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Kroger Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Toaster Treats (Kroger)

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Dare I say it: Better than the national brand. Here’s an item that I don’t think needs much of an introduction: Kroger’s version of the world’s most famous type of mass-produced “pastry”. I think everyone is familiar with its combination of dry-ass pastry, hard-ass frosting, and delicious (usually) fruit filling: it has become an American staple. And even though my description for it probably doesn’t make it sound too enticing, I think based on my review history you can probably tell that I do like them. And I was also a huge fan of the only other Kroger brand kind I've ever tried. But the stakes will be higher on this one as the brown sugar and cinnamon is my favorite kind. Once inside the box, we're met with a familiar site: A silver wrapper with the flavor of pastry it is stamped all across it. Curiously, there is no mention of the brand whatsoever; I say “curious” because this wrapper design is the same across every store brand I think I’ve ever tried. It’s a good bet that

Priano Rosso Pesto Sauce (Aldi)

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Have to settle for another stock image. (Sigh) As with many of these reviews, I must begin with a confession: I don't really care for pesto. I mean, most of the time it's green, but outside of whatever it is that makes it green, the only other ingredient seems to be salt, and lots of it. I've had a few different pestos from a few different places in a few different ways (on bread, pizza, etc.) and I can't ever remember one that really blew me away. My wife, on the other hand, loves the stuff. At any rate, a tomato-based pesto was an entirely new thing for me, just as I believe it was for my wife. Much to my delight (and up to my expectations), one of the main flavors is tomato, and I love tomatoes. There are very few vegetables with such a strong, delicious flavor; they seem to be rather divisive, as I know a lot of people that don't care for them, but I'd have to peg them as one of my favorites out of all the veggies (or fruits, depending on which side of the n

Welby Strawberry Pediatric Electrolyte Solution (Aldi)

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A decent deal, but flavor limited to just strawberry. I usually get my “electrolyte solutions” from Dollar Tree, because they are ridiculously cheap yet still taste the same as the national brand. Also, it's because I never saw them at Aldi, which is where I normally do my shopping. All that changed one day when I stumbled on a bottle of “pediatric electrolyte solution” there one day! How long had it slipped under my radar? I’m not quite sure, given my propensity to completely skim past the “health and beauty” section (which mostly consists of name brands, with a few off-brand feminine products and other things I personally have no use for) but considering I've tried other brands, I had to give this one a shot. One immediate downside to Aldi’s “limited selection” mantra is that, out of all the flavors electrolyte beverages are available in, they only offer it in strawberry. Strawberry?! I mean, even Dollar Tree has two choices (tropical fruit and grape)! I’m not going to preten

Millville Rice Krispies Treats (Aldi)

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Stick to other brands. Our four year old son, like many kids, enjoys a good Rice Krispies treat. I've never really been a big fan, but when he wanted me to get some for him on a recent trip to Aldi, I decided I would be supportive and at least pretend to like them for his sake. And then, when he asked me to eat one with him, I knew I had to take my feigned interest one step further by forcing one down my throat. Hey, maybe they’d be better than I remembered them. These certainly look like regular crisped rice treats, a resemblance that is just as strong on the packaging as it is inside of it. There’s that trademark bright blue foil wrapper that gives way to that familiar brick of marshmallow-glazed cereal. These are a little smaller than I was expecting but it's been so long since I've had them and everything seems to be shrinking in today's economy, so it’s probably about the same size as other knockoffs, and quite possibly even the name brand. The first sign that some

Specially Selected Caramel Stroopwafels (Aldi)

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I would trade my wife and son for a lifetime supply of these. I would have never looked twice at this product from Aldi if I hadn’t already stumbled on the name brand at, of all places, Dollar Tree. I bought one on a whim…and have been hooked on them ever since. Even better: It’s one of the few sweet treats that neither my wife, nor my son, particularly like, so I don’t really have any competition when these are in the house. They are a Dutch product, consisting of two waffle-shaped “cookies” on either end that have a thin layer of caramel in the middle to bind them together. Supposedly, they are meant to be dipped in coffee, but considering I never drink the stuff, I just resort to eating them “dry”, right out of the packaging.  But where the name brand Stroops (slang that I just invented) excel is in the texture…oh, that glorious texture. Even if they tasted like shit, I would probably get them every now and again just to experience that perfect soft chewiness that honestly is unlike