Mandarin Orange Chicken still rules.
But if you’re a longtime customer of Trader Joe’s, you probably could have guessed that.
The Monrovia-based grocery store group has announced its 13th Annual Customer Choice Awards, and for the 12th time, that convenient frozen entree has captured the top honor, Best Overall Product.
“Thousands of customers responded to our call for votes to name their very favorite Trader Joe’s products,” the company said in its announcement. “We’ve tallied the ballots, and while some of the winners may surprise you, others may be just as you expected.”
Once, in 2020, Mandarin Chicken was upset. That was the year the Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend — the sesame/garlic/sea salt/onion combination that customers love in a dip, on baked potatoes, mixed with macaroni and cheese or in a panko coating for chicken or fish — was voted the customer favorite.
Alas, that honor was short-lived. Mandarin Chicken was back on top last year. The seasoning was a runner-up.
There was, however, an upset in another category. Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones dethroned the perennial favorite, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, in Favorite Sweets/Desserts.
Here are the survey results.
Favorite overall: Mandarin Orange Chicken
Favorite beverage: Non-Dairy Oat Beverage
Favorite cheese: Unexpected Cheddar (Unexpected, the label says, because it “tastes like an aged premium cheddar with hints of parmesan.”)
Favorite sweets/dessert: Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones
Favorite entree: Mandarin Orange Chicken
Favorite produce: Teeny Tiny Avocados (though bananas are still No. 2)
Favorite snack: Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzel Nuggets
Favorite vegan/vegetarian product: Soy chorizo
Read about the runners-up at www.traderjoes.com.