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Shoppers noticing bizarre ‘chemical’ taste in Aldi products

Australian shoppers report strange ‘chemical’ taste in Aldi staples like cake mix and popcorn, insisting it has nothing to do with Covid side effects

  • Customers say they have noticed a strange taste in several Aldi products
  • Australian customer Deanna sparked the conversation on Facebook
  • Claimed the cake mix tasted like “car oil” and the popcorn tasted “dirty”
  • Aldi encourages customers to return a product for a refund if they are not satisfied.

Customers claim to have noticed a strange taste in a variety of Aldi products, including popcorn, cake mix and sultanas.

The peculiar phenomenon emerged online after Australian shopper Deanna shared a lengthy post on the Aldi Mums Facebook group, claiming that the chocolate cake mix she bought tasted like “car oil” and the popcorn tasted “like Earth”.

‘Please tell me I’m not the only one or I’ll sound crazy!’ she wrote.

“I bought the cupcake mixes, I made them and when I lick the spoon I can taste a very strong car oil taste and it smells like a mechanic. It has happened more than once.

Aldi has contacted the customer directly regarding comments and concerns.

The supermarket encourages any customer who is dissatisfied with a product to return it to the store for a full refund.

The online conversation started after shopper Deanna shared a lengthy post on the Aldi Mums Facebook group, claiming that the chocolate cake mix she bought tasted like

The online conversation started after shopper Deanna shared a lengthy post on the Aldi Mums Facebook group, claiming that the chocolate cake mix she bought tasted like “car oil” and the popcorn tasted “like Earth”.

Deanna said: ‘The other day I opened a big bag of popcorn (small multi-packs) and some packages tasted like dirt, but some didn’t.

He also claimed that the packages of yogurt-coated sultanas have a strange flavor that tastes “absolutely disgusting.”

“There is no number I can call and when I tell the workers to offer a refund or take another package which is fine but I wonder why this is happening and I hope it’s not just me,” she wrote.

“I’ve gotten other people to try the weird tasting stuff and they’ve said the same things, so I wonder if it’s happened to anyone else.”

After speculation from others, Deanna insisted the taste was not due to Covid.

“It’s not because of Covid because I’ve had other people try them and I’m not pregnant,” she said.

The social media post quickly created a stir online, with others claiming that they, too, had experienced strange tastes in certain Aldi products.

Deanna also claimed that the packages of yogurt-coated sultanas have a strange taste that tastes

Deanna also claimed that the packages of yogurt-coated sultanas have a strange flavor that tastes “absolutely gross.”

“Sometimes I’ve brought bread and it smells as strong as nail polish remover,” said one woman.

‘Popcorn!!! Tried the earthy flavor the other night and everyone in the house thought he was crazy,” wrote another.

A third added: ‘I had the yoghurt covered sultanas for the first time last week and they were disgusting! I literally spit them out, they were so bad.

The social media post quickly created a stir online, with others claiming that they, too, had experienced strange tastes in certain Aldi products.

The social media post quickly created a stir online, with others claiming that they, too, had experienced strange tastes in certain Aldi products.

One man asked if Deanna had covid, as the virus often distorts people’s palates for a few weeks.

‘Have you had Covid? My taste [after] 10 weeks is still not good. I can taste and smell a kind of metallic taste,” she said.

Another woman said that the taste of the products is due to a problem with the brand and not with Aldi supermarkets.

This has nothing to do with Aldi. It is the way the product is processed and packaged. Contact the company that makes the product directly,’ he said.

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