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Trader Joe’s Customer Choice Awards Results Are In!

Did your favorite goods win the gold in Trader Joe's Customer Choice Awards?

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Reston, USA - December 18, 2017: Trader Joe's customer trolley shopping basket carrying carts by store entrance doors outside women, winter flower pots, gardening plants, pineapple in Virginia; Shutterstock ID 1104187877; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): Taste of HomeShutterstock/Kristi Blokhin

Trader Joe’s released the results of their 12th annual Customer Choice Awards earlier this year in March, and we have both returning victors and all-new tasty treats you have to try!

If you’ve ever spent way too much at Trader Joe’s, raise your hand. Even though they’re known for their low prices, it’s hard not to overspend when they have every decadent and savory guilty pleasure imaginable (especially on Trader Joe’s frozen food selection!). Over the years, Trader Joe’s has developed a pretty extensive fan base, which has inspired the Customer Choice Awards. Did your main munchies make the list?

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Mandarin Orange Chickenvia

Favorite Overall

Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken didn’t make the cut for overall favorite last year, but re-emerged as the reigning champ again in 2021! Customers can’t get enough of that sweet, meaty flavor, and neither can we. What’s better is it comes vegetarian, too.

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Mandarin Orange Chickenvia

Favorite Entree

Believe it or not, Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken has made the list not once but twice this year! If that doesn’t have you heading down to your local TJ’s to immediately pick up a pack, we don’t know what will.

Unless, of course, you want to whip up your own mandarin orange chicken at home.

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Soy Chorizovia

Favorite Vegan/Vegetarian Item

You’d best believe we love our chorizo, but Trader’s Joes’ Soy Chorizo is almost—dare we say it?—better than the regular version. The spicy treat crumbles just like the real thing, and might even convert meat lovers to make the swap.

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupsvia

Favorite Sweet Treat

We pitted the milk chocolate version of these against some of our favorite brands to find the best peanut butter cup, but it seems shoppers by and large prefer Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. We can’t say we blame them!

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Salted Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggetsvia

Favorite Snack

They might have been beaten last year, but Trader Joe’s Salted Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets are back to take top spot as everyone’s preferred snack for 2021. After all, can you imagine a better snack than something that combines crunchy pretzels and creamy peanut butter?

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Sparkling Black Tea With Peach Juice Beveragevia

Favorite Beverage

While tea might seem to be the beverage of choice across the pond, it turns out a good number of shoppers right here prefer the Trader Joe’s Sparkling Black Tea with Peach Juice Beverage. They’ve got reason to—the refreshing, fizzy beverage makes the perfect sweet midday pick-me-up. Plus, tea is healthy for you!

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Teeny Tiny Avocadosvia

Favorite Produce

We LOVE all things avocado at Taste of Home, and we’re proud to announce Teeny Tiny Avocados as the favorite Trader Joe’s produce. It looks like little fruits and vegetables are on the rise since the release of itty bitty oranges, and it’s definitely a trend we can get behind.

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Unexpected Cheddarvia

Favorite Cheese

Despite the name, based on the last couple years’ results we actually expected the Unexpected Cheddar Cheese to have a place in this year’s winning lineup. It’s back as everyone’s Favorite Cheese, and we think it’d make a pretty tasty addition to one of our yummiest cheddar cheese recipes.

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Scented Candlesvia

Favorite in Home, Bath & Beauty

The Favorite in Home, Bath & Beauty was claimed by none other than Trader Joe’s Scented Candles. With scents like Lemon Cookie, Honeycrisp Apple and Mango Tangerine, it’s really no surprise customers turned over the limelight to these cozy fresheners.

You can find the complete list of winners on the Trader Joe’s website. We can’t wait for next year’s Customer Choice Awards, and in the meantime, we have plenty of tempting treats to look out for.

Amrita Thakkar
Amrita is an Assistant Digital Editor at Taste of Home. As a writer and amateur photographer, she often ends up applying these skills to her one great love: food. She can usually be found researching global cuisines, at the farmers market, doing yoga, or looking up new places to travel to.