36 Cult Favorite Items From Costco

When you purchase a Costco membership, a whole new world opens up to you. Suddenly you have access to countless items—from bananas to camping equipment—available via the wholesaler’s magical warehouse. With so many items to choose from, it can seem daunting at first, but we’re here to make your life a little easier. There are almost too many to list, but voilà: a comprehensive list of our all-time Costco favs.

2 Bacon Crumbles

Sure, that bacon we just talked about is great, but these it-takes-no-effort-to-put-real-bacon-on-ANYTHING bacon crumbles ………….

3 Pre-Cooked Bacon

Basically, if you’re not buying all your bacon-related products at Costco, it might be time to re-evaluate your pork-related choices.

4 Sheet Cake

If you don’t have a friend who secretly served Costco sheet cake at her wedding, you probably need new friends.

5 93-inch plush bear

Do I really have to explain why a practically 8-foot-tall teddy bear has become an all-time (seasonal) Costco fav?

6 Coffee

Any place that sells a million delicious coffee bean varieties in gigantic quantities is A-OK, if you ask me.

7 Rotisserie Chicken

Costco’s rotisserie chickens are famously large, cheap, and delicious. Whether they’re healthy or not is another story, but … probably no one cares.

8 Rotisserie Chicken Meat

9 Vanilla Extract

There’s enough vanilla extract in this bottle to last you a million years. What more could you want?

10 Baked Goods

Do you even know joy until you let yourself get lost in the bakery section of a Costco? I think not.

11 A Mortgage

Yeah, so on top of everything else, you can re-finance your home at Costco. That’s proven handy for some over the years.

12 Dark Chocolate Potato Chips

13 Pre-Made Skillet Mac

14 Basil Pesto

People rave about this monster vat of imported pesto. Can you blame them?

15 Pizza

OK, yes, they have a fantastic frozen pizza selection, but anyone who’s not a Costco noob knows the food court pizza is where it’s at.

16 The $1.50 Hot Dog And Soda Special

If you know, you know.

17 Makeup Wipes

Not only do they come out to nine cents per wipe, they’re also pretty damn good.

18 Dried Mango

There are so many options! All of them delicious! All of them wildly cheap in bulk! All of them worth exploring!

19 Vodka

Costco sells an American Kirkland Signature vodka, as well as a French one. But, again, you knew that, didn’t you? You lil Costco genius, you.

20 Brownie Brittle

You’ve gotta hunt for it, but it’s there. Oooooh, is it there.

21 Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzel Nuggets

22 Leggings

Once you’ve bought $10 leggings, there is simply no going back.

23 Bake-At-Home Sourdough

Bread … made easy? We are not worthy.

24 Frozen Chicken

A wholesale amateur might look at this and think “how on earth will I use that many frozen chicken breasts?” A Costco expert looks at the same bag and only sees opportunity.

25 Nuts

Pretty much any vat of nuts you pick up at Costco is going to be cost-effective and great, but how’s this for a pretty option!?

26 Parmigiano Reggiano

Alright, fine, you’re probably not going to buy the whole, gigantic wheel of Costco parm, but the knowledge you could if you wanted to is still comforting, no?

27 Brie

A more realistic cheese-bulk-buying option, and equally delicious. Brieeeeeee.

28 Salmon With Pesto Butter

Another one of those “if you know, you know”-type deals.

29 Dog Food

Only the best ever for pups.

30 Açai Bowls

Those who aren’t frequent Costco-goers might not know about this fairly new addition to the food court, but it’s there and it’s delightful.

31 Canned Salmon

It’s just so easy and delicious.

32 Diced Tomatoes

Cooking for a crowd? Costco’s got your back with pre-diced tomatoes. Word to the wise: This is a serious time-saver.

33 Gasoline

You can get your groceries AND fill up your tank at Costco—presumably to help you schlep home all of your goods.

34 Muffins

From blueberry to poppy seed to double chocolate chip, Costco’s known for having exceptional muffins. Breakfast, anyone?

35 Mini Wontons

If you’ve never had this Costco appetizer, we suggest hitting up the free sample booths the next time you’re in store.

36 Churros

Surprisingly, Costco is one of best places to find this Spanish dessert. Unsurprisingly, you can buy it in bulk. You’re welcome.

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