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Monarc Indulge Gourmet Ice Cream 1L $3.99 (Was $4.69) @ ALDI

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Aldi equivalent of Sara Lee and Connoisseur 1 litre ice creams. I find these way better. Available in Vanilla Bean, Mint with Cookies, Cookies & Cream, White Choc Raspberry, Coffee Mocha, Belgian Chocolate or Caramel Honey Macadamia

Not a lot more I can say other than I am going to need a bigger freezer.

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  • +40 votes

    i gotta say aldi did a really good job knocking off the labelling of the connoisseur tubs

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      I actually noticed this in store just the other day. Couldn't believe how similar they look.

    • +1 vote

      Do they taste as good though?

      • +15 votes

        They aren't terrible, I see these as a fall back if Connoisseur isn't on special, but otherwise my opinion is that Connoisseur is far nicer and worth the extra $1.50 at Coles/Woolies when on special

        • +4 votes

          Since its icecream and its not good for you. I want to eat the best when i have it (only so much icecream i should eat in a week).

          So should i pay an extra $7 a litre for undiscounted connoisseur? If im having 150 grams of so per serve thats around an extra $1 each time i have it.

          • +12 votes

            @Chchnu: life's too short for bad icecream

          • +1 vote

            @Chchnu: I’m with you so I’m no longer buying Connoisseur as much and upgrading to to Haagen Daaz and the like.

            Smaller tubs also means less ice cream scooped per serve.

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          When will Aldi learn to match or surpass the quality? I am sure it is the intention but it doesn't come through in many products. Maybe it is too hard.

          • +2 votes

            @virhlpool: I think some Aldi products are as good or even better. I like their pre wash spray, Grandessa Signature Premium Jam, Choceur chocolate, Trippe smoked ham, Mediterranean dips and pasta filled with wild mushrooms and truffle oil is particularly good.

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              @Yola: Fair enough.. I reckon Lindt at a half price (which is quite frequent) is much better value for money than Choceur at a regular price though and a better quality too.

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          kinda like theh Golden gaytime equivs, just not exactly the same/as nice as OG

      • +5 votes

        Belgian Chocolate is great, I find it similar or better to Conniosseur equivalent

        • +2 votes

          Agreed, the Belgian Chocolate is the pick of the bunch imo

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          The Belgian choc one is excellent!

      • +4 votes

        These are really really good. They could be considered on par with connoisseur. IMHO Sara Lee is not as good as these 2

    • +6 votes

      Most of their products are like that. The packaging closely resembles the brand you typically recognise. Their Just Right and Sultana Bran cereals are almost identical to the Kellogg's ones.

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      That's what they try to do with all the brands they knock off. Though normally they then have them made in other countries. Doesn't seem to be the case with this one.

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      I believe they have been pulled up on their packaging before; one example being the "El Tora" (Old El Paso) taco kit knockoffs

      • +1 vote

        Check out their Eclipse Mints rip off. Direct copy. Really pushing the copyright boundary.

        https://www.facebook.com/ALDI.Australia/photos/rate-our-flir...

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          My family have brands in supermarkets around the country except for Aldi. They've yet to rip off the brands but if they were to be sold in Aldi it would most certainly happen.

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            @Clear: Big family-owned company or multiple companies? What industry?

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              @Meconium: Big family owned and I'm not involved in it. Food industry.

    • +1 vote

      It's certainly good value at the price point.. But Connoisseur still does taste noticeably better..

  • +3 votes

    The ALDI mint with cookies is too minty, bordering on toothpaste intensity. Much prefer Woolies version.

    • +3 votes

      Sounds right up my alley then

    • +5 votes

      That actually my favorite one.

    • +9 votes

      No need to brush teeth before bed!

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        Save on toothpaste. Winning!

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          Or just keep your Colgate in the freezer and keep some choc chips on hand. Either way

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      Agree with this and choc mint is normally a favourite of mine.

    • +1 vote

      I love choc Mint and I think this one is really good. I'm not a fan of the cookies and cream in this brand.. It's OK, but I definitely think connoisseur wins that one hands down!

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      They are both very minty. I like mint but I agree, it's got toothpaste similarity.

  • +6 votes

    low quality ice cream. Didnt like it. Better to just buy the original Connoisseur at half price.

    • +1 vote

      I agree that the Cookies & Cream are not as good as Connisseur. Still good though.

    • +2 votes

      Good. Different.

  • -1 vote

    Aren't these the normal price, so where's the bargain?

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      Was $4.69 save 70c

      • +5 votes

        They were good at $4.69, but even better at $3.99
        Cheap stuff tastes better :)

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        Cheers for that, i retract my comment

  • +2 votes

    I am trying to reduce my junk food intake, thanks op!

    Having eaten a lot of ice-cream, I can definitely say these are easily as good as Con or SL and shows just how much they are price gouging everyone.

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      Agree. I don’t see the quality issues others mention in their comments. I find these pretty damn good.

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      Having eaten a lot of ice-cream, I can definitely say these are easily as good as Con or SL and shows just how much they are price gouging everyone.

      It is like credit card points. There is those loose with their wallet who fund the perks for the rest of us.

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    It's kinda funny how Aldi can get away with ripping off products and brands and they get away with it (legally and socially).

    But as soon as a fake product comes out of China it is frowned upon.

    • +2 votes

      It's kinda funny how Aldi can get away with ripping off products and brands and they get away with it (legally and socially).

      You could spot it just looks similar from a mile away. No way you could miss it unless you are illiterate and bad at geometry or never be sucked in with a deal that is too good to be true might just be too good to be true (a supermarket full of top brands for 10% off offer prices at ColesWorths).

      But as soon as a fake product comes out of China it is frowned upon.

      Usually Chinese fakes say Dolce & Gabbana not Golce & DaBanana

      • +3 votes

        Wait… are you telling me that my Golce and DeBanana bag isn’t genuine? 😂

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          Man I miss that show.

          For those who haven’t seen it, it’s about Dolce, a sweet-toothed cop, whose nemesis is a fritter criminal by the name of DaBanana

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        Even what you think are legitimate sunglasses and handbags are all just really good knock offs. Companies by the name and manufacture their own. Versace, D&G etc all the the ones sold in Sunglass Hut and stores like that aren't the real deal. Even though they say their made in Italy there's usually only one part that is to be able to say it is, the rest is manufactured in China or wherever by the people who buy the rights to use the brand name.

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          It is like Nokia phones are made by some factor for HMD Global. Apple made by Foxconn but generally official products have at least a minimum expectation of quality compared to a D&G bag bought at the flee market from a guy who is wearing a polo shirt with upside down Tommy Hilfiger logo on it.

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      You are forgetting that knock offs are very common in Germany and the quality in Germany is very high, just not as common as China, but second in the world.
      Its also funny the different things knocked off in Germany, like share market listings.

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        I realise that the quality is there and most of the products could stand on their own feet without relying on advertising themselves as a 'me too' product.

        It's just an observation on the market perception and how consumers and the courts let Aldi get away with it.

        "We don't sell Duff. We sell Fudd."

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      I may be mistaken but I think Aldi just get local manufacturers to make the knock offs?

      If that is the case then at least the revenue is staying in Australia and contributing to Australian jobs etc.

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        Correct, a lot of products are manufactured in Australia.

        A lot are imported as well.

        No idea what the mix would be.

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          We have such a big agricultural and food production sector that it’s affordable to make them here I guess. Not a lot of fresh food and dairy that’s imported into this country, apart from specialty things like tropical fruit and fancy cheese.

  • +1 vote

    Good alternative to the good stuff.

    Not bad to be honest.

    Nuke it in the microwave for 3 minutes and drink up and spoon the rest that haven't melted yet.

    It's not as good as the best but also not terrible.

    It's priced fairly in my honest opinion.

    • +13 votes

      Nuke it in the microwave for 3 minutes and drink up and spoon the rest that haven't melted yet.

      Sorry… What?

      • +4 votes

        This is a niche move

      • +1 vote

        Lazy man's milkshake also probably cheaper than normally making a milkshake or maybe thick shake if you don't put milk in it.

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          The more I think about it, the more I'd like to give it a crack and destroy my arteries.

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    Any idea how it compares to Hinterland?

    • -2 votes

      Huh? They're opening up a new Hitlerland? Season pass here we come

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      Hinterland ain't great. (IMO). Overpriced and a bit meh in flavour.
      I'd still go Connossieur anyday over Hinterland.

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        The Hinterland cookies and cream was a notch below Connoisseur (I enjoyed the chocolate swirl part) but the vanilla bean one was so average. These Aldi and Woolies private label ice creams are made by Norco, who produce Hinterland.

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    They used to have one that had small chocolate balls like malteezers in it. That was awesome but I haven't seen it in two years (despite looking every week).

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    Vanilla Bean + Ice Magic + Sprinkles = Win

    • +1 vote

      Every Aussie kids childhood right there

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      Ice magic is so good but man do you pay large for it.

      I could drink a cup of that stuff then follow down with some milk mmm Yum.

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    Great ice cream.

    I haven't tried the Caramel Honey Macadamia or the White Choc Raspberry, any thoughts on those two?

    • +1 vote

      white choc raspberry is nice :)

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      Caramel honey is pretty good, real honey, and crunchy macadamias, not soggy.
      Raspberry on the other hand is too sweet for my taste, finished it but not with too much pleasure.

  • +1 vote

    Nah, It's not as good (but nothing at Aldi is - well the chocolate is of course :) )

    This is the same standard as the Coles and Woolworths home brand cheapies. Not bad but simply not in the same ballpark

    I'm a tight ass like everyone else here - but the better tubs at $6 and $7 on special at the majors are a bit better. Never pay full price.

    We were at Eastern beach (Geelong) the other day and paid $6 for a scoop or two of soft serve. Good stuff; well worth the money, a bit like the Sara Lee etc tubs. Worth the money.

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      Oh man if you live near gelato place in ashfield or Croydon I forget which place but they can go on special and the tubs there taste nearly like the high quality stuff.

      Hazelnut and Ferrero Rocher are my faves.

      Thinking about all this sugar now makes me want to go drink a couple litres of water fast now.

  • +1 vote

    My favorite is Bulla 2L ice cream that's around $4.5 if on discount. It's the best value and pretty delicious mint flavor.

    Will give this one a try though!

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      I wouldn't buy the ALDI mint, it's too strong and not a good taste

  • +1 vote

    they gotta work on more flavours, the problem is not enough!

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    My newest addiction at the moment is the Coles Vegan ice cream. They're really good!

  • +1 vote

    All the food groups;
    Vanilla, Mint, Cookies, Cream, Choc, Raspberry, Coffee, Belgian Chocolate, Caramel, Honey, and Macadamia.

  • +1 vote

    TBH Connoisseur isn't that great either. It's far too sweet.
    Vanilla ice cream I used to get from M&S in the UK was one of the best I've had. Connoisseur doesn't hold a candle to it.

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    The best vanilla bean icecream version of these is from woolies in my expert opinion