Aldi Brand Snacks: Best to Worst

Sunsweet Amazin Prunes Pitted VS. Southern Grove Pitted Prunes Dried Plums

Similarity Score: 99%

Don't even bother sticking with the name brand! Southern Grove does an excellent job providing an alternative to Sunsweet Prunes. If we get really picky, the Sunsweet packaging is a tiny bit easier to open. But how quickly have you ever gone through a container of prunes?!

Harvest Snaps Green Pea Snack Crisps Lightly Salted VS. Simply Nature Green Pea Crisps

Similarity Score: 98%

Reviewers could not tell the difference between the two products. They said the snacks tasted practically identical and each reported they would switch to save.


Mott's Unsweetened Applesauce VS. Lunch Buddies Unsweetened Applesauce

Similarity Score: 97%

Two thirds of testers said they would switch to save. While smell and taste are similar, some testers were hung up on the watery texture of the store brand applesauce.

Snack Factory Original Pretzel Crisps VS. Clancy's Pretzel Slims Original

Similarity Score: 96%

These tasted nearly identical to all testers. The packaging is very similar, however, the Snack Factory pretzel package is easier to tear the top off of than the Clancy's. Each individual Snack Factory Pretzel is bigger than the Aldi version but was not bothersome to any testers.

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Everything VS. Clancy's Pretzel Slims Everything

Similarity Score: 96%

All testers said they would switch to save. They found the taste and smell to be almost the exact same. They noted Clancy's pretzel slims are slightly smaller and thinner, but actually easier for dipping.

Quaker Lightly Salted Rice Cakes VS. Fit&Active Lightly Salted Rice Cakes

Similarity Score: 95%

Depend on your texture preference you will most likely prefer one product over the other. Our testers found that the name brand had a softer crunch and the generic was much crunchier. Our panel was split!

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars S'mores VS. Millville Chewy Granola Bars S'mores

Similarity Score: 94%

Both of these boxes are impossible to open, the packaging perforation makes it even harder to open than the normal tabs. Quaker's granola bar has a sweeter smell and crumbles apart while you eat it. Since we prefer our food to crumble in our mouths and not in our hands, we recommend trying out the generic!

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Hostess Donettes Powdered Mini Donuts VS. Village Bakery Mini Donuts Powdered

Similarity Score: 94%

Our testers thought these were a Donut HOLE in one! They found the taste to be very similar, and there were only slight differences in texture. We recommend you switch to save.


Emerald 100 Calorie Packs Natural Almonds VS. Southern Grove 100 Calorie Whole Almonds

Similarity Score: 93%

The Emerald 100 Calorie Pack Natural Almonds are packaged in wider packs, allowing for ease when opening. Southern Grove Whole Almonds did hold up to the Emerald Packs and testers agreed across the board that they would switch to save.


Reese's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups VS. Choceur Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Similarity Score: 92%

The store brand peanut butter is smoother and creamier, but both peanut butter cups had extremely similar tastes. All testers said they would switch to the Aldi chocolate to save.

Nabisco Triscuit Crackers VS. Savoritz Original Woven Wheats Baked Crackers

Similarity Score: 92%

SWITCH TO SAVE!!! This is one of the best matches we have come across. Savoritz has done an excellent job matching the taste and texture of Triscuits. During your next Aldi run, definitely try these crackers.


Lay's Wavy Original Potato Chips VS. Clancy's Wavy Potato Chips

Similarity Score: 90%

This is a great opportunity to switch. The packaging may be a little flimsy but Clancy's Wavy Chips held up well with our testers!

Ballpark Beef Franks Uncured VS. Parkview Beef Franks Uncured

Similarity Score: 90%

The taste of both these brands are very similar. The store brand texture is more gooey and left behind more juices. But if you're looking for a similar taste then this is a great dupe.

Nabisco Ritz Bits Peanut Butter VS. Savoritz 4 Kids Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers

Similarity Score: 89%

Although the packaging was noticeably different, this was one of the best Aldi duplicates we have seen. There are minor differences in smell and creaminess, Nabisco's Ritz Bits were a little nuttier and creamier since there was a tad more peanut butter on each cracker. But our testers would not have been able to tell the difference in a blind taste test!

Stonyfield Organic Organic Fruity Cows VS. Simply Nature Kids Organic Fruit Flavored Snacks Mixed Berry

Similarity Score: 88%

The consistency of these gummies do differ, Stonyfield has a softer chewier texture. However, Simply Nature does a good job of providing an alternative. Depending on your texture preferences this might be an opportunity to switch to save!

Cheez IT Original Baked Snack Crackers VS. Savoritz Cheese Baked Crackers

Similarity Score: 87%

These are extremely similar in taste and texture - some testers say they are the exact same but we detect differences - the Cheez Its seem saltier and seem to have more of a sharp-cheddar flavor. We would switch to save in this case!


Hostess Mini Muffins Chocolate Chip VS. Baker's Treat Mini Muffins Chocolate Chip

Similarity Score: 87%

Definitely make the switch! From packaging to taste, Baker's Treat Mini Muffins are preferred. The Baker's Treat Mini Muffins smelled sweeter and more appetizing. And anyone that may struggle with packaging, specifically kids, will thank you for purchasing Baker's Treat. Unfortunately, the Hostess Mini Muffins had a chemical taste that just didn't sit well on the palate.


Emerald 100 Calorie Packs Natural Almonds and Walnuts VS. Southern Grove 100 Calorie Packs Natural Almonds and Walnuts

Similarity Score: 87%

Take this opportunity to switch to the generic! The Emerald Packs have a very intense smell and are a bit to salty for our taste.

Chips Ahoy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies VS. Benton's Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Similarity Score: 87%

All testers said these were extremely similar on taste and texture. They were impressed by the store brand and would switch to save.

Kellogg's Special K Protein Meal Bars Strawberry VS. Fit&Active Protein Meal Bars Strawberry

Similarity Score: 87%

Switch to save! Our panel agreed that although Special K is slightly fruitier, the generic could help you save! Enjoy a sweeter strawberry smell with the generic.

Nabisco Golden Oreo VS. Benton's Vanilla Sandwich Creme Cookies

Similarity Score: 87%

Benton's Vanilla Sandwich Creme Cookies are a great alternative to Golden Oreos! But be warned, the packaging is not comparable and quite flimsy.


Pringles Potato Crisps The Original VS. Clancy's Stackerz Potato Crisps Original

Similarity Score: 86%

Testers commented that they would all switch to save, and the noticeable differences are that Aldi is slightly saltier and crunchier than Pringles.

CLIF Builder's Protein Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter VS. Elevation High Protein Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter

Similarity Score: 86%

Switch to save! Our testers agreed, the generic has a nuttier smell, a slightly sweeter taste and a smoother texture.

Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars Oats 'n Honey VS. Millville Crunchy Granola Bars Oats 'n Honey

Similarity Score: 86%

The biggest differentiation between the name brand and the generic for the Oats 'n Honey Granola Bars is the texture. Nature Valley tends to crumble more, if this is an issue you have with the Nature Valley bars, this may be an opportunity to switch.

Keebler Ice Cream Cups VS. Benton's Ice Cream Cups

Similarity Score: 85%

All testers said they would switch. Keebler has a toastier smell with a cardboard taste. Benton's is much sweeter in comparison, but the packaging was slightly more difficult to open.

Cheez IT Reduced Fat Original Cheese Crackers VS. Savoritz Reduced Fat Cheese Crackers

Similarity Score: 85%

Our panel was convinced that this is an opportunity to switch to save! Savoritz does an excellent job recreating the flavor and texture of a Cheez It. There are some minor differences, a toastier taste, a stronger smell, crispy texture all make Cheez Its what they are, but this generic option holds strong!

Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars Cashew VS. Millville Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars Cashew

Similarity Score: 85%

Nature Valley's Granola Bars have a more intense maple smell and a sweeter taste. Our panel preferred the generic since it focused more on the nuts than sweetness.

Sun-Maid California Sun-dried Raisins VS. Southern Grove Seedless Raisins

Similarity Score: 85%

Our panel really prefered the Southern Grove packaging, in addition to the stronger raisin smell and more flavorful raisins. Definitely take this opportunity to save!

Nabisco Handi-Snacks Premium Breadsticks 'N Cheesy Dip VS. Savoritz 4 Kids Cheese Dip & Cracker Sticks

Similarity Score: 85%

SAY CHEESE! Savoritz 4 Kidz kills it on the cheese and two of our panelists preferred it to the original.

Keebler Sugar Cones VS. Benton's Sugar Cones

Similarity Score: 84%

All testers said they would switch! Keebler has more of a toasted waffle taste, while Benton's cones are sweeter across the board.


Pringles Potato Chips Cheddar Cheese VS. Clancy's Stackerz Potato Crisps Cheddar Cheese

Similarity Score: 84%

The Cheddar Cheese Stackerz Potato Crisps proved comparable to Pringles Potato Crisps. Although the Stackerz cheddar flavor is strong initially, the Pringles flavor has a more intense after taste.

CLIF Builder's Protein Bar Chocolate Mint VS. Millville Elevation Chocolate Mint Protein Bar

Similarity Score: 84%

The majority of our panel would switch to save! But they did find some differences that are worth noting before you make your purchase. The name brand has a stronger chocolate smell and reminded the panel of mint chocolate chip ice cream. The generic reminded the panel of Dentyne Ice gum with its strong minty smell. Just some food for thought!


Entenmann's Little Bites Fudge Brownies VS. Baker's Treat Mini Brownies Original Fudge

Similarity Score: 83%

Two-thirds of testers said they would switch to save. Testers liked the flavor and texture of both brownies, but thought the Entemann's brownie smelled more appetizing.


Skinny Pop Popcorn VS. Simply Nature Lightly Salted Popcorn

Similarity Score: 83%

Switch to save!!! Simply Nature does an excellent job of recreating an alternative to Skinny Pop Popcorn. Expect a slightly saltier taste from Simply Nature.

Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Smooth Dark Chocolate Bar VS. Moser Roth Dark 70% Cocoa Chocolate Bars

Similarity Score: 83%

Moser Roth proves to be a very good alternative to Lindt. With the 70% cocoa our panel agreed that the Moser Roth had a stronger cocoa taste and smell. It was not quite as smooth as the Lindt bar. The packaging is worth noting since Moser Roth individually packages 5 bars instead of simply wrapping the entire bar in flimsy foil.

Little Debbie Swiss Rolls VS. Baker's Treat Swiss Rolls

Similarity Score: 82%

The packaging for the Little Debbie Swiss Rolls was made for the snack counter, if this appeals to you, this is a great find. The cocoa smell, the sweeter taste and smoother texture were all notable in comparison to the generic.


Fiber One Baked Lemon Bar vs. Millville Fiber Now Soft Baked Bars Lemon

Similarity Score: 82%

Though the name brand is a little denser, we did like the sweetness of the store brand. It's a treat after all! We think these are comparable enough to switch and safe!

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip vs. Millville Chewy Granola Bars Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Similarity Score: 66%

Unfortunately, Millville is roasting their peanuts for too long in our opinion. Our panel would not switch to save based on that too roasted taste.

Chips Ahoy Original Chocolate Chip Cookies vs. Benton's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Similarity Score: 82%

Three out of four testers said they would not switch to the store brand. They commented that there were less chocolate chips in the Benton's cookies and that it had a sort of stale texture.

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars Oatmeal Raisin vs. Millville Chewy Granola Bars Oatmeal Raisin

Similarity Score: 82%

Millville for the win! Switch to save since the Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars are have more cinnamon flavor and are all around more appetizing.

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Nabisco Nilla Wafers vs. Benton's Vanilla Wafers

Similarity Score: 82%

Both testers said they would switch to Benton's brand. Benton's has a tougher and crunchier texture, while Nabisco has a stronger vanilla scent and sweeter taste.

Nabisco Barnum's Animals Crackers vs. Benton's Animal Crackers

Similarity Score: 82%

Switch to save and get a whole new set of animal shapes in the generic box! The generic has a lemony smell that is noticable but otherwise these are very comparable products.

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Nabisco Ritz Bits Cheese vs. Savoritz 4 Kids Mini Cheese Sandwich Crackers

Similarity Score: 81%

Aldi did another great job with their Mini Cheese Sandwich Crackers! Most testers would make the switch to the Aldi brand. Packaging was preferred and the crackers had a buttery smell and a saltier taste.

Lay's Dill Pickle Potato Chips vs. Clancy's Dill Pickle Potato Chips

Similarity Score: 81%

If you are looking for a dill pickle taste, Clancy's is the way to go! Our panel determined that the generic has a much stronger pickle smell and taste and would switch to save.

Ruffles All Dressed Potato Chips vs. Clancy's Wavy All Dressed Potato Chips

Similarity Score: 81%

All Dressed - sounds good, eh? Our panel agreed that Clancy's did a great job recreating Canada's number one chip flavor. The mixture of salty, savory and sweet is approached slightly differently by each brand. Ruffles has a stronger sour cream and onion taste, while Clancy's focuses on salt and vinegar.

Keebler Club Crackers Original vs. Savoritz Original Clubhouse Crackers

Similarity Score: 81%

Since Savoritz has a stronger buttery smell, a better taste but a somewhat greasy texture. Overall the Savoritz crackers tasted better, but whoever doesn't want a heavier butter flavor on their Club Crackers...stick with the name brand.

Lindt Classic Recipe Milk Chocolate Bar vs. Moser Roth Milk Chocolate Bars

Similarity Score: 80%

Our panel was split on this comparison. Although the name brand has a very creamy texture, the generic is softer in texture and melts in your mouth. The lesson here is that you cannot go wrong!

Keebler Waffle Cones vs. Benton's Waffle Cones

Similarity Score: 80%

The testers were split with this one. Keebler cones have a fluffier texture. Benton's cones have a sweeter smell and are much crunchier and hard; they have a toasty flavor to them also.


Oreo Original Chocolate Sandwich Cookies vs. Benton's Original Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Similarity Score: 80%

Three of four testers said they would switch to save. Testers noted that Benton's cookies have a harder shell and softer cream, but very similar taste.

Stacy's Pita Chips vs. Specially Selected Sea Salt Pita Chips

Similarity Score: 80%

The pita chips taste very similar. The biggest difference is texture- Specially Selected are thinner and crisper with more air, while Stacy's are thicker and crunchier.

Brookside Dark Chocolate Acai & Blueberry Flavors vs. Choceur Dark Chocolate Superberries Blueberry Acai

Similarity Score: 80%

These two brands are pretty close. Brookside is very chocolatey with a fruitier smell, while Choceur is slightly sour with a chalky texture. Choceur has a bigger bite to it, which is why the testers were split between switching.

Kellogg's Nutri Grain Soft Baked Bars Blueberry vs. Millville Fruit & Grain Soft Baked Bar Blueberry

Similarity Score: 80%

Testers were split-some said the store brand bar had a more bready casing, and therefore was blander. Others thought this was a great dupe. Overall, differences were slight and we would still switch to save!

Stretch Island Strawberry Fruit Leathers vs. Simply Nature Strawberry Fruit Strips

Similarity Score: 79%

Simply Nature does a good job of replicating Stretch Island's Strawberry Fruit Leather. There are minor differences, specifically the grainer texture but sweeter smell of Simple Nature. Definitely worth a try!

Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars Peanut vs. Millville Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars Peanut

Similarity Score: 79%

Nature Valley has a slightly stronger peanut smell and looks more appetizing. However, Millville has a sweeter taste and softer texture. Depending on what you prefer in a granola bar, you might want to try out the generic.


Pop Secret Premium Popcorn 94% Fat Free Butter vs. Clancy's 94% Fat Free Premium Microwave Butter Popcorn

Similarity Score: 79%

Both popcorns were crunchy, and two-thirds of testers said they would switch to the store brand to save. The panel did find the name brand popcorn slightly tastier with more butter and salt flavor.

Go Go Squeez Apple Cinnamon Applesauce On The Go vs. Simply Nature Apple Cinnamon Squeezable Fruit Blend

Similarity Score: 78%

The Go Go Squeez packaging will be easier for your kids to open, but since there are minor differences in smell, taste and texture. This might be an opportunity for you to switch to save. Note that the generic does have a stronger apple smell a more sour taste and a slightly thinner texture.

Jell-o Strawberry vs. Baker's Corner Strawberry Gelatin Dessert

Similarity Score: 78%

Though Jell-o has a firmer texture, Baker's Corner has a stronger fruity flavor. Our testers would switch to save! Tell us what you think below!

Funyuns Onion Flavored Rings vs. Clancy's Original Onion Rings

Similarity Score: 78%

Our panel was split when comparing these two products. The products have very similar flavor profiles but the generic has a stronger onion powder taste and a puffier consistency. The Funyuns are crispier and a bit saltier.

Lindt Excellence Chili Dark Chocolate Bar vs. Moser Roth Dark Chili Chocolate Bars

Similarity Score: 78%

Our panel split on the Dark Chili chocolate. The Lindt bar had a more intense chocolate smell and a smoother taste and texture; while the Moser Roth is individually wrapped. We could go either way on this product.

KIND Healthy Grains Dark Chocolate Chunk vs. Elevation Multigrain Squares Dark Chocolate Chunk

Similarity Score: 78%

The majority of our testers would switch to save. However, some testers noticed a smokey after taste when eating the generic. If smokey doesn't offend your palate, this could be a great solution for you!


Betty Crocker Fruit Gushers vs. Lunch Buddies Fruity Burst

Similarity Score: 78%

Our testers were split across the board on Gushers vs. Fruity Burst. Gushers have a harder outer shell allowing each gummy to burst in your mouth, but they also get stuck between your teeth. Fruity Burst provide a fill for your general fruit snack craving and won't get stuck in your teeth!

Cheetos Cheese Flavored Snacks Crunchy vs. Clancy's Cheese Curls Cheese Flavored Snacks

Similarity Score: 78%

Testers noted a different texture immediately. The Clancy's cheese curls are much thicker and harder to chew (like cardboard). They taste similar, but Cheetos are cheesier.

Jell-o Chocolate Instant Pudding & Pie Filling vs. Baker's Corner Chocolate Instant Pudding & Pie Filling

Similarity Score: 77%

When initially mixing the pudding, the generic looked somewhat lumpier, but this was not noticeable in the texture during our tasting. The panel was able to distinguish a slight difference between the two puddings in richness of chocolate, but Baker's Corner held up well against Jell-o.

Quaker Cheddar Rice Crisps vs. Fit&Active Cheddar Cheese Rice Snacks

Similarity Score: 77%

The Fit & Active snacks are much more puffed up and airy than the Quaker snacks. You will get more crunch with the Quaker. Both have a decent amount of cheese powder, but the Quaker snacks are saltier.

Keebler Sandies Cookie Pecan Shortbread vs. Benton's Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Similarity Score: 77%

Both cookies are sweet and nutty, but testers said the biggest difference is in texture. The store brand cookie is much softer and doesn't deliver the signature Sandie texture.

Dove Chocolate Silky Smooth Promises Dark Chocolate vs. Choceur Dark Chocolate Pieces

Similarity Score: 77%

The store brand chocolate is more bitter, so fans of very dark chocolate may prefer this. The Dove chocolate is sweeter and has a cherry flavored finish. Both chocolates have a smooth texture. One-third of testers said they would switch to save.

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Nabisco Honey Maid Cinnamon Grahams vs. Benton's Graham Crackers Cinnamon

Similarity Score: 77%

Depending on what you plan to do with your graham cracker purchase, you might be willing to switch. Honey Maid has a stronger spiced cinnamon smell and taste.

Rold Gold Pretzels Sticks Original vs. Clancy's Pretzels Sticks

Similarity Score: 76%

Testers thought the main difference is the Clancy's pretzels are thicker and slightly more bready. Both testers thought they were similar enough to switch.

Rold Gold Pretzels Tiny Twists Original vs. Clancy's Pretzels Mini Twists

Similarity Score: 76%

Testers noted a similar salty taste, but Clancy's pretzel is much thicker, so it naturally is tougher and tastes more bready.


Doritos Nacho Cheese Flavored Tortilla Chips vs. Clancy's Nacho Cheese Flavored Tortilla Chips

Similarity Score: 76%

Both chips were enjoyable to testers. There are slight differences overall, such as Doritos has a stronger cheese flavor and a little airier texture. These were slight enough that we would switch to save.

Nature Valley Fruit & Nut Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars vs. Millville Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars Fruit & Nut

Similarity Score: 76%

The Millville granola bar has a nuttier smell and has more whole pieces of nuts. Our panel felt that this difference was crucial and we would recommend switching if you are looking for a nut bar instead of a processed nut bar.

Jell-o Orange vs. Baker's Corner Orange Gelatin Dessert

Similarity Score: 75%

This store brand orange dessert is pretty great. It has a stronger flavor and is more firm, so if you are into gelatin molds then you may want to switch over to Baker's Corner Orange Gelatin Dessert.


Nabisco Teddy Grahams Chocolate vs. Benton's Kids Mini Bear Grahams Snack Packs Chocolate

Similarity Score: 75%

Nabisco's Chocolate Teddy Grahams had a sweeter, less bitter cocoa taste and melted in our testers' mouths. The similarities between these products were not as strong as other Aldi products we have tested. Maybe stick with the original.

Jell-o Orange Gelatin Snack vs. Lunch Buddies Orange Gel Snacks

Similarity Score: 75%

Jell-o has a more intense flavor and a firmer texture than the generic.

Atkins Peanut Butter Fudge Crisp Bar vs. Elevation Carb Conscious Peanut Butter Fudge Crisp Bars

Similarity Score: 74%

Our panel was split on these products. The name brand has a stronger chocolatey and peanutty taste and the generic tasted more artificially sweet.

Little Brownie Bakers Tagalongs vs. Benton's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies

Similarity Score: 73%

The tester noted the main difference is the Tagalong cookie has a peanut butter cookie inside, and the Benton's cookie is chocolate inside. She actually preferred this difference. We say to support the Girl Scouts during cookie season, and get your fix from Aldi the rest of the year.

Nabisco Original Premium Saltine Crackers vs. Savoritz Original Saltine Crackers

Similarity Score: 73%

Nabisco's Saltines had a more toasted taste and smell, while Savoritz was sweeter and starchier. Most tasters would switch to save.

KIND Plus Cranberry Almond vs. Elevation Fruit & Nut Bar Cranberry Almond

Similarity Score: 73%

Although the generic comes close to the name brand, our panel agreed that they would not switch to save. The name brand has a stronger cranberry smell, whole nuts and the sensation of being a healthier bar. the generic has a nuttier smell but a lot of syrup holding the bar together.

Nabisco Fig Newtons vs. Benton's Fig Bars

Similarity Score: 73%

Our testers preferred the original! Nabisco's Fig Newtons had an easy to open package and a sweeter smell. Benton's Fig Bars were drier and had a different cake to fig ratio.

Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar Popcorn vs. Simply Nature White Cheddar Puffs

Similarity Score: 73%

Reviewers enjoyed the taste and texture of both the name brand and the store brand. The name brand is slightly cheesier, but Simply Nature puffs are organic and Pirate's Booty is not. The most noticeable difference is the Pirate's Booty has a resealable bag, which is great for freshness if you are keeping these for more than a few days.


Doritos Cool Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips vs. Clancy's Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips

Similarity Score: 72%

The cult following for Doritos Cool Ranch Chips may not be satisfied by the alternative, but Clancy's did get very close with this recipe. Most of our testers would not switch but Clancy's might be worth a try.

Utz Premium White Cheddar Popcorn vs. Clancy's Popcorn White Cheddar

Similarity Score: 72%

There are slight differences between these products that could compel you to switch to save or stick with the name brand. Utz has a sweeter, crunchier, cheesier taste and Clancy's has a saltier, chewier, butter taste.

Chex Mix Savory Cheddar Snack Mix vs. Clancy's Cheddar Party Mix

Similarity Score: 71%

There is much more powdered cheese on the Chex Mix and it is slightly crunchier. If you prefer a lot of cheese, stick to the name brand. Our testers liked the subtlety of the generic. The Chex Mix bag tears apart too easily, and split for us.


Fritos The Original Corn Chips vs. Clancy's Corn Chips Original

Similarity Score: 71%

Depending on your love of Fritos Corn Chips, this may be an opportunity to switch. Clancy's had a stronger factory smell and the individual chips are not as visually appealing, but if you are just looking for a corn chip, this may be what you are looking for.

Tostitos Original Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips vs. Clancy's Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips

Similarity Score: 70%

Tostitos are a little saltier and airier, but we felt the Clancy's chips were a little more authentic tasting. If you like a crunchy corn taste, make the switch to save.

Keebler Fudge Stripes Cookies vs. Benton's Original Fudge Striped Shortbread Cookies

Similarity Score: 70%

The original Fudge Stripes from Keebler melt in your mouth and have a more chocolate/fudge taste and scent. Our panel clearly preferred the original.

Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars Almond vs. Millville Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars Almond

Similarity Score: 70%

Millville is not as successful with this granola bar. Nature Valley has a sweeter smell and has whole nuts that are visible at the top of the bar. In addition to not being as visible pleasing, Millville's bar coating is blander and too sweet.

Quaker Caramel Rice Crisps vs. Fit&Active Caramel Rice Snacks

Similarity Score: 69%

Fit&Active, although comparable, differed most on texture. The thicker cut crisps were fluffier than Quaker's Rice Crisps. The powerful caramel flavor held our tester's attention and may be able to sway your decision, depending on your texture preference.

Atkins Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar vs. Elevation Protein Nutrition Bar Cookie Dough

Similarity Score: 69%

Our panel was split on these products. One panelist compared the name brand to cookie dough ice cream and another panelist felt that the store brand was bland and tasted like whey protein. It depends in what you are looking for in a protein bar -- protein taste or pretending to eat ice cream?

KIND Maple Pumpkin Seeds vs. Elevation Multigrain Squares Maple Pumpkin Seeds

Similarity Score: 69%

If you are looking for that maple taste, stick with the KIND bar. Elevation has a toned down taste, almost becoming bland in comparison to the KIND bar. Our panel agreed that this is not the best alternative to the KIND bar.

Nabisco Honey Maid Honey Grahams vs. Benton's Graham Crackers Honey

Similarity Score: 69%

Both testers said they would not switch to Benton's Graham Crackers. The packaging was flimsy and the cracker was more dry and had sort of a processed taste. Nabisco's tasted like real honey and had a pleasing vanilla smell.

Mott's Fruit Flavored Snacks Assorted Fruit vs. Lunch Buddies Fruit Flavored Snacks Assorted Flavors

Similarity Score: 68%

The testers said they would not switch to Lunch Buddies Fruit Snacks. They don't have as much of a natural taste and have a thicker chew. Mott's brand is super sticky!

Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip vs. Millville Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Similarity Score: 68%

Quaker's Chewy Granola Bars were the fluffy consistency we have learned to love. Millville's Granola Bars, however, had a very sugary smell, were denser and had a chalky aftertaste.


Lay's Sour Cream and Onion Flavored Potato Chips vs. Clancy's Sour Cream and Onion Flavored Potato Chips

Similarity Score: 67%

This one comes down entirely to preference. Lay's is heavier on the sour cream flavor, while Clancy's is heavier on the onion flavor. Reviewers were split on whether they would switch to save or not.

Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars Peanut Butter vs. Millville Crunchy Granola Bars Peanut Butter

Similarity Score: 67%

Millville has an intense burnt roasted peanut taste. Not sure why they are burning their peanuts, but we were not impressed. Nature Valley has a sweeter peanut butter taste, much more pleasant!

Atkins Caramel Double Chocolate Crunch Bar vs. Elevation Caramel Double Chocolate Crunch

Similarity Score: 66%

The generic bar has an unfortunate artificial caramel smell, weird aftertaste and gritty feel in our testers' mouths. Since this bar is not comparable with the Atkins bar we would not recommend switching to save.

Jell-o Vanilla Instant Pudding & Pie Filling vs. Baker's Corner Vanilla Instant Pudding & Pie Filling

Similarity Score: 65%

If you want vanilla pudding as the main part of your dessert then you might want to stay with Jell-o's Vanilla Pudding because it's smoother and has a more satisfying vanilla taste. The store brand is great too, but we wouldn't switch to save, unless you were using the pudding as an ingredient in a different dessert.

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Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Baked Snack Crackers Cheddar vs. Savoritz 4 Kids Penguins Baked Cheddar Snack Crackers

Similarity Score: 65%

The Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Baked Cheddar Snack Crackers have packaging that will stay standing in a pantry. Reviewers would not switch to Savoritz for Kids Baked Cheddar Snacks based on the taste alone. If you prefer/enjoy the taste of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Baked Cheddar Snack Crackers this is not the right alternative for you.

Tostitos Bite Size Tortilla Chips vs. Clancy's Big Dippers Tortilla Chips

Similarity Score: 64%

Testers preferred the saltiness and the crunch of the name brand, but still thought the generic was a decent dupe taste-wise.

Fiber One Chocolate Fudge Brownie vs. Millville Fiber Now Chocolate Fudge

Similarity Score: 64%

Fiber One Brownie's smell more of cocoa, while Millville brand has a bland taste. Because of that the tester wouldn't switch to store brand.

Orville Redenbacher's Movie Theater Butter Popcorn vs. Clancy's Movie Theater Butter Popcorn

Similarity Score: 63%

The Clancy's popcorn bag was difficult to open. Additionally, the bag yielded much less popcorn than Orville Redenbacher's popcorn. The flavor was similar for each, but we would stick to the name brand simply for the volume popped.

Ballpark Angus Beef Franks vs. Parkview Uncured Angus Beef Franks

Similarity Score: 63%

The texture of the store brand is off; it breaks apart into little beads and has a harder casing that can be unpleasant. This may not be an opportunity to switch to save.

Oscar Mayer Classic Uncured Wieners vs. Parkview Classic Hot Dogs

Similarity Score: 63%

The flavor of the store brand was all off. Not sure this is an opportunity to switch to save.


Tostitos Bite Size Tortilla Chips vs. Clancy's White Rounds Tortilla Chips

Similarity Score: 63%

Neither of the two testers said they would switch to save. They preferred the salty taste of the Tostitos to the corn heavy flavor of Clancy's.

Little Debbie Nutty Buddy Cookies with Peanut Butter vs. Baker's Treat Peanut Butter Wafers

Similarity Score: 62%

If you are true to Little Debbie's Nutty Buddys, stick to the original. The smell alone gives away that you are eating a wafer cookie and once you take that first bite there is an airiness to the wafer that our testers know and love. Baker's Treat was easier to open but had a oily smell and more chocolate creating a heavier taste.

Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars Peanut, Almond & Dark Chocolate vs. Millville Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars Peanut, Almond & Dark Chocolate Chunk

Similarity Score: 62%

Both testers said they would not switch to Millville brand. Nature Valley has more peanuts and is noticeably saltier with a better texture. The store brand has more of a peanut butter smell and tastes sweeter and is softer.

Lay's Baked Potato Crisps Barbecue Flavored vs. Clancy's Baked Potato Crisps Barbecue Flavored

Similarity Score: 62%

Testers agreed that the Lay's chips are saltier and have more of a mesquite flavor. They noted the Clancy's chips are much sweeter in smell and flavor. This comes down to sweet vs. salty preferences.

Lay's Baked Potato Crisps Original vs. Clancy's Baked Potato Crisps Original

Similarity Score: 62%

The Clancy's chips are much less salty, and therefore, are pretty bland. We thought the texture was very similar, but could not get over the blandness.

Jack Links Beef Jerky Teriyaki vs. Simms Beef Jerky Teriyaki

Similarity Score: 62%

It's a coin flip. Although the smell of the Jack Links Teriyaki Jerky is sweeter and stronger, both products taste like jerky. Jack Links is moist and has a stringy texture and Simms is a bit dried. But this might be an opportunity for you to switch.

Jack Links Beef Sticks Original vs. Simms Original Smoked Snack Sticks

Similarity Score: 61%

Note that the Jack Links Beef Sticks are a beef only product and Simms Snack Sticks contain beef, pork and chicken. So immediately you will notice a difference in these two products. Notably, our testers found the packaging of the Simms Snack Sticks varied, some sticks had a pretear notch and some didn't. The Jack Links had a smokier, seasoned taste and smell. The Simms Snack Sticks have a casing that is not agreeable texture wise. We recommend sticking with the brand name.

Nature Valley Fruit & Nut Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars Dark Chocolate Cherry vs. Millville Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars Dark Chocolate Cherry

Similarity Score: 61%

Nature Valley has a more natural cherry smell than Millville's more artificial cherry smell. The Millville bars tend to be softer and sweeter.

Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars Chocolate Pretzel Nut vs. Millville Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars Chocolatey Pretzel & Almond

Similarity Score: 61%

These two products have a very different taste from one another, but the majority of the testers would switch to Millville brand.

KIND Protein From Real Food Crunch Peanut Butter vs. Millville Roasted Nut Bar Peanut Crunch

Similarity Score: 61%

We felt like we wouldn't switch because the store brand has more of a peanut butter taste and is chewier in comparison. The store brand was very hard and has a strong sunflower seed taste. There is also no peanut butter cream coating like there is on the store brand.

Go Go Squeez Apple Strawberry Applesauce Pouches vs. Simply Nature Apple Strawberry Squeezable Fruit Blend

Similarity Score: 60%

Save your kids and their teachers by sticking with the name brand. The opening propellor on Go Go Squeez is far superior. The generic has a sweet yet tart taste and has a slightly more watery consistency.

Gerber Puffs Strawberry Apple vs. Little Journey Strawberry Apple Puffs

Similarity Score: 60%

The store brand is a bit more crunchy and doesn't dissolve as quickly, but very similar taste to the name brand.

KIND Fruit & Nut Almond & Coconut vs. Elevation Fruit & Nut Bar Almond & Coconut

Similarity Score: 59%

The majority of our panel would not switch to save. The generic had a few qualities that were not as appealing as the name brand. The KIND bar has a sweeter coconut milk smell and the Elevation bar has a coconut smell but a burnt nut taste and was tougher to chew than we would have liked.

Nabisco Wheat Thins Original vs. Savoritz Thin Wheat Crackers Original

Similarity Score: 59%

Both packages are hard to open, while Savoritz brand contains a lot of air in their bag. Savoritz Thin Wheat Crackers doesn't have a lot of taste or crunch to the cracker. Nabisco has a saltier and crunchier texture that is more appealing, which is why our tasters said they would not switch to the store brand to save.

Jell-o Strawberry Gelatin Snacks vs. Lunch Buddies Strawberry Gel Snacks

Similarity Score: 58%

Our testers were not impressed with the generic, it was too sugary and the texture was off, runny even. We recommend sticking with Jell-o for strawberry gelatin!

Lay's Classic Potato Chips vs. Clancy's Original Potato Chips

Similarity Score: 58%

Both testers said they would not switch to save. The generic tastes like it was cooked in bad oil, and Lay's tastes fresher and saltier. Both have a nice, crispy texture.

KIND Healthy Grains Oats & Honey vs. Elevation Multigrain Squares Oats & Honey with Coconut

Similarity Score: 58%

Unfortunately, our testers experienced a strong powdery aftertaste when testing the generic bars. The flavor was comparable but that aftertaste really got to us.

Atkins Caramel Chocolate Nut Roll Bar vs. Elevation Caramel Nut Treat Bar

Similarity Score: 58%

These bars have very different textures, the name brand very nutty and crunchier, while the generic is sweeter and has a predominant caramel taste and texture. Depending on your preference you might like the Elevation bar, but our testers voted : No.


Dove Chocolate Silky Smooth Promises Milk Chocolate vs. Choceur Milk Chocolate Pieces

Similarity Score: 58%

The store brand has an artificial, chalky texture. Name brand has a creamier smell and taste, as well as a smoother texture. And the generic didn't have fun sayings on the wrappers!

Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate Bar vs. Moser Roth Dark 85% Cocoa Chocolate Bars

Similarity Score: 57%

The generic was much preferred by our panel. Instead of an entire bar of chocolate, Moser Roth cleverly wraps five bars individually for the consumer's convenience. The smell, taste and texture of the Lindt bar was entirely too bitter/sandy, even for 85% cocoa. Definitely switch to save!

Claussen Kosher Dill Wholes vs. Great Gherkins Kosher Dill Wholes

Similarity Score: 57%

Our panel recommends sticking with Claussen, due to the packaging (easier to open), the strong dill smell, the peppery/salty taste and the crunch!


Lay's Barbecue Flavored Potato Chips vs. Clancy's Barbecue Potato Chips

Similarity Score: 52%

We were split on this tasting. If you want to stick to your classic barbecue flavoring, Lay's is the best choice for you. Clancy's Barbecue Chips proved to have a tangier smell, a very sweet taste and a thicker cut chip. If this description appeals to you, take a chance on Clancy's!

Atkins Cranberry Almond Bar vs. Elevation Cranberry Almond Breaktime Snack Bar

Similarity Score: 50%

The fruit taste on these bars is very different and our panel preferred the generic. This may be a great time to switch to save!

Snack Pack Pudding Vanilla vs. Lunch Buddies Vanilla Pudding

Similarity Score: 48%

Our testers were in agreement that you should stick with Snack Pack Pudding instead of saving with Lunch Buddies. The look and the smell of the Lunch Buddies Pudding varied greatly from Snack Pack.

Atkins Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar vs. Millville Elevation Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar

Similarity Score: 47%

Atkins for the win for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar. Our testers found that the Atkins bar had a better taste and texture than the generic.

Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Flavor vs. Choceur Dark Chocolate Superberries Pomegranate

Similarity Score: 46%

Our panel recommends sticking with the original on this one. The products were not as similar as we would have hoped.

Gerber Puffs Banana Cereal Snack vs. Little Journey Banana Puffs

Similarity Score: 43%

If you are looking for stronger banana flavoring and easily dissolvable puffs, Gerber is the brand for you. If you are looking for a denser puff, Little Journey is the brand for you!

Slim Jim Mild Smoked Snack Stick vs. Simms Mild Smoked Snack Sticks

Similarity Score: 40%

Stick with the original! Slim Jim had better packaging, smell, taste and texture. With the Slim Jim you will notice a more shredded texture inside of the casing and more enjoyable chew.


Snyder's of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks vs. Live G Free Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks

Similarity Score: 29%

Most reviewers actually preferred the Aldi gluten free pretzels over the Snyder's because they had a denser texture. Especially because of the large price difference, the majority of reviewers would switch to save.

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