Costco is testing new food court kiosks, and we desperately want to try them

As if Amazon’s cashier-less mini-mart wasn’t enough, looks like Costco decided to take a page out of their book. Costco is now testing food kiosks at limited locations in the United States. Thanks to a recent video by Foodbeast’s News Bites, we were able to get a small glimpse into this new food kiosk system.

Here’s how it works: You head to one of the kiosks in the Costco food court. Choose the foods that you want to order on the screen, swipe your card, and simply head over to the pickup window! It makes ordering for the family (or even grabbing a quick lunch) that much easier.

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The most popular item on the menu? The legendary Costco hot dog.

"There's something about a buck fifty that people really love," said the employee. 

But at 552 calories and 32 g of fat, you may want save this food court staple for special occasions. 

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Another discontinued item that Costco often receives questions about? The chocolate-dipped ice cream bar with almonds. We hate to break it to you, but it's probably never coming back.

"I think it might have been too expensive for the amount we give. That's what happened with gelato anyway," the employee said.

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Everyone knows that the best churro is one that is hot and freshly made. If customers don't think they're getting the best churro their money can buy, don't be afraid to ask for a new one!

The employee said, "I learn to check when we're running low on churros and wait for a new pan to come out," adding, "I recommend checking on them right before you shop and seeing the changes when you come back. My favorite is when they run out of churros and you wait for five minutes or so, then when they pull them off the pan, it is a hundred percent brand new."

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The beloved berry smoothie was recently replaced by a different fruit smoothie -- and there's a perfectly logical (and healthy!) explanation for it. 

"Corporate thought the benefits outweighed the negatives in this situation. The new smoothie has a lot of better benefits in it -- less sugar, less calories, nothing but real fruit and fruit juice, and four servings of fruit in each smoothie." the employee said.

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Have you ever found yourself blotting away all the excess oil on your incredibly cheesy Costco pizza? There's a reason for that. 

The anonymous employee revealed that the amount of oil used in making the pizza is "too much." In fact, upper management monitors employees to make sure they're using enough oil. 

"When you don't use the corporate requested amount because you think it's too much and corporate notices? You use more oil to avoid being in trouble. Some managers overcompensate and use a quarter cup of oil+ when making them."

Yikes! Talk about a heart attack on a plate. 

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And of course we're dying to know what the pizza is made out of!

"It's made with love," the employee jokingly said.

Another Reddit user who claims to be a former employee also chimed in: "I don't know what's in the sauce, it came to us prepared, as did the cheese mix . . . I know it was like 85 percent mozzarella and 15 percent provolone when I worked there."

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There's no denying that Costco's chicken bake has a massive cult following. Surprisingly, the food court hit is pretty simple to make! After flattening out a lot of pizza dough, employees mix in chicken breast strips, mozzarella cheese, bacon and caesar dressing. All these ingredients are rolled up into the dough.

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And if you prefer no bacon in your chicken bake, you'll have to come in earlier in the day when employees are making it. 

"Sometimes the employees are running little bit late and they'll make them during the day, but you'd have to catch them before they mix the cheese and bacon. Which is hard to do," the employee said. "You could always call ahead a day and ask. I'm sure they'd oblige."

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Surprisingly, employees don't get a discount at the food court. However, they do receive a free executive membership ($120 a year), which is also a pretty impressive perk!

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According to Foodbeast, the location testing these kiosks is in Tustin, California. They are also allegedly being tested in Tucson, Arizona, and Covington, Washington. We reached out to Costco for a comment, who does not have a reply at the moment.

Although this kiosk does make ordering food much easier, cashier-less shopping has certainly become a trend—and people don’t exactly know how to feel about it. Does creating an efficient cashier-free mini-mart, like Amazon’s recent venture in Seattle, really make for a stress-free shopping experience? Or is it simply a way for technology to advance, kicking actual cashiers right out of their seats? Only time will tell. But for now, we can only hope that Costco will test out these new kiosks at our local locations soon.

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11 items to always buy at Costco

1. Fresh produce

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2. Gas 

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3. Wine

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4. Dairy products 

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5. Eyeglasses

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6. Giftcards

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7. Dog food

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8. Baking items 

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9. Bakery goods 

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10. Oils (coconut oil, olive oil, vegetable oil)

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11. Costco's snackbar (hotdogs, pizza, soda) 

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However you may feel about cashier-less shopping, one thing is certain: Costco is still a spectacular place to get a cheap and easy meal. Speaking of Costco, we have a few tricks that can save you tons of money and can even show you how to shop without a Costco membership!

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