10 Must-Have Trader Joe’s Summer Essentials

By Kelley Boymer
5 Jun 2023
10 Must-Have Trader Joe's Summer Essentials

It’s no secret Trader Joe’s is our go-to shopping destination for everything from frozen meals to delicious desserts. With summertime around the corner, you don’t want to miss out on these 10 essential items—all of which are sure to make your summer one to remember.

Whether it’s sunscreen, cold brew coffee or fresh flowers that you’re after, we’re bringing all our favorites to you today. The next time you make a trip to Trader Joe’s make sure you check out these must-haves for summer! Don’t miss our other favorites from Trader Joe’s including: the best non-food items, frozen foods, easy breakfasts, and the best dips.

10 Must-Have Trader Joe’s Summer Essentials

Daily Facial Sunscreen

Also known as the Supergoop dupe, the Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen has people raving and it sells out quick, so be sure to grab it the next time you see it stocked on the shelves. It goes on clear and doesn’t leave that greasy after effect like other facial sunscreens. Also it doesn’t drip or sting the eyes. Most importantly, it works!

Daily Facial Sunscreen | Trader Joes Summer Essentials

Limoncello Gouda Cheese

It doesn’t get much more summery than Limoncello Gouda Cheese. This would make the perfect addition to a charcuterie platter for a summer BBQ or shaved over pasta, pizza, fresh summer salads or grilled veggies. I can’t wait to get my hands on this limited edition cheese before it sells out!

Fruit Frenzy Bars

For those hot summer days when you need something sweet and cold to refresh, the Fruit Frenzy Bars are just what the doctor ordered. The Raspberry, Lemon & Strawberry flavor is mouthwateringly refreshing and delicious. If you don’t want them to disappear hide them from your kids, these go fast, haha. Sweet, tart and creamy all at the same time!

Fruit Frenzy Bars

Cold Brew Coffee Bags

Only available during the summer months, the Cold Brew Coffee Bags are another favorite that fly off the shelf. Grab these the next time you are at TJ’s, to enjoy your favorite cold brew addiction from the comfort of your home. Not only is cold brew delicious, but it’s also easier on your tummy. Let your cold brew steep overnight and wake up to a yummy cold concoction to get you moving this summer!

Strawberry and Rhubarb Handpies

We all love a TJ’s handpie and their summer edition of Strawberry and Rhubarb is especially delicious. That classic sweet strawberry and rhubarb taste makes for the most delicious pairing with the buttery, rich crust. Enjoy your handpies heated up in the oven or air fryer for breakfast, a snack or dessert.

Piedra Negra Pinot Gris Rosado

It’s no secret that TJ’s has some great affordable bottles of wine, and there is nothing better than a light, crisp, subtly sweet and tart Rose in the summer. This bottle of Piedra Negra Pinot Gris Rosado is a favorite for summer evenings watching the sunset at the beach, BBQing with friends, or sitting out on your porch. Grab a bottle and enjoy doing your favorite summer activities.

Sweet Corn, Burrata & Basil Ravioli

The Sweet Corn, Burrata & Basil Ravioli is the seasonal ravioli that combines some of our favorite summer flavors. Sweet corn, mixed with creamy burrata and ricotta, and deliciously herby basil come together in one of our favorite pastas dishes for summer. Pair this with a delicious, crunchy summer salad and enjoy with a cool, crisp glass of wine.

Flowers & Plants | Trader Joe's Summer Essentials

Flowers & Plants

TJ’s flowers and plants are the best and you can’t miss their summer bouquets and specials. I had an orchid plant from TJ’s that lasted for years once and only finally wilted away when I accidentally left it outside in cold weather. TJ’s has the most beautiful and affordable seasonal floral arrangements from tulips and peonies to hydrangeas. The “Ladybug” Bouquet is a favorite amongst many showcasing gorgeous seasonal hues in the classic ladybug wrapping.

Mini Watermelon

Sometimes those big old watermelons from the grocery store are just too much. You end up cutting enough watermelon to feed a small army and then over-eating so it doesn’t go to waste. The mini watermelons from TJ’s are the perfect summer fruit to snack on at the beach or lake, use for fresh cocktails or salads and enjoy as a nice juicy snack or paired with a meal!

Cold Brew Iced Tea Black Tea + Lemon

Come summer we want all things cool, so bring on the cold brews! The Cold Brew Iced Tea Black Tea + Lemon is another easy peasy delicious concoction you can whip up in no time. No brewing, squeezing or straining required. Just throw one of TJ’s Cold Brew Iced Tea Black Tea + Lemon bags into some water and voila! Enjoy that refreshing half and half flavor to quench your thirst.

What are your summer favorites from Trader Joe’s? Let us know in the comments below!

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1 Comment

  1. Oh the sunscreen looks great!

    I also love the hallumi cheese. It’s great with grilled broccoli and northern white beans. I asked the folks there and they said that’s it’s a seasonal thing they carry in the summer. So I always buy 3 at a time!

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