Nothing improves a meal like cheese, whether we’re talking about hamburgers or pasta, sandwiches or soup.
But cheese can be expensive, especially brand-name cheese. While supermarkets often offer sales to help ease the blow, Aldi goes one better.
For a grocery store with only 4,000 different items (compared to Walmart’s 100,000), about half of it must be budget-priced – but not budget-tasting – cheese. Here is what you need to know about Aldi cheese.
Aldi sells about 95 different types of cheese in their refrigeration and grocery departments, including blocks, sandwich-ready slices, wheels, snacking varieties, logs, and shreds, all for well under prices you would find at a typical grocery store. Additionally, Aldi releases special types and flavors as part of their Aldi Finds line.
To learn more about all the different kinds of Aldi cheeses, their pricing (and comparisons to other store brands), plus which are the very best – and which you might avoid – peruse below at your leisure!
What Kind Of Cheese Does Aldi Have?
Aldi sells cheese under six of their private labels, ranging from very basic (shredded, sliced) to fancier types, such as you would see on a high-end charcuterie board.
The list that follows includes flavors, weight, price per ounce, and common usage.
Happy Farms is Aldi’s basic cheese line; nothing too fancy, just fridge staples at great prices.
- Block –Colby, Colby Jack, Mild Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, and Swiss; most sold in 8-oz. blocks for $1.99 (some in 16-oz. blocks). Great for slicing and serving or shredding manually.
- Sliced – Colby, Colby Jack, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Muenster, Mild Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Provolone, Sharp Cheddar, and Swiss. 7-8-oz. packs for $1.79. Perfect for sandwiches.
- Cream Cheese – Regular, Neufchâtel, and Whipped. 8-oz. tubs for $1.49.
- Cheese Curds – Cheddar, jalapeno, mixed cheddar; 12-oz. bags for $3.99. Eat them right out of the bag as a snack!
- Cheese Snack Sticks – Cheddar and Colby & Monterey Jack; 12-ct. for $2.99. Pair with a beef stick or eat alone.
- String Cheese – Low moisture, park-skim mozzarella sticks; 12-oz. bag (individually wrapped) for $2.79. Always a favorite with the kids.
- Cottage Cheese – Original and Low Fat; 24-oz. tubs for $2.29. One of my personal favorites, either of these is so good with pineapple or sliced grapes mixed in.
- American Singles – Regular and 2% milk; 12-oz. and 10.66-oz. (individually wrapped) packages, $1.99. Three words: Classic grilled cheese.
Emporium Selection is Aldi’s elevated cheese label, designating specialty flavors and varieties. These are comparable to something you’d find at a fine market or in the fancy cheese section of a larger grocery store.
- Blue/Goat/Feta Crumbles – 4-5-oz. tubs for $2.19. Toss these on your salad for instant elevation and flavor.
- Cracker Cuts – Cheddar and Gouda; 10-oz packages for $3.49. When you’re making a charcuterie board and want to just go easy on yourself, get these (instead of spending forever slicing).
- Goat Cheese Logs – Plain, Honey, and Garlic & Herb; 4-oz. logs for $1.99. The honey log is a personal favorite, and it’s amazing with pretty much any kind of meat or bread.
- Gouda/Edam/Brie Wheels – 7-oz. rounds for $2.99. Another charcuterie board must.
- Snacking Sticks – Gouda and Habanero Jack; 12-ct (individually wrapped), totaling 9 oz. for $3.35. Pair either of these with a higher-end beef jerky for snacking bliss.
- Irish Cheddar – Mild, Mature or Vintage; 7-oz. rounds for $3.59. This would be incredibly served simply, with some fine summer sausage, crudité, and fresh fruit.
- Manchego and Gruyere – 6-7-oz. blocks, $4.99 each. Spice up the cheese board for brunch.
- Gouda/Swiss/Gruyere Shreds – 8-oz. bags, $3.49 each. How good would these be mixed into homemade mac and cheese?
- Parmesan and Asiago Wedges – 8-oz. wedges, $3.79 each. Nothing compares to hand-shredded cheese; the stuff in the green container doesn’t even come close.
- Handcrafted flavored cheese – Pepperoni Marinara and Roasted Garlic with Tomato & Basil, $2.99 per 8-oz. block. Bake onto fresh bread; simple and delicious.
- Mozzarella – Ball or pre-sliced log, 8-oz. for $2.39. I absolutely adore this mozzarella, especially for summer pasta salads.
- Ricotta – Part-skim and whole milk, 15-oz. tubs for $1.59. Use to make pasta dishes extra creamy and flavorful.
- Plus, many different Aldi Finds throughout the year! Check your local ad weekly to see what new cheese Aldi will release as part of their Happy Farms or Emporium Selection lines.
This label is Aldi’s all-organic line, so these cheeses are completely free of anything artificial. As you will see, despite the organic designation, Aldi still keeps prices down.
- Mexican/Mozzarella Shredded – 6-oz. bag for $2.25.
- Colby Jack/White Cheddar Sliced – 6-oz. for $2.35.
This is Aldi’s Hispanic food line.
- Queso Fresco – 10-oz. jar for $2.49. I personally love this queso and have used it for everything from dipping chips to smearing inside a quesadilla (it helps the two sides stick).
Not to be left out, Aldi’s vegetarian/vegan line of products also contains non-dairy cheese.
- Vegan Shreds – Mozzarella, 8-oz. bag for $3.29.
- Grated Parmesan/Parmesan & Romano – 8-oz. container for $2.19. A super economical version of parm or parm/romano grated cheese for topping spaghetti and meatballs. It also makes a surprisingly decent carbonara.
Is Aldi Cheese Cheap?
As you can see from above, I listed all of Aldi’s cheese product prices, but you might be wondering how that stacks up compared to your other area supermarkets.
For comparison, let’s look at the difference between Aldi vs. Walmart’s Great Value or Target, as well as higher-end Wegmans’ store brand, for a few different options.
First, your basic bag of shredded sharp cheddar. Aldi: 25 cents per oz.; Walmart: 27.5 cents per oz.; Wegman: 27 cents per oz.
Incredibly, not only does Aldi beat Walmart’s price, but so does Wegmans’ store brand!
Let’s look at vegan cheese. For mozzarella shreds, Aldi: 41 cents per oz.; Target (Daiya brand): 70 cents per oz.; Wegmans: 57 cents per oz. Aldi comes out way on top, especially compared to the brand name Daiya.
Finally, let’s compare the price for a block of manchego at both Aldi and Wegmans. At Aldi, you’re looking at 57 cents per oz.; at Wegmans, you’ll pay $1.06 per oz., almost double!
That is why many shoppers have found that when they are building a charcuterie board, Aldi is the place to go for a spread that is both impressive and economical.
Does Aldi Carry Specialty Cheeses?
Aldi carries a surprising amount of specialty cheeses, though they don’t carry them all the time. Often, special types and flavors come in as Aldi Finds, and as with all Aldi Finds, they’re gone when they’re gone.
Some examples include adorable heart-shaped sharp white cheddar for Valentine’s Day 2021; a decadent camembert wheel; and a year or so back, Aldi sold alcohol-infused blocks with cheeses inspired by prosecco, whiskey, and red wine.
Is Aldi Cheese Good?
Everyday shoppers and cheese enthusiasts alike have highlighted the quality of Aldi’s cheese again and again.
The writers at thekitchn.com wrote this round-up about Aldi’s best cheese; the self-proclaimed Cheese Professor wrote her own favorable reviews; and Kiplinger highlighted cheese at #4 on their list of items you should be buying at Aldi.
Look at this entire Reddit thread where people discuss their favorite Aldi cheeses!
Personal tastes are going to vary, but on the whole, when you buy Aldi’s cheese, you are getting an excellent quality product (and if you don’t like it or it doesn’t match your expectations, well, you can take advantage of Aldi’s generous return policy).
I personally use many of Aldi’s cheeses in my everyday life. I think even their basic shredded cheese, which is so much more affordable than at other grocery stores, is such a great product – it melts so beautifully and crisps up really well when needed, too.
I also have to add a special shout-out to the honey goat cheese log. This outstanding cheese is one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten (my partner throws two in the cart every time we go to Aldi!).
Who Makes Aldi Cheese?
Unfortunately, unless Aldi execs let slip or there is a product recall, there is no way of knowing exactly who makes your Aldi cheese and from where it has been sourced. (And it’s highly like that quite a few different cheese manufacturers are contributing to each Aldi label.)
However, we can theorize that, like many of their products, Aldi cheese could be sourced from the same cheese manufacturers who produce for similar grocery chains, like Walmart or Kroger.
So despite the knock-down prices, the quality of Aldi’s cheese is still equal to that of any other supermarket.
Aldi knocks it out of the park with their cheese selection, as they sell everything from basic American singles to much higher-end blocks of gruyere, Havarti, gouda, and they do so at price points well below their competition.
In fact, you can’t even find some cheeses that Aldi sells in a Walmart; you’d have to go to a higher-end supermarket like Wegmans or an actual cheese shop.
Sorry to the lactose-intolerant out there: Aldi’s cheese selection is one of the very best things about the store.