To avoid insane border lineups, we left very early and by noon, we were done most of the shopping and ready for lunch. Instead of lining up to go south of the border, we lined up at Costco’s line for food. There were not even that many people lining up to pay for items but everyone there seemed to want lunch from the extremely affordable food services offering comparatively high quality fast food to all the shoppers.
For $1.50, we got the Polish, a Polish sausage in a hot dog bun, and a drink. We had the Hot Dog last time so decided to try something a little different this time around. The Polish sausage, made of all beef I believe, had more spices and flavouring than the regular Hot Dog. It was extremely tender and had a lovely seasoning taste. The bun was soft, fluffy, and slightly gummy, just the way I like it. Due to the moisture, it sort of stuck onto the Polish sausage, which was fine by me. We added all the fixings to it, including ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, and sauerkraut. I love their sweet and tangy relish and the sauerkraut was crunchy, sour, and added another layer of flavour. I really appreciate a good hot dog once in a while!
Next, we got my favourite Costco item – the Chicken Bake. It is chicken, bacon, cheese, and Caesar dressing rolled inside regular dough that is topped with cheese and baked. Today, it was baked to perfection. The chicken breast chunks were tender, the bacon slightly chewy, and the dressing and cheese melted and perfectly gooey. It was even stringy at times. The dough was slightly underdone and quite moist on the inside but had a nice crunch on the outside and an excellent chewy texture overall. It was so chewy I could not get enough of the dough! Mix that with the tangy sauce and cheese, it was bite after bite of deliciousness!
After a while, we went back for snacks. I tried Auntie’s Berry Smoothie. It was just the right mix of sweet and sour, with a very nice berry taste. The slush was perfect for a summer afternoon but the sweetness made it not the most refreshing beverage ever. It definitely tasted kind of artificial but in a good way. For $1.45, this is the best smoothie when considering price and quality.
The Churro, priced at $1, is always a nice, warm treat. They sell for at least $3.50 in places like Disney so it is always a nice reminder of the theme parks when I have this at Costco. It was not overly oily from the frying and the dough inside was still soft and chewy. The outside had an appreciated crunch and it was rolled in plenty of cinnamon sugar. The sugar is what makes the Churro so delicious for me when paired with the chewiness of the dough. I could have used even more cinnamon and sugar but at least it was not lacking.
- Finally, we also tried the Swirl Nonfat Yogurt. I appreciate the fact that it is nonfat, and yet the texture was thick, rich, and creamy. The vanilla was light and sweet, tasting much like soft serve ice cream with a slight tartness. The chocolate was more of a dark chocolate or cocoa flavour, like most chocolate ice cream. It tasted like ice cream but was a lot smoother in texture. There was more chocolate than vanilla, much to my displeasure. It also melted very quickly so I did not get much vanilla since with the slightest bit of chocolate being melted; it covered the rest of the vanilla and made the whole thing chocolate. I usually do not like chocolate ice cream because it is not sweet enough for me, and instead, prefer chocolate bits or sauce mixed into vanilla soft serve or frozen yogurt. At $1.35 though, I am not complaining at all. It was such a large serving at such an affordable price.
Every menu item at Costco is so cheap compared to literally everywhere else. They clearly are not using their food services to make huge profits. The quality is very good as far as fast food goes, and the servings are huge for such inexpensive prices. I think I will stick with the Polish from now on and the Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt to avoid the chocolate flavour ‘contamination’ – vanilla will always beat out chocolate when it comes to ice cream and frozen yogurt for me.