Our all-time favorite Aldi products


It’s no secret that Aldi is one of the most popular grocery chains out there. The low prices, the subpar stores, the solid, reliable products… they all come together to create a shopping experience that’s less overwhelming than a regular shopping spree (and a lot cheaper, too). But even if you visit Aldi regularly, it’s easy to get stuck in a routine and keep buying the same things.

It’s time to break new ground and experience the best that Aldi has to offer. Whether you’re looking for easy frozen meals that’ll be on your table in minutes or you’re looking for staples that will make your week easier and more delicious, this list will point you in the right direction. These are my absolute favorite Aldi products.

If it sounds like there’s a lot going on with this pizza, then you’re absolutely right. It starts with the pretzel crust. Your Italian grandmother probably wouldn’t approve, but I have to admit, I love the saltiness and the thick, chewy texture of the crust. The pepperoni are beautifully juicy, and everything is complemented perfectly by the drizzle of flavorful honey on top. This affordable frozen option goes beyond the basics, making it one of my favorite Aldi products.

When you need a snack that doesn’t leave you feeling overly full and uncomfortable, it’s time to get your hands on Aldi’s Simply Nature Organic White Cheddar Puffs. The texture is just right, providing the crunch you crave when enjoying your favorite snack, and the slight spiciness of the cheddar ensures you get a dose of the delicious flavor you’re looking for.

Sure, making your own fries isn’t necessarily difficult, but it is time-consuming. If you’re looking for an affordable option that tastes better than any homemade batch of fries I’ve ever made, go for the Season’s Choice Garlic and Herb Seasoned Fries. The garlic is not spared here, for which I am infinitely grateful. Feel free to add more herbs to these fries, but they really don’t need to – just throw them in the oven and you’re good to go.

In my vegan years I used to visit Aldi regularly for their meatless products. But even though I eat meat now, I’m still a big fan of it Earth Grown Vegan Chickenless Tenders from Aldi. The texture of the “meat” is surprisingly chicken-like, but the breading really makes it for me. It has a nice crunch even when it’s in the microwave. Of course, it reaches maximum crispiness when you put it in the air fryer.

Sparkling water is absolutely essential in my house. Unfortunately, that means I can’t always get the most expensive stuff. That’s where a water like PurAqua sparkling water come in. These flavored sparkling waters are surprisingly delicious; They are comparable to polar seltzer. The black cherry is my favorite, but the strawberry and key lime flavors are also solid.

Ask anyone who’s had dinner with me and they’ll tell you I don’t make good desserts. All of my effort and energy goes into the savory stuff, so I usually try to keep things simple when dessert comes around. That’s why Aldi’s Mixed-Berry Cheesecake dessert menu is so perfect. First of all, it’s a cheesecake, which makes it an automatic win in my book. But add the tartness of the berries and you’ll find there’s no point in ever making your own dessert again.

The nut butter trend is going nowhere. And when you wrap that nut butter in a crunchy, salty shell, it gets even better. The new Aldi pretzels with almond butter filling from Simply Nature are perhaps the perfect snack for on the go: they are filling, crunchy and full of creamy nut butter. Unfortunately, I can’t keep these at home because I don’t have self-control. However, if you’re more disciplined than me, they’re worth buying.

You’ve probably heard all about the cowboy caviar hype by now, but now you don’t even have to throw the recipe together yourself: Aldi’s Park Street Deli Texas Caviar will have you covered. This corn-heavy salsa is perfect with fries or as a topping. I just wish it came in a bigger container – it’s hard to stop eating it once you start.

Do you have guests over and want to fill them with something satisfying and challenging? Then reach for Aldi’s Appetitos mini puff pastries with caramelized onions and Gouda. These tiny pastries pack a ton of flavor despite their small size, and the sweetness of the caramelized onions pairs perfectly with the slight spiciness of the Gouda. These things can get a bit messy, but we think it’s worth sweeping up the crumbs when your guests leave.

That Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breasts are one of the most iconic Aldi products of all time, so it’s no surprise that it’s also one of my favorites. If you have a week where you just don’t feel like cooking from scratch, these things have you covered. However, you won’t get the bland, watery fried chicken fillets that you might be used to from other brands. Somehow the Red Bag Chicken stays extremely juicy with a crispy breading. This is my easy dinner.

Samantha Maxwell is a food writer and editor based in Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @samseating.


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