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This $9 Costco Snack Is My Best Impulse Buy of All Time

published Oct 30, 2023
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On most of my trips to Costco I’m accompanied by a four-year-old shopping buddy. This means, in addition to making our way to the far reaches of the warehouse to see the forklifts (hopefully in action), I am as efficient as possible. I go in with a list (organized by store layout, of course), get what I need, and get out. There’s rarely any strolling the aisles to scout out new-to-me items.

On the rare occasion I do get to Costco solo, I take my time looking for fun finds, groceries my fellow editors have raved about (hello, Mini Caramel Apple Cakes). Basically, it’s inevitable there’s at least one — though, more likely several — impulse buys in my cart. 

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On my last solo trip, I was so excited about my latest impulse buy — Muddy Bites, which are basically bite-size milk chocolate-filled waffle cones — I tossed them in the front seat so I could try them immediately. There was no way I could wait until I got home to tear open the bag. What a great decision because they were even better than I expected.  

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What’s So Great About Muddy Bites Milk Chocolate Waffle Cone Snacks?

The thing that immediately drew me to these mini cones is that they reminded me of Trader Joe’s Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones — minus the ice cream, of course. My favorite part of Hold the Cone is the chocolate lining the inside of the cone. Muddy Bites are just that, but better. Because instead of just a chocolate lining on the cones, the two-inch cone is filled with solid milk chocolate.

These tiny cones are crisp and taste just like you’d expect a waffle cone to taste, with a hint of vanilla and just-sweet-enough flavor. The solid chocolate filling is smooth, creamy, and delicious. It is the perfect two-bite treat.

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What’s the Best Way to Serve Muddy Bites Milk Chocolate Waffle Cone Snacks?

You absolutely can’t go wrong popping these in your mouth and eating them as-is. If you want to follow my lead, open up that bag as soon as you load your Costco haul in the car. They also make a great lunchbox snack and after-school snack. 

I highly recommend putting out a bowl when you have friends over (they will get gobbled up). They’re a fun treat to bring to potlucks, a great choice for road trips (if it happens to be super hot, just keep the bag in a cooler), and a solid addition to dessert boards and spreads. And of course, they make a great ice cream topping.

Find it in stores: Muddy Bites Milk Chocolate Waffle Cone Snacks, $8.99 for 12.5 ounces

What’s your best grocery impulse buy of all time? Tell us in the comments below.