Fantastic Costco Finds: Cake and cheese

We went to Costco because we were running low on chocolate chips a bunch of stuff.  We tend to go about once about every other month and buy specific items each time (plus an online order here and there), but I love cruising through the store to find new things to try.  Costco has a lot of gluten-free options, so I keep my eyes peeled.  And I’ve bought a shocking amount of clothing from there….from work attire when I was working, to yoga pants and shoes.

This time I only found 1 item in the clothing department, a pair of casual/active capris.  They aren’t fitted and are a stretchy nylon-type material, so they’ll be perfect for wearing around the house and for errands.  I think they were like $17…can’t beat the prices on clothing there.  Everything I’ve bought has held up really well too, but if not, you can return things at any time without a receipt.  As an example of the pricing there, Hunter rainboots (which everyone down here goes crazy over to wear as normal shoes – no thanks!) – are over $100 at other stores, but Costco usually has them for $75.  Same with Tom’s (- yes, please -) which are $50 otherwise, but usually $35 there. They aren’t always available and usually only have one or two colors, but still great deals.

Back to the real story…cake and cheese.  As we were strolling through the store, I pointed out gluten-free pound cake and told Lo to grab one when he came by with the cart – I think the package was around $8, and I didn’t even realize there were two cakes in it until we got home.  I didn’t have high expectations for it, but my parents were coming, so I thought we could eat it that weekend.  It was a pack of 2, so I told my mom she should take the other one home because I didn’t think it would be that great anyway.  We cut into it that night and it was AMAZING.  Seriously.  It was like a slightly denser angel food cake with excellent flavor.  Even Lo loved it – he said he wanted to eat it for every meal.  We almost told my mom she couldn’t have the other one.  Just kidding – but I fully intended to go back the next week to get another more before they were gone.  When I did go back, I text Lo and asked him how many I should buy (knowing I was also getting one for my mom and for my friend), and he replied after I’d left the store (with 5 packs) and said “buy all of the cakes”.  Somehow we’ve resisted eating any so far.

crumb cake

Cheese.  I love cheese.  We never leave Costco without buying cheese, usually sliced and shredded.  As I was going down the snack aisle, I noticed these Whisps.

whisps whisps

They are just Parmesan cheese – that’s it.  They were $9.99-ish, so not a cheap snack, but it’s a decent size bag and it’s what I would consider a healthy snack…because, cheese.  My friends used to make an appetizer with Parm cheese cups (made of just parmesan, like these), so I was hoping these were similar tasting, except crunchy.  I opened these the next day and they were so good!  Crispy, salty bits of goodness with lots of protein.  Lo tried them that weekend and agreed that they were addicting – almost too salty, but not.  Needless to say, when I went back, I bought 2 more bags.  They better keep carrying these – I need them!  And please don’t judge that this salad has cheese (whisps) on top of (feta) cheese.  And I swear there were like 3 cups of spinach in that bowl, even though it looks like it’s all cheese!

whisps

The crumb cakes are probably going to be discontinued, as things come and go at Costco.  I think they were a special item for Passover – I’m ok with that because, seriously, how many cakes should I eat?  But the Whisps…these need to stick around.

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