Have you ever wondered why so many German products seem to show up on the shelves during certain times of the year at Aldi?
However, Aldi originated in Germany. It all began in 1913 when Anna Albrecht opened a small grocery store in the suburbs of Essen, Germany. After World War II, Anna’s sons, Theo and Karl, took over the store and named it Albrecht KG. The business expanded and opened additional locations. By the 1960s, the brothers couldn’t agree about whether to sell tobacco products, so they decided to create two companies under the Aldi (short for Albrecht Diskont) name: Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd. Aldi Süd operates Aldi stores in southern Germany, the U.S., U.K., and Australia. Aldi Nord operates Aldi stores in northern Germany and other parts of Europe, as well as owning Trader Joe’s, which operates independently.
So, long story short, at least in the United States, Aldi likes to give a nod to its German heritage a couple of times a year by selling products under its Deutsche Küche brand. Deutsche Küche literally means “German cuisine” and is not a separate company but is the Aldi private label for all of its German or German-inspired foods.
German week usually happens once in the spring and again in the fall, often coinciding with the German holiday of Oktoberfest. These two weeks are when you’re likely to see a lot of German or German-inspired foods at Aldi, including:
- Potato and cabbage dishes
- Peanut puffs
- Frangipane tarts
- Cream cakes
- Jaffa cakes
- Doppel keks
The list could go on, and even after several years, I haven’t yet tried all of the German cuisine Aldi sells during German week. Some of the German treats my family enjoys are these doppelino sandwich cookies, also known as biscuits. “Doppel” means “double” in German, so these sandwich cookies are a play on that word.
Deutsche Küche Doppelino Sandwich Biscuits cost $3.49 for a 17.6-ounce package at the time of publication. They come in three flavors: chocolate, lemon, and hazelnut. The packages describe these as crispy chocolate-, lemon-, or hazelnut-flavored cookies filled with crème filling (vanilla-flavored crème filling in the case of the hazelnut cookies).
Not every “German” product during Aldi German week is actually made in Germany. The label states these are “inspired by Germany” but are a product of the Netherlands.
These are an Aldi Find, so they’re only in stores for a short time. Each store gets one shipment, and after that sells out, they’re gone until the next German week at Aldi. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products that aren’t in stock at your local store.
Each package contains about 16 servings, with four cookies making up one serving. The cookies are on the smaller side, but there are a lot of them in a package — I counted 64. Each package contains two wrapped trays of cookies, which is helpful if you don’t intend to eat them all in a short period of time, since you can leave one of the trays sealed until you’re ready to eat the cookies.
One 4-cookie serving has 160 calories, 8-9 grams of total fat (10-12% DV), 5 grams of saturated fat (25% DV), 19 grams of total carbohydrates (7% DV), and 9 grams of added sugars (19% DV).
Here is allergen information for each cookie flavor:
- The chocolate cookies contain wheat, milk, and eggs. They may contain tree nuts (hazelnuts), soy, and peanuts.
- The lemon cookies contain wheat, milk, and eggs. They may contain tree nuts (hazelnuts), soy, and peanuts.
- The hazelnut cookies contain wheat, milk, hazelnut, and eggs. They may contain soy and peanuts.
Other ingredients include wheat flour, vegetable oils (palm, canola), sugar, dextrose, milk, leavening, and eggs. Depending on the flavor, they might also contain cocoa and chocolate liquor (chocolate cookies), citric acid, lemon flavor, and concentrated lemon juice (lemon cookies), or hazelnuts and malt syrup (hazelnut cookies). Both the chocolate and hazelnut cookies also contain artificial vanilla flavor.
One advantage to these cookies’ small size is that you can eat just one or two of them without necessarily breaking your healthy eating goals. (I can’t say the same about the gigantic doppel keks Aldi also sells during German week.)
The lemon flavor is my favorite, but I’m a big fan of all things lemon. They have a classic lemon scent, and I think they have the most distinct flavor of the three cookie flavors. You definitely know you’re eating something lemon-flavored.
The chocolate cookies are lightly sweet without an overwhelming chocolate flavor. The hazelnut cookies are also mildly sweet with vanilla filling, and the hazelnut flavor is there but isn’t especially pronounced.
Overall, these cookies are well-liked at my house, especially because everyone can pick their own favorite flavors. If you spot these on the shelves at Aldi during German week, they’re not a bad choice. I recommend serving them with milk, tea, or coffee.
Deutsche Küche Doppelino Sandwich Biscuits are sold in chocolate, lemon, or hazelnut flavors. These small crispy sandwich cookies feature a mildly sweet creme filling. They’re made in the Netherlands but are inspired by Germany and are sold at Aldi only during German week, which happens one week during the spring and one week during the fall each year. These are a good snack or dessert to try if you enjoy sampling food from other countries.