Costco buyers must be busy—even though I’m a frequent shopper, the warehouse store is always full of items I’ve never seen there before.
From Lego Advent calendars to giant jars full of biscotti, I always tend to toss a new product or 10 into my cart. But just because you’ve seen a product at Costco once, or even regularly, doesn’t mean it will always be there.
Items come and go. If you see something you like, get it. You can put it on your mental grocery list next time, but it may or may not be there when you get back. Some products disappear for seasonal or popularity reasons, but others make more mysterious departures.
Here’s a look at some of the items Costco no longer sells.
Half sheet cake
Costco members turn to the Bakery Corner to celebrate birthdays, baby showers, graduations and parties of all kinds. But the popular cake size, the half-sheet cake, is no longer offered on US locations. Costco confirmed the news on “Today” in 2020, noting that the store is focusing on smaller 10-inch round cakes instead.
A Costco representative confirmed to Money Talks News in October that he still had “no immediate plans to return” half of the sheet, adding that the 10-inch round cake “seems to resonate with our members.”
What a shame – half sheet cakes were one of my favorite purchases at Costco.
Polish hot dogs
Costco shoppers can really whet the appetite, and many shoppers stop in the store’s food court after (or before) a cart is loaded. The store’s signature Hot Dog & Soda combo still retails for $1.50, and this deal is hard to beat.
But in 2018, the store removed its Polish dog from the menu, opting to offer beef-only hot dogs instead, saying that most members prefer beef dogs. Dojon it!
Kirkland Signature Light Beer
Kirkland Signature is Costco’s signature home brand. But don’t expect to find Kirkland Signature Light Beer on store shelves anymore. Back in 2018, a Business Insider spokesperson confirmed that the soft drink had been discontinued.
Beer connoisseurs, you probably didn’t miss a thing – the reviews on BeerAdvocate aren’t exactly impressive, although one guy liked it enough to make hilarious (if a bit prejudicial) fake commercials about the product.
A popular, albeit controversial, report of the popular herbicide can be purchased at many hardware and garden stores. The New York Times reported in 2019 that Costco was no longer among them, due to concerns about glyphosate, a controversial ingredient that has been cited in numerous lawsuits by people who claim it is linked to cancer.
Yes, the same chain that sells roast chicken also sells tires for your car. But not the studded variety. While studded tires can provide more traction on icy surfaces, those same studs can do road damage.
In 2007, Costco tire buyer Pat McClintock told Spokesman-Review that the chain had stopped selling studded tires to be “environmentally responsible.”
Kirkland Signature Turkey Burger
A turkey burger can be a tasty and healthy option for those trying to eat less red meat. Costco’s Kirkland Signature Turkey burger used to have just 200 calories per patty and plenty of loyal fans, but the retailer no longer offers them.
A Costco representative posted on Facebook in 2018 that Kirkland pies “are not expected to be back in the near future.” Judging by the readers’ frustrated comments, people still want to devour it.
Costco sells Columbus and Rastelli turkey burgers.
Dolls cuddle with me
Costco toy selection can be surprisingly strong, especially around the time of the holidays. But you’ll never see Cuddle With Me doll sets there again.
The dolls were available in Caucasian, African American, and Hispanic versions. They came with either a stuffed monkey or a stuffed panda. In 2009, a complaint about pairing an African American doll with a monkey led Costco to withdraw the toys.
Cookbooks “The Costco Way”
Costco not only sells groceries, but advises shoppers on how best to prepare them. For 12 years, the chain has published cookbooks and distributed them to its members over Thanksgiving weekend.
But now, instead of a print cookbook, the store offers recipes online in the Farm to Table section of its Costco Connection magazine. Old cookbooks archived online – just search for “Cooking the Costco Way” on the Costco Connection website.
Eggs that are not without the cage
Even actor Brad Pitt and comedian Bill Maher have been embroiled in the cage-free egg controversy at Costco. Maher wrote an opinion column in the New York Times in 2015 asking the company to stop selling caged chicken eggs, and Pitt sent a letter to the company making the same request.
While Costco has not yet transitioned to 100% cage-free eggs across all of its international locations, a statement on its website says, “Costco is committed to purchasing cage-free eggs and in fiscal year 2020 has continued to increase the percentage of cage-free eggs selling all over the world. “
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