Discontinued Items At Costco
Roundup faced billion-dollar lawsuits with claims saying that their active ingredient, Glyphosate, was carcinogenic to humans. Glyphosate is a chemical compound used in herbicides, which are used to kill weeds. Zen Honeycutt, the founder of Moms Across America, created a petition to get this product removed from the retailer. It ended up with over 85,000 signatures on Change.org and potentially influenced Costco to remove this line from their shelves.
Monsanto, the owner of the Roundup brand, claims that their product is 100% safe to use. But, the World Health Organization still advises against this claim. While the company states that Roundup is safe, many cities across the U.S. have decided to ban the product, and therefore, retailers are unable to sell it. You can still purchase the product on the Roundup website, but be aware of the risks and the many lawsuits that they have faced due to their ingredients.
2 Caged Chicken Eggs
While this is still a work in progress, Costco plans to only sell cage-free eggs in their stores. Costco stores in France, Spain, and Iceland are already 100% in accordance with their Animal Welfare Policy. With this policy, Costco says that “[They] serve as stewards of the animals, land, and environment entrusted to the company. Costco is committed to a global approach to Animal Welfare and is working toward a uniform program in all countries/regions where it operates, while respecting that each country may have its own regulatory and social requirements in place.”
In 2020, 93.2% of the eggs in U.S. stores were known to be cage-free. When shopping for these specific eggs, you can check the carton for the certification before purchasing. As of right now, the only eggs that you can purchase with the cage-free certification are Kirkland Signature Liquid Egg Whites and Kirkland Signature Organic Large Brown Eggs.
3 Kirkland Signature Body Soap
When Costco discontinued the production of this body soap, people were devastated. This soap was oh-so-loved due to its amazing quality and low price point. People loved how moisturized it made them feel and how easy it was to work up a lather while using it. It was a no-brainer to purchase this soap; it lasted forever, and it was a fair price.
The Kirkland Signature Body Soap left you with a strong natural scent that lasted—which inevitably turned into its downfall. Cosco stopped producing this product due to its “strong scent.” There are claims that this product could possibly be produced again if they can fix the ingredients. Costco still sells similar products, such as Dove bars, which cost significantly more than the Kirkland brand soap bars.
4 All American Chocolate Cake
Costco discontinued their All American Chocolate Cake back in 2020. Once members got wind that the cake wasn’t going to come back to the bakery, a petition was created and gained over 7,200 signatures. Although Costco had no plans of bringing this cake back, they did, however, decide to bring in something almost identical.
They now have a pack of 6 mini chocolate cakes for $7.99. The only thing that is found to be different is the size of these cakes. Now, the package comes with 6 cakes that are slightly larger than a cupcake, but they taste exactly the same! This is great news to all of those who were avid Costco chocolate cake lovers.
5 Lavazza Espresso Italiano Whole Bean Coffee
This product came in a 2-pound bag and only cost $12.99. In April 2021, a member noticed that this coffee had a “death star” on its price tag. When Costco places these symbols on the price tags, members know that the item is going to be discontinued and likely won’t be coming back to the warehouse.
This coffee was perfect for any coffee machine like French Press, drip, and espresso makers. Some members have stated that their warehouse still has this coffee in stock, and some members said that their location no longer has it. So, if you are a Lavazza Espresso lover, we recommend that you go to your nearest Costco location to try and get your hands on some before it’s all gone.
6 Kirkland’s Signature Light Beer
This let go is in no way disappointing to Costco members. The only great thing about this product was its price. You could purchase a 48 pack for around $22, which meant that each can cost under 50 cents. That was a steal! But the quality of this product is what resulted in Costco removing it from their warehouses. A couple of reviews from the beer tasters said that it tasted like battery acid and it smelled like a “urine-soaked diaper.”
I mean, who would want to drink this after hearing that? While Costco stopped selling this product in 2018, one thing that people still remember was the commercials made by someone who actually enjoyed this beer. He claimed that he would drink around 18 cans every day. In the commercial, he would bust through a wall of empty boxes of Kirkland light beer. Anyone who actually tasted this would disagree with this person’s view of the beverage, but enjoyed watching him make these claims.
The reason for the retailer discontinuing this line is due to “Cancel Culture.” And well, we all know how quickly canceling a brand can go into action. The reason for retailers canceling this brand directly pertains to his political agenda. Nowadays, we see many people expressing their views and stating who they see fit to pursue political roles. But, it isn’t always the best idea for brands to explicitly make statements regarding these subjects.
Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow products, spoke out many times about his views on our former President, Donald Trump. He continually made false claims on how the election was rigged and Trump would be serving a second term. While we don’t have any opinions on this subject, we think it’s best to not mix political views with business. Otherwise, this situation will continue to be a topic of interest for the brands that do.
8 Bibigo Organic Potstickers
This is another item that has been blasted with the death star. While there isn’t an exact reason as to why the chain is discontinuing this item, we think it is simply due to the demand for other products. Costco tends to rotate products in and out of their stores so that they have more of a variety and it gives the chance for other products to sell better. Although some locations still have these potstickers in stock, it will not be long until they are sold out for good.
These organic potstickers came in a package of six and had chicken, cabbage, onion, green onion, and tofu in them. They also came with a dipping sauce and were able to be microwaved in just 2 minutes. They were tasty and a great meal for those who were on the go. While these may not be making their way back to Costco warehouses, you can definitely still find similar products in their freezers.
9 Monkfruit Sweetener
A member had noticed that Costco would no longer be selling the Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener any longer. This sweetener was especially loved by those who were on a Keto diet. It has no calories, carbs, or fats in it. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory for people who may have a sore throat. One person had stated that they spoke directly to Lakanto to see what the issue was.
The company said that the majority of its inventory was being sold to Costco and they wanted to make things fair and be able to sell more to all of their customers. You can still find this sweetener online, although it may not be at a low cost like it was at Costco.
10 Kirkland Signature Creamy Peanut Butter
For loyal members who only purchase this brand of peanut butter, good news! Costco has confirmed that it is only being removed from shelves for a short period of time, and should return in November or December 2021. Since Costco likes to rotate new products into their stores, they have already started to bring in other brands of peanut butter. One of their newest products is called Naturally More Organic Peanut Butter.
This product has green packaging, and each package weighs 3.5 pounds. Although when you compare the two jars, they both have the same nutritional facts and ingredients, some people say it tastes exactly the same, or better. One person said “[they] felt a pang of horror when [they] stared at the aisle and the old Kirkland Organic peanut butter was gone! But in the end, [they] feel this is an acceptable replacement.”
11 Kirkland Signature Four-Cheese Ravioli
This product was so loved and definitely had high praise. People loved it so much that they would compare it to high-end Italian restaurants. Crazy, I know. But it is true! It came in a 4-pound package, which seems like quite a bit until you start eating it and can’t stop. And trust us, if you purchased this product, there was no way that it was going to sit around until the expiration date. The four kinds of cheese included were Asiago, Ricotta, Grand Padano, and Parmesean. The perfect mixture.
The options to prepare this ravioli were endless. You could choose from marinara, garlic sauce, and even alfredo sauce. This extremely tasty pasta is dearly missed by everyone who has purchased it in the past. Costco does still sell similar products that you can easily find in the freezer section of the store.
12 Kirkland Signature Dark Chocolate Chips
While we aren’t exactly sure why Costco decided to discontinue this product, we assume that it was due to its ingredients and the lack of demand. But Costco members are not happy about it! People who experience a gluten allergy and dairy sensitivity loved these dark chocolate chips because they met their dietary needs, which seemed to be a difficult task to accomplish.
These dark chocolate chips were perfect for baking. They melted in just the right way and added the perfect amount of flavor to whatever you added them to. People would add these chocolate chips to many different baking creations—cookies, brownies, cakes, anything! You could even sprinkle some on top of your ice cream or eat them straight out of the bag. Even though this product is no longer available, you can still find a similar product on Costco’s shelves.
13 Half Sheet Cakes
The half sheet cakes are just another item on the COVID-19 discontinuations list. Once parties and gatherings were postponed due to the severity of the virus, people weren’t seeking out these sweet cakes like they had in the past. It’s not because they did not meet their tastebud requirements, because they 100% exceeded all expectations!
Because of the pandemic, Costco has implemented new protocols in order to keep their employees and customers safe. The production of this cake needed employees to be working together in a close space, which meant there was no room for social distancing. We’re not sure if we will see it back in stores any time soon, but we are glad to see the retailer doing their part in the midst of the pandemic.
14 Costco Cookbooks
Cooking The Costco Way Cookbooks are no longer going to be available for purchase in the retail stores. Members used to get this cookbook from the retailer or delivered straight to their doorstep. But don’t fret! There is still a way to get ahold of those precious recipes that you so desire.
Costco announced that they are going to relaunch their “Farm To Table” section in their magazine Costco Connection. So you can still get your tasty recipes when they publish new articles. It is nowhere near as exciting as opening your front door to find that cookbook that you’ve been waiting months for, though. But it is the best they can do at the moment. You can still find other unique recipes online and in other cookbooks sold by the retailer.
15 Costco Food Court: Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
By this point, we’ve realized Costco’s reputation of discontinuing products due to their health value. And well, the cinnamon sugar pretzels are no exception. Costco members loved this melt-in-your-mouth pretzel. Their texture was exquisite. The cinnamon and sugar mixture was something that everyone craved and nothing could compete.
Even with the outpouring of desire for these cinnamon sugar pretzels, Costco still found that they did not see the profit that they had hoped to. With new health requirements and the lack of purchases, the retailer found that it was best to remove this item from their food court menu. There are still other chains that might offer this item on their menu, but you might find it to be less convenient. If you wanted to, there are also a plethora of recipes on the internet to help you recreate this delicious treat.
16 Kirkland Signature Turkey Burgers
These patties were only 200 calories and a much healthier option than your typical beef patty. Costco members loved this product due to their delicious taste and their ease of cooking. For a quick meal, all you had to do was toss one in the microwave, then dress it however you desired. These burger patties were also loaded up with 35 grams of protein, making it so simple to get the nutrients that you needed.
We are well aware that the retailer removes items because of their health value. But the turkey burgers? Members have stated their disappointment in Costco for discontinuing something they felt was a dietary staple. Costco does have other turkey burger options in their freezers, but nothing will ever compare to these. Their price definitely did not reflect their amazing quality. So, while there are other options, members will never be completely satisfied.
17 Studded Tires
In 2007, Costco halted the distribution of studded tires, with the exception of Alaska locations. The reason being was that they were not exactly environmentally friendly. These tires are perfect for icy and snowy road conditions, but they otherwise tear up asphalt and damage roadways.
A couple more reasons behind this discontinuation are that they damage non-studded tires in shipment and, frankly, they just did not sell as well as they used to. For people who did not live in Alaska, there were much safer and less damaging options to choose from when it came to ice-friendly tires. If this item is something that you find is a necessity, there are other retailers who sell similar products, but we always advise that you do your research.
18 Kirkland Signature American Cheese
Costco used to sell a package of Deluxe American Cheese Slices that people loved. This cheese came in 5-pound packages with 120 slices inside. Costco members adored this cheese because of its flavor! People said that it tasted less processed than leading competitors and was easier to melt, making it the perfect cheese for nachos or burgers. Costco still sells similar items in store, such as Kraft singles, which seem to be everywhere. But they aren’t quite as satisfying as the Kirkland brand.
What made this product initially stand out from the others was how it was packaged. When you purchase in bulk, you expect each item to be individually wrapped, right? Well, the Kirkland Signature American Cheese was not. This was to help lessen the plastic waste and make it more convenient to remove out from the packaging. Although they stopped producing this product due to low demand, there is still hope that it makes its way back to Costco shelves in the future.
19 Cuddle With Me Dolls
Costco stopped carrying this product in 2009 due to the offensive nature of the doll. Each doll came with a stuffed monkey or panda and came in 3 different ethnicities: African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic. In North Carolina, a Costco member had noticed an African American doll paired with a plush monkey and banana. The doll wore a headband with the statement “lil’ monkey” across it.
When Costco got wind of the potential racism that lingered with the dolls, they immediately pulled this product off of their shelves. Even though they had the other versions still available for purchase, they eventually dismissed the entire collection. Costco did state that it was not their intention to cause any insensitivity and that the dolls were purchased in hopes of reflecting ethnic diversity. CEO, Jim Sinegal, stated that “We don’t believe there is room for argument in matters of this type, even though it was an honest mistake, made while we were attempting to do the right thing.”
20 Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter
In 2017, Costco locations in Wisconsin had discontinued this butter which came from grass-fed cows. This was because they said that the Kerrygold butter wasn’t produced from Grade A milk products, which is a law in Wisconsin. Kerrygold butter is produced, packaged, and graded in Ireland. So, their inspection process is a little different from how the US does it. Fans of this butter decided that they were going to try and make a change to this new action.
Jean Smith, one of the Kerrygold butter’s biggest lovers, stated that she “wants to please ask whoever it is that’s preventing [her] from getting butter in [their] stores here to stop it.” She even went the extra mile (literally) to travel to Nebraska to make sure that she was still able to get her beloved butter. Ornua, the company that produces Kerrygold, has announced that they intend to bring back the pure Irish butter to the state of Wisconsin. We aren’t exactly sure how long it took for this to happen, but we know that you can find Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter on Costco’s website today.
21 Endangered Seafood
In efforts to create a new sustainable seafood policy, Costco has discontinued all sales of endangered seafood. Costco is in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to research the standards that seafood warehouses produce seafood. Some of the discontinued species for sale include monkfish, orange roughy, Atlantic cod, Atlantic halibut, swordfish, bluefin tuna, redfish, shark, Greenland halibut, Chilean sea bass, grouper, and rays. These fish are currently identified as being a “great risk” in their natural habitats and are included on the “red list.”
In 2009, Costco had launched their new sustainability policies, but received criticism because they failed to include the wildlife still in their stores. The policy had generally been focused on creating green products and recyclable materials. Their updated policy, which went into effect in January 2019, includes the seafood that is endangered. This policy also comes after Greenpeace launched an online petition that reached over 100,000 signatures to end Costco’s “Ocean Destruction.”
22 Costco Food Court: Hand Dipped Ice Cream Bars
This product was another Costco member’s favorite. These were vanilla ice cream bars that they dipped in chocolate and, if you wished, almonds. Members couldn’t refuse to reward themself with this sweet treat each time they made their trip to Costco. But yet, this crowd-pleasing dessert was discontinued due to the lack of profit.
These ice cream bars were only $1.50, and it was inevitable that you grab one when you came in. When Costco removed this product, there was a petition with over 1,000 signatures begging for the retailer to bring it back. Though they have yet to bring back this cult favorite, there are similar products being sold in the store, such as Häagen-Dazs. Of course, they come at a higher price point, though. Even with signatures for the petition, there is little hope that the retailer will bring back their hand-dipped ice cream bars to the food court.
23 Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
Costco made some tough decisions when they decided to make cuts to their food items in order to maintain health standards. In these cuts, chocolate frozen yogurt was on the list. In 2018, the California County Costco location was one of the first to get rid of this product, and soon, other locations followed in their footsteps. They had replaced it with another version that was healthier for its members: acai.
These acai bowls came with bananas, blueberries, granola, and strawberries. While they got rid of their chocolate option, they still, however, have vanilla frozen yogurt in their food courts. They had also released a vanilla acai swirl and a berry sundae. While vanilla frozen yogurt may still be a topic of debate regarding nutrition, acai bowls are said to have many more health benefits than their chocolate predecessor.
24 Chaokoh Coconut Milk
The discontinuation of this product was highly due to the standards of the coconut milk company. In 2020, it was revealed that the company was using actual monkey labor to get their coconuts. PETA made a statement saying that “When not being forced to pick coconuts or perform in circus-style shows for tourists, the animals were kept tethered, chained to old tires, or confined to cages barely larger than their bodies.
One coconut farmer confirmed that when monkeys are terrified and try to defend themselves, handlers may have their teeth pulled out.” Costco decided to remove the product from their stores and said ” We have ceased purchasing from our supplier/owner of the brand Chaokoh… We have made it clear to the supplier we do not support the use of monkeys for harvesting and that all harvesting must be done by human labor.” Way to go, Costco.
25 Costco Food Court: BBQ Brisket Sandwich
This tasty concoction was loved by many. From the bun, tangy barbecue brisket, and crisp coleslaw, people would certainly make time to grab one before they left. It tasted like it came straight from a Texas cookout, and that’s what made it so good! It was hard to find a good quality BBQ sandwich in some areas, but when Costco served this sandwich, it was convenient to everyone.
Costco has discontinued many food items from their menu due to health reasons. Quite frankly, we would risk our health to be able to enjoy this delicious invention one last time. There are some recipes you can find floating around the internet, but will it ever taste exactly how we remember it? We can only dream, and maybe try a dozen different recipes until we can get it right.
26 Kirkland Signature Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Costco members loved this candy so much that they chose it over Reese’s. It was said to have the perfect ratio of milk chocolate to creamy peanut butter insides. These peanut butter cups were loved by all. If you had these bad boys laying around the house, it was only a matter of time until each and every one had been devoured by someone in your family—there was no “saving for a rainy day.”
Since this product has been discontinued, the peanut butter cup advocates have been nothing less than disappointed. While most people chose to eat these straight from the container, there were many options as to what you could do with them. People would add them to cookies, brownies, ice cream—you name it, it’s been done. You can still find similar products on Costco shelves, although they might cost slightly more than the beloved Kirkland brand.
27 Palmetto Cheese
Unfortunately, this product was pulled from Costco shelves due to the actions of the brand owner. Brian Henry posted publically on Facebook attacking a protest group. Since then, this product hasn’t been available to purchase in over 120 Costco stores in the United States.
In 2020, Brian Henry made a public apology and stated that the company would soon be rebranding. This meant that their goal was now to be “more sensitive to cultural diversity.” With this being said, Palmetto Cheese still hasn’t made its way back to the shelves. And it may not for a while, at least until the brand makes some serious changes. Until then, you can find similar products on the Costco shelves, and feel good about supporting a brand that doesn’t make obnoxious statements.
28 Polish Dogs
Polish Dog connoisseurs were so outraged over the discontinuation of this product that Costco had to make a statement about it. Costco explained that they were making changes to their menu to incorporate healthier choices, such as the all-beef hot dog. It is not the same, though. Members loved this easy menu item and looked forward to grabbing one every time that they would make their Costco trip.
Even though members dearly miss this grocery shopping staple, you can still find Costco’s signature all-beef dog in their food courts. They offer a combo meal for only $1.50, which comes with both the all-beef dog and a soda. The combo meal is still a steal when it comes to prices; it is extremely well priced and convenient to grab when inside of the Costco food court. We know it is not exactly the same thing, but it is close enough, right? We can only dream.
29 Outdoor Food Court
Some Costco locations have outdoor food courts for their members (and non-members) to enjoy. These food courts gave countless people the option to consume Costco’s world-famous menu choices. But, sadly, that time has come to an end. Non-Costco members are no longer allowed to make their way up to that Costco counter and purchase whatever it is that they may be craving.
If you are one of these outdoor food court visitors, you are now going to be required to have a Costco membership (assuming that you did not already have one) to purchase items in the food court—whether it’s indoors or outdoors. This means that you are no longer able to walk up to the outdoor courts and grab that tasty hot dog or ice-cold soda. While it may be an unfortunate circumstance, you might be able to justify purchasing a membership so you can freely buy all the food court items that you please.
30 Free Samples
Up until recently, we used to look forward to visiting Costco to sample all of their products. They would hand out amazing samples of any and everything, things that we would never think of purchasing on our own. But, the COVID-19 era has made that hobby a little more difficult. While it’s disheartening to walk into the retailer to see no samples available, there is a hidden benefit.
While it is common sense that when you grab a sample, you should not touch the other ones, this isn’t exactly the case for everyone. You never know if someone had their fingers in a sample, decided they didn’t want it and put it back. I mean, there is no way to know, right? Even thinking about that makes us feel gross inside. Thanks to new health precautions, we no longer have to worry about this.
31 Kirkland Signature Take And Bake Pizza
This product was something that was easy to grab and only took minutes to prepare. Between frozen pizzas and the food court slices, this was the best option for members to be able to “bake” their own pizza. Frozen pizzas never turned out how the box said they would, and purchasing a slice of pizza from the food court may not last on the ride home. So, this take-and-bake pizza was seriously the best. It gave you the option to prepare a fresh and tasty pizza that would satisfy your entire family.
While they may still be other refrigerated pizza options on Costco’s shelves, they just simply do not compare to this certain delicacy. From the extremely fair price to the quick prep time, these refrigerated pizzas were loved by so many. If you loved the taste of these take-and-bake pizzas, Costco still offers their Kirkland Signature frozen pizzas. But be ready to be slightly disappointed, because they aren’t quite as delicious.
32 Kevin’s Natural Foods Thai Curry Cauliflower
While Costco carries several products manufactured by Kevin’s Natural Foods, this specific product was recently spotted with the dreaded “death star.” While this removal is truly a tragedy, there are still keto and paleo-friendly options that Costco still offers in its retail stores.
This Thai Curry Cauliflower was a great source of nutrients for those who had specific dietary needs. Some of the unique qualities of this product were that there were no added preservatives, it was vegan and gluten-free. In this product, there were only 80 calories per serving. Within those calories, 10% were protein, 40% were carbohydrates, and 50% were fats. Those fats were healthy fats and were required for those who were on a keto or paleo diet. It incorporated many unique flavors, including Thai spices, which gave the product its desired curry flavor.
33 Kirkland Signature Funhouse Treats
This bag of fun seriously has some of the best choices when it comes to candy. In this 92 ounce bag, there are 175 assorted pieces of Air Heads, Haribo Gold Bears, Jolly Rancher Stix, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Sour Punch Twists, Starburst, Swedish Fish, and Twizzlers Twists. It was the perfect mixture for Halloween candy or for anyone who just simply needed to satisfy their sweet tooth.
You can definitely still find similar products in-store or from other retailers, but it just is not the same. The Kirkland bag had the most variety, a significant amount of pieces, and it was not as expensive as other retailers sold it for. Also, if there was one specific item that you were not exactly fond of, you still had plenty of other options to choose from. That is what made this product so amazing! Even though it has been seen with the death star, we can only hope that it will make an appearance on Costco shelves, eventually.
34 Tea Drops Organic Variety Pack
This product offers individually wrapped tea drops that give consumers the perfect amount of product to brew their tea of choice. Tea Drops Variety Packs have 12 different flavors. In this box, there are 9 different flavors randomly selected:
- Citrus Ginger
- Sweet Peppermint
- Blueberry Acai White Tea
- Rose Earl Grey
- Matcha Green Tea
- Chocolate Earl grey
- Vanilla White Tea
- Thai Tea
- Chai Spice
- Pumpkin Spice
- Orange Cinnamon Roll
Members noticed this product was marked with the death star. If you were wondering if this product was worth it, it was. The tea drops came in fun shapes and were extremely easy to make. All you have to do is drop it into a cup of water or hot milk. Easy! If you were someone who felt personally victimized by this removal, don’t worry! You can still purchase this product online directly from the Tea Drops retailer. They may come at a slightly higher cost, though.
35 Bark Thins Dark Chocolate Almond
Dark chocolate and almonds in one tasty treat? You can’t be serious! These Bark Thins were something that members held close to their hearts. Anyone who purchased this product knew that they were worth every penny. So why are they leaving Costco shelves, you ask? Well, unfortunately, this product has also been struck by the ever-so-hated death star. Since Costco is known for rotating products in and out of their stores, who knows? Maybe this product will make a comeback! If it doesn’t, though, there are still other retailers where you can find this product on the shelves.
Even though the dark chocolate and almond thins weren’t necessarily “healthy,” they definitely made up for it by tasting wonderful. The dark chocolate and almonds were a mixture sent from heaven itself. This product was specifically designed for consumers to be able to snack on and feel good about it. Plus, dark chocolate has been rumored to have health benefits. Dark chocolate has antioxidants to protect your cells against free radicals, which can sometimes play a role in cancers and heart disease. It also improves cognition and boosts your mood. What other reason do you need?
36 Hawaiian Hurricane Microwave Popcorn
The microwave popcorn comes in a box of 4 packages. While there are different flavors to choose from, the most popular choice amongst Costco members was the original butter flavor. Since this product was stamped with the death star, members have been scrambling to get their hands on it before it’s gone. Although Costco won’t have this product on its shelves in the future, you can still purchase it at Hurricane’s website and get it sent directly to your doorstep.
This product was created in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The Hawaiian Hurricane Company started a popcorn pushcart to be able to get their product to the locals. They had specialty flavors that included salted, butter, and other unique flavors that caused this product to become popular. People would travel all over the islands to be able to get their hands on this popcorn. This brand has since grown into something that helps show the culture and flavors of Hawaii.
37 Island Princess Mele Macs
Mele Macs are Hawaiian macadamia nuts that are coated with toffee, milk chocolate, and powdered sugar. Island Princess prides itself on being 100% transparent on the sources of its products. They grow the nuts in Hawaii and package the products there as well. The company has a 1,100-acre orchard and has processing facilities on the island of Keaau.
The couple who started this company, Gwen and Dr. Michael Purdy, did not have the intentions of creating this beloved brand. Dr. Purdy and his wife had moved to Hawaii to start his dental practice. In turn, Gwen had started making these products and eventually opened her business. Dr. Purdy, also known as “The Choc Doc” by the locals, had practiced dentistry during the day and helped his wife at night.
38 Royal Kona Vanilla Macadamia Nut Coffee Blend
Have you ever had a cup of joe that was so good you couldn’t think about anything else? Well, that’s what this coffee did for its consumers. Costco members seriously loved the Royal Kona Vanilla Macadamia Nut Coffee, but it has also been spotted with the death star. Costco, we’re going to need an explanation on this one. Since Costco is removing this product from their stores, you can still find it on the Royal Kona website. The price may be higher, but there is a reason for that. The area of land that can actually produce these coffee beans is very limited and the harvesting and producing processes are all done by hand. They pay laborers to help them with production, but it doesn’t come as easily as it might in other areas of the world that produce coffee.
Royal Kona Coffee is known for its Hawaiian flavors and locally sourced ingredients. The coffee bean is grown in the Kona region of Hawaii from soil that comes from volcanic terrain. This also aids in giving the coffee one of its most unique flavors. Royal Kona Coffee originally began its business in the 1800s by harvesting and producing coffee beans. They use what is known as the dry process and the wet process to be able to retrieve the flavors that they desire.
39 Bark Thins Dark Chocolate Clusters
The death star makes its appearance once again. Yet another sought-after product that has been torn from Costco members everywhere. Not to worry, this product can still be found on the Bark Thins retailer website. Obviously, you will find it at a higher price, but dark chocolate connoisseurs know that this product is definitely worth it.
Bark Thins Dark Chocolate Clusters have almonds, rolled oats, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, and dark chocolate. This mixture of nuts, berries, and dark chocolate was something that members had to grab every time that they made their trip to Costco. These clusters had around 14 servings per bag (who pays attention to that stuff anyway?), 9 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein. Plus, Bark Thins is a fair-trade company which made consuming their products a better choice than the next leading brand.
40 Island Princess Macadamia Crunch
Who doesn’t love a good caramel popcorn treat? Costco members definitely did. The Island Princess popcorn product was dearly loved by Costco members, who were surprised to see the death star make its way to the product. This popcorn is coated with toffee and mixed with macadamia nuts that are locally grown and sourced from Hawaii.
The inspiration for the brand name, Island Princess, comes from the Aloha spirit of the company. The image of the logo represents their bond to Hawaii. The girl is dressed in typical hula attire with foliage around her wrists, a leaf skirt, and a lei around her neck. Just as the macadamia nuts are grown on Hawaiian soil, the leaves and flowers that the Island Princess wears are grown on the islands as well. As you can tell, Hawaiian culture is what keeps this company honest and allows them to continue to manufacture its products.
Did you know that the majority of the population would be able to save much more money every month than they think? When you think about all the non-essential things you buy, it’s pretty easy to believe! According to the long-proven 50/30/20 rule, you should set aside:
- 50% of your budget for essential expenses such as housing and food;
- 30%—maximum!—for non-essential spending;
- At least 20% of your income should be put into savings.
When you think about it, it’s a pretty logical way to manage your finances. Unfortunately, too few people take the time to make a detailed budget and think about it.
Here are some facts from 2018 about how Americans’ money relates to the LivingFacts website:
- 12% of Americans said they could not cover a potential $400 expense. 61% said they could afford the $400 in cash or equivalent, while 27% of Americans said they would have to borrow the $400, or sell assets, if the opportunity arose;
- 36% of Americans say their retirement savings are on track. 44% say they are having problems, and the remaining 20% are unsure about the state of their savings;
- 64% of Americans owned a home, while 27% rented one, and 9% had other arrangements;
- The average annual salary of an American can be divided into three different types of expenses: 33% for housing, 16% for transportation, and 13% for food;
- Only 47% of Americans with a credit card say they have been able to pay their bill in full every month for the past year. 26% say they have had a balance on their card a few times, while 27% have a balance most of the time;
- 82% of married people say they are doing well financially, compared to 66% of single people. 78% of married people with children under 18 are doing well, compared with 52% of single people with children.
Business Insider even goes so far as to say that many Americans plan to work until they die and not retire because their finances are so precarious. More precisely, 37% of Americans think they will have to work until they die, while 34% of them plan to be able to retire around the age of 80.
It is therefore quite clear that the financial health of American society in general is more precarious than one might think, especially considering that even people who manage to save do not in fact save enough.
With our best saving tips article, though, you will be able to get to your goal quickly and, who knows, maybe you’ll have a little more leeway for your non-essential spending in addition to planning your retirement properly!