I love the end of the summer at Costco. It is always a good time of the year to save big on all sorts of products I would not normally buy, but at the price they’re selling them at, I can hardly say no. One such product I purchased was the excellent Kirkland Signature Iced Tea Mix.
I don’t remember exactly, but I am almost certain that this is a product that normally sells for about $10. I bought it when there were only a few tins left, for a mere $2.97.
Of course, that was in early September, and much too late in the season to fully enjoy such a product, but no matter. This stuff keeps, and it will still be there next summer, when I can completely enjoy the fruits of my savings!
Here are the Kirkland Signature Iced Tea Mix ingredients, in decreasing order of importance:
- Sugar (that’s not a surprise)
- Citric acid
- Instant tea
- Natural Lemon and Lime flavors
- Guar Gum (more information right here)
- Calcium Phosphate Tribasic
- Silicon dioxide
Well, I don’t want to be a bummer, but this is a powered iced tea mix. Even though it’s really good, and from Costco’s Kirkland Signature, you’re gonna get some chemically-sounding ingredients. I’m afraid there’s no avoiding it.
On the plus side, this Costco Iced Tea Mix is really delicious, and I found that you don’t have to put much more of mix than the recommended amount to get a proper taste. This iced tea is quite sweet, of course, thanks to the sugar, but with its citric acid and natural lemon and lime flavors, seemingly very thirst-quenching as well. The tea taste doesn’t taste too artificial, but not too real, either. You know what I mean. It’s just right. You don’t want it to taste like a sweet, cold cup of tea. Gross.
By the time you read this, this delicious, sun-drenched product has certainly disappeared from the shelves of your Costco, unless you’re fortunate enough to live in a place when you can get this stuff year-round. Make sure to get it next summer, or at least at the end of next summer, to take advantage of the Costco liquidation specials!
UPDATE – May 14th, 2015 – Well, the interminable winter has gone by at last, and now it’s time for some summer drinks! Thankfully, I still have plenty of the Kirkland Signature Iced Tea Mix I bought last October, and I’m happy to report that there has been no deterioration of the product since then. It is still extremely powdery, has not clumped, and the taste is just awesome. I find that I have to put more than I used to to get the taste I want, but considering the size of the container, that’s hardly a problem. I guess maybe my tastes have changed, and I enjoy sweet stuff more? Who knows. Have a great summer!