The $5 Aldi Find You'd Think Came from Trader Joe’s

The $5 Aldi Find You'd Think Came from Trader Joe’s

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Lisa Freedman
Jul 24, 2018
(Image credit: Cristina Nixau/Shutterstock)

Have you ever eaten a snack at a friend's house and decided instantly that it must be from Trader Joe's? I know it's happened to me at least a few times. Kaitlin Flannery, our Senior Social Media Manager, set out a bowl of gochujang almonds when I was at her house (painting her kitchen cabinets) and, without even thinking, I asked her what else she got when she was at TJ's. And a similar thing happened when a friend served pickle-flavored popcorn during a party. (What? I'm curious! And it's technically my job to find out!)

See, Trader Joe's is known for — among plenty of other things — its wacky assortment of fun, interesting, and flavorful snacks. In fact, we've got loads of posts dedicated just to the snacks at Trader Joe's. So imagine my surprise when I served an Aldi find to our Food Director, Hali Bey Ramdene, and she didn't believe me when I told her where it came from.

(Image credit: Faith Durand)

The snack in question? Chili Lime Cashews, which had set me back just $5.19 during a recent trip. Hali was so sure the nuts were from Trader Joe's, I had to show her the bag! We told Faith Durand (our Editor-in-Chief), who bought a bag, too. And just like that, her husband also remained convinced they were from Trader Joe's.

The thing is, you'd expect Aldi to sell cashews — just regular, salted cashews. Not seasoned ones loaded with a blend of spices and a hint of citrus. That just seems so ... extra. So unexpectedly trendy. But it's time to adjust your expectations because Aldi has a bunch of Trader Joe's-like snacks. For a discount grocery store, there's some serious innovation that goes into its products. (See: Your Aldi Store Is Getting a Makeover! Plus 6 Other Fun Insider Facts from Aldi.)

We'll be covering Aldi snacks more and more in the next few weeks, but we just had to tell you about these cashews in the meantime.

What are your favorite Trader Joe's-like snacks at Aldi?

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