Last Updated on April 19, 2022
Aldi is constantly introducing new products either as limited-time specials or as everyday Regular Buys. Often, a product that starts as a special might eventually end up with a permanent spot on store shelves, if it’s popular enough. Still, because Aldi is a limited-inventory store without as much shelf space as traditional grocery stores, there are always going to be some gaps in what’s available. There are always a few things we wish Aldi sold, or that we wish Aldi sold on a more frequent basis.
Every so often, we ask our writers what items they’d like to see at Aldi in the coming year. These might be products Aldi has never sold before, or they might be products we haven’t seen in a while at Aldi. They might be products we wish Aldi would sell every day or products we wish Aldi would sell once a year or seasonally. Here are our thoughts. Feel free to chime in with your own Aldi wish list in the comments.
Rachael’s Wish List:
A tea Advent calendar. Aldi sells Advent calendars for almost everything else under the sun, including a coffee Advent calendar. So why not a calendar that gives a nod to that other popular hot drink? It could have a mix of different-flavored herbal teas, fruity teas, green teas, black teas, and more.
Clotted cream. This British favorite is good for spooning on top of scones, and Aldi sells scones several times a year, so it seems like this would make good business sense for Aldi. I usually only find clotted cream at international grocery stores, but Aldi is uniquely suited to sell a product like clotted cream because of its German/European origins and because it routinely sells other international products including German fare, Greek food, Indian-inspired food, ice cream from Eastern Europe, Italian food, and more. Aldi is like a miniature global grocery store. Plus, if Aldi can sell other British treats such as jarred lemon curd, surely they could sell jars of clotted cream once a year.
Single lemons and limes. These have been on my Aldi wish list for years. I often only need a single lemon or lime for a recipe, not an entire bag. I don’t want to always be making sugary drinks or desserts just to use up the bag. So I often make an extra stop at a traditional grocery store to buy a single fruit.
Potato salad and pasta salad. Aldi sells these only during the warmer months when cookouts and barbecuing are on the agenda, but if comments from our Aldi Reviewer readers are any indication, people don’t eat potato salad and macaroni salad only during the summer. It’d be nice to see basic versions of these sold all year.
Canned root beer. Aldi used to sell canned root beer under its Summit private label for soda. It was called Sudz Root Beer, and it was an excellent root beer comparable to Barq’s or A&W. Now Aldi only sells pricier bottled craft root beer, which is good, too, but I’d love to see Aldi bring the canned stuff back for a perfect accompaniment to family pizza night.
Fruity sodas. As far as I know, Aldi has never sold its own brand of fruity sodas such as orange, grape, or strawberry. I’d try them if Aldi offered them, especially because I’ve always preferred fruit-flavored soda over traditional colas like Coke or Pepsi.
Orchid flower pots. Aldi sells orchid plants several times a year. Orchids don’t like “wet feet” and grow well in pots specifically designed with drainage holes in the sides, but orchids aren’t usually sold in those specialized orchid planters. Considering how many orchids Aldi sells, it’d be good to see Aldi sell some of these orchid planters once in a while as a limited-time Aldi Find.
Swing sets and more big outdoor toys. Aldi in the U.S. does a pretty good job of offering outdoor recreation products as limited-time specials, ranging from swimming pools to giant inflatable sprinklers to nest swings. However, over the last few years, Aldi in the United Kingdom has sold some incredibly cool things I’m envious of, including a whole swing set, a smaller set with one swing, and a neat “pirate swing.” Aldi Australia has sold a swing set and even a teeter totter. It’s been a while since Aldi in the United States has sold a swing set. In addition, Aldi in the U.K. has sold some even more unique big play items such as a wooden treehouse with slide and even a wooden pirate ship. I’m jealous. Come on, Aldi U.S.
A chicken coop? I thought I’d share this as a joke, since I’ve researched backyard chicken keeping for years but have been hesitant to take the plunge. It turns out, Aldi in Australia actually did sell a chicken coop in 2019. It just goes to show that you never know what you might find in the Aisle of Shame.
Joshua’s Wish List:
Shelled peanuts. Aldi dry roasted shelled peanuts have come and gone as Aldi Finds and Seasonal Favorites. I’d love to see them as an everyday Regular Buy. They’re an amazing snack, even if they do make for a mess.
Licensed graphic tees. I’ve seen plenty of licensed toys over the years, and I’ve seen Aldi sell the occasional t-shirt. But it would be awesome to see the supermarket sell a few of those cult-following graphic tees you see at department stores. I’m sure a few Marvel or retro tees would make a stir as a summertime Aldi Find.
Whole chocolate milk. The chocolate milk in my area is usually 2%. That’s passable, but the whole stuff is the best, without question. Aldi does sometimes sell name-brand whole chocolate milk as an Aldi Find; I’d be a fan of seeing it under the grocer’s own private label, maybe even as a summer Seasonal Favorite.
Standing rib roast. This is the meat used to make a prime rib. I’ve read stories online about it being sold at certain stores in certain places in the past, but we’ve never spotted it in our stores or in our weekly ad. We’ve had a lot of success in recent years with Aldi meats and I’d very much like to try my hand at a prime rib.
Stovetop popcorn maker. Aldi has sold a couple of varieties of popcorn makers, including a carnival-like machine and a smaller mini-maker. One nifty device is a stovetop popcorn maker, which cooks the popcorn right on the range. I don’t think Aldi has ever sold one of those, and it would be a lot of fun to be able to get one.
An alarm clock worth owning. We’ve written about a number of different Aldi alarm clocks, and the one thing they have in common is that they generally are bad. Some of them have ridiculous button layouts, others are unintuitive, and still others are glitchy or lack simple features, like a display that isn’t overly bright. Just once it would be nice to get a clock that doesn’t require a college degree and a prayer to get it working right. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
Journey to India Tikka Masala. I miss you.
Elizabeth’s Wish List:
More organic potatoes. We love potatoes (who doesn’t?), so I buy them frequently. I like to avoid pesticides as much as possible, so I prefer organic varieties. Aldi sells a small bag of mini organic Yukon gold potatoes, but I’d love to see more organic varieties: russet, red, and sweet potatoes for a start. I’m craving homemade fries just writing this …
Fresh cod. I buy Aldi’s fresh trout or salmon nearly every week, and we enjoy both. They’re good quality and a better price than any other grocer in my area. Cod is another family favorite, and while Aldi occasionally sells large bags of frozen cod, they don’t offer it all the time or sell it fresh. If they did, I’d be first in line to buy it.
Fresh herbs (that aren’t parsley or cilantro). Have you heard of the cilantro gene? Apparently some people are genetically inclined to think that cilantro tastes metallic or soapy. That gene seems to run through my family, because they reject anything with even a hint of it. They’re not crazy about parsley either. I’d love to buy other herbs at Aldi: basil, chives, sage, etc. They’ve been expanding their produce section in recent years, so I hope they consider adding more fresh herbs, too.
More individual frozen entrées. Weekday lunches can be a struggle. I don’t mind making a healthy meal first thing in the morning or after work, but the middle of the day is a busy time for me, and I need convenience. I keep a supply of individual entrees in the freezer that I can quickly heat and eat between meetings and projects. Aldi has a few offerings, but there’s not much variety. I’d like to see them catch up with their Trader Joe’s cousins in the frozen food business.
Megan’s Wish List:
More Halloween costumes. Aldi sometimes sells onesie-style costumes like dragons or unicorns. I’d like to see them sell more types of costumes during the Halloween season, including princesses, superheroes, or different characters for both adults and kids.
More ice cream flavors. Aldi sells a decent variety of ice cream flavors as everyday Regular Buys, and they rotate some different flavors in seasonally. It might be nice to see a few more flavors occasionally like birthday cake or strawberry cheesecake.
What’s on your Aldi wish list? Let us know in the comments.
Salted Sunflower Seeds still in the shell. aka a David’s knock-off.
Nutritional yeast, trader joes has the only affordable offering but I’d like to see aldi release their own
I wish Aldi would sell buttermilk during the holidays. I have to make an extra trip to another store to pick it up, not a fun thing to do during holiday shopping.
You may already know this, but you can make buttermilk using milk and vinegar or lemon juice, all available at Aldi. https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/how-to-make-buttermilk/
I second Elizabeth’s vote for fresh herbs other than parsley or cilantro, as I’m one of those “supertasters” who think cilantro tastes soapy, too. I like to put a few aromatics inside the Thanksgiving & Christmas turkeys, and “poultry seasoning”-type herbs are perfect for that.
I’d also love to see soft chewy dog treats at Aldi, as those are the only kind our little dog likes. I buy the “Canine Carryouts” dog treats a lot for her, and would love to see something similar at Aldi. (I am SO glad I didn’t give in to temptation and buy the dog Advent calendar this fall, considering all the negative reviews and the recall!)
I just discovered the frozen meal Whole & Simple Chicken, Cilantro & Lime Riced Cauliflower Bowl. It’s healthy and delicious but is an Aldi’s Find. I’d like to see it in the store all the time!
Those bowls are great! The street corn variety is my favorite. https://www.aldireviewer.com/whole-simple-chicken-mexican-style-street-corn-or-chicken-cilantro-lime-riced-cauliflower-bowls/
It’s really good, too, but it has about twice as much sodium as the one with Cilantro and Lime so I stayed with it. It’s difficult to find a frozen meal with low sodium, so please bring it back!
I can’t bring it back, but you could ask Aldi: https://www.aldireviewer.com/contact-aldi/
Yes!! That no-salt pasta sauce was really good. I would love to see Aldi offer a variety of no-salt items on a regular basis.
Yes, I’d love to see more low sodium products, too
The one and only thing I have NEVER found again which was delicious, was frozen root vegetable fries. They were amazing. Bought them in the fall about two years ago.
They were in my local store recently, so hopefully you’ll spot them again, too!
They were in the Torrance, CA store last week. Trader Joe’s seem to have discontinued them, which is a pity as they are amazing.
My Aldi in south Florida had them about two weeks agoI love them too so grabbed a few extr bags before they disappeared.
I’d love to see no salt items, too!
I am with Elizabeth about more fresh herbs!
I would also love self life food that has no added ingredients or preservatives, like broc rice or cauliflower. The ones they carry along with the palm noodles has malic acid in it, not a good one to ingest.
Frozen wildblueberries! They are so powerful more than culivated blueberries for everyone’s health.
I would like to see the return of pitted Amarena cherries in syrup. I believe they were imported from Italy and they were a seasonal Specialty product around the holiday season. Perhaps it is a victim of pandemic issues. Hopefully, it will make a return in 2022.
How funny you mention lemons and limes because I recently had the same issue. I needed two limes. They’re $1.99/bag at Aldi if I recall. I ended up getting two for 50 cents at a Mexican grocer.
I prefer grape jam to jelly, so I get it at a different store.
I go to Trader Joe’s often enough to get nutritional yeast there but I would get it at Aldi if they had it.
As for the soapy taste of cilantro, the taste is always there, but most people cannot taste it. People who taste the soap have the taste receptors for it.
I’m still waiting for the frozen salmon burgers to return! Both versions! A quick and nutritious meal on one of Aldi’s ciabatta buns.
carry more snitzel
More food products without additives. There are a few already, and I love them, but I would purchase so much more from Aldi if I could find packaged foods that are “clean” and additive free.
I agree with Marilyn. It would be nice to have products available with fewer ingredients. We need to remember some of these additives are necessary in the preservation process. Some are added or over used to “enhance “ flavor. A primary reason ALDI’s is affordable is its limited inventory and selection. I prefer that. The ALDI stores I shop are starting to carry major brands. I prefer they eliminate this practice. For the record. There has never been evidence of MSG being unhealthy or causing complications. It started with a high profile person claiming headaches after eating a meal with MSG flavor enhancers. Rumor and myth soon became a newsworthy item which prevails to this day without scientific verification.
Sorry Jim, but there is a huge body of scientific evidence regarding the harmful effects of MGS and other similar food additives. Try looking on PubMed published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or just looking online for reputable sources–not those funded by the food industry.
Bulk bags of dry roasted unsalted peanuts for my birds and squirrels, so I can save a little money and the planet from all those plastic jars needing to be recycled.
Mainly, I just want the Fit and Active bread back that disappeared during the pandemic (at least around here). I’ve been told that it has started to reappear in some Aldi stores so I’m hoping it’s only a matter of time before it is in my local Aldi soon.
Also, I second the need for individual lemons and limes.
what happened to wahlburgers pickles they were great
They’re an Aldi Find, which means Aldi only sells them occasionally, and only for a short time. Our guess is that they’ll show up again during the summer cookout season. https://www.aldireviewer.com/wahlburgers-fresh-dill-chips/?swcfpc=1
We bought BUONA: Italian style Gravy & Sliced Beef when it was a special purchase at Aldi. Wish it could become an everyday item.
Found Papa Charlie’s Seasoned AU JUS with Italian Style Seasoned BEEF on a special purchase at Menards. Both were family favorites.
Papa Charlies was about half the size of Buona and had far more Au Jus than needed. Hope Aldi brings Buona back soon.
They had a wonderful pre-made bruschetta that actually did not have any onions in it – I hope to see that again. Ditto their banana nut protein instant oatmeal that I haven’t seen in close to a year. Also, did anyone see the pumpkin pasta sauce this past fall? This was the first year in awhile our stores didn’t have it (or maybe they only had a little and we missed out). And finally, the only good thing to come from the pandemic, the Papia brand toilet paper. IMHO, it was one of the best TP’s I’ve ever used – soft, sturdy, and while the rolls were small, they seemed to last forever, as you didn’t need to use as much. I really really hope Aldi will carry it again sometime.
!!! BLACK CHERRY ICE CREAM !!!
Would love more fresh herbs as others have mentioned, single lemons , limes and onions. Love that most ALDI products have less sugar and sodium than others. Have recently loved the goat milk cheddar which does not seem to bother those in my family with cows milk issues. Overall we love ALDI!
Sweet Potato Casserole that is the story every Nov. Have year round