Emily Baines
January 05, 2016 4:24 pm

There was a period in my life where I couldn’t leave Trader Joe’s without purchasing containers of their chocolate cat cookies. I would eat them by the handfuls, usually with a glass of milk. Then I learned the trick of dumping them in with my Cheerios, making my own brand of Cookie Crisp cereal. It was a very delicious, albeit not-so-nutritious, time in my life. One I think back on fondly. I regret nothing, OK?!

My current favorite Trader Joe’s product would have to be their Cruciferous Crunch Collection salad mix. I can’t be the only one who buys multiple bags per shopping trip. Tip: try mixing it with quinoa and olive oil.

Suffice it to say, if I had known there was a way to vote for my favorite Trader Joe’s products, I would have. (I’m the kind of girl who actually writes Yelp reviews.) But for my fellow Gigglers who did not know there was a vote, or for those who did, Trader Joes has supplied us with the results of their 2015 Customer Choice Award Winners. And we are not surprised.

Favorite Overall Product: 

Speculoos Cookie Butter

Be honest, who among us hasn’t spread this magical cookie butter liberally over any surface and eaten it whole?

Favorite Bakery Item:

Sourdough Bread

I mean, it makes sense. Good sourdough bread is hard to find (unless you live in San Francisco).

Favorite Beverage:

Spiced Cider

Again, no surprise there. I am pretty sure Trader Joe’s Spiced Cider was present at all five holiday parties I attended this year.

Favorite Candy:

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

To vote otherwise would have been sacrilegious.

Other winners I’m not TOTALLY sold on, but hey, to each her own. For example, I disagree with the choice of “Unexpected Cheddar Cheese” as favorite cheese. I’m all about Trader Joe’s string cheeses. And I think “Organic Arugula” is a boring favorite salad choice, considering all Trader Joe’s has to offer.

Our friends over at Thrillist have tweeted that they are less-than-pleased with the results, though they do acknowledge that Cookie Butter has earned its rightful place as the ultimate champion:

And, come on, we all have to agree with the choice of “World’s Puffiest White Cheddar Corn Puffs” as best snack — I prefer those over Pirate’s Booty! (But never, ever, over my beloved cat cookies.)

For the rest, visit the Trader Joe’s website.

(All images via Trader Joes)

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