Posts

Deutsche Kuche Sugar Roasted Almonds (Aldi)

Image
Is this what all sugar roasted almonds taste like? I sense a cultural divide... I didn't know how much I liked candied nuts until I tried Aldi's praline pecans during the holiday season last year. Those might just be one of the best things I've ever had from the store, and I immediately took to the addicting mix of nuts and sweetness. So when I saw Aldi was carrying sugar roasted almonds under their German Deutsche Kuche label, I was more than intrigued and I knew that I had to give them a shot. It comes in rather typical triangle packaging for this type of thing. Why do candy nuts always seem to come in cone-shaped packaging? It's interesting because it doesn't really improve or suit the product any better than, say, a normal bag would; it's just one of those things that I guess is become a staple within the sweetened nut industry, just like how bear-shaped bottles dominate the honey industry. Oh no. No, no, NOOOOO...these are not at all what I signed up for. I

Park Street Deli Szechuan Lo Mein Chicken Bowl (Aldi)

Image
Why is this a Park Street Deli - and not a Fusia - branded item? I was at ALDI looking for something to eat for lunch when this noodle bowl caught my eye. I'm not typically a big fan of noodles, but Aldi’s Fusia line has some of my favorite lo mein noodle bowls ever, so I figured I would give this a chance. That does lead me to a curious observation: Why is this being released under the “Park Street Deli” label, instead of “Fusia”? For the uninitiated, Fusia is typically the name reserved for Aldi's Asian-style cuisine, including the noodle bowls I alluded to in the previous paragraph. Park Street Deli, on the other hand, is their line of refrigerated, mostly "American" (i.e. pulled pork) foods and sides (i.e. macaroni and cheese). It seems a super-odd fit, but at the end of the day, I suppose the name on the packaging doesn't really matter...it's what's inside.  First things first, right out of the out of the packaging, I must say this looks very unappeal

BUDGET BREAKER: Paqui One Chip Challenge (Circle K/Various)

Image
Buy the hype on this one...these are hot as shit. We’re going to switch things up a little bit, because this is not a budget-minded item by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a single chip inside coffin-shaped packaging that costs $7, which I bought out of pure impulse from a gas station convenience store. Wait, what? Well, judging just from this explanation, you know it’s not just any chip, and the fact that “challenge” appears in its name should give you an even further clue as to what you should be expecting. It’s a single tortilla chip made up of Carolina Reaper and Scorpion peppers which, to my knowledge, are two of the hottest peppers on the planet. Together. On one chip. Now I understand why there were warning signs all over the display that housed these at our local Circle K. Speaking of which, out of all places, why are these being sold at Circle K? And why did I not have to show my ID when purchasing it? I mean, if these got into the wrong hands, it could scar some poor kid

Meijer Oats and Honey Granola Bars (Meijer)

Image
If you're a honey fan, these are the ones to get. Another week, another breakfast bar needed. This week, we found ourselves at Meijer, a chain of supercenters found entirely in the Midwest; think a slightly more upscale Walmart, and you pretty much have the idea (although with higher prices). I’d actually gone here a lot as a youngster with my mom, but dropped off as I got older, and discovered places like Aldi on my own. After quickly perusing the aisle, and finding the usual suspects (chocolate-dipped and regular granola bars, sweet and salty bars, etc.), my eyes settled on a blast from the past: oat and honey bars. I remember having the name brand version years ago, and enjoying the combination of lightly sweetened oats that break apart with the slightest touch and make a complete crumbly mess within a 5 foot radius of wherever you’re sitting. It didn’t hurt that Meijer’s version was over half off compared to the national brand...the savings alone were reason enough to pull the

Meijer Crystal Quenchers White Grape Sparkling Water Beverage (Meijer)

Image
I think I'd rather drink my own piss. Anyone remember the sparkling water brand known as Clearly Canadian? For some reason, I feel like it’s one of those products that everyone has heard of, for one reason or another, whether or not they bought it. Was it the first sparkling water beverage on the market? Or was it just one of the first that did so without sugar? Or was it just cheaper than competitors? Or did it just have a taste that appealed to the masses more than any before it? Whatever the reasoning, it always had a place deep inside my memory bank. It also brings back more personal feelings of nostalgia: shopping with my mom at the long-defunct discount drug store chain Phar-Mor, which is where I first saw the clear drink (and whose dubious history could fill up an entire blog post all by itself). Anyway, flash forward to the present day. Clearly Canadian is still a brand, though mismanagement and other setbacks have pushed it toward the back of the “sparkling water” wars, re