Costco Meiji Hello Panda Cookies Review

Produced by Meiji, a renowned Japanese confectionery company, Hello Panda Cookies have gained a global following for their irresistible taste and charming panda-shaped design. The Costco Meiji Hello Panda Strawberry Cookies bring together the combination of crunchy biscuit and strawberry filling. Whether enjoyed as a snack on-the-go or shared among friends, are these cute-looking cookies sure to satisfy cravings and leave you wanting more?

Image of the Costco Meiji Hello Panda Cookies box sitting on a table.
Costco Meiji Hello Panda Cookies.

I always prefer fresh bakery cookies over packaged ones so I was a bit surprised at myself for purchasing the Costco Meiji Hello Panda Strawberry Cookies. Something about the bright pink packaging and cute cartoon panda on the box lured me to buy them.

Other packaged cookies from Costco are the Kirkland Signature Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, School Safe Birthday Surprise Cookies, Other packaged cookies from Costco are the Kirkland Signature Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, School Safe Birthday Surprise Cookies, Lotus Biscoff Cookies, Made Good Red Velvet Mini Cookies, Highkey Mini Cookies, Leclerc Celebration Milk Chocolate Cookies and the Kirkland Signature European Cookies.

Location in Store

These cookies are located in the snack section at Costco, near the front of the store. The item number is 1501153.

Top down image of seven Hello Panda Cookies served on a plate. Each cookie has an image of a panda doing a different activity on it.
Each cookie has an image of a panda doing a different activity on it.


I liked these a lot better than I thought I would! I didn’t think they sounded or looked very appetizing, but I was hooked after my first bite.

They’re basically just mini-filled cookies. The outer shell is light, crunchy and pretty plain. It’s a bit salty though, so it’s kind of like a cross between a cookie and a pretzel or a cracker. The cream filling is sweet with a nice but artificial strawberry flavor. The amount of filling seems to vary a bit from cookie to cookie. You notice it much more in some bites than others.

Image of a hand holding one Hello Panda cookie in front of the camera with a bite taken out so you can see the filling. There is a plate of cookies in the background.
The strawberry filling is nice but definitely tastes artificial.


The box containing 32 bags of hello panda cookies costs $13.99 Canadian which isn’t bad for so many bags! They’re small bags but still that’s 32 snacks for your kids to enjoy.


Each bag contains about seven cookies and the best-before date is 10 months from when I purchased them. The bags are easy to pop in a purse, lunch bag or backpack.

I think kids would love the bright packaging and adorable-looking cookies. I could see these being something traded for on the playground.



One bag of cookies has 110 calories, six grams of fat, 13 grams of carbohydrates, zero grams of fibre, six grams of sugar and one gram of protein. The calories and sugar aren’t as high as I was expecting. There are small yogurts for kids that seem healthy with more sugar in them than this bag of cookies. That doesn’t mean these cookies are healthy though.

Image of the nutrition facts from the back of the box.
Nutrition facts.


Unfortunately, there aren’t many healthy ingredients in these hello panda cookies. The second ingredient is sugar. There’s also palm oil, soybean oil and artificial flavors which we know I don’t love to see but see in tons of products. The healthiest ingredient I see is the greek yogurt powder.

The cookies contain milk, soy, wheat and barley and may contain egg.

Image of the ingredients list from the back of the box.


Taste: 8/10

Cost: 8/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 0/10


Give it a try!

This is a fun and addictive snack that kids will love! I suspect a lot of adults will too – I ate two bags without even thinking about it as I wrote this review!

Have you tried these panda cookies? What did you or your kids think of them?

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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2 thoughts on “Costco Meiji Hello Panda Cookies Review”

  1. I had a chuckle about the panda and package colour luring you to buy. That has the opposite effect on me! I’m thinking it’s a generational thing. The taste sounds really gross and I would no more buy these than fly to the moon lol. Guess I’m not in their targeted demographic!
    Thanks for your review 😁

    • Agreed. I’m a bit more discriminating when choosing what to put into my body. Natalie checks these things out so that we can at least know if we are missing out on anything. When I was younger and more adventurous, I found many of these items to be disappointing as far as the taste was concerned.


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