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23 Costco Foods With Cult Followings

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Costco's recent decision to stop selling its half sheet cakes during the pandemic touched off an outcry. The uninitiated may wonder what the fuss is about, but veteran Costco shoppers probably aren't surprised. After all, Costco is full of foods that have long pleased the palates and stoked the passions of its devoted members, most of them sold under the chain's very own Kirkland Signature label. Need a primer? We've rounded up some of the most beloved items to watch for on your next bulk buying spree.

Note: Prices and availability are subject to change. Select prices may be lower in store.

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Kirkland Signature Chocolate Muffins, 12 ct
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Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken
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Kirkland Signature Italian Sausage and Beef Lasagna, 2 ct
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Kirkland Signature Italian Sausage and Beef Lasagna, 2 ct.

Price: $13
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A staple of this author's Costco list, the Kirkland sausage and beef lasagna is an ideal weeknight meal for a busy family. Each 3-pound tray is easy to prepare, hearty, and much tastier than your typical frozen lasagna. But don't take my word for it: It nails a taste test by the San Jose Mercury News, easily shrugging off other brands.

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Kirkland Signature Colombian Coffee
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Kirkland Signature Colombian Coffee

Price: $11 
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This is among the most budget-friendly of Costco's many well-reviewed store-brand coffee choices, but that doesn't mean it's no good. In fact, quite the contrary, and you'll sure save if it replaces a Starbucks habit. "The coffee is dark, robust, fragrant and tastes REAL GOOD!" exclaims one Amazon reviewer. "Cost is close to one-tenth of the snarky coffee shop coffee prices."

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Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Price: $15
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Attention, discerning cooks: There's no need to overspend on that small, fancy bottle of extra virgin olive oil at the gourmet grocery store. Experts say the Kirkland Signature brand, sold at Costco in a big, green 2-liter bottle, is its equal in every way, and perhaps even its superior. It has also earns a recommendation from chef Samin Nosrat of Netflix's "Salt Fat Acid Heat."

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Kirkland Signature Organic Creamy Peanut Butter, 2 ct.

Price: $10
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As loyal customers on Reddit note, since it's organic, you'll need to stir this peanut butter to distribute the oil. But if you're willing to expend a little elbow grease, you'll be rewarded with peanut butter that actually tastes like peanuts, not pure sugar.

Kirkland Signature Bagels, 12 ct.
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Kirkland Signature Bagels, 12 ct.

Price: $6 
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It's hard to compete with the king of breakfast, Dunkin', when it comes to bagels. But Consumer Reports says Costco manages, offering just the right balance of crispy and chewy. It's also hard to beat the 50-cent price point, as long as you're okay buying a dozen at a time.

Kirkland Signature Chicken Street Tacos, 12 ct
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Kirkland Signature Chicken Street Tacos, 12 ct.

Price: $16 (varies by weight)
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This taco kit, available with the prepared foods, may seem pricey at roughly $16, but that's still a lot cheaper than a family Chipotle run. They also get a huge thumbs-up from nearly everyone who's shelled out for this convenient no-prep dinner. As one Redditor raves, "I have to say, they are delicious. And this is coming from someone who thinks of tacos as its own food group."

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Kirkland Signature Balsamic Vinegar
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Kirkland Signature Balsamic Vinegar

Price: $11
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A good balsamic is a must for any foodie, and Costco's certainly qualifies. A nutritionist tells The Kitchn that it's one of her go-to warehouse buys, saying it's "one of the best I've tried. I use it on salads and to finish soups or stews, and I even drizzle some on top of strawberries for a nice, light dessert."

Kirkland Signature Sliced Bacon
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Kirkland Signature Milk Chocolate Raisins
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Kirkland Signature Milk Chocolate Raisins

Price: $11
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You can get a feel for the popularity of nonperishable Kirkland Signature products by seeing how many resellers hawk them at a big markup on Amazon. In the case of these raisins, the answer is over a dozen. And yes, they are that tasty: "You get a nice thick coating of smooth, sweet milk, luscious chocolate around a delicious plump non-shriveled, non-tough raisin," raves Costcuisine. "These are simple, not complicated, not fancy, but oh so good."

Kirkland Signature Italian Meatballs
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Kirkland Signature Cheesecake
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Kirkland Signature Cheesecake

Price: $14
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Move over, Cheesecake Factory: Costco beats you at your own game when it comes to this popular bakery basic. It's also the perfect canvas for any toppings you desire, whether that's fresh fruit, nuts, or a drizzle of chocolate or caramel. Best of all, it weighs in at 4.5 pounds, so there's plenty to go around … or horde to accompany your late-night binge-watching.

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Kirkland Signature Protein Bars, 40 ct.
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Kirkland Signature Protein Bars, 40 ct.

Price: $40 
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Cheap protein bars often taste like cardboard, but that's not the case with this well-loved Costco staple. You'll get 21 grams of protein, 15 grams of fiber, and a shocking small amount of sugar — just 1 gram. "Hands down my favorite bars, I don't even try new ones any more," one buyer raves. "Also don't cause bloat — a lot of protein bars do because of the artificial sweeteners. I hope they make these forever!"

Kirkland Signature Ground Saigon Cinnamon, 4 ct
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Kirkland Signature Ground Saigon Cinnamon, 4 ct.

Price: $25
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Cinnamon is one of those staples you expect to be the same wherever you get it, but Costco's cinnamon is a cut above the norm, devotees say. "The most flavorful cinnamon I've ever had, it has a bit of heat and a seriously cinnamon flavor," says one Amazon buyer. "I wish I could make my whole house smell like this. Sounds kind of nuts to rave about a cinnamon, but once you smell it then taste it you will notice a huge difference. Regular cinnamon is very bland in comparison."

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Kirkland Signature Chicken Bakes, 6 ct
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Kirkland Signature Chicken Bakes, 6 ct.

Price: $11
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If you've stopped by the Costco food court lately, you may already be familiar with the decadent chicken bakes, a glorious mashup of pizza dough, Caesar dressing, bacon, cheese, and of course, chicken. What you might not know is that you can find them in the freezer aisle, too. As Mashed notes, they aren't as good as the fresh ones, but we can personally vouch that they're still pretty darn good.

Kirkland Signature Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream, 2 ct
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Kirkland Signature Praline Pecans, 2 ct
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Kirkland Signature Praline Pecans, 2 ct.

Price: $40
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That vanilla ice cream will be awfully boring without a fun topping. Costco's praline pecans should certainly be in the running, though they're equally good on salads or in baked goods. Devotees say they're the ultimate sweet, crunchy snack, though some are more enthusiastic than others. "These are so delicious that I actually weep when they are unavailable," one reviewer says. "Legit having a religious experience with these pecans, guys," says another.

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Kirkland Signature Quinoa Salad

Price: $10 (varies by weight)
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Here's one Costco standout you won't feel guilty about tossing in the cart. A longtime staple in the prepared foods section, the quinoa salad is tasty enough on its own, but as CostCuisine notes, it's also an ideal base for other ingredients that will make it heartier, like chicken or hard-boiled eggs.

Kirkland Signature Vodka
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Kirkland Signature Creamy Almond Butter
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Kirkland Signature Creamy Almond Butter

Price: $9
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Consumer Reports testers confirm what many buyers already know: Costco's almond butter is just as good, if not better than, many other top brands. They give it high marks for its slightly roasted, naturally sweet taste. "I'm completely obsessed," raves one Influenster reviewer. "It's such a healthy way to make your snacks taste so yummy.

Kirkland Signature Maple Syrup
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Kirkland Signature Organic Maple Syrup

Price: $12
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A product that frequently lands on "what to buy at Costco" lists, the organic, 100% pure maple syrup is everything your regular supermarket brand probably isn't: namely, free of additives like corn syrup. It's a favorite of Consumer Reports and customers, too. "Tastes smooth and rich like maple syrup should with a beautiful, clear color," one Amazon reviewer says. "Infinitely better in taste, texture, and even appearance than those fake syrups like Aunt Jemima."