Earlier this year, Salon Food compiled a handy list of ALDI’s six best budget buys based on recommendations from loyal Redditors.
Now we turn our attention to the grocery chain’s best overall products, which were voted by more than 100,000 shoppers in ALDI’s fourth annual Fan Favorites Survey. The winning items span 13 categories and include everything from deli staples to fresh produce and kid-approved snacks.
“With 100 exclusive ALDI products to choose from in this year’s Fan Favorites survey, we have first-time winners in 11 of 13 categories,” Scott Patton, National Vice President of Purchasing, said in a statement. Release. “ALDI shoppers really appreciate our selection and know we’ve put in the time and effort to give them a wide variety of products to love.”
From peach bellinis to white cheddar cabbage, here are the 13 ALDI fan favorites of 2022, sorted by category:
The returning champ took home the top prize after winning the title of 2020’s ‘Overall Fan Favorite’. And it’s not hard to see why Mama Cozzi’s ‘Take & Bake’ line of pizzas is adored by so many. of ALDI buyers. The brand’s 16-inch pizzas are generously assembled and topped, making weeknight dinners not only easy but also irresistible. Choose from an assortment of options including a variety of cheese and meat combinations, such as Five Cheese, Pepperoni, Sausage and Pepperoni, Supreme Meat, and Thin Crust Mega Meat.
Specially Selected’s indulgent Greek yogurts, which come in honey and honey and vanilla flavors, make a quick breakfast or sweet snack. The yogurt, which is served in 32-ounce containers, can be enjoyed on its own or in nutritious brunch bowls topped with cocoa nibs, fresh fruit, granola, shredded coconut, plus a drizzle (or spoonful or a very generous spoonful) of your favorite nut butter.
Want to DIY the latter? Here’s the absolute best way to make peanut butter, according to Food52’s Ella Quittner.
The specially selected ravioli, which come in classic varieties of cheese, spinach and mozzarella, impressively beat seven other dinner options in ALDI’s survey. This egg-based pasta is generously stuffed with mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta and other Italian cheeses, making it a must for those who can manage their lactose. Once prepared, coat the ravioli with olive oil and serve with oven-roasted vegetables, cipollini onions and homemade garlic bread.
Wow your guests at your next charcuterie party with a block of aged reserve white cheddar. This rich, deliciously stinky cheese pairs well with charcuterie, dried fruit, hazelnut crackers, and a classic wine like Cabernet Sauvignon. Any leftover pieces of cheese can be used to stuff grilled cheese sandwiches or burgers. . . or eaten as is.
ALDI’s fifth category highlights two food products that shoppers love to combine to create a “dynamic duo”. This year’s winning team is Specially Selected Indulgent Greek Yogurt (in its second appearance on the winners list) and Fresh Blueberries (brand not specified). Besides the health benefits that come with pairing berries with Greek yogurt, this combo is also great for your taste buds, especially if you’re craving something sweet but not sweet. too sweet.
Simply Nature’s rendition of Pirate’s Booty is made with baked rice and corn and dusted with white cheddar cheese. These light and airy puffs, which contain no added sugar, also boast being non-GMO and certified gluten-free. Take them to school lunches or enjoy them on your next family trips.
A classic Venetian cocktail won this year’s drink award after beating both the Zarita Strawberry Margarita and Belletti Prosecco. Made from frozen peaches, peach schnapps and white wine, this fruity drink boasts the traditional summer flavors of candied lime and honey peaches. According to the drink’s description label, with its “sunset hue, fresh sun-ripened peach flavor and vibrant, bubbly finish,” Giambellino Peach Bellini is a guaranteed sight at any brunch or similar social gathering.
Quench your thirst with PurAqua’s selection of flavored sparkling water. Choose from a range of colorful flavors including dark cherry, juicy peach, lime and strawberry. Individual drinks can be enjoyed straight from the bottle or mixed with fruit juices or sparkling wine to create summery mocktails or bubbly, alcoholic punches.
Extra virgin olive oil comes in handy on many occasions, whether you’re making a basic salad dressing, sautéing vegetables, or baking Martha Stewart’s no-knead tomato focaccia. So, it’s no surprise that EVOO is revered as a pantry staple by so many shoppers. Get the bottle shoppers love the most at your next ALDI run: Simply Nature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is 100% pure EVOO certified by the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA).
You can never go wrong with a pack of fresh strawberries – and ALDI shoppers agree! Enjoy these seasonal fruits on their own, as a star ingredient in desserts or ice cream, as a side in fruit salads with some of the aforementioned blueberries, or as toppings for brunch bowls made with specially selected indulgent Greek yogurt. Extra strawberries can be stored in the freezer to use in smoothies or turn into delicious compotes, jams and jellies.
“Sustainability is our priority when it comes to the products we offer,” ALDI says of its Fresh Atlantic Salmon, “and that includes our seafood. Our simply prepared ALDI Atlantic Salmon goes goes well with just about anything, and is a great choice for your next meal.”
If you’re looking to enjoy salmon for lunch or dinner, check out these recipes from our archives for Citrus Dill Fish Sheet or Nice-inspired Salmon Salad.
An excellent source of lean protein, Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Tenders are all natural and contain no artificial ingredients or other awesome surprises. Dress them in a beer and brown sugar marinade and enjoy them with creamy mushrooms, a fresh salad or rice pilaf. These fillets can be eaten grilled, fried or pan-fried. . . the options are endless!
The final category of ALDI fan favorites celebrates Heart to Tail Bacon Curlz and Beef Sticks dog treats. Made with real beef and real bacon, both snacks are good sources of protein and contain no artificial colors or flavors. Surely, they will keep your pooch not only energized but also satisfied.
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