It’s no secret that we’re really big fans of ALDI—who can resist the thrill of finding grocery deals with the sheer delight of wandering down ALDI’s Weekly Finds aisle and discovering a new food item or goodies you didn’t know you needed.
Along with delivering deep savings on grocery staples, ALDI takes the pulse of its customer’s buying habits and just released a list of the grocery chain’s 2023 Fan Favorites, compiled by surveying over 70,000 ALDI shoppers. Here’s everything you need to know about the 13 winning products:
1. TikTok Made Me Buy It: Friendly Farms Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese probably appeared on your For You page more than a few times this year, emerging as a stealth grocery staple and serving as the base of recipes from frittatas to ice cream. We’re also inclined to enjoy cottage cheese as the main star, adding a drizzle of olive oil or flaky salt to make eating cottage cheese feel elegant and fun.
2. Rookie of the Year: Friendly Farms Low Sugar Greek Yogurt
A newbie to the list but another versatile option that can go sweet in recipes like popsicles and cake to savory like dips or a marinade for chicken—both the plan and vanilla-flavored options appear on the list of winners.
3. Ready When You Are: Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen Take and Bake Deli Pizza
When even the thought of ordering pizza feels too much, ALDI fan favorite Mama Cozzi answers the question, “What’s for dinner?” Each pizza is 16″, or roughly the size of a standard large pizza from a takeout place, so you can feed the whole family. And frozen pizza doesn’t have to be boring: think outside the (pizza) box and cook the pizza on the grill or elevate it with fun and refreshing seasonal side dishes.
4. Snacks For Everyone: Happy Farms String Cheese
There is no better snack than string cheese—prove us wrong and ask any kid. A lunch box staple, string cheese is a snack that transcends age and is just as likely to be your go-to midday snack as it is a kid’s.
5. Cream of the Crop: Avocados
ALDI calls avocados the “cream of the crop” for a reason: avocados are creamy and indulgent and are the perfect food any time of day or, if you only have a few minutes, can serve as the anchor for a quick meal like avocado toast. Avocados can be pricey, so they’re a great staple ingredient to add to your list when you visit ALDI, where we often find them at an affordable price.
6. On the Lighter Side: Simply Nature Avocado Oil
Speaking of avocados, did you know their oil is an excellent alternative to olive oil? Avocado oil is smooth and buttery on its own, so you can substitute it for olive oil in vinegarettes, as the base for mayonnaise, or use it on its own to finish a dish. It also has a high smoking point, making it an ideal frying oil replacement for options like canola or peanut oil.
7. Protein Pick: Kirkwood Fresh Chicken
If you grew up mostly eating chicken breasts as I did, here’s your sign to opt for a chicken thigh, which packs more flavor and is more forgiving to cook than chicken breasts, which can dry out the second they’re overcooked.
Chicken thighs are a great weeknight staple and can be thrown together on a sheet pan with almost any ingredient in your kitchen: we love them roasted with potatoes and shallots or baked with juicy tomatoes.
8. What a Deal: Clancy’s Kettle Chips
Available in regular or jalapeño flavors, these potato chips are already perfect, but we’ve really enjoyed finding fun ways to incorporate chips into cooked dishes, like scalloped potatoes or tuna noodle casserole. However, we totally get it if these chips never make it to the kitchen and end up being a car ride snack.
9. Great Catch: Fresh Atlantic Salmon with Mediterranean Herb
ALDI has a great selection of fish: this salmon comes vacuum-packed to preserve freshness and is never frozen, meaning you’re getting a high-quality and tasty product. This pre-seasoned salmon is an excellent fast track to dinner and can be served simply baked or with pasta.
10. Raise a Glass: Belletti Sparkling Moscato Rose
Is it even an ALDI trip if you don’t leave with a bottle of wine? This sparkling Moscato Rosé tastes like summer with notes of strawberries and cherries and is the perfect ending to any meal. You can also have fun and serve it with fruit or mix it with seltzer water as an aperitif.
11. Choose Your Cheese: Emporium Selection Fresh Mozzarella
ALDI is known for having an extensive cheese selection—perhaps because of its European roots, but despite its limited grocery options, you can always find a wide array of cheeses to choose from. Mozzarella is as versatile a cheese option as it comes, and ALDI explicitly notes this mozzarella’s quality, making it a good choice for snacking or as a main ingredient on a sandwich or salad.
12. Sweet Tooth Satisfaction: Specially Selected Ice Cream
What makes this ice cream is its simplicity—it only has five ingredients: cream, skim milk, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Ice cream needs no recipe, but we do love a good ice cream sandwich or Baked Alaska.
13. Sauce on the Side: Specially Selected Vinaigrette Dressings
Another staple beloved for its simplicity, the Specially Selected Gourmet House Vinaigrette Dressing gets its flavor from a blend of spices, cider vinegar, and garlic. Of course, throw it all over your favorite greens and veggies to liven up a salad, but you can also use the vinaigrette to marinate things like chicken or drizzle over fish.