Everyone loves a “best of” list, and this year’s ALDI Fan Favorites survey proves that ALDI fans love ALDI-exclusive foods and beverages (and, in some cases, “better than household name brands!)” ALDI followers, like myself, are loyal for many reasons. You can count on quality, affordability, and an investment in your health and safety. Every time I shop at ALDI, I’ve noted a combination of store cleanliness and use of protective measures by staff and customers.  It’s consistent care and attention.

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So, What is the Fan Favorites Survey?

The Fan Favorites survey asked shoppers to pick their most-loved products across the store, ranging from produce to cheese to wine or beer. The response to the 2020 ALDI Fan Favorites survey was simply incredible — more than 177,000 people voted for their favorite ALDI product. Fan participation in this year’s survey offers more proof that shoppers love ALDI-exclusive products and are passionate about sharing ALDI love.

Shoppers can find Fan Favorites by looking for the blue heart logo next to the winning products in stores.ALDI fan favorites most loved heart logo

My ALDI Favorites on the List!

Cheese: Emporium Selection Crumbles (varieties include Blue Cheese and Feta) ALDI has a robust selection of high-quality and award-winning cheeses perfect for entertaining, as mouth-watering cooking ingredients and as everyday fridge must-haves. The Emporium Selection Crumbles are definitely a can’t-live-without favorite, as they’re a delicious topping to any meal.

emporium ALDI cheese

Fruit: Avocados. ALDI is known for its large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, including many organic options. The best thing about ALDI produce is that it’s delivered fresh, daily to all stores. The Fan Favorites winner avocados are definitely a produce item that I pick up on every shopping trip because you cannot beat the price.

2 avocados

Vegetarian/vegan: Earth Grown Veggie Burgers (varieties include Black Bean Chipotle or Veggie) Earth Grown is one of the newer ALDI product lines, added to meet customers’ growing demand for more vegetarian and vegan items. The line features more than a dozen products, but ALDI fans agree the Veggie Burgers are one of their favorites. This item was also voted a 2019 winner!

black bean chipotle burger

Kids: Happy Farms String Cheese. ALDI offers grade A back-to-school essentials at prices you’ll love, including the perfect snack for kid lunches (or for adults to enjoy while making kid lunches), Happy Farms String Cheese.

happy farms string cheese aldi

Alcohol: Winking Owl (varieties include cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, moscato, pinot grigio, sangria, sauvignon blanc, shiraz, sweet red, white zinfandel) ALDI sells award-winning wines at great prices, many of which are under $10. Winking Owl is a cult favorite and at less than $3 a bottle, such a bargain! Wine Enthusiast also named ALDI a winner in the Value-Driven category of its America’s 50 Best Wine Retailers of 2020.

The Top 20 Fan Favorites Category Winners

  • Overall: Mama Cozzi’s Take & Bake Deli Pizza (Missouri fans…this was YOUR favorite)!
  • Baby or toddler: Little Journey Thick & Quilted Baby Wipes Bundle
  • Better than brand: L’oven Fresh Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • Bread or baked good: Specially Selected Brioche Buns
  • Breakfast: Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • Cheese: Emporium Selection Crumbles
  • Dairy or dairy-free: Friendly Farms Organic Unsweetened Almondmilk
  • Deli: Appleton Farms Center Cut Bacon
  • Easy meal: Mama Cozzi’s Take & Bake Deli Pizza (all varieties)
  • Fall seasonal: Bake Shop Apple Cider Donuts
  • Fresh meat: Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Double Glazed Brown Sugar Ham
  • Gluten-free: Savoritz Parmesan Crisps
  • Kids: Happy Farms String Cheese
  • Pantry staple: Stonemill Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Produce: Avocados
  • Seafood: Fremont Fish Market Medium EZ Peel Raw Shrimp
  • Snack: Clancy’s Kettle Chips
  • Sweet treat or dessert: Benton’s cookies (Caramel Coconut Fudge and Peanut Butter Filled)
  • Vegetarian or vegan: Earth Grown Veggie Burgers
  • Wine or beer: Winking Owl (all varieties)
  • Winter seasonal: Specially Selected Belgian Cocoa Dusted Truffles

Award-Winning ALDI fan favorites into McDaniel Meals Ideas!

Outside of this year’s list, it’s good to know that 1 in 3 ALDI-exclusive products is award-winning! Award winning requirements for busy parents also include convenience, tasty and healthy. Here are a few of MY award-winning menu idea combinations including products from this list.

Breakfast: Our Smoothie Packs made with Friendly-Farms Organic Unsweetened Almondmilk

plastic bags filled with spinach, blueberries and peanut butter ready to make smoothies

Lunch: Workplace Power Bowls Using Emporium Feta or Blue Cheese.

salad to show what a power bowl lunch looks like

Snacks: Avocado Coconut Bread 

banana bread on a wood table

Dinner: Shrimp Ramen Noodle Bowls with Medium EZ Peel Raw Shrimp

shrimp and ramen in a pan

St. Louis Friends…

Thankfully for us, ALDI operates more than 40 stores in the St. Louis area, providing us convenient access to fresh, high-quality groceries at unbeatable prices. Additionally, curbside grocery pickup is now available for shoppers in more than 20 St. Louis stores providing a convenient way to access their high-quality products. To find out which area stores offer the service, shoppers can visit shop.aldi.us or enter their ZIP code in the Instacart mobile app to learn more.

For USA Friends…

For more fun information and tips, “Like” ALDI USA on Facebook and follow @ALDIUSA on Instagram and @ALDIUSA on Twitter. And, if you’re like me and want to share your own recipes, photos, tips and tricks, tag ALDI using the hashtag #ALDILove!

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.