Stonemill Essentials Seasoning Roundup: The Fun Stuff

Aldi keeps a lineup of spices to fit any occasion, whether it be formal or fun. Stonemill Essentials is one of the grocer’s more common names in that category, and we can testify that the brand’s myriad offerings — from chili powder to cumin — are every bit as good as their counterparts in other grocery stores.

In this post, we’re taking at look at Stonemill Essential’s more whimsical spices.

Stonemill seasoningThe seasonings, which have your standard lids for pouring, come with a few brief instructions. They suggest possible uses; they vary a bit from seasoning to seasoning but all include popcorn. For popcorn, they specifically suggest spreading one capful into the popcorn, shaking the mixture, and sprinkling on more to taste. They also advise shaking the seasonings well before use.

Because they all suggest it, we tried out all the seasonings on popcorn. One common experience with all of them is that I found I needed a little more seasoning to achieve the desired flavor than I thought.

On to specific impressions.

White Cheddar:

Probably my favorite of this list. This seasoning produces a nice, clear white cheddar flavor, which is always an asset for popcorn. It reminded me of the white cheddar flavored variety I get at other stores, although I had to be fairly generous with it to achieve the desired result. In addition to popcorn, the packaging suggests this seasoning for potatoes, pasta, and salads.

Ranch:

Everyone loves ranch and this seasoning tastes like ranch should taste. No surprises there. It goes pretty well on popcorn, although the taste is admittedly a little exotic compared to what I’m used to for popcorn; I might like it better with other foods. On that note, the packaging suggests using it for potatoes, pasta, pizza, veggies, and salad.

Nacho Cheddar:

I’m not sure what I was expecting with this, but I’m not sure it quite delivered. It tasted more like taco seasoning than cheddar cheese. To be fair, the packaging lists cheddar cheese as the main ingredient, but for whatever reason it didn’t quite do it for me, especially on popcorn. The packaging suggests potatoes, fries, pasta, eggs, and veggies as possible uses.

Butter Flavor:

Like the container says, it’s butter flavor, and butter is one of the key ingredients. I found it to be decent, although I’m not sure I was totally won over with this as a true butter substitute. Some of it might be in the texture — it’s a powder, not a liquid, after all — and some of it might also be in the depth of the flavor. It tastes some like butter, but felt more like a substitute than a replacement. Potatoes, pasta, eggs, veggies, and rice are all listed as other possible targets.

The Verdict:

Of the four versions I tested, White Cheddar was my favorite, although the Ranch is good, too. Not as big of a fan of the Nacho Cheddar, and the Butter was merely okay. We didn’t test them with foods outside of popcorn, although there are certainly no shortage of possible suggested uses on the respective packages.

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Joshua is the Editor-in-Chief of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.

10 Comments

  1. I would like buy Stonemill Essentials Salt-free, table blend seasoning blend. My Aldi store carried at one time, but when I asked, he said it was a special buy. I can’t seem to find it available on line to order, is it still being made, and where can I buy it if not at Aldi?

  2. Table blend seasoning salt free would like to purchase if possible please let me know

  3. I recently bought a Stonemill Black Peppercorn grinder at Aldi & it keeps jamming. Today it not only jammed up, but the entire grinder broke into pieces & half of the whole jar of black peppercorns went into my tomato basil soup, ruining my soup. I would like to know where I can send the broken grinder in for a replacement. These are not cheap And I am on a very tight budget

  4. I’m addicted to the stonemill ranch popcorn seasoning. Where can I buy it online?

  5. i had bought the stonemill sweet and spicy rub at your store at 40213 and loved it and went back and bought all that you had left and then you never carried it again , I went to all the other Aldi’s in the Louisville area and nobody carry it anymore,please restock this in your stores please it’s the best rub ever….thanks

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