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After a long run as the favorite product of Trader Joe’s customers, the legendary Mandarin Orange Chicken has been dethroned.

Customers still adore that quick, convenient frozen meal and have ranked it top entree and No. 3 product overall, but another product has captured the top spot in the 11th Annual Customer Choice Awards:

This seasoning blend is the customers’ overall fave for 2020. (Courtesy of Trader Joe’s)

It’s the Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend, which must also rank as the product with the longest name.

Folks love this sesame/garlic/sea salt/onion combination in a dip. (Mix half a jar into a 16-ounce tub of sour cream, Monrovia-based Trader Joe’s says.) Other popular uses include sprinkling it on avocado toast, baked potatoes or salads; mixing it into macaroni and cheese or bread dough; and blending with panko to make a flavorful coating for fish or chicken.

Here are the survey results:

Favorite overall: Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend, followed by (2) Cauliflower Gnocchi, (3) Mandarin Orange Chicken, (4) Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and (5) Unexpected Cheddar.

Favorite entree: Mandarin Orange Chicken (repeat winner)

Favorite vegan/vegetarian item: Cauliflower Gnocchi (first-time winner) topped last year’s Soy Chorizo.

Favorite sweet treat: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (repeat winner)

Favorite snack: Plantain chips (first-time winner) beat out that longtime favorite, Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels.

Favorite beverage: Non-daily oat beverages (first-time winner) ousted Sparkling Mineral Waters in this category.

Favorite produce: Avocados (repeat winner), though bananas are still No. 2.

Favorite cheese: Unexpected Cheddar (repeat winner), which Trader Joe’s describes as tasting “like an aged premium cheddar with hints of parmesan.”

For a list of the runners-up, go to

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