Costco Taste Test Challenge

Costco Taste Test Challenge

Can we tell the difference between
the Costco generic brand – and the name brand product?
– Let’s talk about that. ♪ (theme music) ♪ – Good Mythical Morning!
– On a past episode of Good Mythical Morning, we did the
Walmart taste test. We tried to decipher between Walmart brand imitation items
and brand names, and today we’re going on a trip to Costco
for some free samples! Now, Costco is the second-largest
retailer in America, third-largest – retailer in the world…
– You’ve been readin’. …and they’ve got their own
in-house brand called Kirkland. – Signature. Kirkland Signature.
– Kirkland Signature. – Don’t forget the Signature, Link.
– Named after their headquarters in – Kirkland, Washington. Holla holla holla!
– Oh yeah. (laughing) They are quoted was saying that they
wanted to provide brand-name quality at discounted prices. We will
be the judge of that. Literally, we will judge that. Let’s play
The Costco Taste Test Challenge! Okay, so here’s how this is gonna work.
We’ll be presented with each of the items. One will be a Kirkland Signature brand,
and the other is a name brand. Of course, we don’t know what that is.
We get to sample those, and then we make a decision at the same time, guessing
which one is Kirkland Signature item. And this is a competition, so whoever
gets the most right at the end wins. The loser has to drink a nasty smoothie
concoction of all of the Kirkland brand products mixed together while the
winner gets to name that product… And every generic product featured on Good
Mythical Morning from here on out. …after them. So for me, it would be
“Link Value +.” And for me will be “Rhett Select.”
I hope I win, ’cause I love that. – Here we go…
– (Rhett & Link) Round One: Bacon! All right, I love the way this is
starting with some bacon. Let’s both the bacon from Cup A.
I understand that… – Whoa, I got a bacon imbalance.
– …the Mythical Beasts now understand which one is real and
which one is generic. – I restored the bacon balance.
– I think they’re both real bacons, – but one is Kirkland.
– (Rhett) Yeah, both real hog. – (crunchy chewing)
– Li’l cold. – Pretty chewy.
– Mm. Right off the bat, I’m not feeling
too great about this bacon. (Rhett) I wouldn’t put my
signature on that. – I’m rubbing it on myself right now.
– Okay, let’s go to uh, Level B. – (rustling Styrofoam sound)
– (Rhett) Uh oh. – (crunchy chewing)
– Mm! Clearly different bacon. – A quantifiably different taste.
– Better bacon. – I don’t know if it’s better.
– Wow. – Mm, it’s smokier.
– Hm. All right, let’s vote. Put your hand over
the Kirkland’s cup in three… two… one. – Oh, we disagree!
– (Stevie) The correct answer is A! – (correct ding)
– Ah! I thought that Kirkland… – I just wanted Kirkland a little credit.
– This is better bacon. Let’s press on. (Rhett & Link) Round Two: Granola Bar! Okay, now… I’ve eaten quite a few Quaker
Oats granola bars in my life, so I feel – like I can discern what they taste like.
– Now, this cup has a hair in it. – I’m gonna remove that.
– You wanna sample from over here? – Yeah. Mm, okay.
– Smells like granola. – Mushy.
– (Rhett sniffs and exhales) I usually eat granola while hiking, so I
feel like I should get up and walk – around a little bit.
– I’m just gonna move my arms like I’m hiking. I hike like this. – Not really. Mhm, mhm.
– It’s got a very familiar granola taste. – A little coconut-y accent.
– (Rhett) Yeah. – Now I’m going down in this one.
– “Goin’ down in this granola cup!” – Has a different scent to it.
– Yeah, definitely. I immediately know which one
is the higher quality one. – I’m gonna put that back right there.
– All right, out your hand over the Kirkland cup in three… two… one.
Clearly, this one is an inferior product. – It is inferior.
– (Stevie) The correct answer is B. – Okay. (correct ding) All right.
– Okay, there we go. So we agreed in that one and uh…
Okay, I’ll take a drink. Let’s move on. (Rhett & Link) Round Three: Sports Drink! Not just for gators anymore. Gatorade is
for everybody. Or the Kirkland brand might be, depending on which one tastes
better. So we’re both drinking A. – Yeah.
– I actually don’t love orange Gatorade. – Really?
– I’m more of a lemon-lime man. – You don’t like red?
– I don’t like red either. All right, here we go.
This is a sweeter product. – Definitely sweeter.
– This is a softer product. Sweeter and softer:
just the way I like my drinks. Okay, so are you sure that this isn’t
Gatorade versus Kool-Aid? Because this one is Kool-Aid.
And that one’s Gatorade. – Okay, okay.
– I don’t even… or maybe… – Let’s decide. Which one is the
– I just gave you my answer. Kir– (spits) Sorry, spit… I just spit
either Gatorade or Kirkland Signature – all over something.
– (Link and crew offscreen laughing) – The Kirkland Signature: decide in
– (Rhett & Link) three… two… one. – Boom. The Kool-Aid-esque one.
– (Stevie) The correct answer is B. – (correct ding)
– Yeah, I mean, I could… – You know, all day long, all night long.
– Yeah, this was so Gatorade-y. – Right.
– So Gatorade-y. (Rhett & Link) Round Four: Aluminum Foil! You can’t really taste this one. Well, I
guess you could. This is aluminum foil, – or tin foil as we called it growing up.
– There are people who are addicted to chewing on tin foil. It’s not good for
your teeth, but they do it. – (Rhett) Here, Link. (ripping)
Have some A. – Okay.
– Have a little A. Shiny on one side, duller on
the other side, as expected. – Tasteless.
– It’s actually not tasteless. (Rhett) You should always eat aluminum
foil like corn on the cob. (foil crunching rapidly) It’s strangely satisfying
to chew on tin foil, – but don’t do it kids!
– I could do this all day. – Bad for your teeth.
– Okay. But it really is about – the tensile strength. (rustling)
– Oh yeah, (ripping) that’s true. – Let’s move on to B.
– You want half of the B? – (Rhett) Gimme half of your B square.
– Whoops. You get a lot of B. All right, now this one right here:
The shinier side is shinier, – and the matte side is matte-ier.
– (ripping) Whoa. – (Rhett) I’m genuinely confused.
– This one seems stronger. – (Rhett) No, I ripped B really easily.
– The mouth feel of B is thicker. Oh, it’s… whoa. Smells like an
old woman’s closet. (crunching) This tastes like a more pure… like
the periodic table excreted something. (sputters) Okay, let’s select the Kirkland
Signature. Are you ready? In three… – (Rhett & Link) Two… one.
– That one. – (Stevie) The correct answer is A.
– (correct ding) – Wow.
– We’re learning some stuff here, guys. (Rhett & Link) Round Five: Hot Dog! – Hot dogs!
– All right, got a couple of hot dogs. I actually had a hot dog last night, but
it was not a Kirkland Signature and it was not a ballpark hot dog, which is
what the other one is. Now, this is a smaller,
more slender dog. – Slender Dog: followup to Slender Man.
– Now, I have been told that Costco has a reputation for
having a great hot dog. Listen, I gotta say, I know a lot of
people don’t like hot dogs. – I don’t understand that.
– (laughing) I know they’re made out of
intestines, but I love all that. All right, I’m going into B, here. Goin’
down and pullin’ out a little hot dog. This smells like beef jerky.
It’s bigger. It’s moister. It’s big and moist, and it tastes like…
It tastes like it has real meat in it. It tastes like Slim Jims.
Like a big, moist Slim Jim. Well, it’s still a hot dog. I would say these are equally good,
but they are still very different. – Very different.
– All right, here we go. The Kirkland brand with the hand in
three… two… one… that one. – Oh, we disagree.
– (Stevie) The correct answer is B. – Yeah! (correct ding) Tied it up!
– Ooh! (Rhett & Link) Round Six: Ice Cream. Okay, you have eaten, I would say…
500 gallons more of ice cream in your life – than I have…
– (laughing) “More of ice cream.” …so you’re at an advantage here. But I
honestly feel like I can make a determination about this without even
tasting it. Just by looking at it. Now, B is yellower. (Rhett) And then A has like got little
black flecks in it and it’s very white. (sniffs) Ice cream doesn’t smell like
anything, but it sure does taste good. I think that’s because it’s so cold.
Cold things don’t smell. Mm. All right, here we go.
I’m a get some B in my tummy. – Oh, now this is… wow, it’s like…
– You could seal a hole with this stuff. – Well, I’m gonna tell ya. It tastes good.
– (Rhett) It’s still good, though! – Mm. So this one’s buttery.
– (Rhett and crew offscreen laughing) – Buttery and shellacing.
– I think I might like this one better, but I know which one it is. Lemme go back here just
’cause I love ice cream. Yeah, we might as well just finish it off.
Gotta save some for that drink – we’re gonna make at the end.
– Kirkland in three… two… one… – Bam! Yep.
– (Stevie) The correct answer is B. – Yep. (correct ding)
– Yeah, that one was easy. – All right. But very tasty. Press on!
– Yeah. (Rhett & Link) Round Seven: Butter! All right, time to get buttered up.
We’ve got, uh… – Really?
– …some B-bars here and we’ve got some A-bars here.
Um, okay. First of all, I don’t typically eat butter like this.
Second observation, I don’t typically eat butter like this and then turn
around and eat more butter. – Yeah, not a typical meal.
– Totally new territory. Now, you should smell it,
just like we did the ice cream. – Not much of an anything smell.
– A little bit of a butter smell. Now we should eat it. – Mm. I love butter, too.
– You know, I thought that the ice cream was buttery before, but now it
turns out that this is buttery. I wasn’t even evaluating.
I was just enjoying it. Uh… That wasn’t bad, guys.
Now, this one’s whiter. (Rhett) Really? Little hard to bite.
Is that good or bad? I’m surprised at the ease with which
I’m able to eat this butter. – (Rhett and crew offscreen laughing)
– Absolutely NO difference. I feel that there is a difference. I feel
that one of them, I will not say which one, – is a little buttery-er.
– Really? – Mhm.
– All right. Kirkland Signature in
three… two… one… – All right.
– (Stevie) The correct answer is B. – Yes! (correct ding)
– Aw! You were blind! – No, no, no! Dude, listen!
– Okay, you move ahead. The Kirkland– the uh, Challenge butter,
it was a little easier mouth feel. And it had a little bit
buttery after taste. Mm. That’s quite a discerning
palette you’ve got there, Rhett. – Let’s keep this train rolling.
– (Rhett & Link) Round Eight: Blue Jeans. Okay, we have put on the jeans.
I have chosen the lighter version, – and Rhett has chosen the darker version.
– I’m like, I completely match! I look like I should work somewhere. (Link) Now, we’ve cut off the brand name
or whatever that would be. (coughs) Now, yours are dad jeans.
Mine are like grandad jeans. – (Link) Look at this.
– (crew offscreen laughing) – (Rhett) I’ve gotta say
– (Link) I’ve got a painter hoop. I almost feel like… these are so much
more comfortable than those tight jeans we wear. I feel like I could
compete in something. – (crew offscreen laughing)
– Like a ugly pants contest? Okay, now let me examine yours over here.
What do you put in that pocket, sir? – Uh, my paint scraper.
– (Rhett) So one of these is a Wrangler. To me, I think that’s
what does it for me. (Link) Lemme look at yours.
Now, yours are really trying. (Rhett) Do I look like Brett Favre? Mine aren’t bad. Mine look like
something the president would wear, like, “I’m President. I’ve got on jeans that
aren’t really cool, but uh… – they’re not that bad.”
– (Link) All right. (Link) Put your hand over the Kirkland
generic jeans in three… two… one… – Yours!
– (Stevie) The correct answer is Rhett’s. – (correct ding) Yes!
– Those are Wranglers?! (Link) These are Wranglers!
They’ve got a paint thing. (Rhett) Wrangler, what are you thinking?! – They’re Wrangler grandaddy jeans.
– Kirkland is awesome! You know what? I’m keeping these on.
I got room to grow! All right, we’re tied going
into the final round! (Rhett & Link) Round Nine: Cooking Spray! All right: final round. And to determine
the winner, we have, uh (laughing) – two different size canola oil?
– (sniffing) I just smelled the top. – How does it smell?
– Plastic-y. – Oh yeah? This one smells like tape, too.
– We’re tied, and so if… there would be a winner and a loser, but
if we tie at the end of this round, then we both have to drink the concoction,
and we both get to put our names – together to name it.
– Okay. So let’s start with A. – I think shake it off.
– You want me to spray it into your mouth? – Yeah.
– (squrting) Ugh. It’s like paint!
That’s not paint, is it? – (Rhett and crew offscreen laughing)
– What color’s in my mouth? – (gasps) Red! No.
– Ooh, I just started to get a butter taste, but it tasted like paint
for a good, long while. – (squirting)
– Oh! – (laughing) It’s bad.
– (Rhett in a high voice) Woo! I don’t think this is the intended use. – (fluid sloshing inside)
– Lot more in this one. Lemme do that. (puckers lips)
No man needs to do that to himself. – (squirting) Oh, it’s a di–
– (crew offscreen) Ew! – (Rhett) It’s got a better cap.
– (Rhett and crew offscreen laughing) – (coughs) It’s like glue or something.
– Spray me. – (vigorous squirting)
– (Link and crew offscreen laughing) – How is it?
– Ugh! That IS paint! – (squirting)
– Man, I hate to think I put this on stuff. How much is too much? (laughing)
We’re gonna find out in a second. – (everyone on and offscreen laughing)
– Okay, pick the Kirkland Signature – in three… two… one…
– Oh, we tied! – (Stevie) The correct answer is B.
– (correct ding) – Yes! I was just totally guessing.
– (clapping) So, shoot! We both have to do it.
So here’s what we’re gonna do: – (both exhale)
– Give us some time to get everything ready to blend
this thing up. In the meantime, thanks for liking and
commenting on this video. You know what time it is. (male voice offscreen) Hi, I’m Zach,
from Rochester, New York, and it’s time to spin
The Wheel of Mythicality! We will make a concoction of all these
products in Good Mythical More and we will drink it, and name it using
a combination of Select Rhett and – Value + Link.
– Be sure to go to our Facebook page to participate in the 12 Mythical
Days of Christmas. Win lots of merchandise from us. Or go to to purchase – the merch.
– It accumulates. Hoodies, mugs, shirts,
posters, you name it. (Rhett) Link is lost in space. Ground control to Major Link. Yes, ground control. I’m here.
I hear you. Thank goodness – you’ve made contact. Totally lost!
– Do you have any idea where you are? – No!
– Is there a landmark? Do you see any landmarks
near you, like a star? – (stammers)
– Do you see a star? Uh, in the distance. I mean, there’s
no LAND-marks, per se. It’s space! [Captioned by Kevin:
GMM Captioning Team]

100 thoughts on “Costco Taste Test Challenge

  1. That last one was crap! You can tell which is which by the top of the can! Pam is very clearly yellow and white with a red top

  2. the only time ive eaten kirkland is when i went with my freinds and we got a GIGANTIC box of the granola bars : 6
    i hate granola now… (i still eat it sometimes but i have bad experiences)

  3. Link & Rhett: It’s the 2nd most popular retail store and 3rd most in the WORLD!
    Me: Never heard of Costco

  4. Dude, cucumber-lime Gatorade. It’s hard to find but it’s amazing.
    It was originally introduced for the 2016 Olympics (or whatever the closest summer ones were to there), and then discontinued. But it now seems to come around every summer at the occasional truck stop or gas station. And when you can get it nice and cold it’s a magical thing.

  5. does anyone else remember their old studio. I saw a video from when they were in their old studio and realized how much they have changed (the only thing that hasn't changed is their hair cuts)

  6. You’re a is like dad jeans and mine is like gran daddy jeans 😭😭🤣🤣🤣🤣 link that was hilarious

  7. Gotta say. If I find a hair in my granola… I'm out. Not the first time Link has pulled a long hair out of his food/mouth. Kinda gross. :(but love you guys! lol

  8. Seriously how did they chow down on butter like that? I did it on a dare once and immediately wretched. They've murdered their tastebuds i guess

  9. I have learned two things from this episode: 1) Link hikes like a 65 year old woman power-walks. 2) They both look very weird in regular jeans.

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