Cheap luxury alert: $8 crème brûlée has returned to Costco

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Anything related to Costco will never stop being fun to me. One of my favorite Costco items was a dessert that once lived briefly on Costco’s shelves for a limited time before it disappeared. But now it’s back! The item in question? Crème brûlée. Thank you to eagle eyes of The Kitchn for spotting this one.


Crème brûlée, while not too hard to make, always feels like a showstopper because it’s not just a dessert, it’s an experience. I think this is because it comes in a single ramekin dedicated to you, so no sharing. But the best part is cracking the burnt sugar on top to get to the luxurious custard underneath. See? Dessert and a show. Bonus points if you have a torch, like I do. I’m a pyromaniac.

The masterminds behind @costcohotfinds, an account on TikTok that has hot tips on what you can find at the bulk retailer, found the dessert on shelves and took it home to give it a try. The eight custards come in individual glass jars with a packet of sugar for each. To get that fun crust on top, you sprinkle the sugar onto each jar and let the broiler function on your oven do the rest for about a minute. Voila, you’ve got dessert!

For $8, this is a reasonable price for that much crème brûlée (yes, each time I type that out it’s just a copy and paste), and the jars are indeed reusable in case you make pudding or your own yogurt or something. In my mind it’s worth the slight splurge, because goddammit, you’re worth it.

Staff writer at The Takeout. Also: Saveur Humor Blog Award Winner, professional pizza maker, and insufferable troublemaker.



Creme brulee gets me in trouble; though, I do not feel it is fair. There is a short list of desserts that I do not like to share and creme brulee is at the top of that list. When the question of dessert comes around and the person I am with suggests sharing or that they don’t really want dessert, I always warn them that it is a dessert that I want all to myself.

I have had two first dates that were only first dates because of creme brulee. One was the ‘oh, I don’t want a dessert’ and the other ordered peach cobbler (yes, I remember) and then suggest swapping half way dessert through “so that it is like we got two desserts”.

I do think sharing in a relationship is vital to a healthy relationship as is honesty.