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The Best Summer Treats at Trader Joe's

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Beat-the-Heat Eats

As any true Trader Joe's fan knows, each turn in the weather ushers in a new array of seasonal goodies. Summer is no exception, and shoppers who keep their eyes peeled can find everything from fruity, thirst-quenching beverages to picnic- and cookout-ready snacks. We've rounded up several of the newest temptations. See something that piques your interest? Head to your local store now — many of these items may not be on the shelves in another month or two.


Prices and availability are subject to change.


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Organic Watermelon Fruit Spread Trader Joe's
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Organic Watermelon Fruit Spread

$2.69

There's nothing quite like a juicy slice of watermelon that says "fun in the sun," but this versatile spread comes pretty darn close. Slather it on a cracker, switch up your peanut-butter sandwich, or give that crusty English muffin a surprise: The possibilities are endless.


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Key Lime Tea Cookies Trader Joe's
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Key Lime Tea Cookies

$4

There's a reason these cookies have made a return appearance for several summers now. In fact, we'll just let this review from What's Good at Trader Joe's speak for itself: "I basically ate the whole package myself. Every cookie seemed better than the previous — the crumbly texture of the cookie middle, the quickly intensifying lime flavor in all it's sour-sweet citrusy glory, all of the sugar adding a sweet balance. Oh goodness."


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Shrimp Seafood Burgers Trader Joe's
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Shrimp Seafood Burgers

$7

Just because burgers are a summer standby doesn't mean they always need to be beef — or even require firing up the grill, for that matter. These frozen patties are a lighter alternative that will be just as home on a toasted bun.


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Tangerine Cream Bars Trader Joe's
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Spicy Mango Lemonade Trader Joe's
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Spicy Mango Lemonade

$2.49

Leave it to Trader Joe's to take the most classic of summer drinks and give it a tastebud-tingling twist. In this case, it comes courtesy of cayenne pepper and jalapeno puree, which combine for a zesty punch to counterbalance the sweet lemon and mango.


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Lemony Arugula Basil Salad Kit Trader Joe's
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Lemony Arugula Basil Salad Kit

$4

Sure, a salad may not be quite as much of a "treat" as, say, ice cream, but there's something to be said for something this light and crisp when the heat is on. Dress it up even more with some berries, or toss in some grilled chicken for a healthy meal.

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler Trader Joe's
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Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

$3.49

This summery juice has reappeared on TJ's shelves when the dog days arrive for several years now. "It is light and refreshing, but not everyone will appreciate the cucumber flavor here," warns Become Betty. Welp, count us among the cucumber lovers — we're plotting all sorts of creative poolside cocktails using this as a mixer.


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Citrus Mousse Cakes Trader Joe's
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Citrus Mousse Cakes

$3.49

Frankly, we'd buy these adorable orange- and lime-shaped cakes even if they didn't taste good. Happily, they're as delicious as they are cute, fusing moist vanilla cake with fruity mousse. "They taste like high-class, grown-up citrus zebra cakes," one Redditor raves. "10/10 do recommend."

Chile Lime Mayonnaise Trader Joe's
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Chile Lime Mayonnaise

$3

Don't forget the condiments — namely, this zingy twist on a classic. Lime juice and two kinds of pepper powder will add a kick to that burger, not to mention that boring side of french fries. 


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Sweet Corn Burrata Basil Ravioli Trader Joe's
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Sweet Corn Burrata Basil Ravioli

$3

At first blush, ravioli is more cold-weather comfort food than summer staple, but TJ's has never been bound by such conventions. And thank heavens for that, because that means we get goodies like this sweet-corn ravioli, ready to be paired with your favorite bottle of chilled white wine.

Gone Bananas!
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Gone Bananas!

$2

This longtime veteran of the TJ's freezer case isn't some fly-by-night seasonal dessert, but it's still an especially toothsome choice for summer, especially if you won't eat your favorite chocolate bar until it's spent some time in the fridge or freezer.

Trader Joe's Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
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Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

$8 

Adding water or milk to this Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate is a more refreshing way to get a java buzz, and a 32-ounce bottle yields about three times that in drinkable beverages. Influenster reviewers are fans of the price — it's way cheaper than a lot of the competition — and the taste.


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Bloody Mary Salsa Trader Joe's
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Bloody Mary Salsa

$2.69

If a leisurely weekend brunch isn't an option, surely this Bloody Mary Salsa is the next best thing (especially if you're fresh out of vodka). "It's just a more interesting way to snack," raves The Kitchn. "It's not just a novelty treat, either. It's ACTUALLY GOOD."

Lemon Chess Pie Trader Joe's
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Lemon Chess Pie

$8

If you grew up in the South (or even if you didn't), run, don't walk, to pick up this tangy, indulgent classic before it's gone. "I'm eating a big piece right now … and tears are falling down my face. This. Is. Incredible," one Redditor proclaims.

Popcorn in a Pickle Trader Joe's
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Popcorn in a Pickle

$2

This summertime staple of the Trader Joe's snack aisle, seasoned to taste just like a crunchy dill pickle, will make you pucker up in the best possible way. "What kind of sorcery did they use to make this taste exactly like pickles?" muses Junk Banter. "This is stupidly addicting."


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Pulled Chicken in a Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce Trader Joe's
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Pulled Chicken in a Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce

$6

Sometimes we really, really want to dig into a mound of pulled meat, but we really, really don't want to slave over the grill or wait for the slow cooker to work its magic. Of course, Trader Joe's is more than willing to give us lazy pitmasters exactly what we want: heat-and-eat deliciousness.

Fruity Gummy Candies Trader Joe's
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Fruity Gummy Candies

$2

Sometimes nothing but a colorful handful of juicy gummies will hit the spot, and this naturally flavored option is a new, already-beloved part of TJ's candy lineup. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, watermelon, and blueberry combine to make it an "adult version of fruit snacks" that you'll definitely want to nosh on during your next picnic or pool day.

Tomato Ketchup With Black Summer Truffle Trader Joe's
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Tomato Ketchup With Black Summer Truffle

$3

Nothing screams "fancy" like a condiment in a glass jar, especially if you throw truffles into the mix. TJ's says this ketchup has just the right amount of umami to kick your cookout up a notch. "Our household of four grills burgers and makes fries twice a month," says one Redditor. "We go through 3-4 jars of this a year, and that's basically the only time we use ketchup."

Ube Purple Yam Flavored Ice Cream Trader Joe's
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Ube Purple Yam Flavored Ice Cream

$3

Citrus, melon, mint — these are the flavors of summer. Ube? If Trader Joe's has anything to do with it, absolutely. This brilliantly purple treat is "a cross between vanilla and pistachio, with a hint of coconut," TJ's says. Feeling adventurous? It's cheaper than a plane ticket to the Philippines. 


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Trader Joes Sparkling Black Tea with Peach Juice
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Sparkling Black Tea With Peach Juice

$4

This fizzy, refreshing drink has had the internet abuzz since it was released last year. Customers have already elevated it as the chain's No. 1 beverage, impressive for a new product. You can also use some bourbon, honey, and lemon to make a summer-ready cocktail best sipped in a rocking chair on your front porch.

Mint Watermelon Flavored Black Tea Trader Joe's
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Mint Watermelon Flavored Black Tea

$5

Tired of your standard iced tea? Try this well-loved seasonal variety. "This tea has a direct line to summertime," crows Southern Living. "The herbal brightness of mint combined with the crisp fruitiness of watermelon feels like a grown-up version of a juice box."

Just Mango Slices
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Just Mango Slices

$3 

This longtime customer favorite is as simple as it sounds: a bag of dried mango slices, and that's it. There are no artificial flavors, preservatives, or other junk, and fans like it that way. Influenster reviewers say this simple treat is healthier than most, affordable, and most importantly, tasty: "They're sugary sweet with tons of fresh mango flavor," one devotee says. "The texture is even better than other dried mangos."