With stay-at-home orders still prolific throughout the United States, heading to the grocery store can still seem like a giant undertaking. Luckily, ALDI, the beloved German grocery store, wants to make you feel as prepared and comfortable—long before you enter the store. Which is why the chain always releases new additions to the shelves early, so you know exactly what to add to your list before stepping inside. In September, ALDI is focusing on pumpkin spice everything, along with plenty of apple products, snacks, and Oktoberfest essentials, like sausages, spaetzle, and German chocolate cake.

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ALDI Finds: September 2

Clancy’s Honey BBQ or Salt & Vinegar Potato Pops


Whether you’re propped in front of the TV or throwing a backyard barbecue, these salty potato chips are sure to please everyone. 

Parkview Bacon Cheddar Brats and Chili Cheese Smoked Sausages


Look ahead to Oktoberfest with these cheesy brats and sausages. 

Breakfast Best Cinnamon Blast Bites


Breakfast is a breeze, thanks to these French toast bites. 

Simply Nature Olive Oil and Sea Salt Popcorn


There’s perhaps no better snack than a bag of popcorn, and these Simply Nature bags are spiced with plenty of herbs and olive oil. 

Ambiano Panini Maker and Grill


Make your own pressed sandwiches thanks to this panini press, which leaves your subs stamped with grill marks. 

ALDI Finds: September 9

Wicked Grove Pear Hard Cider


Ring in the fall months with this pear-infused hard cider. 

Specially Selected Pumpkin Cheesecake Drizzled Caramel Corn

ALDI pumpkin caramel corn


The ideal snack to have alongside your cider, and one of the first signs of pumpkin spice back in the store.

Barissimo Caramel or Apple Crisp Ground Coffee


Cold brew season is just about up, which means you have easily transitioned into these fall-inspired coffee flavors, like caramel and apple crisp. 

Simply Nature Fruit & Veggie Squeezes


Looking for a kid-friendly lunchtime snack? Try these fruit pouches, which squeeze out peaches and berries. 

Bentons’ Apple Crisp or Pumpkin Cookies


It’ll be easy to throw back a handful of these soft pumpkin and apple crisp cookies. 

Crofton 12-Quart Porcelain Enamel Stockpot


Grab a blue or red stockpot and get ready for soup season

ALDI Finds: September 16

Specially Selected Ravioli

ALDI fall ravioli


Dinner’s on the table in no time thanks to these easy-to-prepare ravioli, stuffed with either mushrooms and ricotta with a hint of truffle, or pear and gorgonzola. 

Deutsche Küche Egg Spätzle

ALDI Deutsche Küche Egg Spätzle


Unfamiliar with this classic German side dish? Check out these spaetzle recipes

Deutsche Küche Frozen Spaetzle

ALDI frozen spaetzle Oktoberfest


For an even faster Oktoberfest side, you can pick up frozen spaetzle in a few different flavors: garlic sage with butter; cheese with roasted onions; or mushroom.

Deutsche Küche European Mustards Assorted Varieties


Spread these mustards on everything—from sausages and brats to baked salmon and salad dressings (or the frozen schnitzel and pretzel breadsticks you’ll also find at ALDI this month). 

Deutsche Küche German Cream Cakes Chocolate or Strawberry


Polish off a slice of German chocolate or strawberry cake for dessert. 

Choceur Pumpkin Chocolates


These adorable chocolates are shaped like pumpkins. 

Crofton Cast Iron Skillet


Everyone needs a trusty cast iron skillet, and this one is only $10. 

Crofton Acacia & Silicone Spatulas


These wood and silicone serving tools are ideal for serving salads and scooping risotto. 

Burlwood Cellars Pacific Fruit Vineyards Sweet Apple


This sweet apple wine is perfect for anyone who doesn’t prefer dry wine. 

ALDI Finds: September 23

Bremer Bistro Loaded Potato or Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup

ALDI Bremer Bistro Loaded Potato or Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup


Soup weather is on its way, and these easy frozen portions are available in two fall-perfect flavors: loaded potato with cheddar cheese and bacon, and creamy tomato with croutons and cheddar so you can skip the grilled cheese on the side.

Earthly Grains Wild Rice Blends


Tired of white rice? Try these healthy wild rice blends instead. 

L’oven Fresh Tandoori Naan


Mop up dips, curries, and chutneys with hunks of naan. Choose from plain or garlic.

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Appleton Farms Diced Prosciutto or Diced Pancetta


Snack on these smoked meats, prepare a cheat and meat plate, or toss them into salads. 

Crofton Insulated Carafe


Keep beverages warm in these sleek, diner-inspired carafes. 

Crofton Tea Kettle


Since you’re working from you and have become your own personal barista, you’ll need a tea kettle to do some of the heavy lifting. 

Ambiano 7-Quart Slow Cooker


Don’t want to pay top dollar for a slow cooker? This Ambiano version will do the trick—and it’s only $19. 

ALDI Finds: September 30

Season’s Choice Pumpkin or Butternut Squash Risotto


Nothing says fall like a warm bowl of risotto, peppered with hunks of pumpkin or butternut squash. 

Nature’s Nectar Sparkling Fresh Cider


Rather than pop open a can of beer, cool off with a bottle of sparkling apple cider.

Benton’s Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cremes


Get your fix of pumpkin spice everything before the season ends. 

Aunt Maple’s Pancake Mix


The kids will love this pancake mix, replete with two mix-ins: pumpkin spice and chocolate chips & bananas. 

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Header image courtesy of ALDI.

Amy Schulman is an associate editor at Chowhound. She is decidedly pro-chocolate.
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