COSTCO’s food court is legendary to many of the wholesaler’s loyal customers, but sadly, some favorite foods have disappeared in recent years.
Costco’s food court has always set the chain apart from many other supermarkets.
Today, shoppers know Costco for its massive, mass-produced offering, as well as its almost-too-good $1.50 hot dog combo.
Fans can look forward to relatively cheap on-the-go lunches at the food court, but some of the most popular menu items have been removed.
The US Sun has compiled a list of all of Costco’s food court favorites that appear to have been permanently discontinued at the chain.
1. CHOCOLATE SOFT SERVE
Ice cream is a popular treat for shoppers to partake in every time they visit Costco’s food court.
The soft serve offering was available in both chocolate and vanilla, but now customers have one less option to choose from.
This is especially annoying for the many ice cream lovers who would order their Costco ice cream with a strudel.
Costco booted the chocolate ice cream cone in 2018.
In its place, Costco now offers acai bowls. While it’s a healthier alternative, many shoppers feel it can’t quite replace the beloved chocolate flavor.
Those who visited Costco’s food court for dessert were also deeply disappointed when another iconic candy was removed from the store’s lineup.
In the past, shoppers could buy freshly made gelato in a bag for as little as $1.50.
This was a great offer as the customers got a total of three scoops.
But if they wanted more gelato later, you could buy a whole quart for just under $5.
Before gelato disappeared forever, shoppers had their choice of mixed berries, pistachios, and stracciatella.
Some customers have theorized why the famous gelato might have left stores, believing it was probably too much of a hassle to make fresh every day.
“Expensive and time-consuming,” wrote one Reddit shopper of the discontinued treat. “Exactly the opposite of what the food court was designed for.”
Costco members vividly and fondly remember the food court’s calzones. The food court had a great deal, offering shoppers two calzones and a side of marinara for just $6.99
When they became available, customers could choose from a wide variety of beef, pork, sauces, and cheeses.
While fans remember the calzone as one of the most popular food court items, Costco said they weren’t bringing in enough revenue at the end of the day.
“These things were real!” wrote one nostalgic shopper on Reddit. “So sad to see her go.”.
Those in search of the legendary calzones are now forced to eat plain cheese and pepperoni pizza at the food court.
4. ICE BAR DRINK IN CHOCOLATE
The wholesaler has dropped another sweet treat in recent years.
Fans loved the chocolate-dipped ice cream bars while shopping because they were only $1.50.
Even better, you could customize your ice cream bar by adding almonds to the chocolate coating.
Shoppers believe the iconic candy was likely discontinued as the price of chocolate and almonds soared amid inflation.
Costco has never given a specific reason for eliminating the treat, but many customers have started petitions to bring back the ice cream bars.
“Quite literally my favorite thing they’ve ever had in the food court,” said one shopper on Reddit. “The last time I had one I was 13 and will be 21 this year. I just want to know who delivered the chocolate to them.”
5. BBQ BEEF BREAST SANDWICHES
Happy shoppers at the select stores that served BBQ beef brisket sandwiches in the food court still have fond memories of the meal.
Although they were never introduced nationwide, customers adored the sandwich in the food courts where they were available.
The meaty sandwich was packed to the brim with brisket, coleslaw and a legendary BBQ sauce.
And amazingly, the entire entree was only $4.99.
Costco dropped the sandwich and introduced several healthier options, but many want the Southern-style sandwich to make a comeback.
“Costco can give and Costco can take away,” said one disappointed fan on Reddit.
Some former store employees have said that removing the sandwich was ultimately a good thing for the chain, but due to the sheer amount of effort each sandwich required.
“As one of the guys who used to work at the food court, I say good riddance,” the former worker said on Reddit.
“Making this sandwich and going through all the procedures was more of a pain in the ass than making 50 chocolate nut covered ice cream bars in a row. That and the amount of fat in it on the label was amazing.”
Costco did not respond to The US Sun’s request for comment on the articles.
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