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Fusia Spicy Crab Roll Frozen Sushi (Aldi)

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Just don't go in actually expecting to taste the crab. Recently, Aldi had frozen sushi rolls in their ad. We had tried the avocado and shrimp version a while ago, and liked them, but then something else caught my eye: “fresh” sushi. As in, a kind that was refrigerated, rather than frozen. It looked just like the kind Trader Joe's carried, which is some of the best sushi I've ever had, and was also a couple bucks cheaper, so I eagerly waited for those to arrive at our local Aldi. Either they never did, or they sold out in a day. We packed it up and went to the next-closest Aldi store, but they didn't have any, either. So we settled on the frozen stuff once again, only this time, we opted for spicy crab. Prepwork, which only consists of thawing, can be done in three ways, and all three are simple: leave out at room temperature for two hours; place on a plate and put in the microwave for twenty seconds, then fifteen second increments if not thawed after the initial

Fusia "Fresh" California Sushi Roll (Aldi)

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Not at all worth it, even for $3. The last time these were offered in the Aldi ad, I went to my local store three times before giving up. I don't think it was that they were sold out, but rather that they never got them in (I never even saw a space on the shelf for them on any visit). I was disappointed, because Trader Joe's has some of my favorite sushi, and with the awkward relationship between TJ's and Aldi (they're owned by the same family trust but run as completely separate enterprises, and hate being compared to one another; sometimes, they do carry the same products) I was figuring that it would be the exact same. Well flash forward a year later, and imagine my excitement when I saw that Aldi would once again be offering “fresh” sushi! I was a little nervous that it would once again skip our store, a feeling that was only heightened after we went the day the ad began and saw none. But on a return trip a few days later, I happened to catch a small square o

Malt o' Meal Cinnamon Toasters (Various)

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Quite possibly the best cinnamon squares cereal on the market. As I have mentioned many times over the course of the five years this blog has been in existence, Malt o’ Meal is, by far, my favorite private label cereal brand. Its mere presence at hundreds of retailers nationwide, from dollar stores, to Big Lots, to supermarkets, might lead you to believe that it’s a national brand--which it very well may be in terms of reach--but its core philosophy, which is to rip-off products from major cereal brands while offering them for much cheaper, is classic private label all the way. And yet, it’s one of the many cereal products I take for granted, in that I seem to always have some in my cereal collection at any given time, yet I have painfully few actual reviews of them. I guess some things I just get so comfortable and used to eating that I don’t even think of sharing them with my loyal readers (however few or nonexistent that number may actually be). Maybe it’s a subconscious te

Hospitality Bunch o' Cinnamon Squares Cereal (Dollar Tree)

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If you can finish the whole box, you should be given a reward. Like a refund. If you can't you should still be given a refund. I've only tried cereal from Dollar Tree one other time prior to this, and the experience did not go well. That probably explains why it's been about four years since I bought one—and it probably would have been even longer had they not had this perched on an endcap, cartoon elephant peeking out at me through sad eyes as if begging me to take him home. I waffled back and forth a little bit, remembering how bad the fruit loops I had were, but a couple of things put my mind at ease: 1.) The 7 oz. size. I figured since it was a fairly small box, the cereal could still be pretty good; I'd be terrified of trying a full box for a buck, but places like Aldi have some excellent cereals for $2 or less, and that puts this about in the same price range; and 2.) The picture on the front. I know, I know, pictures can be deceiving, but the cereal pieces l

Paulie's Pasta Shells and Cheese (Dollar Tree)

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Not too shabby for only a buck. The last time I tried macaroni and cheese from Dollar Tree, it was about four years ago. The shells were just fine, but the cheese was even more neon than the name brand stuff, and its consistency was more similar to paste, than liquefied cheese. In case you were wondering, yes, the taste was just as bad as it looked…why do you think it’s been four years since the last time I tried it? But then I saw smiling, cartoon chef Paulie in the upper left hand corner of this box, and I knew from his convincingly drawn-on smile that he didn’t have anything to hide. So I ponied up a dollar and bought a box. After all, not even Aldi and their perfected supply chain process can provide shells and cheese for a dollar; if Paulie could pull his off, by golly, this would be an amazing deal. Does he succeed? Well yes, but as it turns out, that rat bastard’s smile really is hiding something after all. On the side of good: the pasta shells are just what you w

Snapps Crispy Green Bean Fries Frozen Appetizer (Dollar Tree)

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So much better than their virtually inedible jalapeno poppers. The only other experience I have with Snapps involves their absolutely terrible cream cheese poppers--I first tried those about ten years ago when I lived alone and picked them up because they were a dollar at Kroger. I’ve never forgotten the bland, worthless taste. I bought them again a couple of months ago to see if anything had changed, only to find they’re still the same disgusting pieces of trash that they were so long ago. It goes without saying that Snapps does not have a good track record with me. Then I saw they were offering green bean fries (and they’re “New!” according to the unnecessarily excited packaging); while they aren’t my favorite appetizer (not even by a long shot), they are different enough that I felt it warranted giving the terrible company another try. For those unfamiliar, they are essentially just as they sound: green beans deep fried in batter so as to eliminate any and all nutrients (wel

Little Journey Organics Apple Mango Baby Food Puree (Aldi)

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A lesser flavor, but still good...can Little Journey Organics do anything wrong? I’m sensing a recurring theme going through all of the Little Journey Organic offerings that Aldi carries, and that is that all of them (at least so far) feature apple as the main fruit. So far we’ve seen it paired with the likes of apricots, bananas, raspberries, and even some unpredictable vegetables like sweet potato. Well, those lovable oafs from Aldi are at it again, and this time, they have blended it with mango. In a lot of the previous combinations I’ve had, the apple is the main flavor, with the additional ingredients gradually coming to the forefront (or, in the case of both pouches I had featuring banana, the taste not ever apparent at all). As I was expecting, that is not at all the case with apple mango, where the mango overpowers the apple from the beginning. All it takes is one sniff, or even just a breath anywhere near this, to know that the mango is the prevailing flavor. Of co