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Aldi Specials, starting Dec. 18.(Just a few things out of the ad.)
- 10 lb. bag of Russet Potatoes is $1.29.
- 3 lb. bag of Onions is 79¢.
- 16 oz. bag of Brussels Sprouts is $1.79.
- 4 lb. bag of Oranges is $1.99.
- 3 lb. bag of Clementines is $2.99.
- IF you are not in the baking mood, Aldi has you covered. I saw a number of pies/cakes/sweets throughout the ad.
- We usually enjoy quite a few snacky type items throughout the Christmas week. Aldi has a nice selection of cheeses, cheese balls, snack mixes and appetizer items. Be sure to check it out!
- A 16 oz. Shrimp Ring is $5.99 (a smaller ring is $4.99), don’t forget the Cocktail sauce! ($1.29)
- Sparkling Cider and Juices are fun treats to have, for kids AND adults alike. Grab a 25.4 oz. bottle for $2.29-$2.49.
- A 33.9 oz. container of Classic Roast Coffee is $5.49.
- Need creamer for your coffee? How about Peppermint Mocha? A 16 oz. container is $1.49.
- Top with a dollop of Whipped Topping, an 8 oz. container is 89¢.
- OR…..a side of Ice Cream??? A 48 oz. container is $2.69.
- Do you like Hot Chocolate better than coffee? (yes….) Grab some milk and a box of Nestle Nesquick for $3.99 (a 21.8 oz. container).
- Butter ($1.99), Cream Cheese (99¢) and Crescent Rolls (99¢) are ALL STILL at a great price!!! Grab them well you STILL can!
- Turkey is $1.19 per lb. Ham ranges from 99¢ – $1.49 per lb. DOES YOUR FAMILY ENJOY HAM OR TURKEY FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER??! or both?? (Ham….hands down winner in this house!)
The following is a recipe made from ALL Aldi (Winter Seasonal) items. (AT one point Aldi was carrying mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, my Aldi sold out WAY to quickly. Regular size chocolate chips work fine for this recipe.)
For some reason I have an over-abundance of candy canes. (Someone just keeps buying them each week, because
she this person thinks “Do I have candy canes at home? Oh, let’s grab a box….just. in. case.”)
So. That means. I needed to use some up. Chocolate + Mint = Deliciousness.
Peppermint Bark is easy. You really CANNOT mess it up…….unless ~
- You burn the chocolate. It happens. It is OK. Just learn from your mistakes. Chocolate IS sensitive. VERY sensitive. I have had happily melting chocolate turn ugly in seconds. I HIGHLY recommend a double-boiler. Microwaves mess things up at times (though IF you take your time and stir every 30 seconds ~ 1 min. you should be OK.)
- Your chocolate seizes up. OK. So, I do not always think (not my better quality…..). I wanted to make Peppermint Bark with flecks of mini-chocolate chips. I THOUGHT (at this point my “thinker” was working) IF I add the chocolate chips now, when the almond bark is hot, it will melt the little chocolate chips. I wanted WHITE chocolate with brown flecks and peppermint pieces. SO, I cooled to luke warm. Checking, till just the right level of luke-warmness was reached. THEN I headed to my freezer…….yep freezer (FYI: this was the point the “thinker” stopped thinking.) I added just the right amount of frozen chocolate chips……”marvelous” was going through my head ~ remember to roll the “r”…… I had my pan all ready to pour that lovely melty Peppermint Bark onto and somewhere between the point of stirring and dumping my. lovely. concoction. become. nearly. rock. hard. I tried my best to spread it, but really, spreading a rock is impossible. Never one to give up too quickly, I popped it in my oven @ 160° and set the timer for 10 minutes and walked away. Phew. It got all shining and wonderfully smooth again. I took my offset spatula and spread it. So very glad that I had not ruined it. Though now, I ended up with swirled Peppermint Bark. I am OK with that. So don’t add frozen chocolate chips to melted Almond Bark. (Just a gentle reminder, I KNOW we all know better……)
16 oz. Vanilla Almond Bark
6-8 crushed Candy Canes
3/4 – 1 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Melt the almond bark in a double boiler, keeping on eye on it and stirring often till it is shiny and smooth and melted. Take off heat. Let cool a bit, then add the crushed candy canes. Set aside to cool till so very lightly warm (aka ~ luke-warm). Add your chocolate chips (being SURE they are at room temp). Mix, don’t over mix cause the chocolate chips will start to melt. Spread onto a wax paper lined jelly roll pan and spread to the thickness you want. Chill to set. Break into pieces and enjoy!!