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Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed at the grocery store. Sometimes it seems that there are too many products to choose from. And with each brand claiming it’s the best, consumers can have a hard time deciding what to buy.

That’s where the Product of the Year Awards come in. For over three decades, the survey has aimed to serve “as a shortcut for shoppers in the supermarket, saving them time and money.” This year’s awards span a variety of categories—including food, home and health—and are based on the votes of over 40,000 shoppers. Ready to meet some of our favorite winners? (You can check out the complete list here).

P.S. These are our Test Kitchen’s best loved food, gear and gadget brands.

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COURTESY OF PRODUCT OF THE YEAR USA

ALDI Countryside Creamery Pure Irish Butter

Imported from Ireland, this best-in-show spread is the perfect addition to your dinner table. We love it atop our favorite Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Available in Aldi stores.

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Mr. Clean Clean Freak

Kiss grime goodbye. This easy-to-use cleaner—voted best all-purpose cleaner—tackles even the toughest mess.

Purchase here.

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Baby Ruth

The winner of the candy bar category is an oldie but a goodie—with a new and improved recipe. Your tastebuds will thank you for the perfect blend of caramel, nougat and peanuts. We love ’em on their own or in this Baby Ruth cookie recipe.

Purchase here.

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ALDI Happy Farms Deli Sliced Cheese

As if we needed another reason to love Aldi. Their sandwich-ready slices—available in a wide variety of flavors—were crowned king of the cheese category.

Available in Aldi stores.

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Nice! Premium Vanilla Latte Cold Brew

Go ahead and skip the drive-thru. You’ll find the best coffee winner at your favorite drugstore.

Available in Walgreens stores.

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Del Monte Veggieful Veggie Bowls


Need a healthy meal on the go? These Veggieful bowls—available in fun flavors like Roasted Red Pepper and Southwest Style Corn—were named best convenience meal. Psst! Do you know which state made Del Monte famous? Find out here.

Purchase here.

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Downy Wrinkle Guard

No need to pull out the ironing board. The best laundry booster product protects your clothes against wrinkles.

Purchase here.

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ALDI Simply Nature Coconut Cashew Crisps

Finally: A treat you can feel good about eating. These gluten-free, paleo and vegan treats got top marks in the cookie category.

Available in Aldi stores.

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Cascade Free & Clear


It’s no surprise that the best-in-show dish care product came from industry leader Cascade. These clean dishwasher pods are free of bleach, phosphates and dyes. Next, learn how to clean a dishwasher in five easy steps.

Purchase here.

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Contadina Pizzettas


This winner of the best frozen snack is like pizza rolls—but for grownups. Each serving is packed with veggies and 10 grams of protein!

Available in select grocery stores.

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ALDI Quarter Cut Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon

It’s no secret that Aldi wines consistently win awards. So go ahead and add this best-of-the-wine-category Cab to your cart. Then, read up on these secrets Aldi employees won’t tell you.

Available in Aldi stores.

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Trident Vibes

When your tastebuds crave a bold, refreshing experience, turn to shoppers’ favorite gum on the market. They can’t get enough of the Tropical Beat, Spearmint Rush and Peppermint Wave flavors.

Purchase here.

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Tide Heavy Duty Liquid Detergent


Your tough job is no match for the best liquid laundry detergent. This heavy-duty formula is designed to attack grease, oil, caked-in dirt and more.

Purchase here.

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ALDI Earth Grown Meatless Meatballs


Going meat-free doesn’t mean giving up your favorite meals. These frozen delights took home the best plant-based protein award, and they’re the perfect addition to a big ol’ plate of spaghetti.

Available in Aldi stores.

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Nice! Premium Cashew and Macadamia Nut Blend


Put down that bag of chips! This good-for-you nut blend was named best salty snack.

Available in Walgreens stores.

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Del Monte Fruit Crunch Parfait


Packed with fruit, non-dairy coconut creme and crunchy granola, it’s no surprise this treat won the best snack cup category. Heck, it would make a delicious breakfast, too!

Available in select grocery stores.

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ALDI Park Street Deli Snack Selects Three Pack


Go ahead and stash these best-of-the-best snack packs in your bag. They feature an unbeatable combo of cheese, dried fruit and nuts—plus 7 grams of protein per serving. You should always keep these snacks on hand, too.

Available in Aldi stores.

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BuzzTallz


Enjoy your favorite drink anywhere—no bartender required. This winner of the best spiked beverage category comes in enticing flavors like Lime ‘Rita, Stiff Lemonade and Horchata. Cheers!

Purchase here.

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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sheets


When you want the power of a Magic Eraser with the convenience of a disposable wipe, this winning product is for you. You can use ’em around the whole house!

Purchase here.

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Nice! Premium Icelandic Water


The best water? Yep, there’s a winner for that, too. This Walgreens brand was loved for its natural, refreshing taste.

Available in Walgreens stores.

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Tide PODs 2.0

It’s no surprise they won the best laundry pacs category. Tide PODs are new, improved and better than ever, thanks to 4-in-1 OXI technology. Before you throw in a load, make sure you’re not making these laundry mistakes.

Purchase here.

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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