in the large quantity department, for spices.  We were able to get a big 18 ounce container for under $4.00, which is completely unheard of in the grocery store.  Or, if you do pick it up at the grocery store, it is of low quality and practically old enough that it could drive a car. We first tried the KS whole peppercorns, and they lived up to our quality expectations, so I felt that the garlic was probably in the same class.  And, it is.  It has a nice kick of garlicky smell when you open the bottle and the taste is equally up to snuff.  18 ounces granulated garlic for $3.95

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie DoughNestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – So, I’m going to include this here, even though Dave purchased it after I left on my trip.  I was pleased to see that he at least didn’t eat it for dinner every night while I was gone.  I must admit that I wouldn’t normally buy the cookie dough in a tub but would just whip up the chocolate chip cookies from scratch.  However, I have got to say that having the dough at the ready is really quite convenient.  Not to mention, instead of making a couple dozen cookies you can make just a few.  That has to be more dietarily responsible, right? But most importantly, they are really yummy!  Since you keep the dough in the fridge the butter has a chance to solidify before you will be using it, this results in a cookie that tends more towards puffy than spread out and thin.  This is great and the way a cookie should be, in my opinion.  It’s got a nice crunchy outside but stays soft and delicious on the inside.  So, now you can have a plate of fresh from the oven cookies in just 11 minutes. Brilliant!  I would definitely suggest heading over to Costco to pick some up before the $2 coupon expires! 5 pounds for ($7.79 – $2.00 coupon =) $5.79.


Tags: Coupons · Food · Office Share

3 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Mickaelle craig // 2015.02.28 at 3:46 pm

    This Balsamic Vinigar is so good. ….Costo does not have it anymore….Where could I buy it in Québec or Toronto.

    Thank You,


  2. 2 Costco Coupon Book - March 16 - April 5, 2009 // 2009.03.13 at 11:56 am

    […] for some people) but it’s convenient and sometimes that’s more important.  You can read this previous post for my full review of the cookie dough.  When we last purchased it, in September, it was $7.79 – […]

  3. 3 Bob Neel // 2008.10.03 at 7:01 pm

    I, too, have become addicted to the GP Advantage Premium Ink Jet paper, for all the reasons you listed. So TRUE TO COSTCO FRUSTRATION, they’ve now discontinued it!! Like everything you like at Costco, you need to buy a lifetime supply or else you’ll not see it there when you need it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve suffered this same frustration with Costco.

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