These Are the Most-Loved Trader Joe’s Items of the Year, According to Customers
The 11th 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 Trader Joe’s products of the previous year, and the votes for the best items at Trader Joe’s locations in 2019 (collected in early 2020) are in. Some might argue that everything at Trader Joe’s is worth buying (including the Trader Joe’s gift card, of course), but regulars certainly have their favorites—and their votes don’t lie.
This list can fluctuate from year to year, and it doesn’t include long-time Trader Joe’s products that are no longer available. Some of the currently available top products made the list, of course, but some other winners of the 11th Annual Customer Choice Awards are trendier, newer options, or even some 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, but Mandarin Orange Chicken has been dethroned in one major category.)
Get your grocery list ready and scroll on for the 2019 winners—these top items may give your next TJ’s run a new purpose.
Favorite Overall: Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend
Runners-Up: Cauliflower Gnocchi; Mandarin Orange Chicken; Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups; Unexpected Cheddar
Favorite Entrée: Mandarin Orange Chicken
Runners-Up: Cauliflower Gnocchi; Chicken Tikka Masala; Butter Chicken; Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Butter & Sage
Favorite Vegan/Vegetarian Item: Cauliflower Gnocchi
Runners-Up: Soy Chorizo; Vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil Pesto; Cowboy Quinoa Veggie Burger, Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels
Favorite Sweet Treat: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Runners-Up: Hold the Cone! Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cones; O&H Danish Kringle; Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches; Gone Bananas! Dark Chocolate Covered Bananas
Favorite Snack: Plantain Chips
Runners-Up: Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels; World's Puffiest White Cheddar Corn Puffs; Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers; Chili & Lime Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips
Favorite Beverage: Non-Dairy Oat Beverages
Runners-Up: Honeycrisp Apple Cider; Triple Ginger Brew; Spiced Cider; Charles Shaw Wines
Favorite Bakery: Danish Kringle
Runners Up: Sliced French Brioche; Chocolate Brooklyn Babka; Sliced Sourdough Bread; Vegan Banana Bread
Favorite Produce: Avocados
Runners-Up: Bananas; Honeycrisp Apples; Brussels Sprouts; Shaved Brussels Sprouts
Favorite Cheese: Unexpected Cheddar
Runners-Up: English Cheddar with Caramelized Onions; Creamy Toscano Soaked in Syrah; Wild Blueberry & Vanilla Chèvre; Cranberry Chèvre
Favorite in Home, Bath, and Beauty: Scented Candles
Runners-Up: Rose Water Facial Toner; Coconut Body Butter; Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Mask; Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer