Reddit’s overall consensus about Costco’s bagels was to avoid them, if possible, mostly because of their breadiness. One user described them as “bread with a hole. Not a bagel,” while another commented, “No chance I’m buying Costco bagels when I could get much better bagels from a local shop.” This seems reasonable; if you live in New York (as this user claimed to), why bother with Costco when there’s a bagel shop on practically every corner? Another factor many people mentioned was a particularly disturbing Costco bagel flaw: mold. According to Reddit users, Costco bagels will get moldy within just a few days, so don’t count on longevity if you’re planning to purchase them.
However, those in favor of the Costco bagel have their reasons. To counter the mold point, one user presented an easy solution: “Slice them in half, re-bag them, and then freeze. Drop them right in the toaster frozen.” This method seems surefire, and slicing them in half before they freeze makes eating one days later far more convenient. Other people simply “switched to Costco Bagels because of the price,” even if the bagel itself is just “decent.” So, although die-hard bagel fans may not be too happy with the texture and taste of Costco’s version, those who are just looking to toast up some breakfast and use up their cream cheese may be perfectly content with what the chain has to offer.