Aldi Food Items That Have Cult Followings

There are average grocery stores. And then there are places like Aldi. With its shockingly low prices and wealth of high-quality products, it's no wonder why customers flock to it again and again to find their favorite food items. This store is different because it works to keep costs low for customers while providing them with the amazing goods they love. While everyone has their individual favorites, there are some popular options that make their way into shopping carts across the nation more than your average bag of carrots.

Wondering what you should be looking for the next time you're at Aldi? Take a look at which items stocking the famous store's shelves have cult followings. Some of them make total sense, and some are a bit unexpected. But if you really want to say you've experienced the best that Aldi has to offer, you have to try all of these cult classics at some point. Grab your reusable grocery bags, and let's get shopping.

Aldi's Paradise Fruit Blend

Everyone knows about how great Trader Joe's frozen section is. But did you realize that there are some gems in the frozen section at Aldi too? That's especially true if you're currently on a smoothie kick. That's because, among the frozen produce, you will find the glorious, metaphorically backlit bag of sweet, juicy, frozen fruits known as the Paradise Fruit Blend, which Delish lists as the number one Aldi cult favorite item.

It contains mango, dragon fruit, passion fruit, and avocado ... yes, avocado. That might sound strange, but it lends a beautiful creaminess to your smoothie that you won't be able to get enough of. And when it's mixed with the other super-flavorful fruits, you'll hardly be able to taste the avocado at all.

If you're like a lot of people, there's no way you could use up this wide variety of fruits if you purchased them fresh (which would probably be a lot more expensive, anyway). This fruit blend allows you to have the perfect combination of fruits at home for smoothies that are truly to die for.

Aldi's Priano Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli

Everyone needs something nice, hearty, and comforting every now and then. And that's exactly why you have to turn to the Priano Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli. If you're looking for a dinner vibe that's half Italian vacation, half cozy fall evening, this is the Aldi cult favorite for you.

If you love pasta — this stuff is seriously addictive — make sure you buy more than one package at a time, as there's not too much pasta in a single package. You'll love the flavor of slow-roasted pumpkin mixed with five cheeses. But perhaps the best part is the roasted sage — it'll make your home smell like fall almost immediately.

Once you experience one seasonal ravioli product at Aldi, you may have a hankering for more. Luckily, you can also grab some Priano Butternut Squash Ravioli while you're there as well. While it may not be quite as popular, it's definitely one of the better prepared ravioli products we've ever tried.

Aldi's Claffey's Frozen Cocktails

Fla-Vor-Ice was the taste of the summer for many children throughout the years. The little plastic pouches of icey, flavored ... stuff ... evokes memories of sunny, grassy backyards, days by the pool playing with siblings and neighborhood friends, and sticky mouths that mom had to wipe off for us.

Who wouldn't want to go back to those days? But with adulthood comes a slew of responsibilities, stresses, harsh realities about everyday existence. At least we get to drink alcohol, though.

For those who want to combine the nostalgia for their childhood summers and still embrace the few joys of being a fully functioning adult, Aldi's Claffey's Frozen Cocktails Popsicles are a gift from the gods. You get six different flavors in every box, and they all boast a six percent ABV.

The next time you head to the pool, pack some Fla-Vor-Ice for the kids and include these cult favorite cocktail popsicles for yourself. Just don't get the two mixed up.

Aldi's Mimosa Wine

This Aldi cult favorite is so popular it landed itself a feature in Cosmopolitan. And it makes sense because this Mimosa Wine is out of this world. At just $9 for a bottle, it's the perfect thing to contribute to your next at-home brunch. You just have to love the convenience. Why buy a bottle of champagne and a bottle of orange juice when you could just have the two combined for you already?

Apparently, lots of Aldi shoppers agree, as this has been an ultra-popular find at the budget store. This is what Cosmo had to say about the bottle that has made all of our deepest brunch dreams come true: "Although it's not your standard Prosecco and OJ combo, I tried Mimosa, and it's pretty effing delicious. Its dry white wine pairs well with the freshly squeezed orange juice to deliver your favorite breakfast cocktail sans any sweet aftertaste. Plus, the eight percent ABV makes it ideal for day drinking."

Let's face it. You want to try this stuff. Head to your local Aldi and see what all the hype is about. Chances are, you'll be going back for more sooner than you may have anticipated.

Aldi's Who Needs the Bagel? Seasoning

Everyone knows about the Everything But the Bagel Seasoning you can find at Trader Joe's. But you may not know about its cousin, the equally delicious Who Needs the Bagel? Seasoning you'll find at Aldi. As you might imagine, the two seasoning mixes are very similar. And since the Trader Joe's version has a cult following of its own, it just makes sense that Aldi fans would jump on the bandwagon as well.

According to The Kitchn, this seasoning differs from the Trader Joe's version in that it's a bit saltier. In our opinion, though, that's actually a good thing. After all, if you're not actually putting it on a bagel, you're probably going to want an extra bit of saltiness anyway.

Wondering what to use this seasoning with? Aisle of Shame has some great ideas for you, including green beans, goat cheese, eggs, and roast salmon. It's up to you to get creative, though — this stuff tastes good on just about everything.

Aldi's 'Red bag chicken'

If you know your way around the Aldi universe, then you've undoubtedly heard all about the famous "red bag chicken." Granted, that's not the actual name of the product (the bag just reads "Kirkwood chicken breast fillets"), but you can easily spot this frozen bag of chicken from across the store if you know just the right color to look for.

Want some proof of its popularity? According to Today, the product even has its own Facebook group. At the time of this writing, there were over 16,000 followers on this page, which definitely catapults red bag chicken into total cult status territory. In the Facebook group, you'll find tips and tricks for taking your red bag chicken to the next level with recipes and more. Plus, it's a place to connect with other people who truly understand you ... and your love of Aldi chicken.

And honestly, we get it. If you're looking for chicken that tastes amazing and can be prepared in a flash, the red bag chicken is the way to go. Maybe pick up an extra one the next time you take a trip to Aldi.

Aldi's Specially Selected Brioche Buns

You may not expect a place like Aldi to have products that are downright luxurious, but that's only if you've never purchased their brioche buns before. The Specially Selected Brioche Buns are downright flaky and buttery, creating a melt-in-your-mouth sensation that will keep you coming back for extra bags of this stuff whenever you go grocery shopping.

Luckily, these buns are what's known as a regular buy at Aldi, which means they're always stocked. No worries about these bad boys disappearing for a season while you pine for their return.

Aldi Reviewer did the dirty work for us here and attempted to explain how and why the bread has attained its cult status: "If you're looking to bring a little more upscale vibe to your burger or sandwich, these brioche buns are the real deal. They taste great both toasted and as-is."

Here's a suggestion that's going to change your Aldi game completely. If you're looking for an incredible meal, combine the red bag chicken and these brioche buns. You can thank us after you try the combo for yourself.

Aldi's 'Girl Scout Cookies'

Okay, you can't actually buy real Girl Scout Cookies at your local Aldi (unless a scout is selling them out front — you can always hope!). But if you're looking for the closest thing to the original, you have to check out Benton's cookies at Aldi. Benton's offers a lot of different flavors, but you won't believe how close some of them are to tasting like authentic Girl Scout Cookies.

There are a few different varieties you should check out. First of all, Thin Mint lovers rejoice: Benton's got you covered. Just pick up their Fudge Mint Cookies, and you'll be taken back to the days when you stood on a street corner selling the signature treat of the scouts. Samoas are also among the most popular Girl Scout Cookie flavors, and Benton's Caramel Coconut Fudge Cookies are pretty much identical. Same goes for Peanut Butter Filled Cookies, which are basically Tagalongs.

A whole Reddit thread is dedicated to fans gushing about how good these cookies taste. According to one poster, "The caramel coconut ones are so addicting!" We decline to admit whether we are, in fact, eating these out of the package right now.

Aldi's Clancy's Cinnamon Apple Straws

Some Aldi cult favorites are always on the shelves of our local Aldi store, while others are there on a less permanent basis. And sometimes, when they're gone, it makes us miss them even more. One such product is Clancy's Cinnamon Apple Straws. They're popular for a reason. They're light and crisp, but they're not like chips. Instead, they're sweet and perfectly flavored for fall. It basically tastes like autumn in a bag.

But unfortunately, desperate customers have scoured the shelves at times to find the stores of these glorious cinnamon apple straws completely depleted. That's why one Redditor took to the platform to express their distress and find out when and where they could get some more.

Another user offered a possible explanation: "Pretty sure they're a fall seasonal item. At least I seem to remember hearing that. God, I hope they do come back though. They're ******* delicious. And my kids eat them like there's no tomorrow."

Whenever they do come back in stock, you should make sure you fill up your cart. After all, how do you know when you're going to see them again?

Aldi's Winking Owl Wine

Look, we all love a good glass of wine. But unless you're a wine expert (and let's be honest, you're probably not), you probably don't want to fork out a ton of money just to get your sip on. Well, luckily, if that's your MO, Aldi's got you covered. That's because you can stock up on their insanely popular Winking Owl Wine while you're there.

The little winking owl logo gives it away that you're about to pop open a bottle of the good stuff. And at a low price point of around $3, you know you're not going to get a better deal than that (unless you head to Trader Joe's for their Two-Buck Chuck). There are several different varieties of Winking Owl Wine available at Aldi stores, but you won't see the same ones at every location, so you should be willing to shop around a little bit if you want to find the right one.

Wondering which one to get? If you want the most popular option with the best reviews, try the Shiraz. Metasip, Vivino, and Indy Star all claim that it's a fantastic wine for the price (via MegaMenu).

Aldi's Choceur Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

If we're going to have a discussion about the Aldi products that can claim cult status, we definitely can't leave Choceur Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups off the list. Why? Because this might just be the most popular sweet treat you can find at your local Aldi. Delish even did a whole feature about how popular these little bites of chocolate-y goodness are ... and why they have customers coming back again and again for more of the good stuff.

You may have thought you couldn't get a better peanut butter cup than the famous Reese's, but some Aldi customers have to disagree. There are features of these PB cups that just can't compare to the competition. According to Delish, "What sets these cups apart from any other is the ratio of peanut butter to chocolate. Aldi devotees seem to love the peanut butter filling more than a Reese's cup, calling it creamier and more delicious."

All the deliciousness of Reese's with the added benefit of creamier peanut butter? Count us in.

Aldi's Cotes de Provence Rose

You already know all about the cult status of the famous Winking Owl Wine, Aldi's budget-friendly solution to anyone who needs a glass after a long day of work. But Winking Owl isn't what you would want to pull out for a fancy occasion. You may not think you can get any fancy wine at Aldi, but you're wrong. Enter Aldi's Cotes de Provence Rose.

First of all, it's rose, which is what everyone wants to sip on when they're feeling fancy. But at the same time, you're not going to have to pay a fancy price tag. In fact, this stuff comes in at just $8 a bottle. And that's just one of the reasons why it has attained a cult-like status in the hardcore Aldi community.

It also tastes great. According to Aldi's website (via Delish), the taste "delivers delicate yet intense flavors of strawberry and white fruit aromas, with a subtle quartzy spice."

Those aromas and spices must be pretty fantastic because the store sold out of this wine super-fast in both 2017 and 2018 when it first came onto the U.S. market. That's how you know you should stock up on it the next time you see it on store shelves.

Aldi's Zero Net Carbs Wheat Bread

If you're on a keto diet or you're just trying to watch your carb intake, you may be pretty used to indulging in your cravings by reaching for a slice of bacon. But, alas, the bread basket is off-limits ... or so you thought. Even if you're trying to reduce your carb intake, you can still enjoy every single bite of the Zero Net Carbs Wheat Bread that you'll find at Aldi.

Not only does this product have an Aldi cult following, it also has a keto following. The blog Hip2Keto wrote an entire post about how good this stuff is. As they say, "By some miracle, the keto gods have graced us with something spectacular: KETO BREAD."

Look, if you're not into the whole keto or low-carb thing, you may not see what all the fuss is about. If that's the case, then you should just pick up the cult classic brioche buns mentioned above and move on. But for those of us who are desperate for a tasty keto option, it makes sense that we'd all flock to this Aldi cult favorite.

Aldi's Happy Farms String Cheese

Another regular buy, thank goodness! That's because the Happy Farms String Cheese you'll find at Aldi is definitely a favorite amongst a wide variety of buyers who love a little dairy in their lives. Just think back to when you were a kid and your mom or dad served you up a nice snack of the tastiest string cheese you've ever played with before eating. You'll be immediately reminded of that nostalgia when you break open a package of Happy Farms String Cheese.

Stash them in the fridge for when you're hungry for a quick snack that's just a little bit entertaining to eat. Or, if you have kids, Aldi Reviewer suggests them as a lunch box staple: "If you're looking for an easy way to put cheese in a lunch box, this is a pretty convenient option. The sticks are easy to open, easy to eat, and they taste good, too."