Costco Bagels - 5 Flavors Ranked, Storage Tip, Best Toppings
Kirkland Signature Bagels at Costco
Costco sells a dozen of their fresh baked water boiled bagels for $7.99. The bagels are made daily in the bakery and sold a dozen at a time.
There are 5 different Costco bagel flavors and each flavor is sold as a 6 pack.
Buying Costco Bagels
Costco Bakery Bagel Flavors
The five bagel flavors that Costco sells are:
- Cinnamon Raisin
- Toasted Sesame
Mix and Match Bagel Flavors
Costco’s bagels are sold as 6-packs, and can be mixed and matched to make up the dozen bagels required for purchase.
You cannot purchase just one 6 pack of bagels; you must purchase a dozen at a time.
Thing to Know: Costco may not sell all 5 bagel flavors at the same time. At my local warehouses, I have been told they have currently substituted the Parmesan bagel for the Everything bagel.
What are water boiled bagels?
One of the major selling points for Costco’s bagels is that they are water boiled. Yes, it may sound a little weird that the bagels are boiled before being baked, but it’s an integral step in creating that perfect bagel texture.
Boiling a bagel for just 60 seconds before finishing it off in the oven creates that slightly chewy crust with a dense inside.
Boiling bagels allows the crust to set before it’s in the oven, and this prevents the insides from rising too much. In turn this produces the bagel texture we all know and love.
If bagels are not boiled before baking, then they essentially becomes a circular ring of bread. Water boiling is a necessary step for a bagel to become a bagel.
Water Boiled Costco Bagel - 5 Flavors
The Everything Bagel is one of the more popular bagels and for good reason. The bagel is covered in sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, dried onion, and salt, which when combined give it its crunchy texture and nutty flavor.
Costco’s everything bagel is absolutely covered in toppings, and really showcases the everything bagel flavor.
The everything seasoned bagel from Costco is fantastic, and one of my favorites. Everything bagels pair well with cream cheese, smoked salmon, avocado, and is so tasty when used as a pizza base.
The sesame bagel is only going to be covered with sesame seeds and is perfect for fans of the mild sweet and nutty seed.
The seeds provide a nice crunch and burst of flavor to the bagel and is rather enjoyable.
I enjoy Costco’s sesame seed bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Its an amazing combination.
The Cinnamon Raisin is a great bagel and the only Costco bagel option that is on the sweeter side rather than the savory.
The bagel is, of course, made with cinnamon and raisins.
The cinnamon is spread all throughout the bagel and there is a healthy portion of raisins that give this bagel its sweet and slightly bitter cinnamon taste.
I enjoy the cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese, peanut butter, or even just plain butter.
These are going to be your classic bagels. They aren’t unique and there is no special flavor or seasoning that is applied to these bagels.
The bagels taste chewy with a slight mix of salty and sweet taste.
The nice thing about Costco’s plain bagels is that they are extremely versatile and can be eaten with spread or schmear, used as a breakfast sandwich, or even eaten as a dessert bagel,
Unfortunately, at this time Costco does not sell the parmesan bagel. I loved their parmesan bagel as it had a nice cheese flavor and was very savory and enjoyable.
The parmesan bagel goes great with cream cheese spread and is exceptionally tasty when turned into a bacon, egg, avocado, breakfast bagel.
Costco Bagels - Taste Test
Costco’s water boiled bagels are in the ok to good range. The bagels aren’t world beaters, but will be an affordable and tasty breakfast.
Water Boiled Bagel Crust
The bagels are indeed water boiled. There is a nice crust on each bagel that gives its traditional bagel texture. The crust was thin, but firm and enjoyable.
It would be nice if the bagels had a shiny blistered crust, but that doesn’t seem feasible for a store-bought bagel at this price.
The interior of the bagel was pretty good. Bagels are meant to be dense and slightly chewy and Costco does a great job of achieving that.
Costco’s bagels aren’t flat or bready and they all had a nice chew in each bite.
Bagels Costco - 5 Flavor Ranking
This, of course, is going to be my personal ranking of the bagels currently available at Costco. Each person’s preference will vary.
- Everything Bagel
- Cinnamon Raisin Bagel
- Sesame Seed Bagel
- Plain Bagel
If the parmesan bagel were available at this time, it would compete with the Everything bagel for the #1 spot.
How do you rank the bagels?
Storing Costco Bagels
Made with No Preservatives
The big issue that a lot of people seem to have with these bagels from Costco is that they cannot eat them fast enough before they start to go bad.
I’ve been purchasing these bagels for over a decade now, and I agree it really can be a challenge to finish the bagels before they start to mold.
Luckily, the bagels do keep very well in the refrigerator. If I had to say, the shelf life of Costco bagels is about 2-3 days when they are out sitting on the counter.
There are no preservatives and they will start to mold quickly. In the refrigerator, Costco’s bagels last about a week, give or take a few days.
Freezer - Long Term Storage Method and Defrost Options
The key to really preserve the Kirkland Signature bagels is to freeze them. The water boiled bagels hold really well in the freezer and are extremely easy to defrost, heat, and eat.
All you have to do is optionally slice the bagels, then place them in a ziploc bag. It is that simple! The bagels don’t freeze together, and they only take a few hours to defrost in the fridge.
Air Fry to Defrost
If you don’t have time for a defrost, you can toast it or air fry it at 325°F for 4-5 minutes.The bagels will come out warm, toasted, and feeling as close to freshly baked as possible.
Costco Cost Comparison - Kirkland Signature Bagels Price
How Much Do The Bagels at Costco Cost?
Costco sells 12 of their Bagels for $7.99. The bagels are sold in 6 packs and you can mix and match any of the flavors for your dozen bagels. Each 6 pack costs $4 and each bagel goes for $0.67.
This is a solid price for store-bought bagels, and it wouldn’t be hard to make breakfast with the bagels that cost less than $1.
Costco vs The Competition
Sam’s club sells a 6 pack of their freshly made Member’s Mark bagels for $2.98. This is a price of $0.50 per bagel.
Safeway sells a 6 pack of premade bagels for $4 which is the same price as Costco’s, but you also don’t have to buy a dozen which gives Safeway the advantage.
Their fresh baked bagels sell for $4.50 per half dozen which is slightly more than Costco’s price. Is the $0.50 increase in price worth not having to buy 12 total bagels?
Costco Doesn't Win On Price
Unfortunately it seems that Costco’s bagels are on the more expensive side. I’m not against paying a premium at Costco because I know that the quality and value is usually there.
In this case, if you are looking for the best overall price, then you should check out other bagel options.
Bagel Nutritional Information
How Many Calories in Costco Bagels?
All 5 flavors of Kirkland Signature Bagels are going to have roughly the same nutritional profile.
There will be some differences but each bagel weighs approximately 4 ounces and contains 300-310 calories. Each bagel will have about 2-3 grams of fat, 60 or so carbs, and 11-13 grams of protein.
|Costco Kirkland Signature Bagels Nutritional Information|
|Type of Bagel||Calories||Fat||Carbohydrates||Protein|
|Cinnamon Raisin Bagel||310||1 gram||65 grams||11 grams|
|Everything Bagel||310||2.5 grams||61 grams||12 grams|
|Parmesan Bagel||310||3 grams||57 grams||13 grams|
|Plain Bagel||300||1 gram||62 grams||11 grams|
|Toasted Sesame||310||3 grams||61 grams||12 grams|
Watch The Sodium
The nutritional label is pretty standard and what I expected. Bagels are a low fat but carb heavy food. What is surprising to me is the amount of sodium in each bagel. Each bagel does have between 550-620 mg of sodium.
This is about 25% of the daily recommended value for sodium intake. I guess that’s one way to start the day!
Bagel Topping Ideas & Best Uses
Bagels are surprisingly a fairly versatile breakfast food. Here are my favorite ways to enjoy a bagel from Costco.
- Cream Cheese
- Boursin Cheese
- Bacon Egg & Cheese
- Peanut Butter
Costco Water Boiled Bagel Review
Product Name: Kirkland Signature Water Boiled Bagels 12 Pack
Quantity: 12 Bagels
Location Within Costco: Bakery
Price Per Bagel: $0.67
Costco’s water-boiled bagels are fantastic store-bought bagels. They offer a variety of popular flavors and you can mix and match them!
The bagels are great with toppings and are easy to freeze for long term storage.
Value - 8/10
Convenience - 9/10
Taste - 7/10
Nutrition - 6/10
CFDB Score - 6/10
- Can mix & match
- Great tasting
- Good flavor options
- Easy to store
- No Preservatives
- Spoil quickly
- Price increased to $7.99
Costco bagels are tasty and delicious. The water-boiled bagels have a nice exterior and a chewy interior.
With potentially up to 5 different bagel flavors, there is something for everyone at Costco.
The price has gone up, but the bagels are still worth a buy!
What is the price of Costco Bagels?
The bagels at Costco cost $7.99 for a dozen. You can mix and match your dozen bagels between 5 flavors. They are parmesan, cinnamon raisin, everything bagel, sesame seed, and plain.
How Long do Costco Bagels Last?
The bagels from Costco will last about 3 days on the counter, 1 week in the refrigerator, and 3-4 months in the freezer.