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The 14 Most Popular Trader Joe's Products Of 2016

01/23/2017 03:44pm ET | Updated January 23, 2017

For Bon Appetit, by Alyse Whitney.

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If there was an award for going to Trader Joe’s for one thing and walking out with a cart full of random frozen appetizers, I’d have a mantel full of them. Unfortunately, the only awards that Joe — Trader José, Giotto, Baker Josef, Ming (?!), whatever his real name is — gives out are the Customer Choice Awards, ranking TJ’s fan-favorite items. The 2016 results are in, and there may be a huge upset because Cookie Butter is no longer No. 1.

Favorite Overall: Mandarin Orange Chicken

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The only thing that can dethrone Cookie Butter is better-than-takeout orange chicken. You don't have to deep-fry it to get it super crispy and it even tastes good as leftovers. It may be magic.

Favorite Bakery: Soft Pretzel Stick

Big enough for a sandwich, but also small enough to just dunk into a skillet of queso and go to town.

Favorite Candy: Dark Chocolate PB Cups

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The darker, more mysterious version of Reese's.

Favorite Beverage: Spiced Cider

The top drink two years running, beating out good ol' Two-Buck Chuck.

Favorite Cheese: Unexpected Cheddar

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You could call this Parm-Cheddar hybrid The Big Cheese if you want to. And there's plenty more great Trader Joe's cheese where that came from.

Favorite Coffee: Cold Brew Coffee

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Proving that it's not weird to drink iced coffee year-'round. They also released a French Roast version this year, which is my personal favorite...

Favorite Produce: Bananas

Yep, bananas beat out cauliflower rice.

Favorite Meat(less): Soy Chorizo

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Soy protein takes many forms, but this spiced-up version is the most popular chameleon move.

Favorite Condiment: Organic Ketchup

The other condiments just can't ketchup to this classic.

Favorite Salad: Wild Arugula

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Not the tame arugula your mother told you to use.

Favorite Snack: Peanut Butter Pretzels

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FYI, they also make a chocolate-coated version that is like a saltier version of the PB cups.

Favorite Frozen: Mandarin Orange Chicken

Back at it again with the orange chicken.

Favorite Pumpkin: Pumpkin Butter

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One of approximately 823 pumpkin products at Trader Joe's.

Favorite Home/Bath: Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

Don't eat this.

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