We all have goals. Perhaps you have goals related to your career, finances, health, or family. Maybe you dream of traveling the country or the world, or mastering a new skill. You might want to run a 5K, visit all the state parks in your state, or simply try every flavor at your local ice cream shop.
One of our goals for Aldi Reviewer is to sample every German food that Aldi sells. I’m not sure whether we’ll ever reach that goal, but we’re having fun trying.
Aldi has its origins in Germany, and so it makes sense that the discount grocer occasionally sells German foods and German-inspired foods in its American retail stores. German food at Aldi is typically sold under the Deutsche Küche brand, which is a private label and not a company.
Other than a very few select items such as certain canned soups, Aldi does not stock German Deutsche Küche products year round. Most German products show up at Aldi twice a year during German week. German week tends to happen once during the spring and once again during the fall.
German products that show up at Aldi during German week often include:
- Indulgent cakes
- Potato dishes
- Cabbage dishes
- Whole grain mustard
- Sweet mustard
- Savory strudel
- Sweet strudel
- Cream cakes
- Jaffa cakes
- Frangipane tarts
- Doppel keks
- Doppelino sandwich biscuits
- German style pickles
- Peanut puffs
- Giant soft pretzels
Sometimes a small number of German foods will show up at Aldi outside of the typical spring and fall German weeks. This year, in the middle of winter, a few German items were in the Aldi ad one week. They included these potato sticks, which come in Hash Brown Style and Herbs of the Alps Style. I’ve seen these during previous German weeks at Aldi but have always passed them up because they didn’t look all that interesting to me. I remember trying French’s Potato Sticks as a kid, and while those crispy, salty julienne-cut potatoes were decent, they weren’t the first thing I’d pick in the snack aisle.
However, these Aldi potato sticks are not the same as the potato sticks of my childhood. The idea is the same, with those familiar skinny crispy potato pieces. Yet these are seasoned with more than salt, taking the flavor up several notches.
Deutsche Küche Potato Sticks cost $1.49 for a 4.41-ounce bag at the time of publication. The bags are smaller than your usual potato chip bag, but the price is also correspondingly low. These are imported from Germany.
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 next time. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products that are not in stock at your local store.
If you’re looking out for allergens, both flavors contain milk.
Ingredients for the Hash Brown Style Potato Sticks are potatoes, sunflower oil, salt, onion powder, sugar, natural flavor, and yeast extract.
Ingredients for the Herbs of the Alps Potato Sticks are potatoes, sunflower oil, whey (milk), salt, onion powder, parsley, natural flavor, yeast extract, and turmeric (color).
One package contains about four and a half 3/4-cup servings, with one serving netting you 150 calories, 10 grams of total fat (12-13% DV), 1 gram of saturated fat (4-5% DV), 125-180 mg of sodium (5-8% DV), 15 grams of total carbohydrates (5% DV), and no added sugars.
These were a lot better than I expected them to be, and my family was surprised at how good they tasted, even packing some to take to school or work for lunch. They’re crispy little bits of julienne-sliced potato that are like a potato chip but not quite.
The Hash Brown Style Potato Sticks have a mild onion flavor and really do bring to mind the taste of a seasoned hash brown like what you might get from McDonald’s (or from Trader Joe’s). The Herbs of the Alps Style Potato Sticks are seasoned with onion powder and parsley and have a bit more complex flavor compared to the Hash Brown Style sticks. My only minor complaint is that both potato stick varieties contain natural flavor, which is not all that natural. Otherwise, these are a delicious snack.
Deutsche Küche Potato Sticks come in Hash Brown Style and Herbs of the Alps Style and are a twist on a traditional potato chip. Instead of flat, round potato slices, these potatoes are julienne cut and fried to crispy perfection. Both flavors are well seasoned with onion powder, salt, and more. They’re worth trying when you see them at Aldi during German week.