Aldi has never shied away from selling products that boldly imitate pricier name brands. Whether it’s cereal, rolls, peanut butter, or . . . crackers.
Just about everyone is familiar with Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish Crackers, that staple of snack time for young children or just about anyone. Aldi sells its own take on original cheddar-flavored Goldfish Crackers, but with a twist. Instead of looking like scaly swimmers, the Aldi crackers are shaped like penguins.
Savoritz Penguins Baked Cheddar Snack Crackers cost $1.49 for a 6.6-ounce package (about 23 cents per ounce) at the time of publication. That is slightly less than what you would pay for Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish Crackers at Walmart, which cost $1.78 for a 6.6-ounce bag (about 27 cents per ounce) at the time of writing. If your family eats a lot of crackers, however, it might be cheaper to buy larger family packs of name-brand Goldfish rather than buying multiple packages of the Aldi penguin crackers.
The penguin crackers are a Regular Buy, which means they’re sold at Aldi year round.
The ingredients list is lengthy, with the first few ingredients being enriched flour, high oleic canola oil and/or soybean oil, and natural cheese flavor. Click the photo below to view the complete list of ingredients. Similar to Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, these don’t have synthetic colors or artificial flavors.
If you’re avoiding allergens, these contain wheat and milk.
One package has about six servings of 52 crackers each. One serving has 140 calories, 5 grams of total fat (7% DV), 0.5 grams of saturated fat (3% DV), 250 mg of sodium (11% DV), 20 grams of total carbohydrates (7% DV), and 2 grams of added sugars (3% DV).
The penguin crackers are crispy and a bit flaky when you bite into them, and I think they have a somewhat lighter texture than Goldfish Crackers. The penguin crackers have a mild cheese flavor and slightly sweet taste. My family enjoys them as a snack, and they pack well in lunch boxes. They’re also good sprinkled atop a steaming cup of tomato soup.
Of course, these penguin crackers don’t come in the variety of flavors or healthier options such as whole-grain that name-brand Goldfish Crackers offer, but if you just want basic cheese-flavored crackers, these fit the bill.
Savoritz Penguins Baked Cheddar Snack Crackers are a whimsical attempt on Aldi’s part to copy popular name-brand Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers. They are crisp, with a mild cheese flavor, and will satisfy snackers young and old.