Costco Something Special Red chili pepper spread Review

Things you bring home when you haven’t had dinner


Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. I purchased this product with my own money and the opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.


Something Special Red chili pepper spread

I rarely eat Costco samples but I recently found myself at Costco on a Wednesday at 6:30pm and I hadn’t had supper yet so I was all for eating the samples. I probably would have never bought this and overlooked it had I not tried the sample. As I ate this in front of Sean while discussing the holiday treats available he was giving me one of those kind of grossed out looks, however I convinced him to try this and he really likes it too.


If you serve meat, cheese, bread, charcuterie or crackers over the holiday season, you absolutely need to try this and add it to your shopping list. It’s an amazing accompaniment to all different types of cheeses, goes well on crackers and would make an already awesome charcuterie board outstanding. The taste of this jelly is sweet abd savory with a little bit of heat, not overly hot. It pairs well with so many different items. It’s not as savory as I thought it would be I think when I saw that it was a “red pepper spread” I was a little turned off. I could also see this going super well with fresh baked biscuits and a bowl of chili.


This is definitely not the cheapest spread available, one jar was $7.89 Canadian. I could see this being more reasonable if I didn’t picture the spread disappearing in two seconds after all the guests lathered heaping tablespoons of it on their crackers and bread. It's that good. In a specialty store I think this product would sell for a few dollars more than $7.89 Canadian so I think Costco isn’t overpricing this. It’s also kind of a novelty, special item so I think that contributes to the price.


Something Special Red chili pepper spread nutrition

This is a jelly spread so nutritionally there’s a high amount of calories and sugar and little nutritional benefit. One tsp is 25 calories, three grams of sugar, zero grams of fat and barely any sodium. Who’s going to eat just one tsp of this? Times that by four and that’s more in line with what I’m thinking people consume.


The spread requires refrigeration, refrigerated unopened the expiry date is about a year. If opened and refrigerated it will last about 90 days. If opened and served to about five adults, it will last maybe one hour if you’re lucky. This is a super convenient item to have on hand because of its versatility. You can do so much with it. I think this would go great on a turkey sandwich and would make delicious turkey meatballs in the crock pot.


I’m glad I found this product so I can enjoy it over the holiday season. I’d love to hear from others if they like this and what ways they would use this product.

Taste: 8/10

Cost: 7/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 1/10

I'm curious! Any great ideas on how to use this that you have?

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