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

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Deals Worth Bagging
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Deals Worth Bagging

We can't stay away. This marks the third time we've visited a local Aldi in the name of research, this time heading back to the no-frills wonderland in search of surprisingly good deals on food — and more. (We smile when recalling the great storage ottoman our family recently purchased here). 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 end-of-April return to an Aldi in a suburban town north of New York City yielded these great finds, again filling our cart and firing us up about return visits.


Prices and availability of these in-store products subject to change.


Related: 30 Things to Know Before Shopping at Aldi

Moser Roth chocolate
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European Chocolate

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 Dark Chocolate Orange Almond to Milk Toffee Crunch. Since each is just $1.99, you can splurge.

Organic Spices
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Organic Spices

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 $2.29 for jars ranging from 0.6 to 2.5 ounces.

Plush Throw
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Plush Throw

You might not expect home goods at Aldi, but you'll be surprised by the selection. We spotted a Huntington Home Oversized Velvet Plush Throw, a generous 60-by-70 inch, machine-washable and thrifty ($9.99) choice.

Fresh Pasta
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Shelled Pistachios
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Premium Nuts

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
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Smoked Salmon

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.

Fair Trade Coffee
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Fair Trade Coffee

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 some single drinks at the local Starbucks.

Pet Blanket
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Pet Accessories

A section devoted to pets yielded Heart to Tail products including a Dog Grooming Kit ($12.99), Spring Pet Throw ($4.99), and especially for the felines, a Cat Scratching Post ($12.99).

Premium Olive Oil
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Premium Olive Oil

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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Ready-Made Coffee Drinks

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.

Tools
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Tools

Can't ever find a screwdriver when you need one? You're in luck since Aldi stocks a 45-piece Screwdriver Set from Workzone for $9.99 that will set you up with one for every room (four for every room?).

Premium Olives
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Premium Olives

We're not talking a can of tired old black olives here … Aldi's Specially Selected brand includes Stuffed Queen Olives at $2.89 for a 7-ounce jar. Pick your stuffing — blue cheese, garlic or jalapeño.

Craft Soda
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Craft Soda

When plain ol' Coca-Cola won't cut it, opt for the ever-changing selection of craft sodas that this time included Blueberry Soda from Maine Root. Sweetened with Fair Trade organic cane sugar, a four-pack of 12-ounce bottles was selling for $4.99.

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Baby Products

Aldi takes care of its youngest customers with paper products including Little Journey Thick-Quilted Baby Wipes ($3.99 for a three-pack) and Jumbo Pack Diapers (25- to 40-packs for $3.99).

Baby Food
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Baby Food

The kids have to eat, too, so there's Little Journey Organic Baby Food Puree (79 cents for 4 ounces).

Red Thunder, Energy Drink
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Energy Drink

Need a boost? Summit Red Thunder energy drink, in original or sugar-free, is sold in four-packs of 8.5-ounce cans for $2.99.

Prosciutto
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Prosciutto

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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Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese Mix

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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Gluten-Free Spaghetti

LiveGFree also offers Brown Rice Spaghetti at $1.49 for 16 ounces.

Salad Mixes
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Salad Mixes

Ready-to-mix salads for just $2.69? Yes, they are here — and the choices range from Sweet Kale Chopped to Southwest, Asian to Sunflower Crunch. All come with the greens plus dressing and some fixings. What an easy meal.

Coconut Oil
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Coconut Oil

Take a healthy turn with SimplyNature's Organic Coconut Oil. The unrefined, cold-pressed virgin oil is $4.49 for 14 ounces.

Hummingbird Feeder
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Hummingbird Feeder

Attract some tiny feathered friends to your backyard with the Gardenline Hummingbird Feeder ($6.99). And don't forget to get that telephoto lens ready.

Quick Lunches
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Quick Lunches

Opt for Earthly Grains' Ready-to-Eat Quinoa Meals, either the spicy jalapeño-and-roasted peppers or the artichoke-and-roasted peppers, for a gluten-free, speedy lunch at just $1.99.

V8 Vegetable Juice
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Vegetable Juice

Another national brand was V8 Original Vegetable Juice, low-sodium or traditional, from Campbell's. Here, $2.88 for the 46-ounce bottle.

Fruit Strips
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Fruit Strips

Easy to toss into a school lunch or a beach bag, SimplyNature Fruit Strips (raspberry or strawberry) are $4.99 for a 21-strip value pack.

Werther's Original Caramels
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Classic Caramels

Werther's Original hard caramels from Storck are $2.79 for an 8.1-ounce bag. That's a lot of sweet.

Pringles
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Canned Chips

Another brand-name item found at Aldi is another kid-friendly lunchmate (or, we admit, adult anytime snack). Pringles stackable snacks are just 99 cents for 3.4-ounce canisters in assorted flavors including Original and Cheddar.

Sugar Cones
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Ice-Cream Cones

Get ready for everyone's favorite warm-weather treat — ice cream. Benton's sugar cones are $1.59 for a box of 12.

Southern Grove's On the Go Trail Mix
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Trail Mix

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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Banana Chips

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 $2.49.

Freeze-Dried Fruit
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Freeze-Dried Fruit

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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Artichoke Hearts

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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Curry Sauce

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 a 16 ounce-jar; just add protein to this easy start to a thrifty family meal.

Fancy Desserts
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Fancy Desserts

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.

Mochi
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Mochi

End on another sweet — and unexpected — note with My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream. It's a Japanese treat featuring premium ice cream wrapped in sweet, soft rice dough. Either Sweet Mango or Green Tea is $4.79 for six 1.5 ounce portions (that are just 110 calories each).

Ceramic Peeler
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Ready Pie Crust
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Ready Pie Crust

Want that homemade touch without the full-on bother of baking? Grab a few of the Baker's Corner Ready-to-Fill 9-inch Graham Cracker crumb-crust pie shells, since they're just 85 cents for the 6-ounce size.

Pure Juices
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Pure Juices

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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Juice Pouches

If you have kids, you can never have too much juice, especially when it comes in boxes or pouches. We found Capri Sun Juice Pouches, with flavors including Fruit Punch and Strawberry Kiwi, selling for $2.22 (box of 10 6-ounce pouches).

Premium Tortilla Chips
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Premium Chips

Forget the nameless bag of greasy chips. Offer up some a-step-above snacking in your own home with Pueblo Lindo Restaurant-Style Tortilla Strips or Triangles, $2.49 for a hefty (24-ounce) bag.

Breakfast Sandwiches
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Breakfast Sandwiches

Not a morning person? Then stock up on Breakfast Best Croissant Sandwiches. The sausage, egg and cheese option costs $3.99. Bonus: No long line at the local drive-thru necessary.

Breakfast Cereal
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Breakfast Cereal

If you're a pour-it-and-go kinda person in the morning — one who likes with bold flavor, then check out Millville's Cocoa Peanut Butter Puffs for $2.39 (0.703 to 0.813 pound boxes).

Fancy BBQ Sauce
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Fancy BBQ Sauce

Burman's Regional Style barbecue sauces take you on a culinary American 'cue tour — with stops in Kansas City, Carolina, Memphis, and Texas. At $1.99 for a 19-ounce jar, it's easy to try all four as you turn those ho-hum burgers or steaks into a taste sensation.

Premium Brownie Mix
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Premium Brownie Mix

Become the bake-sale star with Baker's Corner Ultimate Bars Cookie Brownie Mix, $1.79 for a 19.5-ounce box.

Fish Oil
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Fish Oil Pills

Aldi's wellness section includes Welby Omega3 Fatty Acid Fish Oil Concentrate, with a jar of 100 soft gels selling for $4.79.

Pantene Shampoo
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Name-Brand Shampoo

Pantene Pro-V hair products include Classic Clean Shampoo, Conditioner or 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. Each is $3.94 (12- to 12.6-ounce bottle).

Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection Mouthwash
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Name-Brand Mouthwash

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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Coffee Creamers

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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Kefir

Friendly Farm offers LowFat Kefir, a specialty "cultured low-fat milk smoothie" in raspberry or blueberry. This product is $2.29 for 32 ounces.

All Kinds of Shredded Cheese
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All Kinds of Shredded Cheese

Okay, so maybe you'd expect Aldi to have shredded cheddar — but the Happy Farms shredded cheeses ($2.79 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, Mexican blend, and taco style. They clearly love cheese as much as we do.

Turkey Dogs
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Turkey Dogs

Parkview's Uncured Turkey Franks come 10 to a 16-ounce package — and can keep your health-conscious cookout guests happy for $1.99. That's well less than a quarter per dog.

Pineapple Juice
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Tropical Juice

Nature's Nectar not-from-concentrate Pineapple Juice ($3.89 for a 2-quart container) would be ideal on its own — or make a great summer-drink mixer. If you like piña coladas…

Veggie Burgers
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Veggie Burgers

Another 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.

Healthy Cold Cuts
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Healthy Cold Cuts

SimplyNature's Organic Oven-Roasted Chicken ($3.99 for 6 ounces) is a no-nitrate, non-GMO product destined for a gourmet-quality sandwich.

Ready-to-Cook Pizza
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Ready-to-Cook Pizza

Not frozen and hard as a rock, Aldi offers giant (16-inch) Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen Take & Bake Pizzas in its refrigerated cases, with options such as Five-Cheese, Pepperoni or topping-heavy Supreme ($4.99 to $5.99). Turn that oven on.

Calzones
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Calzones

Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen offers other pizzeria specialties such as 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.

Antipasti Portions
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Antipasti Portions

Park Street Deli's Greek Feta Salad, Kalamata Olives or Provolini Antipasti ($2.99 for 7-ounce containers) are another refrigerator-section score that make ideal cocktail-party nibbles.

Brie
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Brie

Happy Farms Preferred offers a round of Brie, a soft-ripened double creme selection that's $2.99 for 8 ounces.

Ready-to-Cook Garlic Bread
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Ready-to-Cook Garlic Bread

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.

Napkins
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Napkins

Okay, if you're sick and tired of paying way too much for kitchen necessities such as paper products, investigate Boulder (*compare to Mardi Gras) napkins. You'll get a package of 250 for $1.79.

Gift Bags
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Gift Bags

You should always have some wrapping materials on hand — and here you can pick up a selection of Pembrook gift bags (complete with tissue paper) for 99 cents. We loved the graduation-themed bag — and the "Party Time" wine bag.

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Fancy Couscous Mix

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 $1.49 for 5.9 ounces.

Premium Pasta
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Premium Pasta

Priano's Bronze Cut Pasta is an authentic Italian specialty, also without the imported price. It's $1.19 for a pound bag, with choices including rigatoni, caserecce or shells.

Baked Beans
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Baked Beans

Forget the canned version for this year's backyard barbecues — Aldi is stocking another Seasonal Favorite with its Park Street Deli Homestyle Baked Beans that are found in the refrigerated section. You'll likely want to pick up more than one container ($2.39 for 16 ounces) as they are slow cooked with bacon and brown sugar.

Shrimp
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Shrimp

Found in the freezer section, Sea Queen's Medium Cooked Shrimp (peeled and deveined with tail on) are $4.99 for a 12-ounce bag. Don't forget the cocktail sauce.