Aldi is one of our favorite grocery stores here at Kitchn. The chain offers food, wine, and other goods at prices that are much, much lower than their counterparts — without sacrificing quality, our editors have found. And our readers love it too!
In fact, there are a few things you guys head to Aldi for again and again. We recently asked readers on Facebook to tell us about their favorite Aldi finds. We heard a few picks multiple times: the take-and-bake pizzas, dark chocolate sea salt caramels, Clancy potato chips and … scallops!
See the Facebook poll here.
Get out your shopping lists and keep reading for more ideas. Here are the best things at Aldi, according to our readers.
In the produce section …
"I love their Avocados, they are fresh, and fresher than all of their competitors in the area." — Ernie
"The variety bell pepper package. It has one of each color, but the cost is less than half of a single red bell at Publix." — Deborah
"Toss in a bag of Aldi's lemons ... a bargain!" — Pegi
In the meat section ...
"The chicken thigh family pack!" — Hilary
"Fancy pants smoked salmon!" — Adi
"The bags of sweet and smoky chicken chunks. They are very tasty and moist. And you can eat them hot or cold." — Susan
"The garlic and herb chicken breasts — I can't find them anywhere else." — Olivia
"Kirkwood Any Time Uncured Turkey Bacon, but it's only in stores on a limited basis." — Ellen
"Organic, grass fed ground beef, cheaper than anywhere else." — Laila
"Turkey tenderloin chops, hands down!" — Joi
"The pork sausage rivals Jimmy Dean at 1/4 the price and it's not fatty." — Annette
"The Deutsch Kuche products (bratswurst and sauerkraut)!" — Gabriella
In the dairy aisle ...
"The store brand cheeses are delicious and super low priced." — Gina
"Smoked gouda cheese sticks!" — Lori
"Their honey goat cheese." — Christine
"Their organic whole milk plain yogurt is the best! And way more affordable than the other brands." — Candace
As for baked goods …
"The Fit & Active multigrain bread is a favorite." — Ellen
"The gluten free products are phenomenal — cornbread mix, garlic biscuit mix, cake mix, tortillas, pretzels, pasta, etc." — Dale
"Their brioche buns are exceptional!" — Nancy
"Pretzel buns!" — Kira
"The naan and brioche bread." — Linda
"The Great White Organic White Bread is delicious." — Tad
For your pantry ...
"One of my fav items is the Specialty Selected Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce." — Tee
"My favorite is their Honey Wheat Pretzels, in fact all their snacks are great." — Gail
"Their organic salad dressings and organic cold-pressed cooking oils!" — Marie
"I just found Pumpkin Chipotle Salsa this week. It sounds awful, but it's amazing." — Marcia
"My husband loves the protein powder and protein bars!" — Vanessa
"Their spicy garlic Priano Arrabbiata sauce," — Wendy
"The peanut butter-filled pretzels with the velcro closure (bag) are genius," — Leigh
"The ghee and grape seed oils at the best prices." — Alicia
"I love the exotic vegetable chips and blue corn tortilla chips." — Jane
"Sun-dried tomato pesto — and all the gluten-free products!" — Abby
"Carlini extra virgin olive oil!" — Karen
"My new/current fav is the organic black bean dip." — Katie
"The big container of cashews." — Betty
Some sweet treats...
"Benton's maple cream cookies." — Jo Ann
"All the fabulous German and Belgian chocolates. Do not be put off by the fact that you do not recognize the labels. They are European ... and because of that most if not all the products are non-GMO!" — Andrea
"The chocolate hazelnut bar is unbelievably creamy and rich." — Donna
"The gingerbread cookies at Christmastime." — Alice
"I buy their mint cookies by the ton for my husband." — Kim
"The marshmallow pinwheel type cookies!" — Christel
"The cannoli mascarpone cheesecake!!!" — Sam
Things to drink ...
"I love their orange/mango juice. They don't have it all the time, so when they do I get a few bottles." — Pamela
"The sparkling nonalcoholic rosé!" — Jennifer
"Their flavored seltzer helped me leave LaCroix behind." — Jacqueline
"I love the Friendly Farms original and unsweetened almond milk." — Christina
"I love the Winking Owl Pinot Grigio." — Laura
"I only go to Aldi for their fancy cheese and wine! My favorite is Sweet Red Moiselle! — Catherine
"The German and Belgian beer and Spanish wine." — Nancy
"Dancing Flames Red Wine! It is amazing." — Amanda
"The Winking Owl Merlot." — Larry
"Wicked Grove Apple Crisp Hard Cider!" — Variel
In the freezer section ...
"Anything in the Mama Casita line, they have these deep dish frozen pizzas that are better than Pizza Hut." — Amanda
"They have a frozen rectangular spinach pasta filled with cheese that my family loves." — Martha
"I'm loving the frozen quinoa. Easy, fast sides so on late nights that save me from unhealthy convenience foods." — Angela
"The gelato which sells out almost immediately after they stock it." — Rachel
And finally, prepared foods ...
"Love the Chicken Salad!" — Lynne
"They sell a sweet potato casserole around the holidays. It's the best!" — Tommarra
"The cranberry almond chicken salad." — Peggy