Posting on the Aldi Mums Facebook group, Susanne writes: ‘So I served this to my kids last night and a few friends, I was the last to sit & eat and first mouth full said to my friends “this taste like it has alcohol in it” and my friends were like “yes it does”.
‘There are no warnings on the packaging but the ingredients says ‘ethyl alcohol’. I think there should be a warning as it’s quite a strong flavour.’
On further inspection, underneath the list of ingredients where ‘ethyl alcohol’ is listed there’s an additional line that reads: ‘Contains alcohol 1.9% by volume.’
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, ethyl alcohol is defined as ‘A colourless volatile flammable liquid ... that is the intoxicating agent in liquors and is also used as a solvent.’
Some fellow Aldi shoppers in the group were just as shocked by Susanne’s revelation.
‘OMGGGGGG I also served this yesterday. What the?’ said one. Added another: ‘Should definitely be mentioned on the front I think that’s really bad 😐’
Said a third: ‘I think it should be at the front of packaging, not everyone reads the back.’
Added one more: ‘Some people cannot have any alcohol for a multitude of different reasons.’
But others were more relaxed about the alcohol reading.
‘Did the kids go to sleep early?’ asked one. Said another: ‘A lot of chocolate desserts made in Europe taste like this. I love it, I guess it’s what you grew up with.’
Added a third: ’It’s funny that we have it in Queensland Aldi where we aren't allowed alcohol , shhhh! Don't tell! 😅😅😅😅’
An ALDI spokesperon told New Idea Food, "The Chef Dessert Millionaire Cocoa and Caramel cake is a branded product sold in ALDI stores for a limited time as part of our seasonal range.
"As stated in the ingredients list, the product contains a small percentage of alcohol (1.9%).
"We have measures in place to ensure that our products are safe for consumption.
All products sold by ALDI, including the limited branded products we stock, pass Australian product standards in addition to labelling requirements set by Food Standards Au."