Costco has quietly stopped selling its iconic half-sheet cakes that are the centerpiece of graduation and birthday parties across the country. The items have been disappearing from US stores over the past month.
Costco is instead pointing customers toward its 10-inch round cakes and other assorted bake goods.
Costco confirmed it’s not selling the half-sheet cakes anymore and it has “no immediate plans” to bring it back.
The decision also coincides with a recommendation from several US states and health agencies to avoid or prohibit large gatherings in light of Covid-19. Half-sheet cakes feeds around 50 people, while its 10-inch round cake serves around a dozen.
The 10-inch cakes “seem to be resonating with our members,” a company spokesperson said.
Despite the change, a Costco executive previously said it’s “trying to get back to normal, as areas around the country are trying to do the same.”
The chain has started bringing back free food samples in a handful of stores and plans to roll them out to additional locations in coming weeks. Costco is also loosening restrictions on the number of people members are allowed to bring with them during shopping trips.