Costco says bye, bye to chocolate frozen yogurt, I say #byebyeCostco

Costco shopping followed by a meal there has been a regular Thursday ritual for me since at least 2006, first for shopping and dinner at its food court and, since I retired in 2015, for Thursday shopping and lunch.

Costco’s food court frozen yogurt swirl, consisting of fat-free vanilla and fat-free chocolate frozen yogurt, is one of the few dessert treats I can reasonably eat on my heart-healthy restricted diet.

What had been my weekly Costco lunch is no more. Who dumps chocolate from the vanilla-chocolate combo? Shame on you Costco.
What had been my weekly Costco lunch is no more. Who dumps chocolate from the vanilla-chocolate combo? Shame on you Costco.

That’s why I was shocked and despondent this past Thursday when I went to order my usual lunch, a salad and a twist of frozen yogurt, only to be told Costco was no longer selling chocolate frozen yogurt at the food court!!!

A little online research found others already have posted about this, apparently the former $1.39 frozen yogurt twist is being replaced by a bowl of frozen acai sherbet with berries and granola for $5.99!!!!

Obviously Costco is trying to appeal to Millennials, who are not shopping there now, with this new offering.

It’s also trying to do it on the cheap by making the new sherbet in the machines that had made the chocolate yogurt rather than bringing in new equipment so it could be offered it in addition to the chocolate yogurt (the vanilla will stay on the other side of the same frozen dessert making machines).

At more than four times the price, Costco obviously can lose business and still make more money than it has on the chocolate. It also now has a place to use aging berries from  its produce section than it might otherwise throw away, so it will cut its food waste as well I suspect.

But it will alienate many long-time customers in the process. I regularly would buy four swirls and bring them home to freeze so we could have them throughout the week. Without that option, I see no reason to eat at the food court again.

The salad there is large, but it needs to be deconstructed and I bring my own oil and vinegar to use to keep it from being a fat-filled mess of a meal. Why bother now. My post about how to make a Costco salad healthy is one of the most popular on my site. Everything else offered is over-loaded with salt and fat.

There are staples I buy at Costco — bananas, coffee, low-salt canned Italian tomatoes, Greek yogurt, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lettuce — that I’ll likely continue to get there simply because they’re cheaper than elsewhere. But my regular trips are a thing of the past.

I’ll also likely downgrade from my executive membership since I won’t be shopping there as often now. And please don’t ask why I won’t get just vanilla.

I struggle every day to make my food choices interesting and diverse despite cutting down on salt, fat or sugar. Something as plain vanilla and plain vanilla is not going to do it for me.

Bye, bye Costco!




25 thoughts on “Costco says bye, bye to chocolate frozen yogurt, I say #byebyeCostco

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    1. I just left Costco and found out about NO MORE CHOCOLATE YOGURT after I checked out.
      For the first time ever I filled out a suggestion card, suggesting they bring back the chocolate yogurt!!
      Don’t take away our choices of being bad if we want a sweet treat.

  1. I also filled out a card of complaint. Their frozen yogurt swirl was the heart healthy item and replaced it with som tree hugger dessert. I’m sorely disappointed in Costco. I hope they take our complaints seriously.

  2. We’re disappointed too! Chocolate yogurt means no more spontaneous stops at Costco. We’ll pare down our weekly stops back to once a month just to get necessities – not the impulse items we often threw in our cart while enjoying that now extinct, chocolate yogurt. What a shame, Costco!

  3. RIP yogurt swirl…I was so addicted to the yogurt swirl that I was coming to my Santa Clarita Costco almost on a daily visit. It was like my Starbucks. I don’t drink coffee so yogurt is my deal. Yes this has really put a sour taste in my mouth since the middle of May when they replace the swirl with ACAI…so expensive…I was there yesterday and they had a demo girl handing out acai samples it looks like it is not selling well at our costco after a month being there. I am now not going to costco as often and looking for everywhere I can complain to costco. Bring back the swirl! For now I am boycotting

  4. Absolute travesty. This too was my main attraction to Costco. I’m taking my 12 year membership to Sam’s Club along with my family of eight and and my large monthly corporate purchasing load. They will lose money big-time on this one in my market.

  5. Went there today to have my polish dog, soda, and the chocolate swirl….WHAT!!! no chocolate swirl? I am not even a Costco member…I go there once in a while to get my “fix”… Swirl? No Greg…..that ACAI sherbert thing was terrible….no more….I dont see Millennials shopping there…..

    1. And now, Costco has taken away your polish dog too. Yes, it’s true, the polish dog was discontinued too.

  6. I just went today to get the swirl vanilla and chocolate yogurt and when they rang it to it said 3.53 I said it us usually 1.46 he said it isn’t chocolate anymore and said what it was and I said I want a refund got the refund and also left note of disappointment and going to make a phone call too going to have big withdrawal not nice Costco

    1. We lost chocolate at our Costco stores (Danville CA area) over a year ago, maybe more. Very sad about that, still, like you. RIP chocolate. (COSTCO – BRING IT BACK please!!)

  7. I am so disappointed. I went to Costco and ordered the swirl yogurt and wasn’t paying attention and put in my debit card then looked up and saw 3.33 and said it usually is 1.46 and they said it was different and I said give me a refund. I am so shocked. I have been buying the vanilla/chocolate swirl for years and years…bad move Costco!!! Shame on you!

  8. I went to Costco today, an was very
    shocked not to be able to have my
    favorite vanilla/chocolate swirl yogurt.
    Boo ! Costco , what about choices. I
    was not the only customer who asked.

    1. Me too. I’m seriously considering discontinuing my Costco membership. If this is what they are doing to us, and not even taking a poll beforehand, what’s next? I’ve been enjoying this chocolate frozen yogurt treat since the early 2000’s. It’s the only frozen yogurt I buy. I wonder if Costco will listen to all of us?

  9. Chocoholics unite – let’s boycott Costco until they bring it back!! Acai berries – don’t they know that Acai berry harvesting causes death of palm trees in rain forests and contributes to rain forest destruction overall (roadways, etc.) Costco, you should be ashamed of yourself. See ya later, only if your restore choco frogurt…

  10. Bring back the chocolate/vanilla frozen yogurt swirl! It was always a treat with a Costco shopping trip

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