Could this be the best invention ever?
Aldi, the undisputed king of random purchases, has pulled out all the stops with its new ‘sunshade’ loungers for dogs.
Admittedly, the timing could be better, what with the constant showers and hail storms happening across Greater Manchester at the moment.
But, as you might have heard, we are expected to experience a much-needed heatwave next month, with the Met Office expecting temperatures to (hopefully) soar to 22C maximum and 16C at the minimum by June 16th.
So, in true British fashion, people across the country have been frantically preparing for that rare spell of warm and sunny weather with last minute BBQ and paddling pool purchases.
Yet while Brits have been rejoicing at the news, their pets may be a little less impressed.
It’s no secret that dogs and cats with longer fur struggle enormously in the country’s rare spells of hot weather, with many preferring to stay indoors rather than sunbathe in the gardens with their owners.
But fear not! Aldi has gone the extra mile to provide the sun-deprived pets of Britain with the summer accessories they didn’t know they needed.
Enter: The Sunshade Dog Bed.
In what could possibly be the most middle-aisle product ever created, your four legged friends will enjoy the warm(ish) weather like never before.
The bed, which boasts a protection of UPF 50, is designed to keep pets cool and elevated off the ground and comes with a removable sun canopy that provides shade and protection from any glare.
Easily portable, the bed also comes with a handy carry bag, ideal for owners who are out and about.
With a price of just £19.99, this bed is a steal.
And that isn’t all Aldi is doing for the uncomfortably warm pets of the nation – they also offer a lightweight Pet Cooling Towel at just £2.99, and a Dog Car Seat for £9.99.
All items are available online and in store from today, May 20th, just in time for the impending heatwave.
Burger King is now selling a frozen strawberry Fanta slushy for the summer
Know anyone who’d love this?
BIG News: Burger King has made our summer dreams come true with the launch of a frozen slushy.
And, to make this news even more exciting, their slushy is made from Fanta.
Now, frozen beverages are usually reserved for American customers only, with us Brits having being cruelly deprived of the delicious frozen goodness to accompany our Whoppers. But now, our time has come.
The Frozen Fanta Strawberry is now joining Frozen Coca Cola as another refreshing choice for iced-drink fanatics.
The latest addition is available to order both in-restaurant and through the drive-thru, and will cost £2.29 for a regular and just twenty pence more, £2.49, for a large.
The new drink joins three new cheese and bacon burgers on BK’s menu, which you can view for yourself here.
Aldi is selling a massive 28oz ‘Godfather’ steak in time for Father’s Day
Do you think your dad is up to the challenge?
Aldi is launching a giant 28oz steak just in time for Father’s Day.
The bargain supermarket, famous usually for it’s random middle aisle offerings, has put all our Father’s Day woes to bed with their ‘Godfather’ rump steak, a chunkier cousin of their ‘Big Daddy’ steak.
The mammoth cut of meat weighs in at a whopping 28oz and is perfect for the whole family to feast upon – though, if he thinks he’s up for the challenge, it will make for the ideal Father’s Day treat for one.
And if, like me, you’re a little worried about your steak cooking skills, Aldi has teamed up with the Culinary Director of Gaucho Restaurants, Mike Reid to share tips on how to cook the perfect steak.
Mike, who is also a regular on BBC1’s Ready Steady Cook, said: “I would always recommend cooking a steak such as Aldi’s Godfather Rump over fire – the combination of wood and coal gives a unique, smoky flavour to meat.
“Anyone in need of some pointers should follow my simple hints and tips; a fail proof guide to getting restaurant standard steak at home – every dad’s dream!”
He has also offered some expert advice on how to cook normal-sized steaks from home – did you know that steak needs to be cooked at room temperature to ensure it cooks evenly? For this, you simply need to remove the meat from the fridge around an hour before cooking.
He also pointed out that different cuts (rump, sirloin, fillet, etc) require different cooking methods – according to Mike, the higher the fat content, the higher the initial heat you need to cook it on. If you have a leaner cut like fillet or rump, you want a gentler heat to cook over as you don’t have as much fat to be rendering.
The supermarket’s rare offering is priced at a very reasonable £7.99 and is available in stores from June 17th – just in time for the big day.
Aldi’s ice cube maker is perfect for keeping cool this summer
Tepid tap water be gone!
Aldi is now selling a budget ice cube maker perfect for the warm summer months.
There’s nothing quite as depressing as tepid tap water on a hot day and, in this ongoing heatwave, I can bet that one too many of you will have had to make do with a luke warm glass of water in a bid to cool down.
Well, Aldi, the king of all random and budget buys, is here to save the day (and potentially the whole summer).
Introducing: The Ambiano Ice Cube Maker.
Promising to keep your drinks ‘chilled, cool and refreshing’, this ice maker is the newest way to stay cool this summer.
Complete with a detachable basket and ice scoop, this machine makes ice in a matter of minutes – around seven to eight minutes, to be precise. It also comes with a self-cleaning function, so that you’ve always got fresh, delicious-tasting ice on tap without having to worry about hygiene issues.
And, to make this offer even more irresistible, you can choose between two ice sizes – small for your cocktails or large for your pitchers.
The website’s description reads: “Enjoy chilled drinks whenever you need them with the Ambiano Ice Cube Machine. Choose from small or large ice cubes to pair with your drink of choice.
“This digital ice cube machine will help you focus on enjoying the summer sun while your drink remains chilled, cool and refreshing on the side.”
If this isn’t the most necessary summer investment of the year, I honestly don’t know what is.
Aldi’s Ambiano Ice Cube Maker is available exclusively online now for just £79.99.