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5 Groceries I ONLY Buy at Aldi

Whenever I meet someone new, I like to ask them to name their favorite grocery store. I feel like you can learn a lot about someone based on their answer! (Side note: I’m fun to bring to parties! Bring me to parties!) My favorite? Aldi! Which you could have probably guessed if you’ve read any of my stories for Kitchn. I love the prices, the quality, the weekly surprises that come in the form of Aldi Finds, and the no-frills, all-business presentation.

I do still end up shopping at other grocery stores, because I can’t always reliably count on Aldi to have all the things on my list (like certain herbs, for example). I mostly go to Aldi to poke around and see what’s new. Also, there are a few things that I will only ever buy at Aldi. Nowhere else. What’s on that list? Let’s take a look!

My fellow Kitchn editors turned me onto the Pink Lady Apple flavor of Health-Ade Kombucha and now I have to have a few bottles in my fridge at all times. (We love it so much around here, it’s made our list of Kitchn Essentials two years in a row!) My other grocery store sells them for $3.59 per bottle, while Aldi is able to offer them for $2.95. I’ll take that 64-cent savings any day of the week. I should note that, while Aldi is much smaller than regular grocery stores, my location still always carries two flavors of kombucha from Health-Ade and a few flavors from one or two other brands.

I have gone so far as to say that the Specially Selected German Roasted Coffee is the best $5 you could possibly spend at Aldi. (Technically, it’s $4.99 per bag.) My dinner guests never believe me when I tell them they’re drinking coffee from Aldi — they all think it’s some speciality brand with a giant price tag that I ordered online. I will say that these bags tend to sell out, so I buy them whenever I see them.

A few years ago, I helped coordinate a giant taste test for Kitchn, in which we tried nearly every salad kit in America. There were lots of overall winners, but for me there was one clear standout: the Little Salad Bar Southwest Chopped Salad Kit at Aldi. All these years later, it’s actually the only salad kit I regularly buy. I’ll use it as a quick side salad, turn it into a filling lunch by adding an avocado, or make it a dinner with some chicken or ground beef and taco seasoning. It’s $2.49 and it’s cheesy, crunchy, and always fresh.

4. Frozen Breaded Chicken Breasts

I first came across this frozen bag of breaded chicken breasts when the internet started buzzing about a copycat Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, which you could make using Aldi ingredients. This chicken is the star of the show and it glows so brightly that it also has a dedicated Facebook group. I always keep RBC (short for Red Bag Chicken!) in my freezer and I use these flavorful, crispy chicken breasts for salads, sandwiches, wraps, and even a quick chicken Parm situation. What I like about these, aside from the price, is that I’ve yet to encounter a single “bouncy” bite. (You know what I’m talking about.)

The chocolate at Aldi is a Thing — specifically, the private-label brand of Moser Roth, which has won countless awards. These bars, which are made up of five smaller, individually wrapped bars, come in a few varieties (milk, dark sea salt, mint, milk truffle crunch, etc.) and are just $1.99 each! You can’t go wrong, but definitely try the 85 percent cocoa option if you’re making s’mores. Did I mention the price? Again, just $1.99 per bar!

Do you have anything that you only buy at Aldi? Tell us in the comments below!

Lisa Freedman

Lifestyle Director

Lisa Freedman is the Lifestyle Director at The Kitchn. She has never met a cheese or a washi tape she didn’t like. She lives in New York state with her husband and their pup, Millie.

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