Oh, Costco, keepers of bulk items that we can’t help but make room for in our pantries and refrigerators. From giant vats of olive oil to a neighborhood’s worth of nuts, it’s clear the Costco holds a special place in the hearts of Americans who love to stock up and save a few bucks.
And there are some cult items we wish we had never discovered. Remember when those chocolate-covered potato chips sounded kind of gross, but you agreed to try them anyway and now you can’t stop yourself from grabbing another container every week? Ah, the memories.
Here are 35 of the most popular items people can’t resist picking up from their local Costco. How many have you snagged during your weekly grocery shopping or a pre-party food run?
1. The sandwich rolls tray
Having a party? Everybody loves these easy-to-eat and not-too-sinful snacks. So much easier than making your own finger foods!
2. The giant jelly bean container
Jelly Bellys are a great snack for the office. And for some reason, despite knowing our colleagues have been sticking their hands in the jar for days, we still feel compelled to grab that 3pm sugar boost.
3. Bulk almonds
These are always great if you’re trying to eat healthy snacks, even though they sometimes lead us too each a few too many. But we can always justify that they’re better for us than the jelly beans, right?
4. Rotisserie chicken
Perfect for a family dinner that it feels like you cooked, it’s the perfect answer to a long, busy day.
5. Peanut butter 2-pack
Peanut butter is s pantry staple for many, so this bargain is always hard to pass up on a shopping trip. How many times have you found a spare way in the back of your cupboards?
6. Bulk garlic
Even if you love cooking, isn’t it great to skip the peeling and chopping garlic step? No worries about your finger smelling like garlic the next day!
7. Olive oil
Healthy chefs go through this stuff like mad and it’s hard to pass up the price to buy it in bulk. Now to find somewhere to store it and try not to dump too much into the pan from these hulking containers.
8. Peppermint bark
It’s the most wonderful time of the year when Costco busts out these sweet treats!
9. Chocolate chips
It always feels like a good idea to have a sweet, seemingly innocent snack around to mix in with your nuts or convince you to bake some cookies. Until you eat 6 servings in one sitting.
10. King Cheese Spirella minis
The key to every successful party, it’s impossible not to pick these up when you know you’re having people over.
11. Bulk frozen burgers
Nothing says summer like picking up a box of these for barbecues. And nothing says the end of summer like having to jackhammer the last ones apart.
12. Kirkland coffee
For Starbucks fans, this is a great money-saver.
Does any baker not have one of these in the pantry? Good quality vanilla can be expensive to buy elsewhere.
14. Rotisserie chicken meat
For those who don’t want to carve the chicken themselves, this makes dinner time even easier!
15. Sheet cake
Office birthday parties are a great excuse to pick up one of these bad boys (and take home the leftovers).
16. Pre-cooked bacon
From BLTs to a quick protein boost, these are some of Costco’s best-selling products.
17. Sliced bacon
People really like their bacon, and its rare to see a cart without a package in there.
18. Bacon crumbles
The salad topping of bacon-lovers everywhere (and those who don’t eat healthy salads).
19. Chocolate-covered potato chips
Remember the first time someone told you about these and they sounded kind of gross? Those were innocent times.
20. Bakery muffins
So hard to pass up while you’re thinking of how little time you have to make breakfast. They seem like such a good idea until you end up biting into your second or third.
A spoonful of pesto can be great over pasta (or just about any carb). If you’re not one of those ambitious people who can make your own from scratch and store them in ice cube trays for whenever you need them, this is the perfect alternative.
Ok, do these fit in anyone’s oven? They are some seriously big pies, but that doesn’t stop us from picking up a few while we’re shopping.
23. Hot dogs
Even if you don’t consider yourself a hot dog person, it’s hard to resist their siren song when you’re checking out. Why do they always smell so good?
24. Salmon ready-bake dinner
On a healthier note, this is a great way to keep from fretting over dinner and just pop something in the oven.
25. Bake-at-home bread
It’s not the same as being in Europe, but the smell of bread baking is good motivation to throw these in the cart.
26. Peanut butter-filled pretzels
The serving size is 8 – that will either make you laugh or cry.
27. Brownie brittle
You can’t eat just one. Or two. Or three.
Whether you’re a cockail guru or just like the keep the bar stocked for guests, people love buying the mystery brands of spirits under the Kirkland label.
29. Dried mango
It’s one of those snacks you pick up because you know you’re never going to make your own.
30. Parmesan cheese
Spaghetti night wouldn’t be the same without everyone asking for an extra sprinkle of real Italian parm. And who wants to grate it themselves?
31. Farm-fresh eggs
Fried, scrambled, or hard-boiled, having a bunch of organic eggs around can take you from breakfast through dinner.
32. Maple syrup
Have you seen the price of real syrup in regular grocery stores?! This has to be one of the best deal Costco has to offer and a must-buy if you love pancake day.
33. Vanilla ice cream
The prefect treat to have on hand if you’ve had a long day or need a sidekick for that sheet cake. You can also throw the next item on top for a perfectly civilized dessert.
34. Three berry blend
Whether you’re making smoothies or just throwing them over ice cream for a simple dessert, these save you time and money – but maybe not freezer space.
35. A mortgage
Customers can apply for a mortgage on their way out the door – either because they saved so much by buying in bulk or need to move after spending way too much money.
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