Costco Bacon Jalapeno Poppers - Stay Away!
Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos at Costco
I’ve been on a jalapeno popper kick lately, so I couldn’t help but pull the trigger on Costco’s frozen bacon wrapped cream cheese stuffed jalapenos. I’ve noticed them in the frozen food aisles for quite a while, but I’ve gotten pretty good at making my own jalapeno poppers at home, so I figured I didn’t really need this.
And guess what? I was right; I would have been better off making my own poppers at home.
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The Red Flags Were There
So yes, I did not like these jalapeno poppers one bit, and with all of my frozen food and Costco experience, I should have known better.
Immediately, a couple of red flags jumped out to me about these Bacon Jalapeno Poppers.
First, who the heck makes these Costco jalapeno poppers? Why is the producer’s name not front and center like every other frozen food at Costco? If they aren’t willing to put their name on it, then you should be buying it.
The answer to who makes them is a company called Ocean Pier. With a name like that, they appear to be more focused on seafood, and they should probably stick to what they know best.
Next, why are these jalapeno poppers made in Canada? I live in Texas, where the jalapeno popper originated, so why would we need to import these bacon wrapped cream cheese stuffed jalapenos from Canada? Can they really make jalapeno poppers better than a Texas, or even a US company?
Also, are they not able to use the term jalapeno poppers, and instead, they have to call the product bacon-wrapped cream cheese stuffed jalapenos? A lot of interesting things about this packaging and company.
Costco Cost Comparison
I purchased this 20-count pack of Jalapeno Poppers for $11.49 or about $0.57 each. This seems to be a fair price for jalapeno poppers as they do take some prep work to make.
The entire box weighs only 1.25 pounds, so each jalapeno popper weighs about 1 ounce and is on the smaller side compared to what you would make at home.
Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Taste Test
Before I talk about the jalapeno poppers, I will say that I am disappointed that all 20 jalapeno poppers are in one plastic container that isn’t meant to be resealed.
For me, the entire purpose of these frozen jalapeno poppers is the convenience sake’s of not having to prep them myself, so I wish the container were resealable. I understand some people may use these as appetizers at a party, but give those of us who are going to consume them at home a suitable option to reseal as well.
For size, these are on the very small side. They are just about as small as you can make a bacon wrapped jalapeno. The jalapeno is small, and the bacon is minimal.
The bacon reminds me of the bacon you would find on a $1 bacon cheeseburger from Jack In The Box.
As far as taste goes, these were a huge disappointment. The jalapeno has a funky taste to it, and the cream cheese is extremely sweet.
There are two grams of added sugar for every three jalapeno poppers, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is extremely noticeable.
The one saving grace of the bacon wrapped jalapenos is the bacon. The bacon was thin and short but tasted just fine. Of the five jalapeno poppers I cooked, I ate five pieces of bacon and only two and a half of the jalapenos with cream cheese.
These weren’t good at all and I will probably cook the rest just for the bacon.
How to Cook Costco’s Bacon Jalapeno Poppers
There are two ways to cook these Costco bacon wrapped jalapenos with cream cheese. They can be cooked in the oven or the air fryer. I air-fried them as that is the much quicker option.
- Preheat oven to 450°F
- Arrange peppers cut side up, in a single layer on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Cook on the middle rack for 18-21 minutes
- Let stand for 2 minutes before serving.
- Preheat Air Fryer to 400°F
- Arrange peppers cut side up in a single layer on the inside grill.
- Cook on the middle rack for 7 to 8 minutes.
- Let stand for 2 minutes before serving.
Jalapeno Poppers Calories and Nutrition
One serving of Costco’s bacon jalapeno poppers is three pieces and contains 200 calories. The 200 calories come from 18 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbohydrates and 7 grams of protein. The entire nutritional label is below:
These Costco jalapeno poppers are relatively high in fat with a moderate amount of protein. This is expected and fairly typical for jalapeno poppers.
I purchased them because Jalapeno poppers have been one of my top snacks at the moment and are low in carbs and great for the keto diet. But due to taste, even at just 2 grams of net carbs per serving, these jalapeno poppers aren’t worth eating.
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Greg Larkin is the founder and managing editor of Costco Food Database, the premiere site for honest takes on all things Costco food. A self-proclaimed Costco super-fan since childhood, Greg turned his obsession in a mission to properly rate and review all of Costco’s delicious buys. When he’s not busy navigating Costco aisles, you can find Greg smoking Kirkland Signature meats, meal prepping, or perfecting his homemade jerky recipes.