If you’re looking for authentic German Christmas treats, or other German food items throughout the year, Aldi – a store with German roots – is a great place to shop.
Do you ever shop at Aldi stores in United States?
Being a German company, Aldi often stocks European food, including a nice variety of German foods, so I’m a big fan of Aldi.
It’s a great place to find not only low prices but also delicious savory German goodies like German pickles (currently in my fridge), whole grain mustard (and other types of German mustard, also in my fridge), Bratwurst, peanut puffs (not my favorite but they’re popular in Germany), cheese and onion Spaetzle (also dried Spaetzle noodles), potato chips and sticks…
You’ll also find sweet German treats like apple strudel, fruits of the forest strudel (yum), ice cream (be sure to check out their freezer section!), Doppel Keks cookies, little hazelnut cream cookies (so good), Bee Sting Cake, Black Forest Cake…
I could go on and on and on.
I used to shop at many a German Aldi when I lived in Germany (both Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd haha), and so I was thrilled when a store opened up near me here in North Carolina a couple years ago. I shop there 2 or 3 times a month for the usual Aldi products, always using the mobile version of my meal planning and grocery list system for Airtable, of course!
Every year I look forward to seeing what limited time German Week finds (in spring and fall) and German Christmas finds I can score.
Aldi starts to stock shelves with German Christmas foods a couple months before Christmas. I’m not one to get super excited about Christmas before US Thanksgiving but I am always excited to spot Christmas food at Aldi.
I took a few photos of some items at my local store in case you’re wondering what you might find at your Aldi.
Aldi has a number of stores in the US and bunch on the East Coast but you don’t have Aldi near you but are looking for these German treats, try World Market or Trader Joe’s.
Ok, let’s see what kinds of German Christmas Aldi finds you can look forward to! Do you have any favorite Aldi Christmas desserts?
#1 – Christmas Chocolate Clusters & Bars
- 1 #1 – Christmas Chocolate Clusters & Bars
- 2 #2 – Zimtsterne – German Cinnamon Star Cookies
- 3 #4 – German Butter Almond Stollen and Marzipan Stollen
- 4 #5 – Chocolate-Covered German Gingerbread Hearts
- 6 #6 – Aldi Chocolate Truffles
- 7 #7 – Spekulatius Cookies
In addition to these milk chocolate peanut clusters, they also had a variety of other types of chocolate, such as chocolate covered marzipan logs, and bars of winter/Christmas German chocolate. In general, Aldi has a good selection of chocolate.
#2 – Zimtsterne – German Cinnamon Star Cookies
If you like cinnamon, hazelnut, and almond flavors, you’ll like these cookies. They’ll look great on your Christmas cookie tray!
#3 – German Gingerbread Cookies with Peppermint Icing
I bought these last year for the Advent calendars I created for my family and really liked them. If you like gingerbread and peppermint, give these a try. They pair well with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Speaking of Advent Calendars, you can find them at Aldi, too. The limited fancy ones always sell out before I can buy one so I started buying them elsewhere — here’s my Advent Calendar guide.
#4 – German Butter Almond Stollen and Marzipan Stollen
I make homemade Stollen these days so I haven’t tried Aldi Stollen and can’t vouch for the taste. But they do have 2 different kinds and I imagine it’s pretty good based on the other goodies I’ve tried.
If you prefer homemade Stollen, click here to try my easy and delicious German Stollen recipe.
#5 – Chocolate-Covered German Gingerbread Hearts
I love these! When I first moved in with my German host family, they had a cute welcome sign for me in my bedroom lined with these gingerbread hearts. I think I ate all of them the very first night I lived with them. If you like soft gingerbread, you’ll like these.
#6 – Aldi Chocolate Truffles
Ok, these are Belgian, not German but these cocoa dusted truffles are really good! I used these in my homemade Advent calendars last year, too. These chocolate truffles are great for dessert, parties or to give as gifts.
#7 – Spekulatius Cookies
These crunchy cookies are addictive! Aldi usually has both almond and butter varieties. Both are delicious with coffee and tea, make a nice addition to a holiday cookie tray, and if you turn them into crumbs they make a delicious base for cheesecake.
If you live near Aldi and like German food, definitely go check it out. Especially if you can go during German Week or around Christmas.Before you head out, three things to know about the Aldi grocery store chain.
First, it has its own brand of products (Deutsche Küche – which looks like German Kitchen but actually means German Cuisine in English — is one to look for during German Week) so you won’t find any name brand items and they don’t accept manufacturers’ coupons. But you will find lots of delicious German treats (as well as good store brand American food).
Second, yes, the shopping cart thing is true! Bring a quarter with you otherwise you won’t be able to “rent” a shopping cart. If you see someone about to return their cart, it’s ok to offer them a quarter in exchange for their cart (you’ll get a quarter back when you return the cart).
Three, Aldi is a German discounters grocery chain and takes a barebones approach in the store. You won’t find a lot of people working at one time, food is stocked in original shipping boxes on store shelves, and you’ll need to pay for shopping bags (or bring your own) and then bag your own groceries. But that means better deals on good food.
One of the best things about Aldi is that it’s a small store (typically only 10,000 square feet of selling space) so you can get in and out pretty quickly.
You can also get home delivery through Instacart. We got a weekly Adli haul delivered to use via Instacart for about a year and if you don’t want to do in-person shopping, I highly recommend the service.