Peanuts are one of my very favorite snack foods. I’ve been a fan of them since I was a kid. My favorite peanuts are the ones you crack out of a shell, but when those aren’t available or practical, I have no problem going for the dry roasted salted peanuts in the familiar tall plastic container.
As a connoisseur of peanuts, I’ve learned a hard life lesson about them: I usually find brand peanuts to be superior to store label ones.
This point has been something I wish wasn’t true, but it is. Planters Peanuts, for example, are some of my favorite peanut brands. They’re good, crunchy peanuts with a great blend of seasoning to give them a really good snack taste. By contrast, the vast majority of grocery store brand peanuts use seasonings that are not as good, and some of the worst offenders have a bland, forgettable taste. This hurts in the pocketbook because Planter’s Peanuts are usually more expensive than other options.
When I first started shopping at Aldi, one thing I generally avoided was Aldi peanuts, instead picking up the snack from the higher-inventory grocer I would patronize to get the things I couldn’t find at Aldi. It wasn’t that I didn’t like Aldi peanuts — I hadn’t actually tried them. I mean, why bother, after all the failed grocery store peanuts?
One day, though, I decided to take a risk on them. I’d already taken a chance on Aldi cashews and found them to be pretty good, so I figured, why not?
I was pleasantly surprised. In my opinion, they’re better than just about any store brand peanut I’ve ever bought. (And, again, trust me — I’ve tried them all.) The crucial difference is in the seasonings, which Aldi’s peanut gets more of — and a better blend of — than its counterparts in other stores.
Does that make it better than Planters? That’s debatable, and my answer is probably not. But they’re a lot closer to the Planter’s benchmark for less money, and that at least makes them competitive.
Aldi, by the way also offers Honey Roasted Peanuts:
They’re not quite a flavorful as Planters, either — they don’t seem to have quite as much honey coating — but they’re not bad as an inexpensive substitute.
Thanks to a quality blend of seasonings, Southern Grove Dry Roasted Salted Peanuts and Southern Grove Dry Roasted Honey Roasted Peanuts are better than just about any store brand peanuts I’ve tried. They’re not quite in the rarefied air of Planters Peanuts, but they’re closer than most other options and they cost a lot less. Give these a try if you’re a peanut fan.