Good news for fans of macaroni and cheese – Costco is now selling a 27-pound tub of mac ‘n cheese for $89.99. The bucket, which has a shelf life of twenty years, is ideal for those stocking their underground bunker or waiting for the rapture. Though it’s not available in stores, it can be found online on Costco.com, though it’s temporarily sold out.
Marketed as Chef's Banquet Macaroni & Cheese, the massive tub contains 180 servings, each packed in separate pouches, meaning each serving of elbow pasta and cheddar cheese sauce is roughly 50 cents. Costco recommends storing the tub in a "dry, cool environment." The product is sold in the Emergency Foods section of the store’s website. The retailer, which specializes in oversized food items, also sells a seven-pound bucket of Nutella and a 40-pound bucket of honey.
Though the product's two-decade shelf life may seem absurd, the "preservatives used in food are approved by the regulatory agencies," says Joseph G. Sebranek, a food safety researcher at Iowa State University. Despite the product’s life expectancy, no one realistically expects the product to be kept for that long. I’d be surprised if it made it past the weekend in a college dorm.
Though to put it into perspective, if you’d owned the bucket in 1998, you could have enjoyed a nice bowl of mac ‘n cheese while watching the Seinfeld finale, and twenty years later you could still be eating from the same tub when you sit down for the Game of Thrones finale.
We thought you'd want to know that Costco is selling a 27 pound mop bucket of mac and cheese for $90. https://t.co/C65Q36TdX0— HuffPost (@HuffPost) January 12, 2019
Online, the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive with some recommending it for weddings and get-togethers. “I cooked and served this in the bucket at my wedding reception and it was a hit! Once it was half gone it was kind of messy to scoop out but everyone loved it! Then once we were done we used the bucket. Can this product get any better? I couldn't recommend this any more highly,” wrote Jimmy O.
While customers wait for Costco to restock the mac 'n cheese tub, they can also enjoy 60 servings of Mountain House Freeze Dried Breakfast Skillet or 60 servings of Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce for $160 each. Costco is currently booming with over $130 billion in sales. In 2018, the company’s Kirkland Signature products raked in more than $39 billion, which according to CNN, is more than JCPenney and Macy’s combined, or Campbell Soup, Kellogg and Hershey combined. That’s a lot of mac 'n cheese.