I Tried Costco’s New “Dangerously Delicious” Pie — Here’s My Honest Review
Last week, I, like many of you, got wind of a new “dangerously delicious” peanut butter-chocolate cream pie at Costco. The number of times I watched that video since then is not important. What is important is that after several failed attempts by multiple editors here at Kitchn, I finally was able to get my hands on this hefty pie to sample it for myself (and all of you).
There were only two left by the time I got to the warehouse on Wednesday morning. So I snatched one up and immediately headed to the register, where I stood in what seemed like a very long line for 11 a.m. on a weekday. How long did I wait? Long enough that my left bicep is sore from holding said pie.
Weighing in at 4.5 pounds, this pie is a conversation piece. I say this because two very friendly Costco employees expressed a mix of envy, admiration, and savviness before regaling me with their own pie-ventures. One had bought the pie earlier this week because she couldn’t not try it. (I relate.) Not wanting to eat the entire behemoth herself, she cut her own slice and left the rest in the break room (presumably) for her coworkers to enjoy. Before leaving, she also taped the receipt next to the pie for all to see. What moxie! I wish I’d gotten her number so we could eat this pie together.
My Honest Review of the Kirkland Signature Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cream Pie
The peanut butter gets top billing in the name, and rightly so. Of the four components — graham crust, peanut butter and chocolate fillings, and peanut butter swirls — the two peanut butter portions are the standouts. The swirls are luscious, and by far my favorite part of this oversized pie. They’re more peanut buttery and slightly sweeter than the filling, and I found myself nabbing small bits with my fork to savor them on their own. The PB filling, while lighter in flavor, has a nice creamy-yet-dense texture that’s on par with the best no-bake pies. (I wouldn’t say no if the 2.0 version is even more peanut butter-forward.)
The buttery crust is somehow sturdy and crumbly at the same time (not to mention delicious). It’s a nice contrast to the compounding creamy textures happening everywhere else. And it was generously proportioned! It made slicing into this nearly 12-inch pie easier than I anticipated. Not a broken bit of crust in sight — except for the ones masterfully sprinkled on top, of course. The least successful layer, for me, is the chocolate filling; It’s spot-on texturally (smooth and airy, to balance out the more dense PB layer beneath it), but I was expecting a rich, chocolatey flavor, similar to a decadent mousse and this fell a little bit short. Still, I ate my entire slice … and a few bites from my brother-in-law’s second slice.
Between the five of us who sampled the pie, we only managed to make a small dent in this massive dessert. (My dad highly suggests buying it for a larger gathering and pre-slicing it into slivers so it’s ready to pass out. It could serve at least 12 people, probably more.)
But don’t worry — the rest of this pie will not go to waste. I wrapped it up for my brother-in-law to bring to his office’s break room. I may even give him the receipt to tape next to it.
Find it in stores: Kirkland Signature Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie, $19.99 for 4.5 pounds
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