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Mama Cozzi's BBQ Chicken Deli Flatbread (Aldi)

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  A little overpriced, and a little too familiar, but still good. I always enjoy a good take and bake pizza, and Aldi always seems to offer them, so I keep buying them. That’s why there are so many reviews for the popular food (in case you were wondering). And I also keep buying them, because they make a great quick meal when my wife works late, or as is the case right now, out of town visiting family; I can just pop it in the oven for a few minutes, then voila! A dinner is complete. I have to say that this pizza is pretty good, but it tastes just like every other barbecue pizza that Aldi has ever offered (i.e., their excellent take on Hawaiian). Seriously, I swear they use the same barbecue recipe (or the factory uses the same vat of the stuff), and the same bland, pointless chicken pieces for all of their barbecue chicken pizzas (and there are multiples). Granted, they are released under the same brand name (Mama Cozzi’s), and given Aldi’s constantly rotating inventories, generally a

Pepero White Chocolate Cookie and Biscuit (Dollar Tree)

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These are pretty good for the price.  “Korea No. 1 Brand”, the packaging declares, as if trying to prove via a blatant grammatical error that it is, in fact, a Korean export. At any rate, these are a knockoff of the popular “biscuits dipped in white chocolate with cookie bits” brand, whose name escapes me at the moment. (Whatever they’re called, they should be called Poco’s...that’s a good name for a biscuit.) Anyway, you get a decent amount of product for the $1 price tag: our box came with about seven or eight delicious biscuits. The “biscuits” here are pretty thick, and also rather long, so each one is a decent-sized snack...it will still take two or three to fill a typical craving, but I feel like they’re a bit bigger than other brands. The chocolate/cookie coating generously takes up about 85% or so of the entire biscuit, leaving just one small section uncovered at the bottom, presumably where you’re supposed to handle it while you’re devouring it. It’s like a dessert on a stick,

Clancy's Cantina Thin and Crispy Tortilla Chips (Aldi)

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Just a typical tortilla chip, for better or worse. I didn’t even recall seeing these on Aldi store shelves, until one day they happened to appear in a clearance cart at the front of the store for a mere $.50.  For that price, there aren’t many things I WON’T buy, so we put away the Blue Corn Tortilla Chips we had in our hands (our favorite from Aldi), and grabbed a bag of these instead.  We already had some other chips that we purchased from Trader Joe’s, but my wife was making her delicious guacamole, and the more chips, the better. We like the chips from TJ’s a lot because they’re only lightly salted, and taste a lot like chips you would get in Mexican restaurants.  They don’t taste like typical tortilla chips, and so they tend to go even better with salsas and other dips.  That’s what we were hoping we were in store for with these--a lighter chip with a big flavor and just a little salt.  That’s not really at all what we got. All these are, are your typical tortilla chips, only slig

Baker's Select Vanilla Creme Cakes (Dollar Tree)

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  The individual packaging is the best part...it's amazing! No joke. I like grabbing some junk food every now and again from Dollar Tree, mainly because it can be inexpensive, and because I occasionally find some gems. Sure, most of their sweets are pretty forgettable, but they’ve had chocolate chip sandwich cookies (that I loved right as they stopped carrying), and some of my favorite powdered donuts. Granted, both of those are available under the Mrs. Freshley’s label, which seem to be good knockoffs of other mass-produced cake and pastry companies, but for a much cheaper price. I decided to take a couple of big risks with this one: not only did I go outside the comfort of the Mrs. Freshley’s brand label, but I also got a snack that I’m fairly indifferent about to begin with: Twinkies. I’ve never really been a huge fan of them—even as a youngster—and still don’t really care too much about their famous combination of (admittedly) moist sponge cake with super-sweet white cream fi

Earth Grown Vegan Kale Veggie Burgers (Aldi)

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As a carnivore, I have to say these are pretty good. As I believe I have mentioned in at least one previous review, my wife has recently gone on a vegetarian diet.  While she’ll still make me the occasional meat dish just for me, I like to compromise by at least trying all the veggie things she eats.  Some of the things have been pretty bad, but for the most part, I’ve been surprised with a lot of the meat substitutes that are available.  I don’t think most of them taste anything like meat, but they’re good for what they are. So when I saw Aldi offering Kale Veggie Burgers, I really wanted to give them a shot.  They are offered in four-packs for $3.99, which in the realm of vegetarian meat substitutes, certainly isn’t bad at all (I had just tried some expensive local vegetable patties that tried too hard to be like meat; when I kept spitting up sunflower seeds because they felt like they should not have been there, that kind of ruined the whole experience for me).  They seem to be abou