Aldi Gluten-Free Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts
On May 8th, Aldi’s gluten-free products hit the shelves. I decided to try some out. Please note this is NOT a sponsored post. I purchased all the products included in the review. Prior to the release, Aldi sent me a press release about the products. I was not asked to post about them. But I was curious. Would they be tasty? A good value?
Our store put out the limited-run “liveGFree: products early. If you’re reading this before May 8th, you might want to see if your local store already has them out because I have a feeling these are going to go fast.
The two products I was most excited to try were the gluten-free glazed doughnuts and the gluten-free chocolate frosted doughnuts. Oprah loves bread. I love doughnuts. (shoutout to my friends who get my Oprah reference.)
When I first saw the box, I wondered if these were chocolate doughnuts with a chocolate glaze or vanilla doughnuts with a chocolate glaze. Perhaps this is obvious to you but it wasn’t to me and the box doesn’t make it clear. I love gluten-free chocolate doughnuts; so I was hoping they’d be chocolate. Heh.
You’ll find these in the freezer section of Aldi. At our store, they were in the small freezer on the floor. Not in the freezer case against the wall.
For the review, I let the entire package defrost. If you don’t want to thaw the entire box, you can pull out one or two and keep the rest frozen.
As soon as I removed the tray from the box, I saw that these were vanilla doughnuts with a chocolate frosting. Mystery solved!
They’re a good size doughnut. This surprised me a bit. For some reason, I expected them to be small. The picture on the front of the box looks a bit smaller than traditional doughnuts and, as anyone who eats gluten-free knows, sometimes gluten-free baked goods are smaller (and more expensive!) than their wheat counterpart.
The doughnuts are huge but they’re a nice size. No complaints there.
How yummy does that texture look? The first doughnut I tried from Aldi was the gluten-free glazed doughnut. I really thought it was a yeast-based doughnut because it was so light. Usually, cake doughnuts are pretty dense compared to yeast-raised doughnuts.
Not these! The texture is very light and airy. Not too dry. Not too moist.
Based on taste, texture, and ingredients, I think this doughnut is the same doughnut that’s in the Aldi Gluten-Free Glazed Doughnut but with a chocolate frosting.
Speaking of that chocolate frosting…they call it frosting. I call it a glaze.
It’s nice and thin. The chocolate isn’t overpowering and it isn’t frosting-like at all. And I like this! When I think of “chocolate frosting,” I think of something thick and heavy. This chocolate glaze is the perfect finish to the doughnuts.
The funny thing about these doughnuts and the plain vanilla glazed is what appealed to me about them: they reminded me of inexpensive gluten-filled doughnuts. These don’t taste like fresh doughnuts from the bakery. They remind me of the doughnuts sold in bags at the grocery store. And I like those doughnuts.
If you’re looking for a gourmet doughnut, these aren’t for you. But if you miss supermarket-style doughnuts, you’re in for a treat.
Aldi Gluten-Free Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts: Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Aldi Gluten-Free Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts Ingredients*: Gluten Free Flour (Corn, White Rice, Tapioca), Palm Oil, Sugar, Eggs, Water, Canola Oil, Baking Powder (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate), Xanthan Gum, Salt, Pure Vanilla Extract, Sunflower Lecithin, Chocolate Glaze (Confectioners Sugar, Water, Sugar, Cocoa, Canola Oil, Agar, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Sulfate, Pure Vanilla Extract, Salt.)
*Please check the current package for up-to-date Ingredient and Nutrition Facts. Ingredients change frequently. Any ingredient or nutrition information provided by GlutenFreeBaking.com is included for educational purposes and may not reflect the current ingredients.
The happy surprise? These doughnuts are dairy-free!
As for the rest of the ingredients, I think they’re fine. These are doughnuts. So they’re a treat. The flour base is a standard gluten-free mix of corn, white rice flour, and tapioca starch.) You’re not going to get any fiber from these doughnuts. But I’m guessing you weren’t looking for fiber from doughnuts. And if you are? Skip these. 🙂
Aldi Gluten-Free Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts: The Price
A box of six cost me $4.49*. For gluten-free doughnuts, I think this is a fair price. Is it as cheap as gluten-based doughnuts? Not by a long shot. But $0.75 per doughnuts feels reasonable for doughnuts you don’t have to make yourself.
*Prices vary depending on your location.
Aldi Gluten-Free Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts: Stock Up or Skip?
I vote stock up! The taste, texture, and price are terrific for gluten-free doughnuts. Around here, gluten-free doughnuts aren’t easy to find. And when I’ve seen them, they’re usually much more expensive than $4.49. If you’ve got the freezer space, pick up a few boxes.