Taste Test: Aldi's St. Patrick's Day specials
Every year around this time, I report on another kind of March madness—the explosion of green foods that appear on grocery shelves to, ostensibly, honor Irish culture.
Flashback: Last year I tackled "Luck O' the Cookie Dough" ice cream, as well as special, milk-dying Lucky Charms and Reuben bites from Aldi, Chicago's most ubiquitous grocery store.
What's happening: I tried two eye-catching specials from the Batavia-based chain.
The food: Star Wars "The Mandalorian" Grogu Cakebites ($3.99), described as "colorful vanilla cakes, green frosting, apple jelly and galactic sprinkles."
The verdict: I still don't know what makes these sprinkles "galactic" but I know I don't like them on this dry, way-too-sweet petit four.
- Even the Mandalorian-crazy teen in our house rejected these after one bite, and I'm guessing Grogu (Baby Yoda to me) would spit them out, too.
The food: Lepre-Cones ($3.99), described as "mint and cocoa flavored frozen desserts in a wafer cone with a cocoa flavored coating and topped with cookie crumbles."
The verdict: I continue to wonder why the words "ice cream" and "chocolate" appear nowhere in this super-processed "frozen dessert."
- That said, I found the soft stuff at the top creamy, nicely minty and pleasantly low-sugar, with only 15 grams in the whole cone.
- Plus, it comes with a little helmet to cap the cone if you want to save some for later — like when you finish writing your newsletter.
Rating: ☘️ ☘️ ☘️
The bottom line: My stomach hurts.
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