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Product of the Year Canada awards 2018: 12 family-friendly picks

The results are in for the 2018 Product of the Year Canada awards. Here are our favourite things from this year's winners.

By Today's Parent

Product of the Year Canada awards 2018: 12 family-friendly picks

Product of the Year Canada awards 2018

A few of our favourite things

Now in its ninth year, Product of the Year Canada is an award that celebrates new products and innovation. Products are put before a jury of industry experts and members of the media who ensure they meet the Product of the Year criteria, and then Canadian consumers evaluate the products in a survey. Here are our favourite family-friendly picks from this year’s winners. 

Collage of features 2018 product of the year editor faves

Best Dairy: IÖGO PROTEINe

With 10 grams per serving, these IÖGO PROTEINe 0% Greek yogurt cups are perfect for tucking in a lunch container or warding off hunger between meals. Flavours include Vanilla, Black Cherry, Key Lime and, our personal fave, Chocolate. 

Package of protein chocolate yogurt

Best Coffee Maker: KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker, KCM4212SX

Cold brew is all the rage and this sleek coffee maker from KitchenAid will help you achieve a smooth, full-bodied cup every time. It’s small in size, making it easy to store on your countertop or fridge. Plus, it's so simple to use: fill it with coffee and cold water, then steep and drink up. 

KitchenAid cold brew coffee maker

Best Confectionary: M&M’s Caramel

Who can resist a sweet treat? The new M&M’s Caramel has arrived in Canada and with its deliciously soft center and crisp-candy coating, it’s the perfect munchie to add to your movie night snack list

Bag of M&M's filled with caramel

Best Pasta: Jan K Overweel EMMA Gnocchi with Quinoa, Potato Dumpling Pasta

Gnocchi is a soft potato dumpling that, in our opinion, can do no wrong. Made in Italy, the soft and fluffy Jan K Overweel EMMA Gnocchi with Quinoa, is a great way to sneak in some extra fibre on nights when only comfort food will do. 

Package of gnocchi made with quinoa

Best Stand Mixer: KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, KSM3311X

Powerful without taking up a lot of precious counter real estate, the KitchenAid Artisan Mini can make five dozen cookies in a single batch and has the same force as a classic KitchenAid stand mixer (while being 25% lighter and 20% smaller). Our favourite part about the 10-speed mixer might be the soft start feature, which helps eliminate messes caused from splashes or poofs of flour. 

Red Kitchenaid stand mixer

Best Frozen Entree: oh naturel! Quinoa Mushroom Burger

Meatless Monday is easier and tastier than ever. With the appeal of vegetarian eating on the rise, these oh naturel! burgers pack a punch with chunks of Portobello mushrooms, sweet potato, peppers, brown rice and quinoa. Try it on a toasted bun with your favourite condiments. 

Bag of Oh Naturel! veggie burgers, made with quinoa and mushroom

Best Men’s Beauty: NIVEA Men Crème

Combat dry skin with the non-greasy, fast-absorbing NIVEA Men Crème. It’s been carefully designed to suit men’s skin, is formulated with vitamin E and can be used anywhere that rough skin lurks. The compact tin is the perfect size for tossing in a gym bag or keeping in the car. 

Container of Nivea Men body cream for face and hands

Best Healthy Foods: Dole Tropical Gold Pineapple Chunks

Canned pineapple is getting an upgrade and it’s sweeter than ever. Lighter than a traditional can, the Dole Tropical Gold Pineapple Chunks are available in a resealable pouch that’s easy to store in the fridge. It’s perfect for snacking on, adding to pizza or tossing into the blender for a smoothie. 

Bag of Dole pineapple

Best Financial Services: Scotiabank Passport ScotiaCard

The Passport debit card from Scotiabank is an easy way to start saving for that family vacation. Earn travel rewards on everyday purchases then redeem them on travel-related purchases like flights, hotels or rental cars. Taking the family on a vacay is fun, but it ain’t cheap, this card is a great help. 

Scotia bank travel Visa Debit card

Best Laundry Detergent: Sunlight 4-in-1 PowerCore Pacs Clean and Fresh Laundry OXI Action

This new Sunlight 4-in-1 laundry detergent will become the superhero of your laundry room with its ability to not only fight stains and clean thouroughly, but to whiten and freshen your duds. 

Container of Sunlight laundry pods

Best Skin Treatment: Vichy Canada Minéral 89

This non-greasy gel formula is the perfect thing for busy moms. The Vichy Canada Minéral 89 hydrates skin while stregthening it to help fight against harsh weather, stress, pollution and fatigue that can all lead to dull and damaged skin. Used daily, it’s an easy way to keep skin healthy and glowing. 

Bottle of Vichy mineral moisturizer

Best Meat: Maple Leaf Prime Raised without Antibiotics

What you feed your family is important. Maple Leaf Prime meats are raised without hormones and are a sustainable option to cook up for dinner. The line of poultry is vegetable grain-fed, raised humanely on Canadian farms and never frozen. 

Packages of Maple Leaf poultry products like breasts, thighs, whole chicken and ground

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