I Tried Aldi’s Newest Fall-Themed Products and Here’s What I Thought

updated May 1, 2019
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The most wonderful time of the year continues: fall grocery season! Aldi has been rolling out all sorts of pumpkin-, maple-, and cinnamon-centric treats all month long (with even more coming out in October). Each seasonal item will only be available for a limited time, so I wasted no time taste testing some of the most fall-y items.

Here’s what I thought.

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1. Maple Gourmet Vinaigrette, $2 for 12 ounces

Made with apple cider vinegar and maple syrup (plus a dash of sea salt and black pepper), this dressing tastes like tangy syrup. I wouldn’t put it on a salad, but I’m thinking about marinating some chicken in it. It’ll hit stores on Ocober 17.

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2. Leaves Candle, $5

Honestly, this soy blend candle, which hit stores today, doesn’t exactly smell like leaves. It does smell pretty darn fall-y, though. I just can’t put my finger on why. It burns sweet, but not too sweet the way a lot of other fall-themed candles do.

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3. Pumpkin Chipotle Pasta Sauce, $2.50 for 24 ounces

The first ingredient listed here is pumpkin, and that becomes immediately clear when you open up the jar and see the sauce straight on (it’s thicker than you’d think and more orange than red). It smells like penne alla vodka but tastes like spicy pumpkin pie. Would eat on pasta!

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4. Maple Bacon Coffee, $3.79 for 12 ounces

If you like flavored coffees, this one is worth a try. It’s got the smokiness of bacon (which is surprisingly good in a cup of coffee) and the sweetness of maple and caramelized sugar. If you don’t like flavored coffees, I’m obsessed with Aldi’s German Roasted option (see: The Best $5 You Can Spend at Aldi).

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5. Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn, $3 for 8 ounces

This popcorn is caramel corn-forward and finishes with an extra-sweet hit of pumpkin spice. Caramel corn is great as it is, so I’m torn on the pumpkin spice addition. I do really like that there are roasted pumpkin seeds mixed in! Look for it in stores starting October 3.

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6. Pumpkin Spiced Almonds, $5.29 for 14 ounces

These are definitely way more cinnamon-y than pumpkin spice, but that’s not a bad thing. With so much pumpkin spice overload these days, these are a nice break if you still want something festive. They’ll be available starting October 17.