Trader Joe's Announced the Winners of Its Annual Customer Choice Awards

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To know Trader Joe's is to love Trader Joe's, and if you've shopped at the beloved grocery store consistently over the years, you know there are certain products that you just can't help but fall in love with. Trader Joe's recently asked their customers which products they would take with them if they were on a deserted island, and after over 18,000 shoppers responded, the results are officially in. Read on for all the winners of Trader Joe's 14th annual Customer Choice Awards.


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The number one overall pick of the year is Chili and Lime Flavored Rolled Tortilla Chips. (This crunchy treat also won in the snack category.) Cheddar with Caramelized Onions took the gold in the cheese category (yum!), and Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice won the entrée category, saving us some cash we would have normally spent on takeout.


Bananas topped the produce category thanks to their incredible value (organic bananas are always 25 cents, while conventional bananas are 19 cents), and the versatile Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto took the crown for best vegan and vegetarian product.

Luckily for us, there was only one seasonal product that won, and that was for best beverage. Sparkling Honeycrisp Apple Juice Beverage took the crown, but it is only available in the fall, so be on the lookout for it come October. Hold The Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones beat out Danish Kringle for best sweet, and rounding out the awards are tinned scented candles, which won in the household category.


Below is a list of the winners in each category, but to see the top five products in every league, you can check out the list of all the runner-ups here.

Best Overall

Chili & Lime Flavored Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips

Best Beverage

Sparkling Honeycrisp Apple Juice Beverage

Best Cheese

Cheddar with Caramelized Onions

Best Entrée

Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice

Best Household Item

Scented Candles

Best Produce


Best Snack

Chili & Lime Flavored Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips

Best Dessert

Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones

Best Vegan/Vegetarian Option

Kale & Cashew Pesto

Our Trader Joe's list just got a little longer.


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