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19 Best Costco Snacks for When You Need a Bite, Stat

From savory to sweet, and everything in between.

August 13, 2020
Photo by Rocky Luten

While there is nothing ordinary about these times, as a mom to two boys, I’m continuously trying to create any semblance of normalcy for them. And of course, kids or no kids, we all need to find ways to make our own worlds feel the slightest bit regular as well.

The big things might be out of reach (far-away vacations! big parties with friends!) but there are lots of little things within our grasp. The back-to-school season always gets me thinking about snacks—whether they’re paired up with lunch, munched in between virtual learning sessions, or tucked in a bag to tote along on a socially distanced walk.

And what better place to turn to for snacks than Costco? I recently took a leisurely masked stroll through the wide aisles of the wholesale price club to stock up on some of my family’s go-to snacks, and, as with any and all trips to Costco, discover a few new favorites.

From light-as-air Parmesan crisps to single-serving hummus cups, it’s a nosher’s paradise out there—here are 19 of the best Costco snacks. (Note: With hundreds of snack options to choose from, this list is by no means exhaustive; add your personal favorites to the comments below.)


Individually Packaged Snacks

1. Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars

Chewy-sweet fig bars have been around for a long time, and that’s because they’re sustaining and delicious. This company makes fig bars with real fruit and whole grains—and no high-fructose corn syrup. Flavors range from raspberry and blueberry to original fig, and come with 36 twin packs in each box.

2. Gourmet Nut Power Up Trail Mix

Trail mix offerings abound at Costco, and this one contains a mix of two varieties: High Energy Trail Mix, which includes pineapple, banana chips, coconut, cranberries, walnuts, cashews, and papaya; and the Mega Omega Trail Mix with walnuts, dried mango, almonds, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. Bonus: They’re gluten-free, vegan, and cholesterol-free.

3. Kirkland Snacking Nuts

If you’re like me, opening a container of nuts means you might just finish the whole thing in one sitting. I have a deep abiding love for the Kirkland Virginia-style peanuts, but one handful rarely does the trick. So I like to keep this assortment of snacking nuts around, where you can grab a small bag of peanuts, almonds, and cashews, and not have to rely on self-regulation.

4. Clif Kid ZBars

My family loves Clif bars—I can’t count the number of mornings last year when I basically threw a bar at my younger son’s head as he bolted out the door late for school. This box of 36 ZBars (it comes with the chocolate chip, iced oatmeal cookie, and chocolate brownie flavors) is always great to have on hand, and perfect to slide into a bag should you be on the go.

5. Bear YoYos

These roll-ups are made with 100 percent fruit and vegetables, which is very appealing to anyone who has taken a gander at the amount of sugar many fruit snacks contain. Apple, strawberry, and mango are the three flavors in the assortment I found at my Costco. There’s one cup of fruit per individual pack (all from whole fresh produce, and not fruit concentrates), and therefore a decent amount of fiber as well.

6. Golden Farms Pineapple Sauce

We’ve all seen little cups of applesauce in various flavors, as well as other little fruit cup snacks, but I had never seen pineapple sauce before (and I'm super excited to try it). These are organic, made with 100 percent pure fruit (no added sugar), and just so happen to be a pretty good source of vitamin C.

7. Takis

These eye-wateringly hot snacks have been my boys' go-to this summer, and I have to confess that I have grabbed a handful or two as I pass through the kitchen, each time thinking “Why do I like these so much?” as I gasp for air. Bags of these hot chili pepper and lime rolled tortilla chip snacks come in a 46-pack, and should last a good long while—unless you are one of my sons. Then they will be gone in a month.

8. Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Bars

Sweet and salty is where it’s at for many of us (why decide if you don’t have to?) and these bars made with creamy peanut butter and crunchy roasted peanuts hit that intersection in a very satisfying way. Plus, a 48-count box sells for around 40 cents a bar at my store—a very good deal, if you ask me.

9. Pocky

These crunchy little biscuit sticks dipped in different coatings (from chocolate to strawberry cream) have been around since the ‘60s, but they’re as popular as ever today. My Costco carries a 12-pack box with six of the chocolate version, three cookies and cream, and three of the strawberry cream flavor, so the Pocky fans in your house may get to test-drive a new flavor or two.


Shelf-Stable Snacks

10. UNREAL Dark Chocolate Coconut Minis

If you like Mounds Bars, then these vegan and gluten-free dark chocolate coconut minis are for you. I thought they had my mom written all over them—I dropped off a bag, and expect an order for a refill shortly.

11. Perky Jerky Wagyu Beef Jerky

There were perhaps a dozen different types of beef jerky snacks to choose from during a recent trip to Costco; clearly, protein-oriented snacks are in high demand, and the field of beef jerky contenders continues to grow. Perky Jerky claims their wagyu beef jerky is “the best tasting jerky on earth.” It’s a bold claim, I know, but they actually offer a money back guarantee if you don’t agree.

12. BarkThins

When it comes to chocolate-with-nuts snack offerings, there are countless options to choose from, too. My Costco pick from this category: BarkThins with almonds and sea salt (it’s another one that nails the salty-sweet combo).

13. Taza Chocolate Better Bars

Made with 70 percent organic dark chocolate and studded with almonds, cashews, and cranberries (with a bit of crunch from puffed quinoa), these chocolate Better Bars will satisfy any sweet tooth. Even better, they’re 100 percent plant-based, organic, non-GMO, vegan, and free of dairy, gluten, and soy.

14. The Good Bean Organic Chickpeas

If you're looking for a crunchy snack with a bit of protein (each serving has the same amount as an egg), these dried chickpeas seasoned with sea salt are a good bet.

15. Whisps Cheese Crisps

I like to munch on these crunchy, airy crisps made from 100 percent Parmesan with a nice glass of red wine (or white or rosé; any wine would be lovely with these). But beware: It’s hard to stop nibbling.


Refrigerated & Freezer Aisle Snacks

16. Kirkland Organic Hummus Single-Serve Cups

If you keep a bag of tortilla chips or baby carrots around, then all you have to do is grab one of these little cups from the fridge, and you’re good to go for a crunchy-creamy, protein-filled snack.

17. Sous-Vide Egg Bites

I don’t know about you, but when I think of sous-vide egg bites, I think of the Starbuck breakfast menu. Now you can snack on two different varieties—egg white with spinach and kale, or turkey sausage and cheese—at home without having to sit in the drive-thru line for half an hour.

18. Tattooed Chef Organic Açaí Bowls

These vegan and gluten-free frozen açaí bowls make a very chill snack (especially during summer), but they also stand in nicely as breakfast, or even dessert. Cleverly, the crunchy granola is packaged separately, so it won’t get soggy as the bowl thaws out.

19. Caribbean Food Delights Jamaican-Style Beef Patties

The freezer aisle is loaded with tasty options, and these spicy Jamaican-style beef patties wrapped in a flaky, golden-brown crust are no exception. A quick trip to the microwave (we’re talking just two minutes) and you’ve got yourself a hot, satisfying snack.

Join The Conversation

Top Comment:
“dried mango strips 3) dried & crunchy shiitake mushrooms 4) apple sauce packets 5) Korean-style pork jerky 6) the cured meats + cheese packets or the prosciutto wrapped cheese slices 5) Pocky or the Chocolate filled Panda stamped cookies 7) popcorn 8) heavenly hunks (we bought it once and loved it but haven’t been able to find it at Costco again) 9) mini naan bread + hummus As each person has their own preferences, the title would be better suited to say “19 of my (the author’s) favorite Costco snacks, because it isn’t all-inclusive of what is “best”.”
— wendym
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27 Comments

Rachel C. September 15, 2020
The Costco Sous Vide Egg Bites are made by the same company that created and produces the Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites! So you are literally getting the same product as you would at Starbucks but in fun different flavors and for cheaper. I found this out and have been all the more pumped about these since.
 
Rachel C. September 15, 2020
Meant to add—the company that makes them/the brand to look out for on the box is Cuisine Solutions.
 
debplusthree September 8, 2020
Thank you for such a thoughtfully, wonderfully written article. I’m on my way to Costco this morning and was delighted to find it in my inbox!
 
wendym September 8, 2020
At our local Greater Seattle Costco, I would add 1) seaweed snacks either in little sheets or the one that is like a chip with nori & rice. 2) dried mango strips 3) dried & crunchy shiitake mushrooms 4) apple sauce packets 5) Korean-style pork jerky 6) the cured meats + cheese packets or the prosciutto wrapped cheese slices 5) Pocky or the Chocolate filled Panda stamped cookies 7) popcorn 8) heavenly hunks (we bought it once and loved it but haven’t been able to find it at Costco again) 9) mini naan bread + hummus
As each person has their own preferences, the title would be better suited to say “19 of my (the author’s) favorite Costco snacks, because it isn’t all-inclusive of what is “best”.
 
Eric September 7, 2020
Nobody wants to hear about what you poop out, so quit leaving comments. You’re probably the same people that buy 900,000 rolls of toilet paper at a time.
 
Eric September 7, 2020
Nobody wants to hear about what you poop out, so quit leaving comments.
 
Kristin J. September 6, 2020
We are huge fans of the organic dark chocolate Heavenly Hunks! With oats, dark chocolate and other delicious things in a handy little square, we now need to start buying more than one bag at a time.
 
ivygreene September 6, 2020
Costco now carrying Mary’s Gone Crackers and Bitchin Sauce in Costco sized quantities ! Bitchin Sauce is a spicy vegan almond sauce made in San Diego but available at healthy markets .
 
Athena P. September 6, 2020
Around Xmas you can usually find Kirkland praline pecans in the big plastic jugs (2.5 lbs!), in the snack section. Divine!
 
esthergrace September 6, 2020
How about doing a column listing all the healthy snacks, snacks of no more than 200 calories, meatless snacks, no sugar, no white flour, and how about good snacks for diabetics?
That would be more useful for me.
Thanks
 
myrtle September 6, 2020
They have a coconut crisp cookie to die for. Comes in a large blue bag which is what I think appealed to me at first as a coconut cookie doesn't do much for me. This cookie packs a crunch and incredible taste. Elaine September 6, 2020
 
Lindi September 6, 2020
I have not heard of any of those snacks, but what Carla mentioned, I have, bought those numerous times. I'm in Australia and our Costco, doesn't stock many snacks except frozen ones. I really wish they stocked the different doughs in a roll think might be called crescent rolls back in the 60's early 70's and for some reason they disappeared out of our supermarket fridges..
 
Michele September 6, 2020
The Korean style pork jerky they have is the BOMB!!!! I can't remember the name of it though; but it's really, REALLY good! And yeah, someone else mentioned the peanut butter filled pretzels; those are awesome too but high in fat content.
 
cyndilurks September 6, 2020
Definitely Off the Eaten Path rice crisps are my favorite & the salted, shelled & roasted pistachios also salted & roasted cashews & mixed nuts; all come in large quantities that you can portion out on your own.
 
girlwithaknife September 6, 2020
Second the Off the Eaten Path rice crisps.
Also you forgot:
-Sonoma vegetable chips (great w hummus or on its own)
-Wildroots trail mix
 
Sandy S. September 6, 2020
Love hearing about all the interesting snacks I have passed by in the aisles of Costco, but I deplore the fact they they come individually wrapped. What a waste and all of that wrapping goes into landfill. My kids are grown and gone and I didn't have to spend the summer in ISO with them so I can appreciate the convenience described here. I would also love to see an article that addresses creative ways to draw kids into measuring and weighing and counting out portions from larger containers. These can be mini-math lessons or discussions about fairness. But thanks for the descriptions of those snacks, some of which I have never heard of. Pockys??
 
Jackie B. September 6, 2020
Sourdough Style Pretzels (San Francisco Sourdough Company). Absolutely the best!
 
Carla B. September 6, 2020
Some of these sound really healthy and delicious. But I have zero idea what a “Taki” or a “Pocky” are - links or pictures for each recommended item would be super helpful. And how did Kirkland’s peanut butter pretzel nuggets not make this list? :)
 
Alice September 6, 2020
Carla, you're correct! I was just thinking that the pretzel nuggets should have been on my list! I just went yesterday and spent over $500 and I definitely picked up a canister of them. And obviously, a few other things. And yes, pictures would be nice!
 
Lisa September 6, 2020
Photos attached to each product you were featuring would have been nice.
 
Laura September 6, 2020
Is this a commercial for Costco?
 
marguerite September 6, 2020
I honestly thought I had mistakenly clicked on one of those sponsored ads at the end of a newsfeed!
 
catlady August 15, 2020
We like the Off The Eaten Path veggie chips. They're good as a snack or with a sandwich. I put out a bowl for our Friday night wine hour with neighbors. They scoffed them up and asked where to get them.