Even if you don’t have a brood that requires two-kilogram tubs of peanut butter, Costco has tons of variety and value to offer, especially in its private-label Kirkland Signature products. Often cheaper than their brand-name equivalents, they’re also occasionally the same or better in quality—sometimes even made by the same company that manufactures the original. Next time you’re cruising the aisles, have a few samples and check out these 11 best Kirkland Signature products to buy now at Costco.
The items and prices listed in the gallery below were sourced from the Costco in Burlington, Ont. and may vary from store to store.
With a hearty mix of protein and fibre-rich peanuts, raisins, almonds and cashews, this tasty treat also contains real M&Ms.
Kirkland Signature Mix, 1.36 kg, $13.99
Stock up, and avoid having to swap the batteries from your kids’ toys to power your remote. In Consumer Reports testing, Kirkland Signature alkaline AAs were rated a “Best Buy” because of their performance and price, which is currently about 52 cents per pair (Duracell performed better, but cost more than twice as much). Consumer Reports also says don’t bother storing them in the fridge—a cool, dark place works as well.
Kirkland Signature AA Batteries, 48 pack, $12.49
Need a satisfyingly sweet dessert to feed a hungry horde? Visit the Costco bakery counter two days ahead of your event, and order a half-sheet cake that can serve about 48 people, complete with chocolate or vanilla buttercream icing. Choose from among two dozen birthday and other celebratory themes, including rosebuds, religious, rainbow, baby, anniversary, ballet, music and various other sports.
Kirkland Signature Cake, 1.36 kg, $13.99
At this price you can try out a new goat cheese-based dish, and feel good about supporting Canadian businesss—this soft, unripened store-brand product is made by Woolwich Dairy Inc. in Orangeville, Ont.
Kirkland Signature Goat Cheese, 2 x 300 g, $8.99
Filled with chicken, potatoes, peas, carrots and a creamy sauce, and encased in a golden pastry, this pie is a weeknight meal saver. In 45 to 60 minutes, you’ll have a main you can pair with a tasty salad—and dinner is done (possibly even for two nights, as you’ll likely have leftovers!)
Kirkland Signature 10″ Chicken Pot Pie, 1.25 kg $10.49
Containing the same active ingredient (acetaminophen) as Tylenol, this generic over-the-counter pain reliever certainly relieves the pain of paying for the brand name equivalent: While the Kirkland Signature version works out to almost 1.5 cents per tablet, the major label brand is over nine cents. Kirkland Signature Extra-Strength 500 mg Acetaminophen Tablets, 2 x 350. $9.99Photo: Costco
Costco is undoubtedly the best place to stock up for party snacks, and you don’t have to settle for the one-kilogram barrel of Cheese Balls (unless you really want to). Here you’re getting the quality of Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut chips for a private-label price: A smaller bag in a national department store costs $1.35 per 100 g, while these will satisfy your guests for 72 cents. Kirkland Signature Kettle Chips, 907 g, $6.49Photo: Costco
You may balk at the idea of canned chicken, but is it really any different from tuna? And if it’s going to make lunch prep easier, we’re all for it. Extra-lean (98 percent fat-free) and packed in water, these chunks of chicken breast are fully cooked and great for topping salads and stuffing sandwiches. Kirkland Signature Chunk Chicken Breast, 6 x 354 g, $13.99Photo: Costco
This may be one of the biggest not-so-hidden secrets at Costco: Whiles it’s a private-label product, this house blend coffee is custom-roasted by Starbucks and fair-trade certified. It’s also available in an Espresso Blend and a two-pack. Kirkland Signature House Blend Coffee, 907 g, $15.49Photo: Costco
One of the most protein-packed foods on the planet and one of the few plants to contain all nine essential amino acids, quinoa is also high in iron and contains almost twice as much fibre as other grains. Oh, and this one is organic and certified gluten-free, too (while quinoa itself does not contain gluten, it’s often contaminated during processing). Kirkland Signature Organic Quinoa, 2.04 kg, $11.99Photo: Costco
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