(NEXSTAR) – Mandarin Orange Chicken has long been a hot item for Trader Joe’s customers, consistently being voted a fan favorite in the retailer’s Customer Choice Awards. The frozen dish held the title for most popular product overall for two years in a row, but this year it ousted the popular chicken dish and four other top items.
Trader Joe’s published its 14th yearbook List of Customer Choice Awards Monday and showcases the products that its customers have rated as top notch across multiple categories including Beverages, Cheese, Bath & Body, and Products.
If you shop frequently at Trader Joe’s, you probably won’t be surprised by some of the items that make the list regularly.
This year, Trader Joe’s eliminated five repeat winners and “made way for some other products to shine”. These items have been placed in the instead Product Hall of Fame: Mandarin Orange Chicken, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets, Unexpected Cheddar, and Soy Chorizo.
With those fan favorites out of the running for this year, Trader Joe’s fans crowned a new top pick: Chili Lime Flavored Corn Tortilla Chips, an improvement on last year’s second place finish. Customers listed TJ’s hashbrowns and steamed chicken soup dumplings behind the “spicy little scrolls.” Like it was last yearEverything but the bagel and sesame spice mix also landed in second place for best overall item.
Other popular snack foods — Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers and Organic Corn Chip Dippers — retained their second spots, with new runner-up snacks adding to the list: World’s Puffiest White Cheddar Corn Puffs and Crunchy Curls.
The seasonal Sparkling Honeycrisp Apple Juice Beverage, which was the runner-up last year, was voted Best Beverage. Non-Dairy Oat Beverage, although ranked as the best on the 2022 list, wasn’t even the runner-up this year. Sparkling peach black tea with peach juice returned to the list after dropping out last year, with non-dairy Brown Sugar Oat Creamer and seasonal drinks Triple Ginger Brew and Sparkling Cranberry & Ginger Beverage rounding out the category.
With no unexpected cheddar in the cheese category, Trader Joe’s customers ranked cheddar with caramelized onions as their top choice. Syrah Soaked Toscano was second again. And excluding Mandarin Orange Chicken, Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice was ranked Best Appetizer. Chicken Tikka Masala also landed among the fan favorites in this category.
Scented candle jars, which vary according to the season, retained their title as best household, bath and body items. Former runner-up Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Cream was a runner-up again. In the Sweets/Desserts category Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones remained at the top, followed by other favorites – Danish Kringle, Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches and Brookie – with Chocolate Lava Cakes replacing Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.
When it comes to produce, Trader Joe’s customers have one thing in common: bananas and avocados are among the best. While Teeny Tiny Avocados won best product last year, this year customers ranked bananas first. Multicolored organic carrots are also a holdover, with two other products coming in second: Honeycrisp apples and Brussels sprouts.
With no previous favorite soy chorizo available, customers ranked Pesto with Kale, Cashew and Basil as their favorite in the Vegan/Vegetarian category. Beefless Bulgogi, Palak Paneer and Cauliflower Gnocchi rounded out the category.
Find out more about this year’s awards here on Trader Joe’s website.
KTLA contributed to this report.
https://www.abc27.com/national/trader-joes-releases-annual-list-of-shopper-favorites-new-items-take-top-spots/ Trader Joe’s publishes an annual list of shoppers’ favorites, with new items taking the top spot