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Happy Farms Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – Food Review – ALDI


ALDI, happy farms, shredded mozzarella, review, calories, priceFebruary 23, 2017

We buy this all the time.  We use it mostly on salads and “Italian” dishes.  Most recently it was used on some homemade pizza.  This is a low-moisture part-skim milk (assumed cow’s milk?) shredded mozzarella cheese that’s pretty much indistinguishable from similarly priced mozzarella cheeses elsewhere.  It has a mild taste.

Although the price seems to vary with the market, it’s generally priced competitively with sale prices of similar cheeses at other stores.  The only negative about this is, my ALDI store keeps moving it around, so it’s hard to find.

Price $2.99 (16 ounce bag)    Calories 80 per 1/4 cup (28g)

ALDI, happy farms, shredded mozzarella, review, calories, price, nutrition


ALDI – Chef’s Cupboard Chicken Noodle Soup vs. Campbell’s – Food Review


campbells, chicken noodle soup, review, price, caloriesFebruary 17, 2017aldi, chefs cupboard, chicken noodle soup, review, price, calories

Andy Warhol would be proud!

Here we have another two mundane food items up for review.  It’s a chicken noodle soup-off between ALDI’s Chef”s Cupboard Chicken Noodle Soup and America’s sweetheart Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup.  And while the ties are still in the dry cleaner for spot removal, the winner is Andy Warhol’s poster child, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, with the one exception of price.  Campbell’s costs significantly more.  But I’m guessing you knew that already.  So click the “read more” button below to further unravel the noodles.

ALDI – Casa Mamita Chipotle Lime Salsa – Food Review



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February 17, 2017

A warning:  while this is labeled as medium heat there are touches of hot dispersed throughout.

Along with the strange heat characteristic is the strange taste characteristic.  The strange taste which comes across as a form of bitterness appears to come from the diced tomato in the salsa.  Getting back to the strange heat, this appears to come from very small pieces of garlic in the salsa.  Whether that heat is native to the garlic or the garlic just absorbed the heat from some of its neighbors is up for debate.  The texture is thick like a paste.  This is not a chunky salsa, if that’s your preference.  The salsa is labeled as organic.

If you’re willing to give this a try, buy a jar of your usual salsa to go with it.  That way if this turns out to be too radical for your taste, there’ll be a backup plan on the shelf to go with the chips.   Price $1.99   Calories 10 per 2 Tbsp. (31g)


ALDI – No Sugar Added Chocolate Fudge Pops vs. Target vs. Fudgsicle – Food Review


ALDI, chocolate fudge pops, review, low sugarFebruary 11, 2017

Today we fudge off three “no sugar added” frozen chocolate pops.  Having only 35-40 calories per fudge pop and total carbohydrates per pop under 10 g, these are a quick pop of chocolate for people wanting to watch their carbohydrate consumption.  There are also “sugar added” versions of these pops, so look at the label carefully if you want to avoid the extra sugar.

As you may have guessed, with no added sugar, artificial sweeteners including sugar alcohols help to sweeten the deal.  So do check out the ingredient labels just in case you have an aversion to any of the ingredients.  As a matter of truth in testing, two testers (with totally different tastes) fudged off for this review.

Trader Joe’s – Cheddar Cheese with Caramelized Onions – Food Review


Trader Joe, caramelized onion cheddar cheese, nutrition, reviewFebruary 6, 2017

I couldn’t find the bacon cheddar, but I did find this.  I’m not disappointed.  A crumbly, little bit sharp, nice cheddar cheese forms the base of this product.  To it is added caramelized onions.  That may not sound good, but it is good – really good.  The onions add a contrasting sweetness to the more earthy taste of the cheddar.  It’s a nice flavor treat for the mouth.  For a modest price, this is a nice cheddar cheese with an interesting contrast that works well.   Price $8.99 per pound   Calories  110  per ounce (28g)

Trader Joe’s – Joe’s Dark Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review


Trader Joe, joe's dark coffee, whole bean, review, dark roastFebruary 6, 2017

I’ve been drinking this for a couple of weeks now as my daily coffee fix.  I’ve got nothing bad to say about it.  It’s a pretty decent coffee, and for a little less money than my usual brew (TJ Tarrazu).

This is not a very dark, dark roast.   Trader Joe does a pretty good job on their dark roasts. They manage to leave out most of the bitterness that some other dark roasts have.  There is some bitterness in the coffee, making this coffee less smooth than my normal coffee.  But it’s still not objectionable.  If you’re looking for a Starbucks-like dark roast, this ain’t it.

The beans come from Ethiopia and Brazil which may explain the difference in size of the beans in the can.  The coffee is not listed as organic or fair trade, if those things are important to you.

Price $4.99 (13 ounce can)

ALDI – Savoritz Wheat Crisp vs. Nabisco Wheat Thins – Food Review

 aldi, wheat crisp, savoritz, calories, price, reviewJanuary 31, 2017wheat thins, nabisco, crackers, review, price, calories
These are so similar I can’t tell the difference right down to the 9 pinhole sized depressions in each cracker.  To highlight the differences first, without using a strain gauge the Wheat Thins seem to be a very slightly stronger cracker.  The ingredients are slightly different.  ALDI also lists a few precautions for people who are very sensitive to certain trace allergens which may come from the production facility.  If you are sensitive to trace amounts of allergens, be sure to read the labels on both products.
aldi, wheat crisp, savoritz, calories, price, review, nutritionwheat thins, nabisco, crackers, review, price, calories, nutritionThe taste and texture are so similar between the two products that I have no preference for either.  Depending on the store I was in at the time and how much change was in my pocket, I’d purchase either one if I was in need of a wheat cracker like these.  Personally, that need only comes up about once every 10 years.

Wheat Crisp – Calories 140 (31g, about 16 crackers) – Price  $1.29

Wheat Thins – Calories  140 (31g, about 16 crackers) – Price  $2.50

ALDI – Cheese Club vs. Kraft – macaroni and cheese – Food Review


aldi, kraft, mac and cheese, compareJanuary 25, 2017

With only minor differences in color and taste, both are great comfort foods – warm and mushy.  The major difference is the price, with the Kraft product costing $1.00 on sale and the ALDI product 29 cents on sale.  To my tastes the Kraft product was very slightly tastier and cheesier.  But there wasn’t much difference at all.  Perhaps as an adult my taste buds have dulled some, but neither product tasted as cheesy as I remember from way back when.


ALDI – Fit & Active Philly Cheese Steak – Food Review


aldi, fit active, philly cheese steak, review, priceJanuary 25, 2017

If your expectations are a Philly cheese steak, you’ll be disappointed.  If your expectations are a tasty hot snack, you’ll be happier.  In fact these are good enough that I could easily eat two or three or four.  So you’d better be fit and active, emphasis on active, because the modest 310 calories in one may quickly draw a crowd.
aldi, fit active, philly cheese steak, review, price, nutritionThis is a frozen entrée that is microwave cooked in a cardboard browning sleeve.  This sleeve, as well as others I’ve tried, do a good job of producing a crisp crust.  While the crust came out fine, some of the filling blew out of each end.  So keep it on a plate or paper towel while cooking to help avoid cleaning your microwave.  The filling appears to be mostly cheese with tiny pieces of meat and green peppers.  Green pepper is the most prominent flavor.  The overall texture is firmly mushy.  The shell has a nice taste and texture.  Oven cooking directions are also provided.

Calories  310 per serving – 2 servings per box    Price  ??? (lost the receipt)

Choceur – Cocoa Dusted Truffles – ALDI – Food Review


aldi, choceur, chocolate, truffles, reviewJanuary 14, 2017aldi, choceur, chocolate, truffles, nutrition, review
These are good without being overly exceptional.  That’s an odd statement even for me.

There’s a nice bit of chocolate that lives somewhere between a milk and a dark chocolate at the heart of each truffle.  There’s no WOW factor to them.  They’re relatively inexpensive for the amount of chocolate in the box.  And for that price should we expect a WOW factor?  The texture in the mouth  is smooth and melty.  The dusting of cocoa powder adds a bit of taste contrast to the milder chocolate center.  Overall these are a very competent chocolate if your chocolate tastes lean towards the milder side of dark chocolate.  One won’t, but two or three should help satisfy your chocolate craving.   Price $2.49 per box      Calories  240 (1.41 oz/40 g serving size)

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