These Are the 9 Best Products at Trader Joe’s, According to Customers
The results are in, and the 11th Annual Trader Joe's Customer Choice Awards winners have been announced! Every January, the beloved grocer asks loyal shoppers to vote for their favorite products across 16 categories to determine Trader Joe's best private-label products. Check out the results: This story originally appeared on EatingWell.
This year, Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning beat out their Mandarin Orange Chicken for the overall fan favorite. This blend of white and black sesame seeds, sea salt flakes, poppy seeds and dried garlic and onion makes everything taste better—from cheese balls to chicken tenders!
While the Mandarin Orange Chicken lost bragging rights for being the grocer's best product across all categories, it still found its place as the top entree this year. This frozen dinner with a cult-like following brings you takeout-style chicken in 8-20 minutes, depending on your preferred cooking method.
Favorite Vegan/Vegetarian Item
While Trader Joe's is home to some pretty incredible vegan and vegetarian options, it's no surprise the Cauliflower Gnocchi won the top spot. Beloved by both plant-based dieters and meat eaters, this tasty veg-forward gnocchi is filling as the star of your plate or with some chicken or shrimp.
Favorite Sweet Treat
Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups aren't just a hit with our office—they are a favorite treat for TJ's fans everywhere. These tasty little peanut butter cups are perfectly portioned for an afternoon pick-me-up or an after-dinner treat. Trader Joe's advises melting these babies over ice cream or a batch of warm brownies. We think we need to try both!
If you haven't tried Trader Joe's Plantain Chips, you need to try them ASAP. They are delicious with salsa, guacamole or pretty much anything else you'd want to dip them in. Plus, they work well with sweeter flavors, like the grocers' Chocolate Hummus. Serve them with your favorite dip and you'll be the hit of any party.
The winner of this category was a bit shocking. Trader Joe's Non-Dairy Oat Beverages beat out their beloved sparkling waters this year for top marks. Even though these alt milks have only been around for a few months, they've clearly made an impression! Try TJ's oat milk in overnight oats or in your next morning smoothie.
Once again, Trader Joe's Teeny Tiny Avocados have won the #1 spot. This bag of mini 'cados is perfect for single-serve meals, snacking or slicing up for children's lunch boxes. Plus, everything is more fun in miniature size!
It seems like TJ's execs and customers can't get enough of the grocer's Unexpected Cheddar. This cheese snagged the top spot again this year for its incredible flavor—it starts off tasting like traditional aged Cheddar, but quickly evolves into a complex Parmesan flavor. Pretty cool, right? Try it in a grilled cheese or serve it on your next cheese board, and you'll realize why this product is so popular.
Favorite In Home, Bath, & Beauty
Trader Joe's has been stepping up their scented candle game in the last year, and it has paid off. The grocer's seasonal scented varieties won top spot for this category. One of our editors swears the Mango-Tangerine variety smells just like the popular Capri Blue Volcano candle (but at a much lower price).