This Christmas we’re working with a “grateful we’ve got each other” theme in my household, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream, right? I have my eye on one particular item from Aldi’s current Weekly Ad, and some (mostly chocolatish) edible stocking stuffers, in addition to mourning some lost opportunities (gifts I should have given myself during the short time Aldi carried them).
I’ve been in need of a heating pad for a while now, and if we weren’t going giftless this year, I would definitely ask Santa to stop at Aldi to pick up a king-size Conair heating pad for $12.99. Features include three heat settings, dry/moist heat, and automatic shutoff.
When I was growing up, I could always count on a stocking stuffed with delicious holiday goodies. At the very bottom of the stocking, there would always be a HUGE orange, and the orange would always be sweet – never unpleasantly sour, like all the super-large oranges I have bought for myself in various fits of holiday nostalgia. There would also be nuts still in their shells, usually walnuts. And nearly all the remaining space in the stocking was filled with candy – the good stuff. For me that meant chocolate; my crazy sister favored candies like Fun Dip and Starbursts, and her crazy preferences were acknowledged by Santa as well. Aldi is my one-stop chocolate spot these days, and since Santa is known (by me) for giving the people what they want, it stands to reason that he’d give me the following:
Andes Creme de Menthe thins, 4.67 oz, $1.49 - I love these, and they’re a great example of national brand items that pop up in Aldi stores.
Choceur Cocoa Dusted Truffles, 8.81 oz, $2.49 – I’m not a major fan of truffles, because the good ones are generally out of my price range, but I would love to try these.
Cafe Bistro Chocolate Covered Gingerbread Assortment, 17.06 oz, $2.99 - I have actually not ever had anything that combined gingerbread and chocolate, but I have heard many people sing the praises of a similar item from Trader Joe’s, and I can see why they would be appealing.
Witor’s Pralines, 12.34 oz, $3.99 – Another item I haven’t tried but would love to. I love pralines. I love chocolate. What could go wrong?
Ferrero Rocher chocolates, 5.3 oz, $3.77 - Another household name that is universally loved. The only thing better than these Ferrero Rocher chocolates are the coconut-white chocolate ones, which are basically heaven in a silver wrapper.
Choceur Coffee & Cream chocolate bar, around 7 oz, around $2.00 – I haven’t officially reviewed this and there’s no photo on the Aldi website. Sometimes my local Aldi has this and sometimes they don’t, but when they do, it makes my day.
Choceur White Chocolate bar, around 7 oz, around $2.00 - I haven’t reviewed this and it isn’t on the Aldi website. Sometimes my local Aldi has this and sometimes they don’t, but when they do, it makes my day.
Choceur Coconut Crunch white chocolate bar, around 7 oz, around $2.00 – This is the best white chocolate I’ve ever had in my life, and that’s saying something. It’s also also incredibly elusive. I have only seen it at my local Aldi twice. The next time I see them, I intend to buy all of them. If Santa were to procure this particular candy bar, it would be quite a coup – maybe even a Christmas miracle.
But a woman can’t live on chocolate alone – that’s my excuse for adding cookies and wine and cheesecake to the list:
Benton’s Maple Cream Cookies, 11.4 oz, $1.99 – I have heard wonderful things about these cookies from multiple people. Since they’re a Winter Seasonal item, I want to make sure I get to try them before they disappear from the shelves.
Cafe Bistro Spiced Spekulatius cookies, 21.16 oz, $1.99 - Have you ever heard of Biscoff Spread? The private-label and homemade versions are called “cookie butter.” It has a consistency similar to peanut butter and is literally made out of crushed speculoos (aka Spekulatius) cookies and oil. Some people describe the cookie butter as “magical,” but I prefer the cookies over the cookie butter… particularly when paired with a caramel dipping sauce like oh, I don’t know, maybe Berryhill Creamy Caramel Dip (14 oz, $2.49, worth every penny)… or perhaps Happy Farms Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread (8 oz, $1.49).
Belmont Supreme Cheesecake Sampler, 50 oz, $9.99 – I haven’t had cheesecake in a long time, but I love it, and I find the “sampler” idea especially appealing. This seems to be another Winter Special that I’d like to get while it’s still around.
Christkindl Gluhwein (spiced wine), 1L, $4.99 – I have heard really great things about this spiced wine, yet another Winter Seasonal Special.
I guess that about does it for my Christmas wish list. Maybe Santa will notice how good I’ve been this year and drop an item or two off my list down the chimney! But if not, well, there are far worse things in the world than waiting til the beginning of January to load up on unhealthy (but undoubtedly delicious) Winter Specials from Aldi.
I did notice a few spectacular bargains in Aldi’s current Weekly Ad for groceries:
- Grape Tomatoes, $0.59 per dry pint
- Avocados, $0.29 each
- Countryside Creamery Butter Quarters, 16 oz, $1.69
Also worth mentioning are a few deals I missed out on in the last month or two that would make great gifts. My New Years Resolution for 2014 is to keep my eyes peeled for great deals at Aldi so I don’t miss out on stuff like this in the future:
Medion Lifetab 7″ Tablet PC (Android), $99 – I actually have a Kindle Fire that I’m happy with; I’d like to have given this to my husband.
Kitchen Living Silicone Baking Mat, $4.99 – This is Aldi’s take on the popular Silpat baking mats that are easily three times as expensive.
Easy Home Queen or King Heated Microplush Blanket, $59.99 – I used to have an electric blanket and it was great. I would like to have one again. It is the ultimate first-world pleasure.
O’Donnells Cappucino Cream, imported from Ireland, 750 ml, $8.99 – Think Bailey’s Irish Cream with the addition of cappuccino flavors
AutoXS Folding Trunk Organizer, $4.99 – I don’t drive and thus have no need of a trunk organizer, but this would be perfect for my closet and various other areas in need of organizing
Kitchen Living 6-Cup Food Processor, $19.99 – I have wanted a food processor for years. Hopefully Aldi will offer this again at a time when I can spare $20. I can’t imagine it would compare to the Cuisinart of my dreams, but it would probably be fine for my purposes. I’m light years away from a Cuisinart budget anyway.
Did you buy gifts from Aldi this year? If so, what did you buy?