It’s awards season, which means Trader Joe’s is joining in on the fun.
Every year, TJ’s chronicles their customers’ favorites by holding a poll and tallying the votes. Then, they compile a list of some of the best Trader Joe’s items of that year so that customers everywhere can stock up on fan favorites.
The list is separated into categories, making it easier for consumers to actually choose between the plethora of amazing Trader Joe’s food and beauty items.
Here’s a look at some of the winners of the 11th annual Customer Choice Awards from Trader Joe’s:
Favorite Overall: Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend
Last year, this category was won by TJ's Mandarin Orange Chicken, which fell on the runner-up list this year. The chicken was joined by Cauliflower Gnocchi, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, and Unexpected Cheddar.
Favorite Entree: Mandarin Orange Chicken
This category showed another close-but-no-cigar moment for the Cauliflower Gnocchi, which landed itself on the runner-up list once more alongside Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, and Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Butter and Sage.
Favorite Vegan/Vegetarian Item: Cauliflower Gnocchi
Finally, a win for the Cauliflower Gnocchi. Close calls were Soy Chorizo, Vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil Pesto, Cowboy Quinoa Veggie Burger, and Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels.
Favorite Sweet Treat: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
The peanut butter cups reigned over Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cones, O&H Danish Kringle, Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Dark Chocolate Covered Bananas. Finally, a win for another all-time favorite runner-up.
Favorite Snack: Plantain Chips
For a long time, Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels held the favorite snack title, but now, Plantain Chips have snuck their way in. Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels still landed themselves on the runner-up list along with World's Puffiest White Cheddar Corn Puffs, Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers, and Chili & Lime Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips.
Favorite Beverage: Non-Dairy Oat Beverages
2019 was the year of the milk alternatives, and the winner of the favorite beverage item on this list proves it. Almost making the cut came Honeycrisp Apple Cider, Triple Ginger Brew, Spiced Cider, and Charles Shaw Wine.
Favorite Produce: Avocados
Are we really surprised with this one? Runners-up included bananas, honeycrisp apples, Brussels sprouts, and shaved Brussels sprouts.
Favorite Cheese: Unexpected Cheddar
This one almost took the crown for favorite overall, but didn't quite make it there. Runners-up include English Cheddar with Caramelized Onions, Creamy Toscano Soaked in Syrah, Wild Blueberry & Vanilla Chevre, and Cranberry Chevre.
Favorite Home, Bath, & Beauty: Scented Candles
While customers flock to Trader Joe's for their excellent selection of food products, they also have their share of home and body goods as well. Runners-up included Rose Water Facial Toner, Coconut Body Butter, Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Mask, and Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer.