Costco Verka Cake Rusks Review

A cake rusk is a dry biscuit that’s a popular item to have during tea time in Pakistan and India. I’ve never tried this biscotti-like cookie until trying the Costco Verka Cake Rusks. Find out my thoughts on these small twice-baked cakes from Costco!

Costco Verka Cake Rusks package on a table, top down image.
Costco Verka Cake Rusks.

I’ve never had a “cake rusk” before picking up the Costco Verka Cake Rusks. I didn’t even really know what one was until I did a quick google search. According to Wikipedia a rusk is a “hard, dry, biscuit or twice baked bread”. My husband was the one who was insistent on trying these so here I am reviewing them today.

Some similar-ish products from Costco are the Verka Honey Almond Cookies, Kirkland Signature Almond Biscotti, Nonni’s Limoncello Biscotti Bites, Kirkland Signature Cranberry Orange Bisconie, Lotus Biscoff Cookies, Kelsen Danish Butter Cookies, Le Chic Patisserie Chocolate Caramel Dutch Cookies and the Meiji Hello Panda Chocolate Cookies.

Location in Store

You can find the rusks in the bakery section at Costco, the item number is 1397547.

Image of the cake rusks in their plastic container with the lid off, top down image.
The rusks look similar to biscotti.


Basically these are a very dry, crunchy and plain cookie. They taste like a plain, sweet cookie. All you really taste is the sweetness. It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten Animal Crackers, but they sort of remind me of that. In terms of texture, they’re a bit like biscotti, but not quite as hard as most biscotti I’ve had and a bit lighter.

Closeup image of one cake rusk.
Not as hard as a biscotti with a lighter texture, not much flavor.

They’re hard to rate. The flavor isn’t bad, but I don’t know why anyone would buy these Cake Rusks as a pure cookie. I think that they’re used to dip in tea and I’ve also heard babies teethe on them!


These are pretty cheap, $7.89 Canadian for a big 1.6 kiligram container. It makes sense that they’re cheap because there really isn’t much to them and they’re definitely not fancy.

Closeup image of one rusk with a bite taken out.
The flavor reminds me of an animal cracker.


The best before date is shockingly almost a year and a half from when I purchased them. Personally I wouldn’t eat them after that long but they must still taste okay to have such a long best before date!

Side view image of the cake rusks in their package on a  wood table.
There are two smaller packs in the bigger container.

There are two seperate containers of cake rusks in the one big container, I imagine you could freeze these and they’d be fine thawing but I don’t really think they’re the kind of thing that needs to be frozen. I think the cake rusks would taste best dipped in coffee or tea or even with a bit of jam on top.



One rusk is 120 calories, seven grams of fat, zero milligrams of sodium, 15.2 grams of carbohydrates (how precise), less than a gram of fiber and 7.4 grams of sugar and protein. I’ve never seen nutrition facts presented with decimals so I find that kind of interesting!

To be honest, I’d rather spend my 120 calories and seven grams of fat elsewhere. Like on half a chocolate chip cookie or part of a brownie.

Cake rusks nutrition facts from the package.
Nutrition facts.


The ingredients list is very basic. I wish they used a healthier oil like avocado or olive oil and also wish there was butter rather than margarine and no artificial flavor but it is what it is! There isn’t any nutritious ingredients other than the egg.

The facility the rusks are manufactured in processes nuts, eggs, milk and wheat so the rusks may contain those ingredients.

Cake rusks ingredients from the container.


Taste: 5/10

Cost: 8/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 0/10


Walk on by!

If you’re specifically searching for cake rusks you may like these. If you’re just searching for a new cookie or biscotti to try I would pass on these.

Have you tried the cake rusks? What do you think of them?

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6 thoughts on “Costco Verka Cake Rusks Review”

  1. Perhaps, some people use them in the bottom of a recipe that they’re making with some sort of a whipping cream or some kind of cream topping or something you don’t like the bottom of a cake crust or something then when the recipe is made moisture comes out of the above ingredients and goes into the rusk, and then people eat it like a slice of cake with a topping! That’s just my creative 2 Cents!

  2. When I was young in Kenya, we would buy this rudks in a bakery. When we had them with tea would butter them dunk in the tea and eat them.

  3. I’m surprised you gave the taste a score of 5! They sound like a 0 and their storage spot is the trash can lol. I’m guessing these might be an acquired taste?
    Thanks for your review.

    • I have not tried the Costco version. Rusk is supposed to be a light sweet hard toast like snack you would dunk in tea and eat. 120 calories for one piece sounds like a lot, they must be big pieces. There is no cardamom listed in the ingredients, and this should be the flavour. Then it would taste good. As well, they probably are an acquired taste for many. That’s okay.


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