Simms Mild Smoked Snack Sticks

No child growing up in the 1990s will forget “Macho Man” Randy Savage telling us to snap into a Slim Jim. The beef snack, which is a lot like beef jerky but also a bit different in texture from your typical beef jerky, was and is a popular snack for carnivores. Like most snacks, though, Slim Jims aren’t the cheapest thing per serving … which is why it’s awesome to see Aldi doing its best imitation.

We spotted Simms Smoked Snack Sticks in the first aisle of our Aldi, where the grocer keeps most of its snack foods. The snack sticks come in both original and mild, and because we’re preferential to mild we grabbed the latter. The sticks come in a small cardboard box with a pull-tab, and inside are 14 individually packaged beef sticks that look a whole lot like their name-brand counterparts.

And they taste like them, too. I’ve had my share of Slim Jims in my life, and these taste … well, like Slim Jims, right down to that familiar seasoned flavor. The texture is right, too: they have that same hard jerky outer layer and that same softer-but-still-jerky-like inner layer.

That’s not the only similarity between Simms and Slim Jim. An 8g Simms stick has a similar amount of calories (40), fat (~4g), cholesterol (~7mg), and sodium (~122mg) to a Slim Jim, with any differences being pretty small. As you might guess, beef sticks like these are not good for you: a serving size (4 sticks) has about 20% of your daily recommended amount of fat and sodium, and the sticks have little in the way of vitamins and minerals. Sure, they’ve got protein, but that probably won’t sway your cardiologist. Then again, you probably already knew that.

Unfortunately, this is one area where Aldi doesn’t really win out on price. The Simms sticks we got from Aldi were $2.69, or about 19 cents for each stick. Slim Jims at our local grocer run about the same: 19 cents for a same-sized stick. The upside from Aldi is that you can get that price per stick with fewer sticks, so your overall box price at Aldi will be a little smaller, but as far as deals go, Aldi doesn’t exactly blow the competition away with this product.

The Verdict:

Aldi Simms Smoked Snack Sticks are a great imitation of a Slim Jim, but they also cost roughly the same per stick around here as the name brand, so you may not save much going the Aldi route in this case. Still, they’re every bit as tasty as the name brand. Just don’t confuse them for a health food.


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  1. I bought four boxes of slim Jim’s and all four boxes of them were hard and very nasty. They were the worst slim Jim’s I have ever had in my life. For now on I will not buy anymore unless I open the box up first.

  2. Let me just begin with your Packaging sucks. I bought these for my granddaughter for her to take and her lunch. And she brought him back home unopened. And the reason they were unopened is because she couldn’t open them . I tried and tried myself to open them by ripping the top and it was almost impossible so how do you expect school-age kids an elementary school to be able to open them. I finally had to get a pair of scissors and cut the top off of it before I could even get to the durn thing. I have no complaints about the taste of them but like I said something needs to be done about the packaging where it makes it easier for kids to be able to open

    • Unfortunately, this site is not associated with Aldi, so we can’t do much to help you with the packaging, but I do agree that Aldi’s packaging for these beef sticks is hard to open. I often have the same problem with Slim Jims, though, so I just chalked it up to beef sticks in general.

    • Yes they suck to get open.

  3. opened package 13 sticks not 14 labeled quality control ? wow!

  4. Bought these for my kids, they love them, I’ve never had a issue until recently. 1 out of 4 boxes had 2 rotten looking sticks (I took pictures), one of which was only about 2″ long. Next time I’ll pay the extra $ and buy slim Jim brand.

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