We Tried Trader Joe's New Summer Items — & Here Are The Highlights

The promise of sandals, sunshine, and weekend trips to nearby beaches pales in comparison to what really piques our excitement for summer: the debut of new Trader Joe's goods. The arrival of warmer days signifies that TJ's aisles are stocked with seasonal product classics and fresh finds that we'll want to try during the upcoming open-toed shoe months.
In order to streamline these highly anticipated grocery trips, we decided to try the best options available this season. From dark chocolate-covered strawberry bites to coconut cold brew concentrate and mango jicama slaw, we picked out the 14 products that truly taste like summertime. Ahead is a lineup of our absolute favorites, with serving tips too, so you can stock your picnics and beach outings without having to worry about buyer's remorse.
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Gone Berry Crazy Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pieces
Although frozen, these bites were surprisingly soft to chew, with a fresh strawberry sweetness inside a creamy dark chocolate shell.

Serving Tip
Make a chocolate-covered strawberry bite split (with or without the banana!).
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Organic Jalapeño Limeade
This jalapeño limeade is subtle with a slight kick — not too sweet or spicy, and with a fresh, sour edge.

Serving Tip
Mix with tequila and crushed ice for a spicy summertime margarita.
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Mini Mango Mochi
The mango sorbet interior of these mochi ice cream bites makes a cool and refreshing combination with the creamy dough exterior.

Serving Tip
Make a matcha-mango-mochi summer sundae and pair with a scoop of TJ's green tea matcha ice cream.
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Carnitas With Salsa Verde & Pollo Asado Burrito
The carnitas burrito is zesty with a fresh cilantro flavor, creamy from the black beans and pepper jack cheese, with a spicy finish from the chile verde salsa. The pollo asado has a subtler, more smoky heat from the corn chili salsa and pulled chicken.

Serving Tip
Heat up in the microwave or gill in a pan, slice and serve with a side of smoky peach salsa.
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Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
This unsweetened, coconut-flavored concentrate is strong and nutty with a refreshingly tropical (almost fruity) finish.

Serving Tip
Pour over ice and sip mixed with water and a splash of creamy coconut milk.
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Mango Fruit & Yogurt Gummy Candies
These gummies are soft and chewy with a strong but not overpoweringly sweet flavor — and the creamy yogurt pieces taste like mango creamsicles.

Serving Tip
Chop up and sprinkle over TJ's mango sorbet.
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Spicy, Smoky, Peach Salsa
This salsa tastes like something you might pick up homemade from a summer farm stand — equal parts peachy, spicy, and smoky with a consistency not too chunky or too thin.

Serving Tip
Dollop on top of summertime sheet pan nachos.
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Mango Jicama Slaw
This fresh slaw from TJ's ready-to-eat section comes complete with a creamy, lime-mango vinaigrette that compliments the crunchy mix of shredded jicama and mango with its zesty flavor.

Serving Tip
Pack as a festive side for summer picnics; use as a topping for steak, shrimp, or salmon tacos.
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Salt Water Taffy
A special seasonal treat, each of TJ's salt water taffies (flavored cherry, strawberry, banana, red licorice, sour apple, or watermelon) is bursting with fruity flavor — the watermelon tastes like pure summertime and the sour apple is a welcome surprise.

Serving Tip
A bit hard, so leave in the sun to soften for an easier chew.
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Sweet Corn, Basil, & Burrata Ravioli
These ravioli are sizable, soft, and taste like a homemade pasta you might order out at your favorite seasonally-minded restaurant. The basil adds a savory quality that is complimented by a surprising sweetness from the creamy corn, ricotta, and burrata filling.

Serving Tip
Sauté in a pan over medium high heat with olive oil and serve with either fresh basil pesto or a brown butter and sage sauce.
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Calamansi Cooler
These tangy-fruity sodas are made from calamansi, a fruit that grows in southeast Asia and is commonly referred to as "the lemonade of the Philippines." They look like a mandarin orange-kumquat hybrid, and in TJ's canned form, taste like a slightly sweet and slightly sour sparkling beverage.

Serving Tip
Spike with your favorite alcohol (we're thinking vodka or tequila) and pop a paper straw in the top for a DIY craft cocktail in a can.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Not only does this pie taste homemade (from buttery crust to fruity filling), but it also looks the part with its darling star-shaped topping.

Serving Tip
Heat up in the oven and serve atop a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.
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Strawberry Yogurt O's
The yogurt-coated O's have a strong and creamy strawberry flavor that mixes nicely with the crunchy, freeze-dried strawberry pieces.

Serving Tip
Sprinkle on top of vanilla yogurt or ice cream as a sweet and refreshing crunch, or serve with cold milk and fresh strawberry and banana slices for breakfast.
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Cucumber Watermelon Mint Greek Whole Milk Yogurt
While the watermelon flavor is refreshingly sweet, the cucumber ends up tasting a bit too savory for enjoying as part of our usual greek-yogurt-with-granola breakfast combo.

Serving Tip
Use as a creamy base in summer salad dressings or as a dip with sliced veggies.
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