There are a few reasons we do not love these mini cream puffs from Aldi’s Specially Selected brand. First, the “cream” does not taste like pastry cream. Instead, it tastes just like vanilla ice cream. We know that is a subtle difference to make, but to us, it makes this dessert feel more like a dough-covered ice cream bite than a light and delicate cream puff.
The “puff,” which is traditional choux dough, is also not up to caliber. Whereas choux dough is light and airy, this pastry is dense and almost bready. It lacks flavor and texture, getting soft and a little moist from the ice cream-like filling. Unlike the similar eclair, which appears to have the same dough and comes later on our list, the cream puff does not have chocolate and a decent filling to balance it out and make it more palatable.
Because these cream puffs come in such a big container, we assume the idea is that you can serve them to party guests. However, we suspect that if you did this, there would be plenty of leftovers.