Costco Kirkland Signature Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream Review

One of the things that makes the Kirkland Signature brand so great is that you often get products that are produced by brands that are normally much more expensive at a great price. When I saw this Kirkland Signature Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream, I immediately started wondering which ice cream brand makes it. With the words “Super Premium” in the title, I figured it must be a fancy one. As a self-proclaimed ice cream connoisseur, I was excited to figure out which manufacturer Costco uses for its ice cream and judge for myself whether it really is “Super Premium”!

Costco Kirkland Signature Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream box sitting on a deck outside with trees in the background.
Costco Kirkland Signature Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream.

Other frozen treats from Costco are the Tru Fru Frozen Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Melona Bars, So Delicious Dairy-Free Dipped Salted Caramel Bars, Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars, Helados Mexico Ice Cream Bars, PhillySwirl Organic Swirl Stix, Shaomei Brown Sugar Boba Bars and the Kirkland Signature Vanilla Almond Ice Cream Bars.

Location in Store

The ice cream is located in the freezer section, near all the other frozen desserts and treats. The item number is 948400 and I bought this in the Kalispell, Montana Costco.


This ice cream is smooth, rich, creamy and sweet. Some cheaper ice creams can be a bit grainy, but that’s certainly not the case here. The smoothness and creaminess are what you’d expect from a good ice cream.

The vanilla flavor is good, but I’ve had better. The best vanilla ice creams I’ve had have a stronger vanilla flavor and are a bit less sweet. We eat a lot of ice cream in our house, and this Kirkland Signature stuff is very good, not great.

Closeup image of a hand holding a vanilla ice cream cone.
Makes a perfect ice cream cone!

Maybe just premium and not super premium. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, but it’s not quite on the level of Häagen-Dazs or ice cream from a high-end ice cream shop. 

With that said, those fancy ice creams don’t usually come in big containers like this, so the Kirkland Signature Vanilla Ice Cream is a great choice for big gatherings.

I can’t stop thinking about how it would be great if you were doing a sundae bar at a kid’s birthday party or something. It’s a big step up from the giant pails of cheap ice cream out there!

Image of a hand holding a vanilla ice cream cone with grass in the background
Ready to enjoy!

Who makes Costco’s ice cream?

I’m a huge Häagen-Dazs fan and I was hoping that maybe this Kirkland Vanilla Ice Cream might be made by Häagen-Dazs. Although I did see some websites suggesting this might be the case, my taste buds told me otherwise.

This isn’t Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream. Based on my research, it looks like the manufacturer is Humboldt Creamery. I haven’t had Humboldt Creamery ice cream before, so I can’t say for sure, but it appears they sell their own version of the Kirkland vanilla ice cream in a package that has some similarities (such as the “real California milk” label).


The box comes with two separate 1.89-liter cartons of ice cream and costs $14.99 USD. This isn’t bad for two large containers of pretty delicious ice cream!

Image of one 1.89 liter tub of ice cream sitting on a deck with trees in the background.
There are two half-gallon, 1.89-liter tubs of ice cream in the box.

We buy containers of Häagen-Dazs (which is a bit better in my opinion) for $6.99 Canadian and they have less than 500 milliliters per container.


At first glance, I thought this was just a big carton of ice cream, I didn’t realize it had two separate sealed tubs of ice cream in the box. Costco does everything big so you’re getting a gallon of ice cream in total in the box.

Image of the back of the box of the Kirkland Signature Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream showing product description, ingredients and nutrition facts.
The Kirkland Super Premium Vanilla uses fresh cream.

Obviously, the ice cream needs to be kept frozen and the best-before date is just less than 10 months from when I purchased it. This works well for ice cream cones, sundaes, homemade banana splits and milkshakes! It’d be great with pie or cake too. I personally love vanilla ice cream with fresh raspberries or strawberries.

Image of a tub of vanilla ice cream opened with a hand holding a scoop in the ice cream.
Easy to scoop! Very smooth!



In a 2/3 cup serving there is 360 calories, 23 grams of fat, 75 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbohydrates, zero grams of fiber, 30 grams of sugar and six grams of protein. Ice cream is high in calories, fat and sugar and definitely isn’t healthy.

Despite it not being healthy it’s our favorite weekend treat and we have a stockpile in our freezer.

Image of the vanilla ice cream nutrition facts from the back of the container.
Nutrition facts.


I actually love how short and sweet the ingredients list is. Guar gum acts as a thickener and carob bean acts as a stabilizer in ice cream. Otherwise, the ingredients are well-known to me and exactly what I’d expect to see!

This Kirkland Signature ice cream contains milk and eggs but no gluten!

Image of the ingredients for the ice cream from the back of the box.


Taste: 8.5/10

Cost: 8/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 0/10


Must buy!

For the cost, this is a very good vanilla ice cream. It’s nice and creamy and very sweet! This is perfect for a large gathering or if you eat a lot of vanilla ice cream in your house!

Have you tried this Costco Kirkland Signature Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream? What did you think of it?

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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20 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream Review”

  1. Delicious but not for me, given the fat content vs some equally pleasing but less fat options I have available to me. This might be an excellent choice for root beer floats (kid or adult versions) given the ultra creamy texture, slow melting quality, and a flavor that won’t dominate the root beer.

    • The trans fats are naturally occurring in the cream, whether they are declared on the label, as in this product, versus others that do not.

  2. Vanilla has been my go to choice in ice cream for 70 years. I love Kirkland’s Vanilla ice cream. Dense, creamy, slow to melt means it can be savored
    I often sprinkle mine with freeze dried caffeine free coffee granules. Yum.

  3. It was rubbish, threw it in the garden, curiously a large amount stayed as a lump that didn’t melt.
    Here in Australia we have some very good brands available such as Kapiti vanilla bean ice cream or Coles supermarket brand Irresistible vanilla bean ice cream @ 0.65 cents per 100gram. Haagen Dazs ($2.95 per 100gram)was rated 7th in a list tested by a choice consumer testing panel , the other 2 ice creams mentioned above rated 1st and 2nd

  4. I soften my ice cream in the micro-wave. 45 seconds for Kirkland and 60 seconds for Haggen-Daz. Clearly Kirkland has a higher fat content which in my book means a better tub.

  5. Ben is correct. Also, many dairies that produce ice cream can make a good super premium vanilla. Besides the fat content of the cream, the other ingredients are important. I see here the Costco brand use vanilla extract and no vanilla bean.

  6. The test of a great ice cream is how much butter fat the ice cream has. The more the better. I worked at a Dairy & the best ice cream was bar none was Laura Secord ice cream or Häagen-Dazs. They had the same amounts of butter fat

  7. Have you tried The Keg’s Billy Miner Pie ice cream? If not, you just might want to. It’s very much like the dessert in their restaurant. 500 ml for $6.99 at my Loblaws affiliated store. Yum!😋

  8. The most important attribute of Kirkland ice cream is it’s WEIGHT! Kirkland weighs 144 g per 2/3 cup ,similar to Hagan Daz. Most other premium brands weigh less because they pump air into the milk and fill the container (sold by Liquid measure eg pint 16oz , half gallon 64 oz) with aerated ice cream . On the top of the Ingredients label on all brands is where Weight is disclosed . Edy’s 2/3 cup weighs 79 g , Versus Kirkland 2/3 cup weighs 144g. Kirkland is selling milk and cream without added aeration.
    On a cost based on weight, Kirkland Super Premium is Best Buy Ice Cream anywhere in America.

  9. Wish there was a US Costco near our border in Niagara Falls! They are supposed to build one North of Buffalo that may open next year! Closest right now is Rochester NY, too far to transport ice cream!
    Thanks for your reviews Natalie!

    • They’re opening one near Toronto in the next few months. I covered new store openings here:

  10. Super premium is a description of how much butterfat is in the ice cream, not a description of how delicious or superior Costco believes their ice cream to be.


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