And it's not just cookie butter listed 12 times
Trader Joe’s customers are some of the most dedicated around. So they have strong opinions about their favorites of the grocery chain’s products.
Every year, Trader Joe’s releases a list of customers’ favorite products, based on shoppers’ votes.
Here are the most popular products in each category, from bakery to snacks, as determined by the company’s seventh annual Customer Choice Awards.
Favorite overall: Speculoos Cookie Butter
Cookie butter beat out options like Mandarin Orange Chicken and Joe’s Diner Mac ‘n Cheese to snag the No. 1 spot.
Favorite bakery: Sourdough Bread
Sourdough triumphed over year-round options like the Soft Pretzel Stick and Ciabatta Rolls and the seasonal Almond Kringle and Chocolate Babka.
Price: $2.99 – $3.49
Favorite beverage: Spiced Cider
Even the infamous Two Buck Chuck lost to the seasonal beverage.
Favorite candy: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Dark chocolate is always hot at Trader Joe’s, with Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels also in contention for customers’ favorite candy.
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Favorite cheese: Unexpected Cheddar Cheese
Trader Joe’s has a varied and affordable specialty-cheese selection, but the Unexpected Cheddar Cheese is the best of the best. Runners-up include Double Cream Brie, Cheddar Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah, and Cranberry Chevre.
Favorite condiment: Organic Ketchup
The humble ketchup won customers’ hearts, beating quirky options like Green Dragon Hot Sauce and Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce.
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Favorite frozen: Mandarin Orange Chicken
Trader Joe’s has a broad selection of frozen foods, including Joe’s Diner Mac ‘n Cheese,Chocolate Croissants, Extra Fine French Green Beans, and Chicken Tikka Masala.
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Favorite meat/meatless: Soy Chorizo
The meatless Soy Chorizo beat out meaty options like Chicken Sausage, Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon, and Traditional Carnitas.
Favorite produce: Bananas
Trader Joe’s bananas are 19 cents — and have been since 1999.
Favorite salad: Organic Arugula
In addition to basics like baby spinach and butter lettuce, arugula was also more popular than the seasonal Harvest Blend with Baby Kale, Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Cornbread Croutons & Pumpkin Vinaigrette.
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Favorite snack: World’s Puffiest White Cheddar Corn Puffs
Other popular snacks in 2015: Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips, Organic Corn Chip Dippers, Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels, and Olive Oil Popcorn.
Favorite pumpkin: Organic pumpkin
Trader Joe’s had a plethora of pumpkin items this year, but at the end of the day, it was the simplest option that took home the prize.
All prices according to the most recent Trader Joe’s flyers.