We may love to snack on giant hot dogs and pretzels when doing our shopping at Costco, but there’s a new healthy option coming to the menu that sounds pretty intriguing.
Costco has been offering acai bowls on their menus in California, Oregon and Hawaii for quite a while — obviously, they had the audience for it in those health-minded spots — but, according to Delish, those bowls will be available at all locations nationwide by the end of June 2018. The bowls offer an opportunity for a healthy addition to a menu we normally know to include items like giant churros, pizza and hot dogs.
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Snack @ Costco Hawaii Kai | I finally got to try the acai bowl at Costco. I’ll admit, I had reservations about Costco’s ability to mass produce an acai bowl the same way they do pizzas. Starting with the positives, I was pleasantly surprised Costco used fresh strawberries and blueberries… and lots of it. I was totally expecting a frozen fruit situation, like McDonald’s yogurt parfait. I also really liked the granola and banana chip mix. It added great texture, and the banana chips didn’t get soggy like how granola will in acai bowls. And no one can complain about the $4.99 price. Unfortunately, the actual acai blend wasn’t great. The texture was icy and the acai flavor was faint. It was like a frozen sorbet without the accompanying strong flavor. The staff said the machine wasn’t working before, so maybe it was a bad batch…? But next time, I’m going to ask if I can substitute in the vanilla soft serve. For those of you who have tried it, what did you think? Did I just get unlucky?
Acai bowls are a Brazilian dish mostly comprised of frozen and mashed acai palm fruit that is then topped with other fruit and granola. Consider it like a poke bowl in concept, but with fruit. The bowls at Costco are topped with chain’s signature brand of granola, Kirkland, as well as fresh blueberries and strawberries, which are great sources of antioxidants, and also as banana chips. There is a fair amount of sugar too, but if you are choosing between an acai bowl and their giant churro for breakfast, the healthier choice is clear. It’s all about moderation, of course.
And even better, since this is Costco, the bowl will sell for a cool $5. If you work at Costco and buy meals there daily, this may end up being a big help.