Dry ice has a surprisingly wide variety of uses, from carbonating beverages to refrigerating food in transit to spook-ifying Halloween parties.
As useful as it is strange, the smoky substance is not always easy to find in stores.
Naturally, one of the first places that most people will look is Walmart. But does Walmart sell dry ice along with their other wares?
Does Walmart Sell Dry Ice?
Yes, Walmart does indeed sell dry ice at their supercenters. That said, not all Walmarts are identical. Some stores might carry it, while others might not. Furthermore, those that do may not always have it in stock, particularly around October (dry ice serves as a popular mist effect during Halloween).
To avoid getting out for nothing, I recommend calling your local Walmart and seeing whether they currently have dry ice available in-store. If so, all you’ll have to do is swing by your local Wally World and pick it up.
Where Can I Find Dry Ice at Walmart?
Assuming dry ice is one of the many products sold at your local Walmart, it will be housed in a small self-service case along the store’s front wall, just behind the checkout area. At most stores, the dry ice case is situated right next to the regular ice cases.
Walmart contracts with the Penguin Brand Dry Ice company, so just look for the case with the cartoon penguin on it—it should be pretty tough to miss.
How Much Does Dry Ice Cost at Walmart?
Currently, Walmart sells dry ice at $1.44 per pound.
Some shoppers however have reported that their neighborhood Walmart sells dry ice for even less—as low as $1 per pound. That being the case, it’s safe to say that buying dry ice by the pound will cost you somewhere between $1 and $1.50 at Walmart.
If you need to buy in bulk and you want to save a little money, it could be worth your time to scope out a few different stores to sniff out the best price.
Can I Buy Dry Ice From Walmart Online?
No, you cannot purchase dry ice from Walmart online.
The reason most likely has to do with the dry ice’s ephemeral nature. If allowed to sit for too long, dry ice, which is made purely of frozen carbon dioxide, goes through a process known as “sublimation.” This is just a fancy scientific way of saying that it breaks down into CO2 gas and disappears.
Sublimation happens fast. Under normal conditions, the amount of dry ice lost through sublimation is around five to ten pounds in 24 hours. At this rate, a single pound could vanish in as little two-and-a-half to five hours.
You can see why this would make selling dry ice over the web virtually impossible. Imagine getting your package only to open it up and discover that there’s nothing inside!
Conclusion: Can you buy dry ice at Walmart?
Yes, you can purchase bags of dry ice at Walmart. It costs just $1.44 per pound, with reports of even cheaper pricing at some locations. During Halloween is the most in-demand time of the year for dry ice, so check with your local Walmart if they have dry ice in stock before you head out to the store.