Here Are the Most-Loved Trader Joe's Products of the Year, According to Customers
The 12th Annual Customer Choice Awards spotlights the best Trader Joe’s products right now. Did your favorites make the cut?
Each year, fan-favorite grocery store Trader Joe's invites its legions of customers to vote for the best products of the previous year, and the winners for 2020 (collected in early 2021) are in. Some might argue that everything at Trader Joe's is worth buying, but regulars certainly have their favorites—and their votes don't lie.
Many winners of the 12th Annual Customer Choice Awards are tried-and-true classics, but some are trendier, newer options, or even some products that aren't necessarily offered at all stores.
In the announcement of the winners, the grocery store chain does note that availability of all items is not guaranteed, especially when it comes to seasonal favorites, so don't be surprised if you have to wait until the next holiday to get your hands on certain items. As any savvy TJ's customer knows, the chain doesn't stock the same items (particularly niche or seasonal items) at every single store; if you see an item on the list of the best products at Trader Joe's that you haven't seen in your store, it likely just hasn't arrived yet, or is a more niche item.
In the past, the awards were split into 16 categories, with one winner and four runners-up for each, for a total of 80 top-ranked Trader Joe's items. This year, the Awards were simplified a little bit, with just nine categories, though long-time fans of the grocery chain will still see some familiar products, plus a few shake-ups. (Spoiler alert: Everything But the Bagel Seasoning Blend has been dethroned in one major category.)
Get your grocery list ready and scroll on for the 2020 winners—these top items may give your next TJ's run a new purpose.
1 Favorite Overall: Mandarin Orange Chicken
Runners-Up: Everything But The Bagel Seasoning Blend; Cauliflower Gnocchi; Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups; Unexpected Cheddar.
2 Favorite Vegan/Vegetarian Item: Soy Chorizo
Runners-Up: Vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil Pesto; Cauliflower Gnocchi; Vegetable Fried Rice; Vegan Banana Bread With Walnuts.
3 Favorite Sweet Treat: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Runners-Up: Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones; Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches; O&H Danish Kringle; Brookie.
4 Favorite Cheese: Unexpected Cheddar
Runners Up: English Cheddar with Caramelized Onions; Wild Blueberry & Vanilla Chèvre; Creamy Toscano Soaked in Syrah; Baked Lemon Ricotta.
5 Favorite Beverage: Sparkling Black Tea with Peach Juice Beverage
Runners-Up: Sparkling Honeycrisp, Apple Juice Beverage, Non-Dairy Oat Beverages, Cold Brew Concentrate, Spiced Cider.
6 Favorite Snack: Salted Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets
Runners-Up: Organic Corn Chip Dippers & Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers; Plantain Chips; Chili & Lime Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips; Bamba.
7 Favorite Produce: Teeny Tiny Avocados
Runners-Up: Bananas; Honeycrisp Apples; Organic Arugula; Broccoli & Kale Slaw Kit.
8 Favorite Entrée: Mandarin Orange Chicken
Runners-Up: Joe's Diner Mac 'n Cheese; Chicken Tikka Masala; Cauliflower Gnocchi; Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Butter & Sage.