The Single Best Thing to Buy at Costco This Summer If You Have Kids

updated May 11, 2022
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While it’s my duty as Kitchn’s Unofficial Costco Critic to peruse the wide warehouse aisles in search of the best deals, hottest new products, and just-for-fun bulk buys, it’s also my pleasure. On a recent visit, I spotted the single best product I’ve seen all year for parents — and I can’t keep it to myself any longer. The best thing parents can buy right now at Costco is The Ice Cream Party Box.

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Find it in stores: The Ice Cream Party Box, $17.99

The Easiest Ice Cream Social Ever

As a work-from-home mama to two elementary school-aged kids, I field snack requests from the moment their feet hit the floor each morning until after their sun-soaked heads rest on their pillows at night. Additionally, I’m constantly looking for ways to entertain the kids … with fun activities that might even create lasting memories. That’s why I was so delighted to find this box of ready-to-go ice cream party supplies.

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This box has almost everything you need to throw an easy ice cream party with neighbors and friends. In it you’ll find 12 waffle cones, 20 cups, 24 spoons, a 24-ounce bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup, Nerds rainbow candies, mini gummy bears, M&M candies, mini Oreo cookies, rainbow sprinkles, and mini marshmallows.

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Ice cream isn’t included in the box, so at almost $18, the party box is a little pricey. I justify this not only as a splurge for my kids, but also a nice parent hack. I’m not likely to come up with the cool idea to throw a random ice cream party. The micro-decisions that go into setting one up can overwhelm my already-tired brain: I don’t have the energy to choose between cake or waffle cones and rainbow sprinkles or chocolate ones! But this party box makes it easy to turn all of those decisions into a single simple choice that is absolutely worth it. Truly a party in a box, the kids don’t have to know how easy it was to pull together. And won’t it be fun to think back on that time when we had a mini ice cream party for no real reason?

What’s the best thing you’ve found at Costco this summer? Tell us in the comments below.