Attention Cheese Lovers: Costco Is Now Selling a 72-Pound Wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano for $900

Costco
Costco

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.

[h/t Delish]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

Funko
Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Paqui Tortilla Chips, the World's Spiciest Chip, Is Sold One to a Customer

Paqui
Paqui

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges in 2016, 2017, and 2019, the company is re-releasing the sadistic snack for 2020. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, which is largely considered the world’s hottest pepper, and this year will also include a bit of Scorpion Pepper and Sichuan Peppercorns, just to give it some extra kick. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny, coffin-shaped box.

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video from a previous year's #OneChipChallenge:

While the chip, which retails for $6.99, has only been sold on Paqui’s website in past years, this year it will be available at select retail stores across the country, including 7-Eleven and Kroger. The chip will hit shelves on September 22 (just beware that they sell out quickly).

The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or videos of their attempts to finish the chip using the hashtag #OneChipChallenge. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.

This story has been updated for 2020.