Here are our 5 staff favorites.
Anyone who regularly shops at Aldi knows that it’s a fascinating place filled with dirt-cheap kitchen staples and an assortment of random goodies titled “Aldi Finds.” Every fall, as the leaves begin to change and a chill enters the air, German-owned Aldi’s shelves fill with a special collection of Oktoberfest foods and drinks to celebrate the season.
A German tradition, Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich from mid-September through the first week of October. The festivities usually revolve around drinking copious amounts of beer, along with eating traditional German foods like pretzels and sausages. In other words, it’s an all-around great time.
That said, if you can’t swing a flight to Germany to partake in this year’s celebration, do the next best thing and hit up your local Aldi store now (seriously, like now— these are limited release items) to grab some drinks and snacks for your own brewfest. Below are a few of our favorite product finds from this special selection:
Oktoberfest Session Marzen
You can’t host an Oktoberfest party without stocking up on beer. This Session Marzen brew is a delicately flavored beer that is perfect for anyone planning to drink multiples. Although not exactly traditional Oktoberfest fare, as most beers in Germany tend to be darker and thicker, it’s a good choice for hosts who want to provide a variety of options for guests.
Bavarian Soft Pretzels
Nobody could believe that these salty snacks came from the freezer section. Wonderfully chewy on the outside, while soft on the inside, this package of half a dozen pretzels is sure to be a hit at your Oktoberfest party. Best part? They only need to bake for five minutes.
Uncured Nuremberg Bratwurst
It’s blasphemous to have a German celebration without serving sausage. Bite-size, but big on flavor, these small bratwursts have a great balance of flavors (reminiscent of breakfast sausage). Serve with a little mustard on the side for the ultimate combo.
Artichoke and Cheese Strudel
We found this pastry to be a love-it-or-hate-it situation, but felt it was definitely worth calling out. Some taste-testers wanted a brighter flavor or crispier crust, while others couldn’t stop talking about how delightful it was. Featuring a cheese and artichoke filling wrapped in flaky puff pastry, this strudel would make a great last-minute appetizer, for Oktoberfest and beyond.
Vanilla Spritz Shortbread Cookies
Don’t forget dessert for your personal brewfest! These tender cookies, imported from Germany, feature a light drizzle of chocolate and hit just the right level of sweet. Our team enjoyed these, but felt they offered more of a buttery flavor than vanilla.