Clancy's Cinnamon Apple Straws (Aldi)

In my opinion, better than the national brand.

My wife and I (what an adorable little gal) have this little running “joke” (if that’s even the right term) that Aldi listens to our conversations when deciding what to offer for Special Buys. This came about because it seems every single thing we say we need (or just want) - whether it be some shoes for our child, socks for me, shirts for my wife, or stuff for the home - ends up in the following week’s Aldi ad. I’m not a believer in “fate”, or any idea like that, but it really has happened enough times that it’s almost bizarre (even though I’m sure it’s just marketing and psychology doing their parts).

The latest example of this: Clancy’s Cinnamon Apple Straws. My wife had just purchased the national brand apple straws just the other day (after not buying any for over a year) and, voila! That next week, Aldi’s version appears in the ad. Even though she had a couple bags of the “original” at home, I decided to splurge on Clancy’s version, both to compare, and just because I kind of wanted my own bag...these things are good!

I ate some of the national brand apple cinnamon straws just the other day, and while I enjoyed the apple flavor quite well, I distinctly remember thinking that the cinnamon was seriously lacking. The initial flavor tasted like the cinnamon would bring up the rear, and deliver a semi-strong cinnamon taste (I at least want to feel it on my taste buds), but it never came; the end result left me wanting more - and not in a good way.

Leave it to those fine folks at Clancy’s to deliver

Honestly, I find it a little hard to believe that one single ounce serving (approximately 35 straws) contains just a mere 4g of total sugars, because these things are very sweet. You remember those cheap cinnamon “churros” at Taco Bell, which is basically deep fried air covered in cinnamon sugar? Well, the sweet coating on these is strongly reminiscent of the flavor of those. I won’t say it’s as sweet, because it’s not, but it reaches the same feeling in the tastebuds.

Overall: 8/10. These are some fantastic, dare I say “healthy”, straws, with a strong apple flavor that’s complimented nicely by