Costco is the place to go if you have a car with ample trunk space and an afternoon to kill. The big box chain sells groceries, toiletries, and general home supplies in bulk at competitive prices. As Delish reports, the latest super-sized offering from the retailer is a 72-pound wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
The tire-sized cheese wheel looks more like something you'd find in an Italian food market than at an outlet store. At $900, it costs significantly more than most items in Costco's grocery section, but for that price, you're getting the real deal. The cheese is made from fresh milk from the Parma and Reggio Emilio provinces of Italy and aged for a minimum of 24 months. Once it's approved by the Consortium Parmigiano Reggiano—the group that enforces standards for the cheese—it's exported from Italy. The cheese wheel takes two to three days to ship, and only ships on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
As for what to do with the pungent monstrosity once it arrives, Costco's reviewers have a few suggestions. "Bought this as a surprise for my son's wedding reception (he is a fiend for the stuff)," one buyer wrote. "Afterwards, guests were pleased to take home a wedge as a party favor of sorts." Another reviewer was satisfied after buying the product "so we could have a flaming wheel of cheese for Christmas Eve dinner." Of course, if it doesn't take you long to work through 72 pounds of cheese on your own, nothing's stopping you from purchasing it as a gift for yourself.
Costco may be more famous for its $1.50 hot dog and soda combo than its cheese selection, but the brand may be working to change that. Recently, it released a fancy, prepackaged cheese flight for $20.