The $10 Costco Glassware Gem Hiding in the Refrigerated Section

published Aug 12, 2023
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View of Costco wholesale storefront in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
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Costco’s made a name (and a cult following) for itself thanks to its affordable groceries, quality store-brand products, discounted bulk buys of name-brand items, a budget-friendly food court, and samples galore — if you’re a member, you understand that the hype is real. They sell everything from wine to electronics to pajamas, and even some secret storage gems hiding in their sweet treats. 

While we’ve found stellar storage containers hidden in both the refrigerated section and frozen aisle at Aldi, we’re ecstatic to see similar reusable packaging at Costco, all in the name of delicious, eco-friendly finds. 

Costco’s Dessert Italiano Tiramisu Cups are a true two-for-one: buy them for the tasty coffee-flavored cake with Italian whipped mascarpone, and keep them for the glasses they come in. Each package comes with six of the mini desserts, nestled into 3-ounce glass jars. At only $9.99, this is a must-buy if you have a sweet tooth and/or a knack for reusing glass packaging.

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At 3 ounces, the cups are larger than shot glasses and shooter glasses, which are 1.5 ounces and 2 ounces, respectively, and you can use them for your own mini desserts, espresso, Jell-O shots, dips, salsas, shrimp cocktails, or in seemingly countless other ways around the home. A user in the Costco Products & Reviews Facebook group shared how she reused her tiramisu glasses as accessories in her charcuterie board to hold olives, tomatoes, and other small bites. Yum!

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If you want to follow her lead and use them for storage, you can fill the glasses with toothpicks, propagated plants or seedlings, jewelry, hair accessories, toiletries, rubber bands, art supplies, watercolor projects, matchbooks — the world is your oyster. You could also get these stretchy silicone lids for them to make them even more versatile, either in your fridge or on your storage shelf. And if you’re craftier than I am, try using them to make your own candles to keep or give away as gifts. 

There are also dozens of TikTok users sharing the find and how they got creative with the glasses post-tiramisu. Apparently there are plenty of other Costco sweets that come in quality reusable packaging, like mini cakes and mousses. All of this is to say, we know what we’re getting on our next Costco run.