The 7 Best Snacks We Bought at Aldi This Year
Whether you were on the hunt this year for herby dips or deli delights, chances are you could find them at Aldi. The grocer specializes in a lot of things, but the store really shines when it comes to its snack selection. We have a hard time leaving without tossing a bag (or box, or block!) into our carts.
With the end of the year quickly approaching, we’re revisiting some of our favorite noshes (turns out they span several sections of the store!) to remind ourselves about the very best snacks we bought at Aldi in 2022. Ready? Let’s take a look!
1. Sundae Shoppe Strawberries & Cream Rose Cones, $3.99 for 4 cones
These four-ounce cones rival even the best ice cream truck treats. As you unwrap the chocolatey cocoa waffle cone, you’re greeted by the fragrance of strawberries. When you bite into one, you get layers of strawberry and vanilla cream, mixed with strawberry sauce, followed by bits of chocolate and white chocolate crunch on the cone. At $3.99 for a box of four (barely a buck a cone), their berry-chocolate deliciousness made them a worthy splurge this summer.
2. Clancy’s Pretzels Filled with Peanut Butter, $5.29 at Aldi
If you took one look at these pretzel nuggets and thought those look familiar, you’re not alone. They’re salty! They’re crunchy! They’re creamy! Turns out, they taste exactly like the little bites you’ll find at Trader Joe’s. (The ingredient list even looks almost identical.) What you might find most intriguing about Aldi’s incredible dupe, though, is the fact that the 1.5-pound bag has a built-in zip-top seal, so that you can open the bag and close it up without having to get a bag clip.
3. Benton’s Wholesome & Crunchy Key Lime Cookie Thins, $2.49
These buttery shortbread crisps are laden with lime — so much so that when you unzip the bag, you’ll (almost) be transported to Key West. The lime lingers in your mouth while the white chocolate plays a supporting role. They’re great on their own, but you shouldn’t sleep on them as a crust for key lime pie or crumbled up and used as layers in a trifle.
4. Park Street Deli Sweet! Snack Selects, $2.49 for 3 (1.5-ounce) packs
When school is in session, after-school activities are too. That means you need plenty of grab-and-go snacks (for kids and adults!). These pint-sized packs come in several varieties — some savory and some sweet. Because they come in packs of three, you can buy two for less than $5 and be set for the week!
5. Emporium Selection Cranberry White Cheddar Cheese, $2.99 for 8 ounces
This Cranberry White Cheddar started out as a seasonal product, sold during the colder months, but it’s now available year-round. (It must be in high demand!) The sweet-tangy burst of cranberries complements the nutty creaminess of the cheddar on its own and in a whole host of applications: in salads, atop turkey burgers (beef burgers, too!), and in grilled cheese sandwiches. Speaking of hosting, it’ll be a welcomed guest on any cheese plate.
6. Park Street Deli Dill Dip, $3.45 for 14 ounces
In a side-by-side (by-side) taste test featuring every dip sold at Aldi, this Park Street Deli Dill Dip came out on top. Just like the homemade version, Aldi’s dill dip starts with sour cream and mayonnaise, with dried onion and garlic powder adding flavor and balance. Dill adds a fresh, herby, lemony note, which is a delicious pairing for celery and other crudités. The dip is also great with potato chips, toasted crostini, and pretty much any cracker. Bonus: It’s a great zero-effort way to add flavor and richness to seared steak or salmon and roasted or steamed vegetables.
7. Friendly Farms Moo Tubes Lowfat Yogurt, $1.29 for 16 ounces
Another portable must-have, Moo Tubes are perfect for outdoor family outings, and great for school lunches and as part of breakfast (if your alarm didn’t go off and you’re running late to school and work). You can also freeze them, which turns them into into frozen yogurt Popsicles. The squeezable tubes of yogurt are such a hit in one Kitchn contributor’s house that she reportedly goes through two or three cartons a week.
What Aldi snacks did you buy on repeat in 2022? Tell us about it in the comments.