I might as well start this year’s gift post with Costco, since it’s my one big weekly outing in otherwise-homebound 2020. If you don’t have a membership, find a friend to grab these items for you:
- Chocolate peppermint bark ($10 for a 22-ounce tub) – Thin layers of white and dark chocolate topped with crushed peppermint. So much better than all-white peppermint bark, the dark Belgian chocolate adds just the right depth and balance. It’s very festive and very snackable. You’ll find it in the Costco bakery area.
- Boozy egg nog ($10 for 1.75 liter bottle) – Real cream spiked with rum, brandy and whiskey, this 14.75% ABV concoction is an adult dessert, served over ice with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top if you have it. If you’ve never tried eggnog before, it’s basically like melted vanilla ice cream…and this one is ice cream that invited a few friends over from the liquor cabinet. It’s sold in the alcohol department but needs to be refrigerated after opening.
- Organic balsamic vinegar ($13 for 1-liter bottle) – Not the regular Kirkland aged balsamic vinegar, this organic balsamic vinegar is a totally different elixir. Thick, almost syrupy, the sweet richness of this organic balsamic vinegar makes the non-organic Kirkland balsamic vinegar (which really is very good) seem pale and watery. I don’t always see the organic one in the warehouse, but when I do, I stock up.