Best Aldi Products: 66 Surprisingly Good Deals on Food & More

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We visited a local Aldi in late winter for a general "what to buy" survey. Now, we've made a return trip, really focusing on the unexpected. For those unfamiliar with Aldi, the European discount grocery chain making great strides in America is about much more than milk, bread, meat, fruit, and vegetables. Our Aug. 10 return to a suburban town north of New York City yielded some great finds — and not only filled our cart but had us planning return visits. (Prices and availability of these in-store products subject to change.)

Moser Roth chocolate
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The 4.4-ounce bars of Moser Roth chocolate, a German product produced by Storck for Aldi, includes premium flavors ranging from Dark Chili to Chocolate Orange Almond and Milk Toffee Crunch. Since each is just $1.99, you can splurge.
Organic Spices
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Feel good about spicing it up with selections from the SimplyNature collection of organic seasonings. Cayenne pepper, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, or Italian seasoning, among many others, are $1.99 for jars ranging from 0.6 to 2.5 ounces.
Huntington Mattress
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Yes, we spotted a Huntington House 8-inch Memory Foam Mattress, in Cool Comfort for a twin bed, for $119.99. Makes a thrifty guest-room option.
Fresh Pasta
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Aldi's refrigerated section features Priano fresh pasta options including Three-Cheese Tortellini at $1.99 for 9 ounces.
Shelled pistachios
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Pistachios beyond your budget? Well, you can afford the treat at Aldi since a Southern Grove 6-ounce bag of shelled pistachios — roasted with sea salt — is $4.49. You'd pay much more elsewhere.
Smoked salmon bagel
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Specially Selected's Smoked Salmon features salmon raised in Norway, The deli-style option is $3.99 for a 3-ounce package that's enough for an appetizer recipe or to add to a bagel brunch.
Barissimo's Fair Trade K-cups
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Stock up on K-cups and feel good about supporting Fair Trade practices with Barissimo's Fair Trade K-cups in French Vanilla or Hazelnut. A box of 12 will set you back $4.29, much cheaper than the local Starbucks.
Dog Playpen
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A section devoted to pets yielded Heart to Tail travel products for your pet, including a Collapsible Pet Feeder ($6.99) and a Portable Pet Playpen ($19.99). Now Fido can take a vacation, too.
Premium Olive Oil
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Specially Selected Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a product of Italy — naturally — is $7.99 for 16.9 ounces.
Barissimo iced coffee
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If you want your caffeine on the cool – and ready-made – side, opt for Barissimo's Iced Coffee Drinks, a steal at $1.19 for a 9.5-ounce bottle in flavors including French Vanilla, Coffee Latte or Mocha.
Workzone Pliers
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Need a few pliers? You're in luck since Aldi stocks a four-piece Plier Set from Workzone for $12.99.

Premium Olives
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We're not talking a can of tired old black olives here … Aldi's Specially Selected brand includes Stuffed Queen Olives at $2.29 for a 7-ounce jar. Pick your stuffing — blue cheese, garlic or jalapeno.
Craft Soda
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Specially Selected Premium Craft Soda offers two options of Cream Soda: Grapefruit & Hops or Hibiscus Berry. A four-pack of the 12-ounce sips is $3.99.
Baby Wipes
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Aldi takes care of its youngest customers with paper products including Little Journey Thick-Quilted Baby Wipes ($1.39 for 72) and Jumbo Pack Diapers (50 for $3.99).
Baby Food
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The kids have to eat, too, so there's Little Journey Organic Baby Food Puree (79 cents for 4 ounces), and if you're a brand snob, choose Gerber's Sweet Potato Supported Sitter First Foods, two-packs of 2.5-ounce servings for 98 cents.
Sparkling Water
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Aldi, as frequent shoppers know, can yield quite a few brand-name products including premium sparkling water. We spotted an eight-pack of assorted 12-ounce cans of Dasani Sparkling Water, flavors including berry, lime, and raspberry lemonade, for $2.89. Nature's Nectar Sparkling Coconut Water can be found for $1.69 per can.

Prosciutto
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Appleton Farms Dry-Cured Ham Prosciutto is $3.29 for 4 ounces, ideal size for recipes or a gourmet touch to an otherwise boring sandwich.
Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese
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Aldi's LiveGFree line is designed for those who cannot (or choose not to) eat gluten. But you're not paying premium prices for the option. The Deluxe Mac & Cheese mix, which comes in traditional tubes or shells, is $1.99 for a 12-ounce box.
Gluten-Free Spaghetti
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LiveGFree also offers Brown Rice Spaghetti, $1.89 for 16 ounces.

Salad Mixes
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Ready-to-mix salads for just $2.49? Yes, they are here — and the choices range from Sweet Kale Chopped to Southwest to Asian. All come with the greens, dressing, and some fixings.
Coconut Oil
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Take a healthy turn with SimplyNature's Organic Coconut Oil. The unrefined, cold-pressed virgin oil is $4.49 for 14 ounces.
Bird Food
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Take care of your feathered friends with a 20-pound bag of Audubon Park Wild Bird Food for $6.99. You may need help carrying the bag, though.
Pad Thai Takeout
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Opt for Journey to Thailand's Thai Peanut Takeout Box or Pad Thai Takeout Box. The add-water-and-heat kit makes a speedy lunch that's $1.89 for the 9.77-ounce container, one that resembles a Chinese takeout box.
V8 Vegetable Juice
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Another national brand was V8 Original Vegetable Juice, low-sodium or traditional, from Campbell's. Here, a six-pack of 5.5-ounce cans was $2.89.
Fruit Roll-Ups
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Just in time for back-to-school snacks, Aldi features a variety of Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-Ups. You'll get 10 of the 0.5-ounce rolls for $1.79, including kid-pleasing flavors such as Strawberry Sensation and Tropical Tie-Dye.
Werther's Originals
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Werther's Original chewy or hard caramels from Storck are $1.99 for an 8.1-ounce bag. That's a lot of sweet.
Pringles
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Another brand-name item found at Aldi is another kid-friendly lunchmate. Pringles stackable snacks are just 99 cents for 3.6-ounce canisters including Original and Cheddar.
Aldi brand sugar cones
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Say a fond farewell to summer with one last ice-cream party — Benton's sugar cones are $1.29 for a box of 12.
Southern Grove's On the Go Trail Mix
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There's a wealth of healthy options at Aldi, which might surprise some shoppers. For example, Southern Grove's On the Go Trail Mix is $3.79 for a box of eight 1.5-ounce bags. You can choose from one featuring peanuts, raisins, chocolate gems and sunflower kernels and another with peanuts, cranberries and almonds. Best part? No synthetic colors.
Southern Grove Banana Chips
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A snack more often featured at the local health-food store, Aldi's option is Southern Grove Banana Chips, naturally flavored. A 12-ounce bag will set you back just $2.19.
Aldi brand freeze-dried fruit
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Another not-your-everyday find is Aldi's own brand, SimplyNature, Freeze-Dried Fruit. Choose from strawberries, Asian pears or Fuji apples and a 1.2-ounce bag is yours for $2.99.
Artichoke Hearts
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You'll have the makings of a lovely appetizer plate if you combine those olives with Tuscan Garden marinated and quartered artichoke hearts, which here will set you back just $2.79 for a 12-ounce jar — far more affordable than most grocery stores.
Curry Sauce
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Take a trip around the world with Aldi. Start the excursion with the Journey to India Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce, a medium-spiced, tomato-based sauce blended with ginger and coriander. It's $1.99 for 16-ounces, a thrifty start to a family meal once you add protein.

Cream puffs and eclairs
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Need a sweet finish to a dinner party that won't cost a lot? Specially Selected Mini Eclairs or Cream Puffs make a good impression — and cost $4.89 for the crowd-pleasing 27.4-ounce tub.
Gelato
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End on another sweet note with Sundae Shoppe Gelato, $3.99 for a 30-ounce container in flavors that include Raspberry Cheesecake, Sea Salt Caramel, or Triple Chocolate.
Cutter Backyard Bug Control spray
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Summer's pests don't always leave as summer winds down, so grab the Cutter Backyard Bug Control spray concentrate ($7.99 for a 1-quart container) to fight mosquitoes, ants, and fleas.
Laundry Hamper
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If your laundry's getting the better of you, pick up an Easy Home Flexi-Hamper, $5.99 for a 19.54-gallon bin that's bound to hold plenty.
Ready-Made Pie Crust
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Want that homemade touch without the full-on bother of baking? Grab a few of the Hospitality Ready to Eat Pie Crusts in graham cracker, since they're just 85 cents for the 9-ounce size.
Pure Juices
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Specially Selected Premium 100% Pure Juice, $3.99 for 33.8 ounces, includes options such as Cranberry, Black Cherry and Pomegranate.
Capri Sun
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Stock up for the school lunches with Capri Sun Juice Pouches, with flavors including Pacific Cooler or Fruit Punch. A pack of 10 6-ounce pouches is $2.38.
Premium Chips
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Forget the nameless bag of greasy potato chips. Here, SimplyNature's Ancient Grain Tortilla Dippers, $1.89 for an 8-ounce bag, are made with quinoa, black sesame and amaranth.

Breakfast Sandwiches
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Not a morning person? Then stock up on Breakfast Best Croissant Sandwiches. The sausage, egg and cheese option costs $3.69. Bonus: No long line at the local drive-thru necessary.

Udon Noodles
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Asian Inspirations Fusia Udon Soup Bowl, seasoned with bok choy, red pepper and shiitake mushroom, is $1.99 for a 6.27-ounce package. Who needs a restaurant when you can make it at home?
Moonshine Grilling Sauce
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CookHouse Moonshine Grilling Sauce, $2.29 for a 16-ounce jar, comes in flavors ranging from Black Pepper to Pineapple, ideal for turning a ho-hum burger or steak into a taste sensation.

Ghiradelli Premium Brownie Mix
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Become the bake-sale star with Ghirardelli Premium Brownie Mix in Chocolate Salted Caramel, $1.99 for a 16-ounce box.

Fish Oil
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Aldi's wellness section includes Welby Omega3 Fatty Acid Fish Oil Concentrate, with a jar of 100 soft gels selling for $4.79.
Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Dandruff Shampoo
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Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Dandruff Shampoo can keep your 'do free of white flakes for $5.38 for a 13.5 ounce bottle.
Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection mouthwash
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A 16.9-ounce bottle of Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection Clean Mint mouthwash is sold for $3.95.
Coffee Creamer
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Friendly Farms Coffee Creamer comes in flavors including Italian Sweet Cream, Hazelnut and Vanilla Caramel. Liven up your morning joe for just $2.29 a quart.
Kefir
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Friendly Farm offers LowFat Kefir, a specialty "cultured low-fat milk smoothie" in raspberry or blueberry. This new product is $2.29 for 32 ounces.
Shredded Cheese
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Okay, so maybe you'd expect Aldi to have shredded cheddar — but the Happy Farms shredded cheeses ($2.99 to $3.29 for 12 to 16 ounces) come in a surprisingly array of choices some of which include mild cheddar, sharp cheddar, mozzarella, low-fat mozzarella, Colby-Jack, and taco style.
Turkey Dogs
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Parkview's Uncured Turkey Franks come 10 to a 16-ounce package — and can keep your health-conscious cookout guests happy for $1.99.
Grilling Cheese
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Someone not wanting a burger? You can serve Earth Grown Vegetarian Cheddar Grilling Cheese ($3.99 for 9 ounces). The spicy cheddar option, which offers patties shaped like a burger, can be grilled or fried.
Veggie burgers
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Again, an option more often found in a health-food store is Earth Grown Meatless Veggie Burgers. Please the vegetarians — and even vegans — with a four-pack selling for $2.99.

Cold cut sandwich
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SimplyNature's Organic Oven-Roasted Chicken ($3.99 for 6 ounces) is a no-nitrate, non-GMO product destined for a gourmet-quality sandwich.
Mama Cozzi's Pizza
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Not frozen and hard as a rock, Aldi offers giant (16-inch) Take & Bake Pizzas in its refrigerated cases, with options such as Five-Cheese or topping-heavy Supreme, all for $5.49. Turn that oven on.

Calzone
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Mamma Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen offers other pizzeria specialties like the Calzone ($1.99 for 7 ounces) in pepperoni or four-cheese. Grab a few, add a salad and you've got a fun-and-easy family dinner.
Marinated feta salad
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Little Salad Bar's 7-ounce containers ($2.99) are another refrigerator-section score — featuring Provolini, Greek Feta Salad, or other options that also make ideal cocktail-party nibbles.
Brie
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Happy Farms Preferred offers a round of Brie, a soft-ripened double creme selection that's $2.99 for 8 ounces.
Garlic Bread
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Really not feeling like doing much prep when you've got a crowd coming for an Italian meal? L'Oven offers Fresh Garlic Herb or Parmesan Romano Garlic Bread ready to pop into the oven, $1.99 for a 10-ounce loaf.
Cheap Paper Towels
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Okay, if you're sick and tired of paying way too much for the necessities like paper towels, you may want to investigate the Daily Basics Paper Towels. Just 49 cents will get you a roll of 60 two-ply sheets. They're not a miracle — but they do the trick.
Gift Wrap
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You should always have a roll of wrapping paper on hand — and the Pembrook Gift Wrap (20 square-foot roll) is a downright steal at 49 cents.
Couscous with olive oil and lemon
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Earthly Grains Couscous Mix comes in a variety of flavors including parmesan, roasted garlic and olive oil – or plain (but you can doctor that up yourself). They are $1.29 for 5.9 ounces.
Priano's Bronze Cut Pasta
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Priano's Bronze Cut Pasta is an authentic Italian specialty, also without the imported price. It's $1.19 for a pound box, with choices including orecchiette, rigatoni and pipe rigati.
DelGrosso New York Style Pizza Sauce
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DelGrosso New York Style Pizza Sauce — "a family tradition since 1914" — can join your family for $1.19 for a 14-ounce jar. Now on to decide the toppings.
Shrimp
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Sea Queen's Jumbo Cooked Shrimp are $5.79 for a 12-ounce bag, found in the freezer section. Cue up the cocktail sauce.

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