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Roll out the red carpet, folks! The snack stars have aligned once again at Trader Joe’s, and guess who’s wearing the crown for the second year running? That’s right, it’s the zesty, zingy chili and lime-flavored rolled corn tortilla chips! These crunchy little spirals of joy have danced their way into the hearts (and shopping carts) of Trader Joe’s aficionados, clinching the top spot in the 15th annual Trader Joe’s Customer Choice Awards.
Picture this: corn masa, the dough used in traditional Latin American cuisine, being transformed into these crispy rolls of happiness. Then, imagine them being showered in a tangy blend of chili and lime seasoning. It’s like a flavor fiesta in every bite!
In a dramatic twist of fate, these chili lime champions have dethroned the ever-beloved Mandarin orange chicken – but with a little help. Trader Joe’s, in a move akin to retiring a beloved athlete’s jersey, inducted the chicken into their very own Product Hall of Fame. It’s like giving it a lifetime achievement award and a fond farewell from the competition.
But wait, there’s more! The Customer Choice Awards are like the Oscars of grocery shopping, and other stars shone brightly too. The spiced apple cider took home the award in the beverage category – think of it as a warm hug in a cup. In the world of cheese, goat cheese stood out as the crowd favorite, bringing its tangy and creamy goodness to the spotlight.
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For appetizers, the creamy spinach and artichoke dip won over hearts (and taste buds), and for those with a sweet tooth, the ice cream sandwiches were the top pick. Imagine creamy ice cream hugged by two soft cookies – it’s a classic love story. And let’s not forget the butter chicken with basmati rice, which nabbed the win in the newly minted lunch and dinner category. It’s like the comfort food you didn’t know you needed until you tried it.
Bananas, those trusty, peelable snacks, were the favorite in the produce aisle. Hashbrowns, the crispy, golden heroes of breakfast, took their rightful place as the top morning meal. And for a bit of self-care, the Brazil nut body butter was the champion in the bath, body, and home category – it’s like a spa day in a jar!
This year’s awards saw a few changes, shaking things up like a good salad dressing. The best entree category was split into “lunch and dinner” and “breakfast and brunch,” giving more delicious contenders a chance to shine. Plus, they introduced an appetizer category and took a hiatus from the usual vegan/vegetarian category.
So, there you have it! The Trader Joe’s Customer Choice Awards have once again highlighted the stars of the grocery aisles. From spicy, tangy chips to comforting butter chicken and indulgent ice cream sandwiches, there’s a winner for every palate. It’s like a culinary awards show, but instead of speeches, we get to eat the winners! Next time you’re wandering the aisles of Trader Joe’s, give a nod to these champions – they’re not just products, they’re celebrities in their own right.