Ever since I became an Aldi shopper, I've been certain (though I have no concrete evidence) that one way Aldi keeps their quality high and prices down is to "rent" the factories of name brand products to make their own generic brands. I've tried many of Aldi's products and can tell you with confidence that the great majority of their generic brands taste EXACTLY like name brands. If you put a bowl of Aldi's Rigged Potato Chips next to a bowl of Lay's Ruffles, I bet it would be impossible to tell the difference.
Anyway, last week, while shopping at Aldi, I came across these boxes of cookies:
Don't they look somewhat familiar? They caught my eye right away because they looked exactly like the packaging of Girl Scout Cookies! Could it be that Aldi had the chance to "rent" the factory where Thin Mints and Samoas are made??? Oh yeah, and they have the Peanut Butter 'Tagalongs', too!
I brought them home and had family taste test. Our conclusion was that these WERE real Girl Scout Cookies beyond a shadow of a doubt!
Horray! Now I can have a Thin Mint Fix more than once a year when the Girl Scouts come knocking! The best part is the price - come check out the breakdown:
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Fake Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies (Benton's Brand at Aldi $1.49/Box of 40 Cookies)
Total Fake-It Cost: $0.04 Per Cookie
Real Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies ($5.00/Box of 28 Cookies, $0.18 Per Cookie)
Total Fake-It Savings: $0.14 Per Cookie
Of course, I'll still be purchasing cookies from the Girl Scouts when that time of year rolls around. Back in the day, I did my fair share of cookie selling and the Girl Scouts is a great organization to support. But hey, while we're waiting for the doorbell to ring, how about a little "fake & frugal" cookie indulgence (they're 1 Point each on Weight Watchers)?