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Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed at the grocery store. Sometimes it seems that there are too many products to choose from. And with each brand claiming it’s the best, consumers can have a hard time deciding what to buy. That’s where the Product of the Year Awards come in. For over 30 years, the survey has aimed to “Guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation.” This year’s awards span a variety of categories—including food, home, and health—and are based on the votes of over 40,000 shoppers; though, this is not to be confused with Reader’s Digest‘s own Most Trusted Brands in America. Ready to meet the winners?

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Strongbow Hard Ciders, 100 Cal Slim Cans

In the alcoholic beverage category, Strongbow’s 100-calorie cans took home top prize. And with three tasty flavors (Rosé Apple, Original Dry, and Dry Pear), we can see why.

Available in select grocery and liquor stores.

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Gold Emblem abound White Cheddar Flavored Bite-sized Quinoa & Rice Cakes

Snack lovers, rejoice! These white cheddar quinoa cakes were voted the best better-for-you snack.

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ALDI Specially Selected Sliced Sourdough Round

As if we need any more reasons to love Aldi. Their sliced sourdough round was named best of the bread category.

Available in Aldi stores.

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Del Monte Fruit & Oats

The winner in the breakfast category is perfect for eating on the go. Each cup features oats, chia seeds, and sweet fruit.

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Java House Cold Brew—Dual Use Liquid Pods

For a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, turn to these cold brew pods. Voted the best-caffeinated product, each pod can be served over ice or brewed in a single-serve coffeemaker.

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Butterfinger

Looks like Butterfinger’s new recipe is a hit with shoppers. It won the top prize in the candy bar category.

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BUSH’S Savory Beans

On a busy night, there’s nothing better than a can of beans to jumpstart a quick, healthy meal. These savory varieties—including Black Bean Fiesta, Southern Style White Beans, New Orleans Style Red Beans, and Southwestern Style Pinto Bean—won the convenience meal category.

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OREO THINS BITES

We didn’t think Oreos could get any better. But we were wrong. These winners in the cookie category are slimmed down then dipped in fudge.

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Cooked Perfect Fresh Meatballs

We love grandma’s signature meatballs, but on a weeknight, her scratch-made recipe just isn’t feasible. These refrigerated meatballs are a good substitute (and the winner of the fresh entrée category). Add these healthiest foods you can find at the grocery store to your list too.

Available in select grocery stores.

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Lean Cuisine Origins

Upgrade your sad desk lunch to a hot, healthy meal. Best in the frozen entrée category, this new meatless line from Lean Cuisine has us looking forward to lunchtime.

Available in select grocery stores.

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Tic Tac Gum

These little nuggets look like the classic mints we know and love, but they’re actually chewy! This new product took home the top honors in the gum category.

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ZYN

Hydrate your way to better health with the winner of the healthy beverage category. These infusion drinks from ZYN® boast 200 mg of “anti-inflammatory and antioxidant healing power” in every bottle.

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Nightfood Ice Cream

OK, how has no one thought of this before?! The genius winner of the ice cream category infuses their frozen treats with “sleep-supporting minerals, enzymes, and amino acids.” Good night indeed.

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Kinder Joy

Keep your little ones happy with the winner of the kids novelty snack category. This sweet treat combines everything a child loves in one tiny package.

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Idahoan Family Size Flavored Mashed Potatoes

Enjoy the ultimate comfort food at any time. This winner of the side dish category boasts enough potato-y goodness to satisfy your entire family.

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Black Forest Gummy Bears

Step back in time with the best of the sugar confections category. These nostalgia-inducing gummy bears will transport you back to childhood.

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ALDI Earth Grown Chickenless Patties or Tenders

Even meat eaters will appreciate the winner of the vegetarian entrée category. These chickenless patties and tenders will fool even the biggest carnivore.

Available in Aldi stores.

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ALDI Intermingle Red Blend

Relax after a long day with this wine category winner. An exclusive for Aldi, the medium-dry red wine is perfect for pairing with grilled meats or chicken. Find some more things you should always buy at Aldi.

Available in Aldi stores.

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Air Wick Essential Mist

Give your home a signature scent with this essential oil mister (that won the air care category!). If storebought air fresheners aren’t your thing, try these stovetop potpourris instead.

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FINISH Max-in-1 POWERBALL

What’s the point of having a dishwasher if it doesn’t actually clean your dishes? These powerful gels won the top prize in the automatic dish care category and promise to leave your dishes sparkling.

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Rain-X Waterless Car Wash & Rain Repellent

A car wash without water? Yep, it’s possible. This top performer in the car care category promises to clean your vehicle AND make it water repellent.

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Fresh Step Clean Paws

The only thing your kitty should track around the house is her cute “meows!” This winning litter from the cat care category promises to stay in the litter box where it belongs.

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FINISH Jet-Dry

Skip the drying step when you go to unload the dishwasher. Winner of the dish booster category, this formula promises to dry “100% better than detergent alone on plastics and cutlery.”

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Comfort Zone Calming Vest for Dogs

Does Fido freak out during thunderstorms or fireworks displays? This calming vest (which won the dog care category) can help. It’s designed to apply constant pressure to help your pet feel calm and safe.

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Scrubbing Bubbles Bubbly Bleach Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Cleaning the toilet is definitely on the top of our “Most Dreaded Chores” list. This household cleaning category winner makes it a little more bearable. Check out some natural ways to clean your home, too.

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Reynolds KITCHENS Quick Cut Plastic Wrap

Plastic wrap is great—when you can actually remove it from the roll! Winner of the household essentials category this “quick cut” is frustration-free.

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Purex Crystals New & Improved Formula

Taking home the top prize in the laundry booster category, these fragrant crystals will help your laundry look (and smell!) its best.

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Tide PODS Ultra Oxi

We’re all about cutting down on the time it takes to do a load of laundry. The winner of the laundry pacs category, these smart pods combines Tide’s cleaning power with Ultra Oxi’s stain-fighting technology.

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Dawn Platinum

Hello, cleaner dishes; goodbye, scrubbing—thanks to this winner of the liquid dish soap category.

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Tide Fresh Coral Blast

An upgraded formula was the reason this detergent won the liquid laundry category. Plus, its fresh scent is hard to resist.

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Brawny Tear-A-Square

Three different sheet sizes make it easy for this winner in the paper towels category to clean up any sized mess.

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Playtex Simply Gentle Glide

Winner of the feminine care category, these tampons are simple, gentle and reliable.

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CONTOUR NEXT ONE Smart Meter and App System

Managing diabetes has never been easier, thanks to this smart meter and app system that won the healthy systems category.

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HALLS KIDS

If you have trouble getting your kids to take cold medicine, listen up. This winner of the immediate relief category won because it transformed cough drops into lollipops. Genius!

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Crest Gum Detoxify

Keep your teeth (and gums) healthy with this top performer in the oral care category.

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Honu Sunscreen

Inspired by the Hawaiian sea turtle, this smart sunscreen has a wand design that allows users to reach (and protect!) every inch of their shells…err, skin. It’s no wonder it took home top prize in the skin protection category.

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