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I Tried All of the Holiday Products at ALDI, and These Are The 12 Items You Absolutely Need In Your Life

We tried just about every single holiday product at ALDI and these were the ones that really stood out as holiday winners. They’re fun, affordable, and will add that extra bit of sparkle to holiday entertaining.

This post is sponsored by ALDI

So here’s what happened.

I went to ALDI and I bought just about every single holiday product I could find. The candies. The cookies. The special flavored snacks and drinks and cheeses and crackers and chocolates and OMG. There was a lot of food. And a lot of festive feelings.

I took it home, and I basically tried all the food (happy to do all this hard work for you), and I made my lists of favorites so that I could share the best of the best with you today.

Now, if you’ve been around the blog for even a teeny bit, you know we at Pinch of Yum have a lot of love for ALDI. Like, a lot. We’ve worked with them for many years. But it is especially fun to talk about ALDI during the holidays – take one quick loop around the store in December and poof! Instant cheer. Something new over here, something unexpected over there, something classic over here. ALDI is where it’s at for your weekly basics, as we’ve discussed before, but it’s also the place for affordable, sparkly, try-a-little-bit-of-everything holidays, which is exactly how I like my holidays to be.

So, of all the holiday products that I tried, this is it. This is my list of the top 12 holiday favorites I keep coming back to again and again.

And I’m stocking up before they’re gone for the season. I mean, can you ever have too many packages of fudge coated peppermint creme cookies in the depths of your cabinets? No, the answer is no.

1: Specially Selected Artisan Crisps

White hand holding box of black sesame crackers

Why I like it: I’m sorry, what? FIG AND BLACK SESAME CRISPS?! From ALDI?! Too fun! Could not love this any more! And yes I am eating them with the gingerbread goat cheese as I write this post, in case you were wondering.

These extra-crispy, super-crunchy, artisan-fancy crackers are the kind of thing that you are going to want to stock up on, and then re-stock up on, then stock up on again before they are gone. They are a match made in heaven with many of the other items in this list (gingerbread goat cheese, plum spread, truffle goat cheese…), so read on.

Holiday snack spread: handled.

2: Emporium Selection Cheese Logs

White hand holding roll of goat cheese

Why I like it: ALDI has so many fun goat cheese varieties for the holidays right now, and if you see a woman in the cheese aisle with a cart that is half-full of mini goat cheese logs in every flavor, that is me. My two favorites of all the ones I’ve tried:

  1. Gingerbread goat cheese – it’s golden and sweet, just barely spiced, and goes perfectly with those artisan crisps or an almond coconut caramel cookie or on French toast or pancakes! So festive.
  2. TRUFFLE goat cheese – yes, truffle. Big, earthy, delicious truffle flavor packed into one tiny log of creaminess. The truffle goat cheese was a mega hit amongst the POY team when we tried all the products together. There was talk of throwing a few hunks of this goat cheese into a hot bowl of pasta. BRB, need to go try that.

3: Specially Selected Plum Fruit Spread

White hand holding plum sauce

Why I like it: Fig spread is something I often add to my cheeseboards, but plum? That is a whole new level of holiday charm. If you want to experience snack perfection, layer it on a fig and black sesame cracker and smear the whole thing with a knob of truffle goat cheese. You’re welcome.

4: Friendly Farms Peppermint Mocha Almondmilk Creamer

White hand holding peppermint creamer

Why I like it: I am normally not a huge fan of almond or dairy-alternative creamers, but I’ve been using this stuff everyday for the last month and I am INTO it. It’s very good. It has just the right amount of sweet pepperminty flavor, but more importantly, it’s actually smooth and creamy. Without the dairy. Three cheers!

5: Specially Selected Caramel Stroopwafels

White hand holding caramel stroopwafels

Why I like it: If you’ve got a steaming hot mug of coffee in your hand, you’re not complete until you have one of these caramel stroopwafels in the other hand. I have definitely eaten these plain and they are a fabulous little treat, but add a mug of hot coffee and you’ve gone to a new level of holiday cheer.

6: Emporium Selection Baking Brie

White hand holding baking brie

Why I like it: Okay first of all, YUM.

Second of all, the best part of this little baking brie kit is that it comes with THE CERAMIC DISH! Which you can reuse for MORE BRIE! The brie wheel is perfectly sized for the dish, so you pop it in, bake it up, and finish with the included toppings. I can think of no easier way to impress others (or… yourself?) at a neighborhood happy hour party or a holiday movie viewing with friends.

7: Fresh Pomegranates

White hand holding pomegranate

Why I like it: For all your decorating, garnishing, and snacking needs: fresh pears, fresh cranberries, and most excitingly – FRESH POMEGRANATES – are now ready for you at ALDI! Bring it on! I bought cranberries for decorating at home, and I’ve bought multiple pomegranates for topping various salads and dips. (And my girls love to snack on the seeds.)

8: Park Street Deli Greek Olive Spread

White hand holding greek olive spread

Why I like it: This olive-loaded, creamy, tangy, roasted red pepper and feta-speckled dip is not a holiday-specific product, which is good news because it’ll be around for a few months. My tip: BUY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. I have been eating this nonstop, with ALDI’s sweet potato chips or pita crackers for a snack. It’s a great last-minute-friends-coming-over solution. But it’s also great to go with meals! Chicken pitas, salads, sheet pan salmon and veggies. Can you tell that I love this? I love this.

9: Simply Nature Coconut Cashew Crisps

White hand holding bag of cookies

Why I like it: Okay these are also a non-holiday specific item that work really well around the holidays for situations like: people coming over and you don’t know their dietary needs / preferences? Kids who want to eat cookies round the clock and moms and dads who would rather not with all the sugar? People who just love to snack on munchy little things that taste like a caramel dream? These are a must-keep-on-hand 5 ingredient miracle.

10: Friendly Farms Peppermint Mocha Whipped Dairy Topping

White hand holding peppermint mocha whipped cream

Why I like it: This peppermint mocha whipped cream is the appropriate topping for… everything. But obviously the best use for this is with hot chocolate. Bougie that mug up with your peppermint mocha whipped cream, your candy cane crumbles, and a few cookies of choice, flick on the fire, and you have the magic of the holidays right there in your hands.

11: Benner Holiday Candy Cane Tea

White hand holding box of candy cane tea

Why I like it: I’ve been enjoying a mug of this tea in the evening literally every night for the last three weeks. It has become my *something cozy* when we finally get the girls in bed and have a moment to light up the fireplace, turn the TV on, or just sit and talk. I love that it’s pepperminty but also sweet and warm, with a little extra cinnamon, licorice, and even roasted carob (!!) in there to give it the candy-like mood. Big fan!

12: Benton’s Fudge Coated Peppermint Cremes

White hand holding box of chocolate cookies

Why I like it: This is, hands-down, my favorite holiday item that I got from ALDI this year. OHHHH MAN these are good!

Sometimes when you buy this style of cookie, they are too thick. Do you know what I mean? It’s like the cookie gets lost in the coating. But not these! These have just the right amount of fudge coating where they are solid and heavy, but not, like, overwhelming. They have a good cookie crunch, an appropriately hefty amount of fudge on the outside, and those little crispity bits of candy cane on top. ALDI is speaking to me with these. I can’t get enough.


And there you have it! 12 products on the tip-top of my ALDI grocery list during the holiday times.

I would obviously love to hear from our ALDI squad out in the wild, too! Do you have any must-have ALDI finds that are just perfect for this time of the year? I’ve got my paper and pen ready to take notes.


Thank you to ALDI for sponsoring this post!

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20 Comments

  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    You are spot on with the baking brie! This is the third year in a row I’ve gotten it and it’s AMAZING! Both are really great, but something about that honey and pecan… heaven! I’m starting to have quite the collection of their little baking ceramics that come with it, ha ha!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yeah, so, I need to go to Aldi today. 🙂
    I have had those coconut cashew crisps and they are DIVINE. Oh my goodness! I’m so tempted just to buy them all when I go in today. I won’t but… tempted. 🙂

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    The first thing I do when i travel to the Netherlands: get Stroopwafels. You guys are lucky to get them at Aldi. Here in Germany, they do not sell them 🙁

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    Ashley

    100% agree with the fig crisps!!! I used to buy these at another high end grocery store (when budget allowed!) for $7.99 a box! When I saw these at Aldi last year, I rejoiced! They are dead ringers for the other brand and taste amazing. And can I just say they taste better for $2.99…LOL

    My love for Aldi knows no bounds…I’m so glad to see they’ve really gone mainstream.

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    diane smith

    This is a very disappointing list of mainly highly processed foods that are not very healthy. Makes you seem more of a spokesperson for Aldi than a healthy eating blogger.

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      Kathy

      Oh geez, it’s the ‘food police’ —
      You’re free to search elsewhere, rather than spread your negativity.

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      You understand how blog sites make a living, right? It says at the outset that this is a sponsored post. And it’s meant to be fun. You can still eat all the kale.

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    Erin R.

    I really like how you showed the prices in a lot of the photos. That helps my brain immensely. Now if I could just get Aldi to open in my state…

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    Brittany

    I love the crisps and the goat cheese, and now I want to try the gingerbread and truffle flavors. I highly recommend the Emporium Selection Cranberry White Cheddar! I almost bought the fig spread recently, but will have to buy the plum next time I’m there. I bought the cat treat advent calendar and was so excited to open it today! I also love the maple sandwich cookies and actually bought a box for my sister as a little surprise Christmas gift.

    I was reminded of how amazing Aldi’s prices are when I bought a bag of cranberries recently – an Ocean Spray bag was $2.50 (on sale!) at Price Chopper and 99 cents at Aldi!

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    Linda From Perth

    Such a great post…I wish you had a recap list so up I could take it on my next shop at Aldi!

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    EBP

    Dear Aldi, please please please bring back the dark chocolate keto clusters to stores in Chicago. Nothing compares! Thank you!

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    Jess

    What a great list of unique holiday items I’ve never seen! I’ve never been to Aldi but we do have them where I live. I definitely will try them out now. I am truly grateful for this list (with prices!) that includes items that are not full of sugar but still feel like Christmas. I never would have known about these otherwise. Thank you!!

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    C

    A friend of mine once showed me a stroopwafel life hack. Rest the stroopwafel on top of your mug for a few seconds so that the steam can soften it a bit (not for too long or it will collapse). Extra yum!

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    Debbie

    I sure wish I had your Aldi! Ours is lame and very lacking. They changed store managers and then covid hit. We have barely half of what you have on your list. But I can say I saw a couple of those items in my local store…
    And they don’t sell alcohol in the store either. Very jealous of that! I have seen some pretty awesome things I would have loved to try!!
    But please keep sharing your Aldi finds so I know what I should be looking for!

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    Kate

    Yes I love the plum fruit spread!! My favorite way of eating it is to toast a bagel, spread some cream cheese on it, then top it with the fruit spread. Amazing!!!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Thank you for sharing in all of the Holiday Treats. You have some good ones on this list. I will be shopping at Aldi’s tomorrow to get some of these treats on your list. Happy Holidays to you, and your Family. Keep sharing.

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    Kara

    Thanks for all the hard work singling out Aldi’s seasonal goodies and providing numerous ideas for how to use them!