As The Rolling Stones once said, “You can’t always get what you want.” And there’s many Costco customers who are very familiar with that feeling. The wholesaler has discontinued a number of popular products down the years. So, from the All-American Chocolate Cake to mouth-watering BBQ beef brisket sandwiches, let’s explore some of the beloved items we’ve said goodbye to.
21. Chocolate soft-serve
If you’ve got a sweet-tooth, Costco would’ve been the perfect place to go shopping in the past. Why’s that? Well, the wholesaler used to offer cups of chocolate and vanilla soft-serve to its customers. Though Eat This, Not that! notes that the former flavor was discontinued in 2018 in favor of the acai bowl.
20. Kirkland Signature Light Beer
Alcohol can cost a pretty penny at the supermarket, but Costco once stocked its shelves with a much cheaper option. Remember when it sold Kirkland Signature Light Beer? A pack of 48 cans would have only set you back by $22, according to MoneyWise. That’s not even 50 cents for each drink! Anyway, it was a product that had both lovers and haters, before the chain eventually dropped it in 2018.
19. Kirkland Signature Turkey Burgers
It goes without saying that certain burgers can be pretty unhealthy. Mind you, the same couldn’t be said about Kirkland Signature Turkey Burgers. MoneyWise notes that these bad boys were just 200 calories a pop, so of course dieting consumers fell in love with them. Yet that didn’t stop Costco from pulling the product in the end. Yep, not even a Change.org petition could sway the decision!
18. Costco-branded cookbooks
For over a decade, Costco customers had access to an annual cookbook that commemorated Thanksgiving. And people couldn’t get enough of them. But the chain eventually decided to dump the books in favor of a new idea. Simply put, a feature in the Costco Connection publication took its place: “Farm to Table.” It’s just not the same, is it?
17. Food court’s fresh-made gelato
Are you a fan of gelato? If so, you would’ve loved trips to Costco a few years ago. The wholesaler’s food court sold three scoops of the stuff for $1.50, according to MoneyWise. Quarts were under $5 as well. Yet the company opted to remove it from the menu in 2015. What a bummer!
16. Chaokoh coconut milk
Up until September 2020 Costco sold Chaokoh coconut milk to its customers. Why did the item disappear, though? Well, PETA brought forward accusations which suggested the milk was coming from “monkey labor.” Theppadungporn Coconut Co. – the Thai business behind the drink – rejected the claims, but that didn’t stop the chain from dumping it. You can’t blame them, right?
15. Kirkland Signature Body Soap
Kirkland Signature Body Soap was a very popular product at Costco, and few other items could match the excellent standards it set. Though there was just one problem – it had an unusually strong smell. In the end, the shops opted to discontinue the soap for that reason. One Reddit user reacted badly, writing, “Seriously, I nearly broke out in tears when I couldn’t find it.” We feel their pain.
14. Food court calzones
How about this for a good deal: there was a time when Costco’s food court offered consumers two large calzones for under $7. And they tasted great, too. Though these delicious dishes were dropped some years ago because they weren’t profitable enough for the company.
13. Kirkland Signature Five-Pocket Jeans
During their pomp, the Kirkland Signature Five-Pocket Jeans were the go-to option for plenty of Costco customers. They weren’t referred to as “dad jeans” for nothing! Anyway, the chain surprisingly dumped them in 2016 – later bringing the pants back with a new design. That ultimately caused a backlash, though, and now they’re gone for good.
12. Endangered seafood
Before 2011 Costco had a huge variety of fish on its shelves. Yes, you could buy anything from bluefin tuna to Atlantic cod, but that all came to an end thanks to Greenpeace. The organization encouraged Costco to take up a new approach which would help endangered sea creatures. It’s still in effect today, with certain salmon products discontinued in 2019.
11. Kirkland Signature French Comté
If you’re a lover of cheese, then Costco has you well covered. There are so many varieties across the aisles. Then again, one product in particular made a real impact prior to being pulled. We’re referring to Kirkland Signature French Comté. This item was absolutely delicious, and its powerful taste left you wanting more. So, it’s too bad that the wholesaler doesn’t stock it today.
While Roundup might’ve been beloved in the past, that quickly changed in 2019 when Costco discontinued the weed-killer. Though what factors led to this decision? Well, the chain faced legal trouble for the product’s alleged cancerous effects, and a Change.org campaign to dump it reached over 90,000 signatures. Makes sense, wouldn’t you say?
9. Food court’s chocolate-dipped ice cream bars
Can you name anything more mouth-watering than a chocolate-dipped ice cream bar? We certainly can’t! It sounds incredible. The food court at Costco used to sell these beauties at a low price of $1.50, according to Eat This, Not That! But in 2013 the product was pulled. Rumors suggest that dairy and almond costs got out of hand at that time, which led to the call.
8. Kirkland Signature Cinnamon Roll Protein Bars
Finding a truly delicious protein bar isn’t as easy as you’d think. Yet Costco seemingly had the answer with the Kirkland Signature Cinnamon Roll Protein Bars. These things were genuinely moreish – beating other brands with ease. Sadly, though, you can’t get them anymore.
7. Half-sheet cakes
Wondering where Costco’s half-sheet cakes have gone? To answer that, the wholesaler shared an announcement with USA Today in July 2020. It said, “Currently we’re not selling [the product] at any U.S. locations and as of right now, we have no immediate plans to bring [it] back. We’re focusing on our smaller chocolate cakes that seem to be resonating with our members.”
6. Kirkland Signature Trek Mix
The Kirkland Signature Trek Mix was quite the product when Costco sold it. For just under $8, you could get your hands on a bag full of tasty goodness. It contained stuff like chocolate chips, almonds, cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Sounds ideal, right? But the item isn’t around today – several alternatives have taken its place.
5. Kirkland Signature’s frozen four-cheese ravioli
Want an idea of how beloved certain Costco items can become? Well, get a load of this. The wholesaler caused quite the stir when Kirkland Signature’s frozen four-cheese ravioli products were discontinued. Customers were so unhappy that they took to Facebook to ask for them back in 2012. And one user even volunteered to finance their return himself!
4. Food court’s BBQ beef brisket sandwiches
In truth, some of you might’ve been unaware that Costco’s food court sold BBQ beef brisket sandwiches in the past. That’s because you could only get them in certain shops. But take it from us – this hulking tower of meat, barbecue sauce and coleslaw was absolutely delicious. It eventually made way for healthy options on the menu, though.
3. All-American Chocolate Cake
To say that Costco’s All-American Chocolate Cake was big would be an understatement. MoneyWise notes that this monster – which cost under $17 – clocked the scales at 7 pounds and contained close to 13,000 calories. No, that’s not a typo: it was massive! People naturally noticed when the chain discontinued it in 2019 – especially because no reasons were given as to why.
2. Kirkland Signature American Cheese
If you like buying your cheese in bulk, Costco once had the perfect product for you. The Kirkland Signature American Cheese items used to be sold in packs weighing five pounds. That’s 120 slices! You’d be set for a while. They also tasted great. Sadly, though, the shops stopped selling it in favor of Kraft Singles.
1. Food court’s Polish dogs
We don’t know about you, but we’re struggling to name a more delicious item at Costco’s food court than the discontinued Polish dog. These incredible items were hard to beat in their day. Yet that didn’t stop the wholesaler from pulling them in 2018 for healthier alternatives. People were furious, and a “SaveThePolishDog” hashtag emerged to try and save the product. Alas, it didn’t work.