When it comes to fun and funky—but still totally affordable—foods, Trader Joe’s is my go-to destination. After shopping there for years, I’ve got my favorites (chocolate-covered peanut butter pretzels, anyone?). But if you’re like me, you’re curious what everyone else is loving! Check out the most-loved TJ’s items of 2017, and then think about adding a few to your grocery list for 2018!
Best in Show
Trader Joe’s top-rated item overall? Mandarin Orange Chicken. Consisting of crispy breaded chicken tossed in a tangy orange sauce, this entree is a Chinese carryout classic. If you’re feeling like more than opening a bag, try these takeaway copycats.
Remember when I mentioned chocolate-covered peanut butter pretzels as a personal favorite? Well, it turns out their cousin Peanut Butter Pretzels took the crown for best snack. These sweet and salty nuggets taste great on their own, but would be great added to a snack mix like this one.
Favorite Frozen Appetizer
Any TJ regular knows that the store is a great place to nab a few frozen appetizers to keep stashed in the freezer in case of company. This year the Spanikopita took home the title of customer’s favorite app. If you’re looking for apps you can make yourself and store for last-minute company, check out these 25 recipes.
When it comes to parties, who can resist the call of the cheese board? (I can’t.) Trader Joe’s is a great place to stock up on unique cheeses when you build your platter. Based on this year’s Customer Choice Awards, you should probably pick up Unexpected Cheddar, a white cheddar with hints of parmesan (yum!).
Favorite Frozen Dessert
With freezers full of ice cream, pies and cakes, this category is pretty hard to judge, but this year, Hold the Cone! Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cones won customers’ hearts. Simple and delicious, these chocolate-dipped vanilla ice cream treats are a super tasty snack. But if you’re in the mood for a more elaborate ice cream treat for your next party, give these a try!
Next time you’re at Trader Joe’s looking for something to bring to your coffee klatch, why not grab this year’s customer favorite: Almond Kringle? If you have time to spare or are hosting brunch, you can try our Taste of Home version (plus coconut!).
Favorite Holiday Treats
When it comes to holiday snacks at Trader Joe’s, I can’t resist. I love trying different treats every December. In fact, we tried quite a few this past season (and loved them all!). For 2017, Candy Can Joe-Joe’s came in first place, and for good reason! When we gave these a test, we loved the creamy filling with bits of crunchy peppermint inside. (I’m secretly counting down until I find them on the shelves again.)
To see a complete list of Trader Joe’s customer favorites, you can check out their website. Now, I’m off for a grocery run to try some of these recommendations!