Favorite Finds at Aldi (for Now!)
If you shop at Aldi, you know that while there are a lot of things to love, there's one thing that can drive you crazy: Something you adore might not be there the next time you go. It's a continually rotating stock. (Note to Aldi: Please bring back the Wild Mushroom-Crème Fraîche Flatbread!)
So, when I tell you about my fave finds at the moment, just know that they might not be there next week. Better take advantage now. Here's what I found and loved (starting with my fave):
• Grandi Mori Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore ($8.99). That's an amazing price, people, for this good of a sparkling wine. It's crisp and refreshing, but with a nice fruitiness that makes it go down great as an apéritif. Here's what we do at my house: On Friday night, we toast the weekend by making Aperol Spritzes with half the bottle. We recork it, and on Saturday nights, we make Kir Royals from the second half of the bottle (yes—the fizz lasts at least 24 hours). Living large at $8.99 a bottle.
• Choceur Dark Chocolate Bar with Almonds ($1.69): I love the intense flavor of dark chocolate, but I also adore the creaminess of milk chocolate. This Austrian bar has it all. I've never, ever had dark chocolate that tastes this smooth and creamy--yet still retains that bitter appeal of dark chocolate.
• Benton's Maple Leaf Cookies ($2.99): What? Me eat packaged cookies? Well, yeah! These Canadian-made cutouts bring brown-sugary cookies with real maple cream centers. I love them at tea-time. I'm a "dunker," and dunking these babies in tea makes the cookies soft and the filling extra creamy.
• Benton Shortbread Fingers ($1.99): From Australia, these are about half the price of Walker's Shortbread fingers, and honestly, you won't be able to tell the difference. Another great tea-time treat.
• Specially Selected Dark Chocolate Butter Cookies ($1.99): You've seen "Petit Ecoliers"—those lovely chocolate-topped French butter cookies, right? These German-made knock-offs are the same thing, only half the price.
• Specially Selected Sea Salt Caramels ($2.99): The story is that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis always indulged in one bite of dessert. It was enough to satisfy her, and it helped her stay trim. These indulgent caramels are the way that I avoid over-indulging at dessert. Seriously—one of these buttery-creamy caramels, robed in chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt—do it for me every single time.
• Specially Selected Aged Reserve White Cheddar ($2.49): No, this isn't as good as anything you can get at The Cheese Shop of Des Moines, but when you need a flavorful cheese for everyday uses--topping chili, folding into casseroles, etc.--this inexpensive white cheddar does the trick. And it melts beautifully!
Enjoy! And if you've found something great at Aldi lately, let me know!