13 Best Costco Party Foods And Drinks To Buy
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13 Best Costco Party Foods And Drinks To Buy

Jul 04, 2023

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We'd plan a party just to buy these, TBH.

It's a fact universally acknowledged by Team Delish that half of the reason we go to parties is for the food. Is that also you? And in these inflationary times we're always on the lookout for the best deals so we can keep the snack table full all night long. Enter: Our trusty Costco memberships to save the day. Sure, we love Costco for stocking up on our mainstays (and the free samples, pizza, and soft serve), but it's also a party-planner's DREAM. The bulk-buying paradise truly has a little something for everyone: pre-made dips, tons of bite-sized apps, and plenty of affordable booze options so you can play bartender on a budget, too. And don't get us started on their giant bottles of sangria, cheese flights, and pre-made jell-o shots...) We'd plan a party just to have these picks, TBH.

We've eaten our way through the iconic warehouse's many (many!) aisles, and these 13 party-approved snack and drink picks are the one's we'll absolutely be getting second rounds of at our next party. Best of all? You'll likely have some leftovers, which will make you one very lucky party host. New to shopping at Costco? We're seasoned pros at navigating the aisles, so be sure to check out all of our favorite Costco cult-favorite items, the best Costco wines, and all the hacks to know to before you shop at Costco

We know that the snack table can often be all about the salt, crunch, spice, but we think the Siete's Churro Strips are something everyone can get behind. Lay out a bowl of these sweet, earthy, crispy cinnamon chips with your favorite sweet dip (perhaps some cannoli dip or dulce de leche?!) and you might you love these way more than your regular old chips and salsa routine.

We'd be remiss to not sing the praises of Costco's king of all party snacks: Their prepared shrimp cocktail. It's a mainstay for a reason and worth every penny. Each package is about 1.5 pounds and will be the first thing your guests bee-line towards. Don't forget the cocktail sauce!

When it's party time, playing bartender can be kind of a drag. But no more! Costco's Kirkland brand frozen cocktails make hosting perhaps a bit too easy, but we're absolutely not complaining.

Let's be real: Half the reason we have our Costco memberships is purely for the great deals on LaCroix sparkling waters (members of Team Delish are especially big fans of pamplemousse (grapefruit), limoncello, and tangerine). And why not? LaCroix is one of our favorite things to keep in the cooler for hydrating between beers as well as for mixing up a solid mocktail, too.

Got some gluten-free pals in your gang? Make sure they feel included in the tastiest way possible with these peanut butter-filled pretzel nuggets. Warning: These pretzel nuggets have a magical ability to uh... *disappear*. It's a very good idea to buy a few bags of both their peanut butter pretzels as well as Quinn's plant-based "cheezy" flavor that tastes JUST like Combos.

Has any one ever been disappointed by spotting spanakopita at a party? Absolutely not. It's basically science that puff pastry + cheese = a good time, and these crispy spanakopita triangles are infinitely pop-able. Plus, they have spinach in them which absolutely balances out all the wings.

No matter your dip of choice, Kettle's Krinkle Cut Chips will make them positively *shine*. Thick cut and ridge-cut for serious dipping, the Kettle Brand kettle-cooked chips are likely going to ruin you for any other chip. Just make sure to serve them with a worthy dip, like our caramelized onion dip recipe. Pro-Tip: If you are lucky to spot their Korean BBQ flavor, do not hesitate to grab a few bags of those while you're at it.

We must implore you to kindly step away from the frozen wings, and high-tail it right to Kirkland's pre-seasoned chicken wings. Your friends will be so glad you did, especially since there's plenty of flats and drums in each pack to go around.

Say it with us: Girl Scout Thin Mints Pretzels. Are those all of your new favorite words, too? We don't know why it took so long for this masterfully sweet-salty-minty-crunchy snack to make it to Costco's shelves, but we are not mad about it. While we love these straight up out of the bag, these would be bomb on a fruit & dip platter, too.

We're no stranger to Costco's wine section. And their Kirkland brand Prosecco is a party must-buy. This ultra-bubbly Italian sparkler is medium dry, lightly fruity, and great on its own or mixed in with mimosas, a negroni sbagliato (obviously), or a classic aperol spritz. We highly suggest you make your party its own signature cocktail (maybe our Prosecco mint julep?) with it ASAP.

It should come as no surprise that Team Delish is pretty obsessed with pickles. So when we found out that Costco now sells a Fried Pickle and Ranch dip we were on it. Delightfully dill-y with that signature buttermilk tang, this dip is highly unputdownable, especially with bagel chips, carrots, or pretzels, and honestly? Probably their fried dill pickle chips, too. We'd plan a party just to have these on the snack table, TBH.

What would a party be without a couple of exciting bevs? Costco is the ultimate spot to stock up on great, affordable mixers (like juices and tonic water), but we especially love it for stocking up on our Topo Chicos. Maybe it's the cute glass bottles or that extra-crisp carbonation, but Topo Chicos are non-negotiable (especially for spiking and turning into Ranch Waters).

Bite-sized apps should be a food group all their own, and these teriyaki pineapple chicken meatballs made by Aidells would make up a primary part of our pyramid, TBH. A little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, these meatballs are something we're never sad to have leftovers of.

Mackenzie Filson is a food writer and contributing digital food producer at Delish. Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate-pine and if wine was an astrological sign she'd be a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. She's never met a bag of Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos she didn't eat in one sitting.

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