The 8 Best Freezer Finds We Bought at Costco in 2022

published Dec 16, 2022
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If there’s one section you can’t miss at Costco, it’s the freezer section. The warehouse chain stocks these aisles — yes, there’s more than one aisle! — with some of its most popular items. And this year, we tried a lot of them. Breakfast staples! Dinner shortcuts! Refreshing drinks (and desserts)! You name it, chances are good it made its way into our carts.

After all that tasting and testing, it was nearly impossible to narrow down the list. But we did! These are the eight best freezer finds we bought at Costco this year.

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1. Cuisine Adventures Everything Franks in a Blanket, $13.99 for 35.6 ounces

These pigs in a blanket are much more than any ol’ pastry-wrapped pup. The two-bite appetizers are made from juicy miniature pork sausages wrapped in a crispy everything bagel-seasoned puff pastry. We may have passed the peak of the everything bagel trend, but products like these franks in a blanket have stuck around, thanks to that salty, savory mixture of garlic, sesame, and poppy seed.

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2. Mad Minis Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, $9.99 for 36

Our favorite thing about this frozen snack isn’t its taste, convenience, or even the price — although it is a bargain at $10 for a box of 36 sandwiches. It’s what goes (or, in some cases, doesn’t go) into each sandwich that has us stocking these bright-blue boxes in our freezer. The company, according to its site, sources the very best of ingredients, which includes milk, cream, cane sugar, wheat flour, and cocoa, among others. As far as flavor and texture go, those are spot-on too. The vanilla ice cream is rich and creamy and it balances the crispy, crunchy chocolatey cookies in just the right way.

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3. Nature’s Touch Frozen Wild Blueberries, $10 for 5 pounds

This bag of frozen blueberries is another regular in our carts. Wild blueberries are sweeter (and, therefore to me, better-tasting) and said to be higher in nutritional content than regular blueberries. We add them to smoothies, overnight oats, and yogurt, as well as homemade baked goods.

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4. Calabrian Roots Organic Balsamic Glazed Vegetable Blend, $11.99 for 48 ounces

Frozen veggies are convenient, affordable, and have a longer shelf-life than their fresh counterparts. And at Costco, they’re almost always organic. This vegetable blend comes with a mix of veggies that we don’t always see in frozen blends, including asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, grape tomatoes, and red bell peppers. Plus, the balsamic glaze adds a sweet-tart flavor that is delightful. It’s a nice side dish to fish, and works well in a grain bowl on top of rice or quinoa

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5. Boba Bam Instant Boba Pack, $10.99 for 34.5 ounces

After seeing YouTube (rave) reviews about this Instant Boba Pack, we drove straight to Costco to try it for ourselves. The preparation is simple: Put it in the microwave for 60 seconds, followed by some pouring, stirring, and, finally, sipping. The resulting drink is full of brown sugar flavor, and the texture of the boba is pretty similar to what you’d get at a tea shop, although a little less firm. The packs even come with wide boba straws for that ultimate tea-shop experience.

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6. Tattooed Chef Organic Riced Cauliflower Stir-Fry, $9.39 for 48 ounces

We made extra room in our freezers for frozen veggie mixes in 2022. Why? They’re just too good a shortcut. Everything in this organic stir-fry — cauliflower, peas, corn, and red bell peppers — comes pre-cooked, so all you need to do is heat it up with some warmed oil in a pan (for about six minutes). It’s filling enough on its own, but it also makes for a delicious base for cooked tofu, steamed edamame, grilled chicken, poached eggs, or any other quick (or leftover) protein.

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7. Sister Shubert’s Dinner Yeast Rolls, $7.99 for 48 rolls

Sister Shubert’s rolls are some of the best around. Slide a pan of the frozen rolls into the oven, and within 10 minutes the kitchen will fill with the warm, yeasty aroma of freshly baked bread. Break open the crusty, golden exterior to expose pillowy-soft bread and add a pat of softened butter to amp up the delicious flavor. We serve them alongside a variety of soups, but you shouldn’t sleep on having the rolls for breakfast, either.

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8. Veggies Made Great Double Chocolate Muffins, $12 for 20 muffins

Breakfast in under a minute? Sign us up. Or, should we say, add to cart. These frozen muffins list zucchini and carrots as the first two ingredients, which means we can start our day with a veggie-forward, warm and chocolatey baked good that takes 35 seconds in the microwave to warm up. They’re deliciously moist, with a nice amount of banana flavor, and a good source of fiber. Plus, they don’t contain any gluten, soy, peanuts, or tree nuts.

Don’t see your favorite freezer find on the list? Tell us about it in the comments below!