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Kirkland Signature 1/4 lb. All Beef Hot Dog

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.  


Not that long ago, McDonald’s decided to undertake a campaign of transparency (“Our Food, Your Questions”) in response to America’s growing awareness of the unhealthy nature of fast food offerings. While McDonald’s goal was to assure consumers that their products weren’t nearly as bad as purported, the end result was a complete PR debacle.


It came as no surprise to anyone that McDonald’s menu was found to be entirely unhealthy and exceptionally high in empty calories, fat, sodium, carbs and cholesterol. But more than one eye brow was raised when the affordable food chain revealed their heavy use of preservatives, flavor enhancers, and a slew of chemicals including acrylamide, aluminum sulfate, azodicarbonamide, carminic acid, cellulose, cysteine-L, dimethylpolysiloxane, disodium 5 ribonucleotides, hydrogenated soybean oil, propylene Glycol, silicone dioxide,  silicone oil, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium benzoate, sodium metabisulfite, and THBQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone).


Today, few people consider McDonald’s a healthy place to eat, despite its efforts to offer more menu choices. But its insidious marketing of fast foods to children, a decline in U.S. sales, food safety scandals in China, and huge labor issues here, leave the fast food giant struggling in a universal marketplace where people want fresh, healthy food served fast – without genetic engineering, artificial ingredients, or toxic chemicals.