Our 4 Favorite New Costco Products of 2018
Costco rolls out new products in its stores all year long. The company will often try out a product in one region, and if it does well they’ll slowly roll it out to other regions as the year goes on.
Meanwhile, though, products with Costco’s private-label Kirkland Signature brand tend to stick around quite a bit longer, and this year saw a few new favorites hit the shelves. Here are the best new Kirkland products introduced in 2018 that you can bet will be around next year too.
1. Kirkland Superfine Blanched Almond Flour, $11 for 3 pounds
Those following keto, Paleo, and gluten-free diets know almond flour is a great high-protein substitute for regular wheat flour, but you don’t have to be following a special diet to love its versatility. Almond flour is an essential ingredient in French macarons, and works as a grain-free breading for chicken cutlets or fish. Kirkland’s almond flour is superfine, making it great for baking, and it comes from California-grown almonds. Store it in the freezer to keep its natural oils from going rancid.
2. Kirkland Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa, $8 for two 35.2-ounce jars
If you love Nutella, you will really love Kirkland’s new Nutella knock-off. It’s pretty much identical in flavor and about half the price. Consider this: A 35.2-ounce jar of Nutella at Target costs $8.99. With Costco’s store brand, you get two jars for just a dollar more. Plus, Kirkland’s spread is made with sunflower oil instead of palm oil (which has some pretty serious environmental issues unless it’s sustainably sourced). Don’t think you’ll ever eat all that chocolate-hazelnut goodness? Think again. You can bake with it, use it to frost cupcakes, whip it into cream for chocolate whipped cream, swirl it into ice cream, and blend it into shakes and smoothies.
3. Kirkland Sparkling Waters, $7.50 for 32 cans
There’s something about the fizzy bubbles in sparkling water that quench like nothing else can — especially when they’re spiked with the juicy flavors of citrus fruits. Really, once you start drinking citrusy fizzy water it’s hard to stop, which is how LaCroix became such a beverage behemoth. Late last summer Costco gave the brand a run for its money, adding a lineup of canned sparkling waters in lime, lemon, and grapefruit flavors. The Kirkland versions were nearly identical in flavor to La Croix and about half the price. Eight-packs of La Croix cost about $0.46 per can at most supermarkets, but the Kirkland Signature version is only $0.23 per can.
4. Kirkland Chocolate Almond Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars, $10 for 18 (3.1-ounce) bars
Now, don’t get too excited. These are not the famous, massive, hand-dipped toasted-almond-rolled ice cream bars Costco used to sell in its food courts. Nothing can replace those. These are more like Haagen Dazs’s classic ice cream bars, but way cheaper. You get premium vanilla ice cream, rich chocolate coating, and toasty bits of nuts — for about 50 cents each. That’s one heck of a sweet bargain.
What new Kirkland Signature products did you love this year? Tell us in the comments!