Trader Joe's employees favorite products for 2021 might surprise you

It's the beginning of a new year, and you know what that means — restaurants have begun switching up the menu, our favorite food brands have started rolling out new products, and a ton of best-of lists have hit our online news feeds. Trader Joe's really captures our attention every year with the plethora of new goods and fan-favorites that make its employees' best of list. And this year is no exception. The grocery chain just released its 2021 list of its 21 best crew-picked products, which might come as a surprise to some customers.

According to Trader Joe's, these products included a wide range of goods from across the store, but many crowd favorites like cauliflower gnocchi or cookie butter remain suspiciously absent. Snacks led the charge on the list, with Brilliantly Baked Brookies, Vegan Banana Bread with Nuts, Peanut Butter FIlled Pretzels, Chili Lime Flavored Corn Tortilla Chips, Organic Corn Chip Dippers, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, and Super Sour Scandinavian Swimmers coming in as crew favorites.

The organic coconut smoothie, cold brew coffee concentrate, and blueberry lemonade sparkling water represented the favorite beverages, while cheddar cheese with caramelized onions, Le Delice De Bourgogne cheese, True Thai vegetable pad thai, Joe's Diner mac 'n cheese, mandarin orange chicken, Everything But The Bagel Seasoning Blend, Envy Apples, Southwestern Chopped Salad, Hass Avocados, and Vegan Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto rounded out the top foods. Even Shea Butter and Coconut Oil Hair mask found its way onto the list (via MSN).

A favorite Trader Joe's product for every shopper

This best-of list comes just ahead of the results of Trader Joe's 12th annual customer favorite product survey and helps us guess at some of the crowd favorite products we hope to see stay one at the store this year (via Trader Joe's). These mainstay items should go well with the brand's latest offerings. According to Pure Wow, we need to stay on the lookout for some brand new items that just launched, including Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix, Stroopwafel Cake Mix, White Truffle Popcorn, and the Baton Lover's Quartet.

If you can't get enough of Trader Joe's and want to show your support, make sure to vote for your favorite goods via its Fearless Flyer (via Trader Joe's). Only time can tell what products might enter our lives through the brand in 2021, but with the plentiful offerings we have seen across the past few weeks, the future looks bright. Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting products that might come your way soon and stay optimistic for a bountiful Trader Joe's year.