Costco bakery cheese
sticks are now made with
famous Balderson sharp
ing a dry and crumbly—yet smooth—texture
and sharp flavour. The length of the aging
period determines the sharpness of the cheese,
with true strength of character emerging at
two years and beyond.
Balderson’s craftsmanship and dedication
to quality have resulted in a long tradition
of gold medals and grand championships at
cheese-making competitions around the world.
While the cheese is delicious on its own,
Costco’s bakers have found a way to present
it in an invigorating, unique and completely
Costco’s Balderson Cheddar Cheese Sticks
are made from scratch daily in each local
Costco warehouse bakery by a trained staff
Costco bakeries that works to exacting standards and specifications, incorporating Balderson’s 2-year-old
aged Royal Canadian Cheddar.
The dough is mixed, hand-rolled, pulled
say cheese! and flattened, then sheeted and run through a
cutting table to precise measurements to
ensure that all sticks are created equal. Each
stick is 25 cm ( 10 inches) long and weighs
85 g ( 3 ounces), with 14 g (½ ounce) of cheese
on top and more mixed in the dough. They
are packed in paper bags so they remain crisp.
(Plastic bags cause the product to go soft and
doughy.) There are 10 sticks to a package.
Of course, if you’re a cheese-aholic, as I
am, you may find that one package is not
CHEESE STICKS MAY not be new to Costco
bakeries, but, with a bit of tweaking to
the recipe, they might as well be. This reinvention of an old favourite owes a great deal of
its fresh, savoury taste to a homegrown
Canadian product—Balderson cheese.
Based in Ontario, Balderson cheese has
won more awards than any other Canadian
cheese, and has had a loyal following for more
than 150 years.
Made with natural, quality ingredients,
Balderson cheese is aged to perfection, yield-
are on the rise
Pies and cakes are
just a few of the many
at Costco bakeries.
ANYONE WHO HAS ever visited a Costco
bakery knows that the quality and value of
the baked goods are undeniable. The products are fresh, made with the best ingredients and offer great flavour. And Costco’s
buyers and bakers are always looking
to make existing products better, as well as
finding new enticements for taste buds.
For instance, according to Costco bakery buyer Bassam Baytamouni, 70 per cent
of the bakery products are made from
scratch. They do not contain preservatives
and, he says, “use only the finest ingredients, from extra virgin olive oil, fresh spinach, pesto, Parmigiano cheese and diced
tomatoes in the focaccia to fresh bananas
Black Forest and carrot cakes.
In addition to flavourful ciabatta buns,
[rather than banana purée] in the banana
In the beginning, the special-order
cake program featured only one type of
filling; now there are four: chocolate,
raspberry, lemon and Bavarian cream,
in addition to the separate fillings in
“we also have croissants made with all
butter,” says Larry Pifer, bakery director.
“No margarine, no shortening and no
canola oil. And our cookies are made from
scratch on-site and use real M&M’s and
Skor pieces straight from the manufacturer.
Artisan baguettes, cheesecake, apple
pies, cream pies with Oreos and, of course,
muffins are also in the lineup.
Whenever anyone from Costco talks
about the bakery offerings, the term heard
most often is “from scratch.” It’s appropriate, because all those products made from
scratch make you itch for more.—SF