My 10 Favorite Items from Aldi – Holiday Themed

Aldi is my new favorite! I love discovering new products and trying everything here. I love that they recently went all organic too. If you don’t have a Costco membership, I urge you to try Aldi. This is a European based grocer. They are NO FRILLS which is how they are able to provide their products at rock bottom prices. Be sure to bring your own bags and an extra quarter. You will use your quarter to rent the cart. No more carts in the parking lot (or paying people to take them in.. brilliant!)

I have gathered a few holiday items as well as some of my go-to’s for this list. Enjoy

 

  1. OK – I am so late on this! But if you have never completed an advent calendar before.. I highly encourage this eating challenge. Advent calendars have little gifts (or in this case, chocolates) for every day before Christmas. These are fun for everyone of all ages. Who doesn’t want a little chocolate everyday? These are priced at $0.99. YUP – Under $1! Reason enough to buy for the whole family, or even roommates! 

 

2. Looking for something besides cheese to put on your crackers? This is absolutely hands down the best chicken salad I have EVER tasted. It has the perfect sweet punch to it with the cranberries. They also offer a chipotle chicken salad which is next on my list. A lady I work with recommended this to me and it’s a must have! Better than the home made kind! This is available for $3.69

 

3. Speaking of cheese – If chicken salad isn’t your thing, you should try this cheese. The mix of cheddar with cranberry tastes delicious as well. It is a pretty decent chunk of cheese for the price. $2.99 for 8oz.

 

4. MORE CHEESE! Last cheese recommendation, I swear. I love the smoked Gouda cheese. Aldi has a fantastic selection of specialty cheeses. Grab a few of these and your cheese platter will be easy as pie to put together. 

 

 

5. Did someone say pie? I almost fell over when I saw this the other day in the frozen food section. If you haven’t tried the original cookie butter… consider yourself lucky. That jar is a deep black hole of sugary goodness. But in a PIE form? YES please! Holidays are for splurging a little but, right?? Don’t look at the calories on this, just don’t do it. This is priced at $5.99.

 

6. More chocolate goodies. Looking for a hostess gift that won’t break the bank? These Ferrero Rocher chocolates are normally priced at $5.59 from other retailers, but Aldi offers them for $3.49. 

 

7. Fruit Snacks – Not holiday themed but I swear these are the best fruit snacks ever! I prefer the purple colored box but the strawberry ones are good too! 32 individual packets per box – which beats the competition by a landslide. $3.99 per box.

 

8. Winking Owl Wine – If you don’t want to trek to Costco, Aldi offers wine! The price for the size isn’t as great of a deal as Costco, but this wine is only $2.99.  They offer a cab, Pino Grigio, Moscato, and a Merlot. $3 sounds skeptical, but I have heard many reviews that rate it as a B+. Aldi also has a fabulous dessert wine selection from Germany around the holiday season. 

 

9. “A Journey To…” Sauces – These are SO worth it! They happen to sell pretty quickly so if you do spot them in your store, grab them up! I’ve tried the Tikka Masala simmer sauce and it is lovely. I purchased a green curry sauce to try next.  $1.99 for the bottle – what a steal compared to the other grocers who would mark these up to $6 or above!

10. Gridlock Ultra White Energy Drink – LIFE HACK. This is an exact replica of the white monster. I repeat, the exact same as the white monster drink. Both 0 calories. Same taste. Same caffeine content. The difference?  The Aldi version is only $0.99. I see Monster drinks usually priced around $2.78 and up. I promise, you won’t notice a difference. While this isn’t something I drink everyday, If I need a boost – it’s nice to know that I’m not spending a ton of cash on it!

What do you like from Aldi? I’ll do a sequal to this post when the weather gets warm of updated items that I have tried 🙂

 

 

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10 MUST HAVE Items For Your Holiday Party – Costco

Hi Everyone! We are now full-swing into the Holiday season. Isn’t it crazy how quick time flies this time of year? I’ve put together a two part series on the must have items for your holiday party. The first part will feature items from Costco. The second part will feature items from my new favorite store, Aldi.  These are my must-have items for hosting any holiday party or get together.

 1. BOOZE – Costco has some of the best deals on alcohol EVER. The best part is that you do not have to be a member to enjoy these benefits. The only catch is your purchase must solely be alcohol. Costco has a wonderful mix of everything from wine, vodka, whiskey, tequila, to even pre-made margarita mixes. I like their Margarita mix as well as their 1.75 L vodka bottle. Why bother making a mess when you can buy something pre-made? The margarita mix is $8.99. The Kirkland american vodka is 1.75 L and will only set you back $13. If you friends who enjoy drinking.. this is definitely the way to go to save some money. There is a rumor that the “next level up” of vodka which is $19.99 is produced by grey goose. For $19.99, it’s worth trying!

 

 

2. Shrimp – Need I say more? Everyone loves shrimp cocktail. These are cooked with the tail on, so you only have to defrost. Party-pro tip: Put some out and keep some in a plastic baggie in the refrigerator when you need to refill!

 

 

3. St. Elmo’s Cocktail Sauce – OK, you know I had to! One of the most memorable food items of Indianapolis.. the famous shrimp cocktail sauce! This pairs perfectly with shrimp. Be sure to warn your guests that it is VERY spicy! If you do not have a Costco membership, the sauce is sold at Kroger, Fresh Market, and Marsh. I believe this is a seasonal item so be sure to stock up!

 

 

4. Kickin Cranberry Meatballs – My mouth is watering just thinking about these. These are easy to make and even easier to serve. Put them on a plate with some toothpicks in them – easy to grab.. easy to devour! They have a sweet tang to them. 34 ounce package for $12.99

 

 

5. Mozzarella Sticks – Something for even the pickiest of eaters. Who doesn’t love mozz sticks? Be sure to pick up some tomato sauce as well. Remember, the easier the food is to pick up and eat, the more people will want to eat it! I always try to pick foods that are very finger friendly, meaning easy to pick up and travel with. If something requires a fork and knife, I’ve found that people are less likely to eat it unless there is a designated eating area. 5 Pound box for $13.49

 

 

6. Pigs in a blanket – These are anything but plain. The smoked sausage really brings a flavor to the dish. Forgot the price on these.. whoops!

 

 

7. Delici Desserts – These are TO DIE FOR. I tried these over the summer at a friend’s lake house. They are the perfect size for a small dessert. Bigger than the PF Changs tiny sweets but not too big in the sense that you are over indulging. These can be served at a dinner party or even better – bring them to Christmas Dinner! 20 count box for $11.59

 

 

8. Cream Puffs – Besides the meatballs, these were the first to go at my Christmas Extravaganza last year. Who can resist? Can you tell I have a major sweet tooth? 100 Count box for $5.99

 

 

9. Cheesecake Sampler – Feeling extra decadent? Go for the sampler. I recently ordered a cheesecake dessert for a conference at work and was pleasantly surprised how many people ate the cheesecake. When it’s just one piece.. I have a feeling people feel a little less guilty ;). 56 ounce cheesecake for $13.89

 

 

10. CHOCOLATES / Mini Desserts – When I was a kid, my mother used to order Godiva chocolates galore for her parties. I specifically remember the truffles. Yummm.. however, I am a girl with a Godiva taste with a Hershey budget. This is the perfect solution. Mini chocolate desserts, 48 count for $11.99

I hope you all enjoyed this post. What are your favorites from Costco? Come back tomorrow for my top picks from Aldi! 

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