ALDI

As I have just moved into an area with an ALDI store, I have been fascinated by the products it carries. If you are not familiar with ALDI, it is a grocery store chain from Germany that mostly sells private brand products made by major manufacturers.

In this blog, I will document and review the time-limited ALDI Special Buy products that I have decided to purchase. Hope you will find it interesting. Sorry, I am not able to purchase these products and ship them to you.


Kitchen Living Digital Kitchen Scale

posted Sep 16, 2011, 12:00 PM by ms b0b   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:04 AM ]


 

The Kitchen Living Digital Kitchen Scale is a simple but indispensable tool for chefs who are looking to properly weigh their ingredients. It is capable of measuring weight in grams and pound/ounces, volume of milk and water in milliliter and fluid ounces. There are two buttons: on/off/tare and mode that cycles through the different weighing modes.

Three styles are available: Round stainless steel, square stainless steel and rectangle glass. Rectangle glass is shown.

From the Packaging

This Kitchen scale features an easy to read LCD. It measures increments of 0.1oz. The maximum capacity is 11 lbs. Do not overload the scale.

One CR2032/3V battery is included.

Will Purchase Again

Yes

Date Purcahsed

2011-09-14

Price Paid

$9.99

Country of Origin

China

Original Manufacturer

Unknown

ALDI Product Page

Kitchen Living Digital Kitchen Scale

Additional Information

Why you should weigh your ingredient and not measure by volume: The amount of ingredients vary by how they pack into the measuring cup. For example, a cup of packed flour can weigh up to 50% more than a cup of sifted flour. When ingredients are measured by weight, the packing variable is no longer a factor.

Tipping the Balance for Kitchen Scales, The New York Times, 2011-09-13

The Food Lab's Top Ten Pieces of Kitchen Gear, Serious Eats, 2010-03-19


Priano Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

posted Jul 13, 2011, 9:04 PM by ms b0b   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:04 AM ]


The Priano Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is a delicious dressing for your salads and other culinary creations. Please note that this is a mass produced product, taking concentrated grape must and have coloring and thickener added to simulated the naturally aged product.

The naturally aged balsamic vinegar is called Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, and took over 12 years of aging to become the final product.

Will Purchase Again

Yes

Date Purchased

2011-07-06

Price Paid

$1.99

Size

16.9 Fl Oz. (500 ml)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Tbsp (10 ml)
Serving Per Container 33
Amount Per Serving
Calories 27 Fat Calories 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0.5mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 2g
Protein <1g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • Wine Vinegar
  • Concentrated Grape Must
  • Sulphite Ammonia Caramel
  • Potassium Metabisulphate

Country of Origin

Italy

Original Manufacturer

Unknown

ALDI Product Page

Priano Balsamic Vinegar


Cooper's Breaded Onion Petals

posted Jun 17, 2011, 12:50 PM by ms b0b   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:04 AM ]


The Cooper's Breaded Onion Petals brings the Bloomin' Onion or the Awesome Blossom from casual dining restaurants to your freezer. The onions can be reheated by three methods: Conventional oven, deep fry or microwave. The included Aussie Sauce rounds up the dish. The portion is on the small side. 9oz is just about enough as an appetizer for 2.

Will Buy Again

Maybe

Date Purchased

2011-06-15

Price

$0.99 (was $1.79)

Size

9 oz (255 g)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (27 g)
Serving Per Container about 7
Sauce Serving Size 1/2 Tbsp. (7g)
Serving Per Container about 8
Amount Per Serving Onion
Petals
Aussie Style
Dipping
Sauce
Calories 80 10
    Calories from Fat 45 10
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g, 1 8% 2%
    Saturated Fat 1g, 0g 5% 0%
    Trans Fat 0g, 0g
Cholesterol 0mg, 0mg 0% 0%
Sodium 90mg, 45mg 4% 2%
Total Carbohydrate 8g, 1g 3% 0%
    Dietary Fiber 0g, 0g 0% 0%
    Sugars less than 1g, less than 1g
Protein 1g, 0g
Vitamin A 0% 0%
Vitamin C 2% 0%
Calcium 0% 0%
Iron 0% 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • Petals
    • Sweet Spanish Onion
    • Vegetable Oil
      • Soybean and/or Canola Oil
    • Bleached Wheat Flour
    • Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour
      • Niacin
      • Reduced Iron
      • Thiamine Mononitrate
      • Riboflavin
      • Folic Acid
    • Food Starch-Modified
    • Yellow Corn Flour
    • Water
    • Wheat Flour
    • Enriched Wheat Flour
      • Niacin
      • Reduced Iron
      • Thiamine Mononitrate
      • Rivoflavin [sic]
      • Folic Acid
    • Salt
    • Sugar
    • Leavening
      • Sodium Bicarbonate
      • Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate
      • Monocalcium Phosphate
      • Calcium Lactate
    • Yeast
    • Dextrose
    • Egg Whites
    • Corn Starch
    • Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
    • Guar Gum
    • Nonfat Milk
    • Soy Flour
    • Arabic Gum
    • Annatto Extract (Color)
    • Caramel (Color)
    • Paprika Extract (Color)
    • Dried Whey
    • Carboxymethylcellulose Gum
    • Sorbitol
    • Soy Lecithin

Contains Milk, Wheat, Soy and Egg.

  • Aussie Sauce
    • Water
    • Soybean Oil
    • Corn Syrup Solids
    • Horseradish
      • Horseradish
      • Water
      • Distilled Vinegar
      • Soybean Oil
      • Salt
      • Artificial Flavor
    • Modified Food Starch
    • High Fructose Corn Syrup
    • Egg Yolks
    • Distilled Vinegar
    • Salt
    • Corn Vinegar
    • Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Lactic Acid
    • Xanthan Gum
    • Spices
    • Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives)
    • Citric Acid
    • Propylene Glycol Alginate
    • Titanium Dioxide
    • Spice Extractives
    • Artificial Flavor
    • Paprika
    • Onion Powder
    • Garlic Powder
    • Calcium Disodium EDTA

Contains Milk, Wheat, Soy and Egg.

Country of Origin

USA

Original Manufacturer

Unknown

ALDI Product Page

Cooper's Onion Petals


L'oven Fresh Strawberry Jelly Rolls

posted Jun 16, 2011, 11:44 AM by ms b0b   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:04 AM ]


The L'oven Fresh Strawberry Jelly Rolls comes in a pack of six. About half of the filling is strawberry jelly and the other half sugar paste. The rolls are very sweet.

Will Buy Again

Maybe

Date Purchased

2011-06-15

Price

$2.29

Size

14 oz (397 g)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 piece (66 g)
Serving Per Container 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Fat Calories 35
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
    Saturated Fat 2g 9%
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 45mg 16%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 13%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
    Sugars 25g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4%
Iron 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • Roll and Filling
    • Sugar
    • Bleached Enriched Wheat Flour
      • Flour
      • Niacin
      • Iron
      • Thiamine Mononitrate
      • Riboflavin
      • Folic Acid
    • Eggs
    • Vegetable Shortening
      • Palm Oil
      • Mono and Diglycerides
      • Polysorbate 60
    • Water
    • Corn Starch
    • Dextrose
    • Corn Syrup
    • Glycerin
    • Milk Powder
    • Baking Powder
      • Sodium Bicarbonate
      • Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate
      • Corn Starch
      • Monocalcium Phosphate
    • Sorbitan Mono-Stearate
    • Polysorbate 60
    • Guar Gum
    • Mono and Diglycerides
    • Sodium Propionae and Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)
    • Sodium Alginate
    • Glycerol
    • Maltodextrin
    • Phosphoric Acid
  • Strawberry Jelly
    • High Fructose Corn Syrup
    • Water
    • Strawberries
    • Sugar
    • Modified Corn Starch
    • Citric Acid
    • Sodium Citrate
    • Salt
    • Xanthan Gum
    • Propylene Glycol
    • Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (Preservatives)
    • Artificial Flavor
    • Red 40

Contains: Milk, Egg, Wheat.

This product is manufactured in a facility that uses Peanuts and/or other Nuts and Seeds.

Country of Origin

U.S.A.

Original Manufacturer

LaBree's Bakery (maybe)

ALDI Product Page

L'oven Fresh Strawberry Jelly Rolls


Choceur Wafernusse

posted Jun 16, 2011, 11:11 AM by ms b0b   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:04 AM ]


Crispy European wafers filled with hazelnut creme, covered in rich milk chocolate. Indulge yourself with creamy, smooth Choceur chocolate. Made with Europe's finest ingredients, it's an intensely rich chocolate sensation.

One package of Wafernusse contains 5 chocolate-covered wafers. Each wafer is about 1 cm wide by 6 cm long. The bite is crunchy and very sweet. Makes good snack to go with tea or coffee.

Will Buy Again

Maybe

Date Purchased

2011-06-15

Price

$0.69 (Regularly $0.99)

Size

2 packs of 2.5 oz (70 g)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 pieces (28 g)
Serving Per Container 2.5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Fat Calories 80
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 13%
    Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
    Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Calcium 2%
Iron 2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Wheat Flour
  • Hydrogenated Coconut Oil
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Chocolate Liquor
  • Whole Milk Powder
  • Hazelnut Paste
  • Low Fat Cocoa Powder
  • Whey Powder
  • Skim Milk Powder
  • Soy Flour
  • Water
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Palm Oil
  • Salt
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (Leavening Agent)
  • Artificial Flavor

Contains: Wheat, Coconut, Milk, Hazelnut, Soy.

May contain traces of Egg.

Country of Origin

Austria

Original Manufacturer

Unknown

ALDI Product Page

Can not be found


L'oven Fresh Golden Pound Cake

posted May 26, 2011, 7:50 AM by ms b0b   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:04 AM ]


The L'oven Fresh Golden Pound Cake is a classic pound cake made from primarily flour and sugar. It has some artificial vanilla flavoring added. I bought it as a reference point in my own attempt in making a pound cake.

Will Buy Again

Maybe

Date Purchased

2011-05-25

Price

$2.29

Size

16 oz (454 g)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/6 cake (76g/2.7oz)
Serving Per Container 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250 Fat Calories 80
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
    Saturated Fat 3g 14%
    Trans Fat 2.5g  
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 380mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 13%
    Dietary Fiber <1g 2%
    Sugars 23g  
Protein 4g  
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4%
Iron 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Enriched Bleached Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid)
  • Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
  • Contains Less Than 2% of Each of the Following:
    • Nonfat Milk
    • Propylene Glycol Mono & Diesters of Fatty Acids
    • Egg Whites
    • Egg Yols
    • Mono & Diglycerides
    • Salt
    • Leaving (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate)
    • Sorbic Acid (Preservative)
    • Soy Lecithin
    • Xanthan Gum
    • Natural & Artificial Flavor
    • Yellow 5
    • Red 40
    • Soy Flour
Contains: Egg, Milk, Soybean, Wheat.

Country of Origin

USA

Original Manufacturer

Unknown

ALDI Product Page

L'oven Fresh Golden Pound Cake


Crofton Tower Fan

posted May 25, 2011, 10:55 PM by ms b0b   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:04 AM ]


The Crofton Tower Fan uses a squirrel cage blower fan to move the air with less buffetting and more compact size. It also features 3 fan speeds, 90 degree oscillation, and an auto-off timer. Some assembly required.

Date Purchased

2011-05-24

Price

$19.99

Size

Height 29 in (73.7 cm)

Body width 6 in (15.2 cm)

Base width 9 in (22.9 cm)

Blower opening height 17.5 in (44.5 cm)

Blower opening width 2.375 in (6.0 cm)

Original Manufacturer

Wachsmuth & Krogmann Inc.

ALDI Product Page

Crofton Tower Fan


Choceur Belgian Seashells

posted May 10, 2011, 10:06 PM by ms b0b   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:04 AM ]


These seashells are made from milk chocolate filled with hazelnut praline in the middle. The milk chocolate outside melts slowly while the hazelnut inside melts instantly and delivers a rush of hazelnut flavor.

Will Buy Again

Yes

Date Purchased

2011-04-17

Price

$1.49 (regularly $2.99)

Size

8.82 oz (250g)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 3 pieces (32g)
Serving Per Container 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
    Saturated Fat 7g 35%
    Trans Fat 0g  
Saturated Fat 5mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 17g  
Protein 2g  
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Vegetable Oil (Coconut, Palm, Palm Kernel)
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Whole Milk Powder
  • Hazelnuts
  • Dextrose
  • Cocoa Liquor
  • Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder
  • Nonfat Milk Powder
  • Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier)
  • Natural Flavors
Contains: Coconut, Milk, Hazelnuts, Soy. May Contain Traces of Other Tree Nuts, Peanuts and Wheat.

Country of Origin

Belgium

Original Manufacturer

Guylian

ALDI Product Page

Choceur Belgian Seashells


Priano Lady Fingers

posted Apr 21, 2011, 6:50 PM by ms b0b   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:04 AM ]

Lady finger is a light biscuit that is best known as the cake center of tiramisu.

These lady fingers are very light in weight and stiff when dry. The top is lightly coated with sugar. When dipped in liquids such as coffee, the pastry soaks up the fluid quickly and becomes very fragile. A desirable trait, I reckon, for the making of tiramisu. This product definitely meets its billing.

Will Buy Again

Yes

Date Purchased

2011-04-20

Price

$1.49

Size

7 oz (200 g)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 4 pieces (33g)
Serving Per Container 6
Calories 120 Fat Calories 10
Amount Per Serving
% DV*
Total Fat 1g 2%
  Sat Fat 0g 0%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 25m 8%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 8%
  Dietary Fiber <1g 2%
  Sugars 13g  
Protein 3g  
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • Soft Wheat Flour
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Leavening Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Carbonate Acid, Ammonium Carbonate Acid)
  • Glucose Syrup
  • Natural Flavoring
  • Salt

Contains: Egg, Wheat. May Contain: Nuts, Mlik

Country of Origin

Italy

Original Manufacturer

Uncertain

Aldi Product Page

Priano Lady Fingers


Crazy Candy Co. Oscar O's Gummi Candy

posted Apr 21, 2011, 6:12 PM by ms b0b   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:04 AM ]

Gummi candies are among my favorite snacks, and ALDI is one of my top supplier for carrying HARIBO Gummi Bears and Happy Colas. When I saw these, I had to try them.

These Oscar O's come in 5 colors/flavors: apple, cherry, watermelon, blueberry and strawberry. On the taste, it is not as sweet as some gummi candies out there. Each piece's flavor was about to come through. The gummi is on the less chewy side like HARIBO products. I wonder if they are the original manufacturer. Overall, I like it.

Will Buy Again

Yes

Date Purchased

2011-04-19

Price

99 cents

Size

7.05 oz (200 g)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 9 pieces (44g)
Serving Per Container about 4.5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
    Sugars 20g  
Protein 2g  
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • Glucose Syrup (From Wheat)
  • Sugar
  • Gelatin
  • Citric Acid
  • Pectin
  • Vegetable Juice (Radish, Nettle, Spinach) for color
  • Fruit Juice (Elderberry, Apple, Black Currant) for color
  • Tumeric Oleoresin (for color)
  • Tumeric (for color)
  • Natural Flavors
  • White Bees Wax
  • Vegetable Oil* (Soy, Coconut)

*Adds a trivial amount of fat

Contains: Wheat, Soy, Coconut. May Contain Traces of Milk.

Country of Origin

Germany

Original Manufacturer

Maybe HARIBO (uncertain)

ALDI Product Page

Crazy Candy Co. Oscar O's Gummi Candy


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