The 5 Most Popular Products at Trader Joe’s in 2019

updated Jan 27, 2020
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Credit: Joe Lingeman

Today is a special day. It might be Monday again (UGH) and also January (DOUBLE UGH), but today is also the day that Trader Joe’s blesses us all with a gift: The results of their 11th Annual Customer Choice Awards!

For over a decade now, Trader Joe’s has asked its customers to tell them their favorite products of the year, and every year it’s one of my favorite things we get to talk about on Kitchn. We talk about Trader Joe’s a lot on the site. We try all the new products, we round up the best things we’ve tasted, we cover all the trends we’ve seen at the cult-favorite grocery store, but TODAY we get to hear from the real MVPs: the customers themselves.

For the past five years that I’ve personally covered the Customer Choice Awards, there’s only been two products that have won overall favorite. First, there was the cookie butter for 2014 and 2015, and then for the past three years (


2018) the Mandarin Orange Chicken has been the supreme ruler of all products. WELL, this year is different. This year, a new product has taken the throne and I’m honestly a little surprised it hadn’t taken the lead before considering it’s been around (and so popular) for the last few years.

*Drumroll Please*

Without further ado, the most popular product at Trader Joe’s in 2019 according to customers was….

Credit: Trader Joe's

Everything But the Bagel Seasoning!

At last! People are obsessed with this seasoning from Trader Joe’s. In fact, last year we covered a story where a couple made $30,000 from buying and selling the seasoning online (definitely a very controversial thing to do). People love adding this stuff to basically everything – soups, salad, yogurt, eggs. It has always been the darling of the grocery store, and now it’s getting the true recognition it deserves.

The other top 4 products from last year are as follows:

  • #2 Cauliflower Gnocchi
  • #3 Mandarin Orange Chicken
  • #4 Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  • #5 Unexpected Cheddar

See the full list here of the awards here (including top products in more categories) and listen to the podcast where they announced the top products, too (it’s at the end).