Whether you love sipping a refreshing drink on the porch or indulging in sweet summer fruit you can only find this time of year, there’s no denying that the flavor of summer is a welcome one. The next time you head out to Trader Joe’s, make sure you pick up some of these seasonal products to make your summer all the sweeter.

Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Coins

You no longer have to wait for the Girl Scouts to get your Thin Mint fix. Trader Joe's Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Coins are a thinner, chocolate-ier version that we can't wait to get our hands on. Enjoy on your next camping trip while lounging by the campfire, sprinkled over a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream or dipped in your iced coffee. This is the perfect summer cookie that you'll need to eat fast. No melting allowed!

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Frozen Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

In a fresh find, Trader Joe's released a summer treat just in time to beat the heat: Frozen Chocolate-Covered Strawberries! And not just any chocolate, but DARK chocolate which is the perfect pairing with the sweet sensations of strawberries. Add these to the top of a plain cheesecake, to a bowl of ice cream or just grab by the handful when it's blistering hot out. There's seriously no way you can't enjoy these bite-sized treats.

Unsweetened Almond, Cashew & Macadamia Nut Beverage

The newest nut milk on the block is Trader Joe's Unsweetened Almond Cashew & Macadamia Nut Beverage. It's been hailed as the most nut-tasting of similar beverages, and is best enjoyed cold. This thicker milk is a great option for dairy-free diets and affordable one too––coming in at only $2.99 a carton.

Spicy Cheese Crunchies

Turn up the heat this summer when you open a bag of Trader Joe's Spicy Cheese Crunchies. If you love the spicy hot goodness of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, you'll really enjoy sitting down with a bag of this cheesy treat. Topped with real cheese and spice, and gluten-free, this snack can be enjoyed by anyone who loves a mid-afternoon hot snack.

Jalapeño Limeade

Lip-smacking good and a drink will make you sweat just thinking about it, Trader Joe's Jalapeño Limeade is perfect for summer get togethers. Enjoy with ice or use in your favorite margarita recipes––you'll wonder why you never thought of this combination before. Little goes a long way with this organic drink, and you can't beat that $2.99 price tag.

 

BBQ Rub & Seasoning

The first thing you'll notice when you dive into dinner that's been cooked in Trader Joe's BBQ Rub & Seasoning are the coffee, garlic and paprika notes––NOT all that excess salt! The combination of herbs used in this rub and seasoning (in addition to onion, bell pepper and mandarin orange rinds) make a perfect addition that's smoky, spicy and sweet. You can use as a meat rub or in small amounts on veggies, potatoes or pasta. There's nothing this little can can't do.

Maria Jola Sangria

Sangria usually makes for the perfect summer cocktail- if you have enough time to make it. Traditional methods require overnight refrigeration to get all the flavors you love about this fruit-infused wine. When you don't have the time, grab a bottle of Trader Joe's Maria Jola Sangria. Made in France, this red wine sangria is ONLY available during the summer so don't wait to grab a bottle (or five) before Fall sneaks up on you.

Peaches & Cream Tarte

Sugared peaches and sweet cream cheese––is your mouth watering yet? Trader Joe's new Peaches & Cream Tarte has arrived just in time for summer. A buttery, flaky crust is hand folded around the mouth watering ingredients, and this delicious dessert can be warmed in the oven or microwave. There's virtually no wait time when it comes to enjoying this delicacy.

Organic Mediterranean Style Salad Kit

Avoid cooking on hot summer nights by enjoying the fresh Organic Mediterranean Style Salad Kit from Trader Joe's. Packed with shredded broccoli, radicchio, celery, romaine lettuce, roasted chickpea and seasoned strips of flatbread, this salad will make you think you've stepped into Greece. This completely organic kit also comes with feta cheese and a delicious tangy salad dressing made from olive oil, red wine vinegar and basil. You can't find a better salad anywhere for just $3.99!

 

––Karly Wood

Feature Photo: Phillip Pessar via Flickr

 

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