The Definitive List of the Best Foods at Trader Joe’s

Posted in Uncategorized

Trader Joe’s is a cult that happens to focus on groceries instead of, say, celestial utopias. Unlike the cults that promise eternal life on Saturn, TJoe’s offers great prices, free samples, and a kitschy explorer theme. If you live near one, I can almost guarantee that you’ve joined the cult (Welcome! We’re so happy to have you!).

Two years ago, I wrote a story about the Top 15 products at Trader Joe’s, but now Sunset Magazine has done me one better and published the results of Trader Joe’s Customer Choice Award survey. Below you’ll find the favorites in every major category. When you’re done, let me know what your favorite TJ products are in the comments section.

Favorite Overall:
Mandarin Orange Chicken

Trader Joe's

Runners Up:

Cookie Butter
Joe’s Diner Mac ‘n Cheese
Triple Ginger Snaps
Pound Plus 72% Dark Chocolate

Favorite Bakery:
Soft Pretzel Stick

8th Annual Customer Choice Award Winners

Runners Up:

Almond Ring Danish
Sourdough Bread
Kringle*
Organic French Baguette

Favorite Beverage:
Spiced Cider

8th Annual Customer Choice Award Winners

 Runners Up:
Triple Ginger Brew*
Winter Wassail*
100% Honey Crisp Unfiltered Apple Cider*
100% Cranberry Juice

Favorite Candy:
Dark Chocolate PB Cups

8th Annual Customer Choice Award Winners

Runners Up:

Dark Choc Covered Almonds
Scandinavian Swimmers
English Toffee*
Dark Choc Sea Salt Caramels

Favorite Cheese:
Unexpected Cheddar

Trader Joe's

Runners Up:
Triple Creme Brie
1000 Day Gouda
Sharp Cheddar Pub Cheese
Goat Cheese Log

Favorite Coffee:
Cold Brew Coffee

8th Annual Customer Choice Award Winners

Runners Up:
French Roast Coffee
Wintry Blend*
Kona Coffee
Joe’s Dark

Favorite Condiment:
Organic Ketchup

Trader Joe's

Runners Up:

Green Dragon Hot Sauce
Thai Sweet Chile Sauce
Aioli Garlic Mustard
Hatch Valley Salsa

Favorite Home/Bath:
Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

8th Annual Customer Choice Award Winners

Runners Up:
Coconut Body Butter
Pumpkin Body Butter
Head To Toe Balm
Lavender Dryer Sachets

Favorite Meat (less):
Soy Chorizo

Trader Joe's

Runners Up:

Meatless Meatballs
Ground Turkey
Chicken Sausage
Grass Fed Ground Angus Beef

Favorite Produce:
Bananas

8th Annual Customer Choice Award Winners

Runners Up:

Avocados
Brussels Sprouts
Riced Cauliflower
Arugula

Favorite Salad:
Arugula

8th Annual Customer Choice Award Winners

Runners Up:

Baby Spinach
Cruciferous Crunch
Butter Lettuce
Healthy 8 Chopped Veggies

Favorite Snack:
Peanut Butter Pretzels

Trader Joe's

Runners Up:

Organic Corn Chip Dippers
Plantain Chips
World’s Puffiest White Cheddar
Kettle Corn

Favorite Pumpkin:
Pumpkin Butter

8th Annual Customer Choice Award Winners

Runners Up:

Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix*
Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix*
Organic Canned Pumpkin*
This Pumpkin Walks Into a Bar

Like what you just read? Click one of those sharing buttons below to show your friends? The folks on Facebook will LOVE it!

main photo: Attribution Some rights reserved by JeepersMedia

Comments

  1. I have a Trader Joe’s very close to where I live so I don’t buy much there. They do have a great price on Saffron there however.

    • It’s all about those dark chocolate peanut butter cups for me. Also, dairy prices are way better here in CA than traditional grocery stores. Milk, yogurt, cheese are all cheaper.

  2. Seasonal but the Bacon wrapped maple scallops in Novemer & December are pretty damned awesome. Also impressed with the Lamb Vindaloo. The Dark Chocolate chunk Almond Cookies should be illegal.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *