You’ve just finished your monthly shopping expedition to Costco. The 500 pallets of bulk items that you purchased inside are securely packed inside your family18-wheeler. You’re tired and you’re hungry. You reconnoiter the massive parking lot for any source of sustenance, but see nothing. Then, just as despair begins to take hold, you see them: the red and white Kirkland Signature umbrellas. It’s the Costco food court!
A quick meal at the food court of this American multinational retail leader may seem like a great idea at the time: convenient, flavorful, fair food-like items at exceptionally low-prices. The problem is that many of Costco’s tasty food court offerings come at a high calorie cost.
A great example of that is Costco’s most popular, signature food court item: the Kirkland Signature 1/4 lb. All Beef Hot Dog.
Priced at only $1.50 each, the dog is but one item in the Kirkland Signature line; Costco’s private trademarked label. Sold only by Costco at their website and warehouses, the name is derived from the location of the company’s original corporate headquarters, Kirkland, Washington.
Nutritionally, this quarter-pounder and bun come in at 570 calories – with 300 calories coming from fat. Each delicious frank carries 33 grams of total fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of Trans fat, 80 mgs of cholesterol, 1750 mgs of sodium, 46 grams of carbs, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 9 grams of sugar and 24 grams of protein.
Incidentally, each $1.50 hot dog comes with a refillable 20 ounce soda. Depending on your sugary beverage of choice, your one dog and drink pit-stop could add up to almost 1,000 calories.