With over 90 million customers flocking in and out of Costco’s doors on a yearly basis, Costco knows how to keep their customers happy. They sell a multitude of products, ranging from food and clothing to exercise equipment. They also have a loyal fan base of customers that depend on the store’s low priced bulk items. So let’s get out that shopping cart and fill it with 10 of Costco’s best selling food and drink items.
When thinking of pizza, it’s usually the most famous pizza restaurants that come to mind. Think of chains like Pizza Hut, Dominos, and Little Caesar’s. Unfortunately, the pizza from Costco may not be getting the recognition that it deserves.On average, Costco brings in roughly $1 billion in sales from their food court products, and their pizza is a fan favorite! First of all, the pizzas are massive! Whether you are looking to indulge in a slice or the whole pie, you can guarantee that your stomach will be full and your wallet will not be empty. Customers love Costco pizza not only because of the cheap price but because it is delicious. Costco realizes what is important when it comes to satisfying any pizza lover: the toppings! Opening your box of delivery pizza and finding out that there are hardly any toppings on it can be a dissatisfying experience. Costco ensures that every pizza made has the same amount of cheese, toppings, and sauce every time. This is because they use a pizza making robot. How cool is that? They can also guarantee that you will get a fresh, hot pizza every single time. Each pizza cooks for six minutes in a conveyer belt oven which guarantees that it cooks properly. The trusted employees serving up the pizza keep a good eye on the slices and will discard any pizza that does not sell within an hour after it is made. With a variety of pizza choices to make, there is no question that Costco is serving up something hot!
9. Vanilla (and ice cream)
Consumers love shopping at Costco because they can buy quality items in bulk and for a fraction of the price compared to local grocery stores. Items can range from exercise equipment to pet supplies and even gas for your car. Costco is home to the famous Kirkland Signature Brand which customers have grown to love. Many bakers love buying vanilla from Costco because you can get a lot of bang for your buck. In some Costco stores, you can get 16 ounces for roughly $35! This large amount of vanilla can last the average household a very long time. Not only is vanilla a huge favorite of Costco lovers, but their vanilla ice cream is as well! Kirkland brand sells a half-gallon tub of vanilla ice cream for roughly $11! It is a popular item and has a very full and dense texture that consumers love. Kirkland vanilla ice cream trumps even the most popular competitors like Breyers and Baskin Robbins at Costco! Sometimes the quality of a product can make or break your recipe, especially when it comes to baking. Every little detail counts, so, it is highly recommended to buy a bottle of this sensational vanilla if needed for the next recipe you bake up. And at the same time, you might as well pick up one of those ice cream tubs too.
8. Fresh fruit & vegetables
Costco has a massive selection of fresh produce within their stores that consumers flock to on a regular basis. Fruits and veggies are great to get from Costco when you are preparing for an event. There are pre-made platters all ready for you to pick up and put out on the table, hassle-free. The variety of products that Costco displays can entice any customer to want to choose the healthy options for their household. The fruit and vegetable section is bright and colorful. Costco also provides a large variety of frozen fruits and vegetables as well. The average household may not finish a large quantity of fruits and vegetables before they go bad. Therefore frozen fruits and vegetables is a good idea. Whether frozen or fresh, Costco is a great place to look for your next healthy bite. Fruits and veggies can sometimes be a tricky buy. If you do not like the item you purchase, you can return it with no problem whatsoever. Costco gladly takes back items that are not up to customer satisfaction, no questions asked. This hassle-free customer service is a huge reason why customers choose Costco over many other grocery stores. When returning items, there is no big scene nor is the customer questioning if they will get their money back. Treating customers well is a huge part of why Costco is a very successful business.
Costco really knows how to slice it right when it comes to serving up some of the best cheese there is. There is a massive variety of cheese in different portion sizes and for minimal cost. There are also some cheese types that cannot be found in most stores, making Costco the go-to spot for buying your cheese. The great thing about Costco is that it is a great place to shop when it comes to getting food for get-togethers and events. You can get a large quantity of cheese for your next backyard barbeque or even get fancy with a quality cheese spread for a bridal shower. Some cheeses that will make you salivate include Yancey’s Fancy Smoked Gouda for roughly $10 per pound. This cheese has a smokey taste and is a great ingredient to add the next time you make mac and cheese. Kirkland also makes some amazing cheese including Isigny French Brie which sells for roughly $6 per pound. It is a double cream that is very buttery and will melt perfectly on the next baguette you spread it on. So say cheese next time you’re at Costco because the cheese lovers will be smiling.
6. Hot dog/soda combo
When you have finished your shopping at Costco, you can take a load off and recharge your batteries at the in house restaurant. Costco serves up some of the best fast food and has a cult following when it comes to their hot dogs. The famous hot dog and soda combination will cost you a mere $1.50 and leave you satisfied. The all-beef dogs are made in house and are steamed. People love the high quality of the Kirkland brand and the fact that they do not contain a bunch of mystery ingredients. There are no additives or questionable chemicals loaded in the dogs. The consumer can feel safe chowing down on this classic meal. This popular item sells like crazy but actually does not bring in the big bucks for Costco. In fact, the company actually loses money each year by selling this combo, but they choose to keep providing it for other reasons. Feeding the family for cheap helps people justify the cost of a yearly Costco membership or when buying big-ticket items. These inexpensive and quick meals are a great lifesaver, especially on days when you need not only a tasty treat but a full belly for cheap.
Some people cannot get enough of the guilty pleasure that is bacon. There are many different ways to incorporate bacon into your meals and Costco is the place to purchase this item. The Kirkland brand actually got an excellent rating from consumer reports. The brand ranked number one in comparison to other contenders proving that this bacon satisfies consumers. Consumer reports noted that Kirkland bacon was crispy and had a hint of wood smoke and sweetness. Selling for $12.99 for four packages, this item flies off the shelves consistently. This best-seller comes in many varieties and they are all high in quality and low on price. You can buy bacon crumbles, low sodium bacon, as well as maple bacon if you want to change things up a bit. One of the best things about Kirkland bacon is that it is also gluten-free. Having items that cater to the many people who have dietary restrictions is a plus when it comes to where people choose to buy their groceries. Costco knows what it is doing and it shows with consumer praise and good sales.
4. Animal food
We all love our furry friends and want the best of the best when it comes to feeding our loving pets. Costco serves up some of the best quality animal food an obsessed owner can find. The store hooks you up when it comes to any need an animal might have – from beds to toys. So it’s no wonder that a lot of thought went into what type of food they would sell for their customers pets. Kirkland makes a huge variety of wet and dry food for dogs with flavors like salmon/sweet potato as well as lamb/rice/vegetable. You can get a large quantity of pet food which makes your life easier by not having to schlep to the store every week to re-stock. If you have a pet, you know what it’s like to get home and have those puppy eyes staring at you asking “where’s dinner, human?” Pet food bag sizes can range from 20 to 40 pounds. The highest price you will pay for a 30-pound bag is roughly $42 and around $27 for a 20-pound bag. They even have organic and grain-free options for your pooch. Costco dog food will leave any pup with a wagging tail and a clean plate!
Costco makes sure to provide the very best food and drink to their loyal customers. Their drinks are not just your average cola and fruit juice. They also specialize in adult beverages as well. Costco scores a homerun when it comes to the alcohol that they are serving up. Bartenders, moms in need of a stiff drink, and your local event planner all look to Costco for their next bottle. They do not just serve wine and beer like most convenience stores but they also supply hard liquor which satisfies their fanbase. The Kirkland brand has made some great spirits at a low cost and yes, in large quantities. One of the most popular sellers is Kirkland vodka. Selling 1.5 litres for under $20, this alcohol is a steal compared to other brand names that are double the price for the same amount. Sure, it is great to find an inexpensive vodka, but will the low quality leave you with a headache that feels like it will never go away? Kirkland vodka is distilled six times resulting in a very smooth taste. It is recommended that it be served mixed and on ice versus taken as a shooter. Another popular alcohol that sells really well is Kirkland’s Irish Cream Liquor. This alcohol is basically the exact same thing as Baileys but will cost you a lot less money to buy. For roughly $15 you can indulge in a 1.5 litre bottle. It is a great product to mix in with your coffee or simply enjoy sipping on ice.
2. Sheet cake
Sheet cakes are one of the best things to happen, ever. They are huge, inexpensive, tasty and have become a great go-to for every type of event you can think of that would require a cake. And really, shouldn’t every event require a cake? Costco sells some sheet cakes that can feed up to 48 people for under $20 bucks! Think about how expensive some items from a fancy bakery can be, it is crazy! Are the products from the fancy bakery really much better than sheet cake? Birthday parties or family get-togethers can come with a hefty price tag once you add up the cost of decorations, food, location rental and yes, cake. The expensive cakes from fancy bakeries are often very small and purchasing only one will not feed all the guests at your average party. Keep things simple and delicious and choose to buy your next cake from Costco. You can write whatever you would like on it and they often come with frosted flowers or balloons already on them. Pair this cake up with some of that Costco vanilla ice cream and bon appetit!
1. Rotisserie chicken
In 2017 Costco sold a reported 87 million rotisserie chickens. Now that is a lot of chicken. With no preservatives, MSG, artificial flavors or colors, Costco guarantees high-quality chickens for their customers. They even refuse to sell any chicken that has been left under a heating lamp for longer than 2 hours. You can purchase a 3-pound chicken, ready to eat for a mere $4.99! This is another reason why this item is a definite bestseller. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can do with a ready to eat rotisserie chicken. You can make chicken sandwiches, put it in a salad, add it to soup or simply just eat it as is. This is an item that’s great for families or the person on the go who has no time for meal prep or the time to slave over a hot stove making supper after a hard day’s work. This item will definitely not be going anywhere and can most certainly be considered a fan favorite.