Trader Joe’s Just Leaked Info on 13 New Groceries Hitting Stores This Summer

published Jun 14, 2022
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Trader Joe’s has once again done the impossible by distilling all the best flavors of summertime into tons of fun, exciting new products. And the seedless watermelons, five-pound boxes of juicy peaches and nectarines, and tart cherries filling your local TJ’s are only the beginning. In the latest episode of the Inside Trader Joe’s Podcast, hosts Tara Miller and Matt Sloan just revealed over a dozen new and returning products hitting stores in the coming weeks. Whether you’re on the hunt for fresh, fruity flavors or pickle-flavored everything, chances are you’ll want to stock up on these finds.

1. Brazil Nut Body Scrub

Were you one of the thousands of people who ran to your nearest Trader Joe’s to pick up a tub (or five) of the viral TikTok sensation, the Brazil Nut Body Butter? Well, turn around and pick up this equally delicious-smelling sugar-based scrub. “It features the same scents that everyone loved about the Brazil Nut Body Butter, but this time in a scrub format,” Tara says. The scrub itself has actual brazil nut oil, guarana, sugar, and aloe leaf and, just like the Brazil Nut Body Butter, this will only be available in limited quantities.

2. Cashew Butter Cashews

If you’ve been fortunate to discover the Almond Butter Cashews, you’re bound to want to pick up a bag of these new Cashew Butter Cashews. According to Matt, the candy development team embarked on a winding journey to create this new candy, which ultimately resulted in these sweet, salty, honey-roasted cashews covered in a creamy cashew butter coating. These products arrive in late June and will be available for you to snack on year-round.

3. Dill Pickle Mustard

After customers went properly wild about this briny, delicious BBQ-friendly stand-out last summer, it’s back again at long last. “It’s just a good, simple, tasty yellow mustard with pickles in it, like actual pickles,” says Tara, which is music to my ears, as an insatiable pickle-lover. But what makes this mustard so incredible? According to Matt, “It’s all about acidity.” He also notes that if you’re going to be making those summertime potato salads, then this would be amazing subbed instead of your usual yellow mustard and even whisked into a bright, zingy summer vinaigrette.

4. Horchata Ice Cream

Coming to stores at the end of June, this horchata ice cream is speckled with crunchy, cinnamon-y, horchata-flavored cookie pieces. If you’re a huge fan of the creamy, cinnamon-speckled Mexican rice-based beverage, Horchata, you’re in for a (frozen) treat. It’s “super satisfying, [and] really creamy. It’s all those things that the best ice cream is,” says Tara.

5. Jalapeño Lime Crunch

Described by Tara as “sort of a companion product to our Chili Onion Crunch,” the Jalapeño Lime Crunch is now her new summertime go-to for topping scrambled eggs. “Right up front is like lime, lime, lime, and then you get some jalapeño heat, and then you get some onion and then the heat kicks in again,” she says before adding: “I love the idea of it going into a potato salad. I would put this on top of a burger that just came off the grill and it would add texture and flavor.”

6. Jalapeño Limeade

“I will admit that I thought it was a wacky idea when we were first working on it, years back,” Matt says when describing this customer favorite summertime beverage. “I like to make ice cubes out of this, actually,” he adds, which instantly made my brain dream about all the margarita slushies in my future. I can confirm that this is also amazing on its own, but it’s a real hit with tequila or vodka for a spicy, tangy, quick summertime cocktail. Whatever you do, take Tara’s advice and add the Chili Lime seasoning to the rim of your glass instead of salt.

7. Pineapple Sparkling Water

I’m a sucker for all the new seasonal flavored sparkling waters, and pineapple is no exception. Tara adds that these have “all the refreshment and all the satisfaction of a soda, but it’s actually more refreshing because there’s no sugar, there’s nothing added in there.” Matt agrees, adding: “It’s kind of like a brain tweak when you taste this because you think it’s going to be sugary, sugary sweet, like pineapple juice, and it’s not.” Thankfully, these come in a convenient eight-pack, which means you have plenty to share (or not!).

8. Sparkling Pineapple Juice Beverage

In keeping with the store’s assortment of sparkling juice beverages (like the strawberry and watermelon flavors), this light, bubbly pineapple drink is a perfect blend of sweet pineapple juice and refreshing sparkling water. Matt adds that the drink brings all the flavor of juicy pineapple but this beverage differs in that it’s “not so heavy-sweet [as pineapple juice]. Just about half the calories, half the sugar of like, say, full strength pineapple juice.”

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9. Seasoning in a Pickle

This dilly Seasoning in a Pickle is hard to ignore, especially if you’re a Popcorn in a Pickle or Dill Pickle Potato Chips fan. “The backbone is based on vinegar powder. And then you have dill and a little garlic, some aromatics going on there, but this is a pucker-power seasoning kind of thing,” says Matt. You can also sprinkle it on homemade popcorn or mix into an egg salad, too. “French fries are screaming for this. Or even if you were doing something like garlic bread, instead of [garlic] salt.” 

10. Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette

Noting that the Trader Joe’s development team noticed recipes for this all over the internet, they got to work making their own version of this vibrant, fun summertime vinaigrette. “There’s some good bracing acidity as you would expect from a vinaigrette,” Matt says. Matt adds that “It would be really interesting on a watermelon salad that had some sharp salty cheese like a feta or grilled halloumi.” I don’t know about you, but that sounds like pure summer in salad form.

11. Ube Ice Cream

Next up is one of my favorite summertime classics: the Ube ice cream. Ube, the purple yam with a subtle sweetness and a rich purple hue, is often used in Filipino desserts and has shown up on TJ’s shelves in various forms, including pancake mix, cookies, a new spread (more on that below), and this rich, creamy ice cream. To me, it almost tastes like my favorite pistachio ice cream.

12. Ube Spread

As Matt described this as “the ube version of lemon curd,” I nearly got in my car to drive to pick up a jar. This spread is “thick, unctuous, sweet. You could certainly put this on toast, on top of a cheesecake, in a thumbprint cookie,” adds Matt. With the rich, vibrant purple color of the other ube products, this would be a total showstopper to add on top of waffles or ice cream, and layer into cakes. I also have a good feeling this would be amazing in a grilled cheese.

13. Watermelon & Peach Macarons

Yes, you read right: a summertime-only macaron flavor! Arriving around the end of July in the frozen section, each box of these delicate little cookies will include five watermelon and five peach macarons that taste just like their namesake fruits. After trying the amazing winter macarons from Trader Joe’s, which featured flavors like gingerbread and chocolate raspberry, I’m sure these are going to be something you’ll want to stock up on. 

Which of these are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments below.