Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake Review

Costco’s Christmas fruit cake is almost as good as the one grandma used to make!

Top down Image of the Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake in packaging sitting on a table
Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake

Today I’m reviewing the Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake! This is a staple item at my parent’s house during the holiday season. I don’t know anyone who likes fruit cake as much as my dad does.

Top view image of the Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake without the lid on
Tons of pecans, almonds, walnuts and glazed fruit!

Other Christmas foods from Costco are the Kirkland Signature Pumpkin Pie, the Kirkland Signature Red Velvet Cheesecake, the Kirkland Signature Nanaimo Bars and the Kirkland Signature Ginger Cookies.

Location in Store

You can find the Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake in the bakery section at Costco. It’s not refrigerated. The item number is 13585.

Side image of the Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake in the packaging
Costco Christmas Fruit Cake

Taste

I don’t love fruit cake but I actually don’t mind the Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake. It’s very moist and comes loaded with glazed fruit and nuts. You really don’t taste much of the actual cake because every bite is full of either fruit, nuts or both.

Closeup image of the Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake slice sitting on a plate
A slice of Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake

Out of all the store-bought fruit cakes my dad has had over the years he claims this one is the best he’s tried. It tastes mildly spiced and is a “medium” fruit cake, meaning it doesn’t have a ton of molasses.

Close up image of the entire Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake without the lid on
The Costco fruit cake

It’s sweet due to the glazed fruits, currants and raisins but not sickeningly sweet. If you’re a fruit cake fan I think you’d probably enjoy the taste of this cake.

Close up image of the Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake label that comes on the packaging that has ingredients
Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake

Cost

I paid $15.99 for the 1.6 kilogram Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake. The fruit cake is very dense and heavy! A tiny piece goes a long way.

Convenience

Buying a Christmas fruit cake is easier than making one from scratch. If you’d like to age your fruit cake you can pour your favorite liquor over top, wrap it in cheesecloth and put it in the fridge to marinade.

Side image of the Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake without the lid on
After taking the paper wrapping on the sides off

The cake freezes well and lasts well in the refrigerator as well. It’s also quite easy to slice. The fruit cake had a best before date of about three months from the date I purchased the cake.

Nutrition

Calories

Definitely not healthy at all, 1/12th of the cake is 530 calories, 19 grams of fat, 64 grams of sugar, 84 grams of carbohydrates, three grams of fibre, six grams of protein, 160 mg of sodium.

Image of the Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake ingredients
Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake Ingredients

Ingredients

If you make your own fruit cake at home from scratch you know exactly what’s going into it. There are some ingredients in the Costco fruit cake that I don’t love like sulfites, palm oil and a bunch of chemical-sounding ingredients.

The Costco Christmas Fruit Cake contains sulfites, wheat, eggs, milk, pecans, walnuts and almonds. It may contain sesame, other tree nuts, soy and peanuts.

Scoring

Taste: 7/10

Cost: 8.5/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 0/10

Overall

Give it a try!

If you’re someone who enjoys Christmas fruit cake but don’t want to bake one yourself or have anyone to have one for you, I recommend the Costco Kirkland Signature Fruit Cake, my dad enjoys it every year.

What do you think of the Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake?


Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. This product was purchased by Costcuisine for the purpose of producing this review. The opinions in this review are strictly those of Costcuisine. Costcuisine is not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. In the event that Costcuisine receives compensation for a post from the manufacturer of a product or some other third party, the arrangement will be clearly disclosed (including where the manufacturer of a product provides Costcuisine with a free sample of the product).

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65 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake Review”

  1. My mother made the best fruit cake when I was a kid, She used to add a little rum for flavor and made brandy hard sauce. I liked the hard sauce, but now at 80 I don’t need all the sugar. I have tried dozens of brands od fruit cakes and never found one i enjoyed like my mom’s. That is until I tried the Kirkland fruitcake. It was the best and only I would eat after finding it. I would buy two of them and keep them in the freezer. I would first slice then into small slices. Then take a slice now and then, that way it would last me until the nest Christmas. Unfortunately Costco has quit carrying them. It is all a product of so many bad fruitcakes gaining the reputation of being a joke that one was passed down for years. It is also like many items of food enjoyed by earlier generations and no longer popular with younger people. Maybe next year Costco can bring the down from Canada. or have them available online. It has been a very big disappointment to me. disappointment

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    • I totally get it James, As a child my dad would always look forward to the fruitcake his mom made or my mom’s mom made. Now that they are gone my dad buys one of these every year and soaks it in rum. Although not the same as my grandma’s the Costco one does taste pretty good and brings back fond memories! I’m thinking of setting up a shipment option from Canada for next year so disappointed Costco fruitcake lovers can get one shipped from Canada since I’m at Costco so often, hopefully they still have them.

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    • Hi Laura! I’m not sure if I could ship them this year in time for Christmas but I think next year I will have a shipment option from Canada where I buy them and ship them myself since so many people are disappointed!

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  2. The Charlotte, NC Matthews store also told me that they will not have the Fruit Cake this year.
    Really ! Costco’s Grinch really knows how to spoil Christmas !

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