Published on April 11, 2019

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Asking for a friend: How soon is too soon to start prepping for summer entertaining? According to Trader Joe’s, there’s no time like the present. In a newly released podcast episode, reps from the grocery store divulged some of the products hitting shelves this upcoming season, and no matter what kind of home cook you are, you’ll want to add them to your grocery list ASAP.

The majority of the latest Inside Trader Joe’s episode focuses on the retailer’s ever-growing floral section, which, by the way, is not to be slept on if you’re in the market for inexpensive blooms to liven up your space. Toward the end, TJ’s execs Tara Miller and Matt Sloan get into some of the new products that will be available in the coming weeks and months. Some are seasonal, some are permanent, and all are worth our attention. Below, we recommend a few of our favorite new Trader Joe’s products for spring and summer, according to your entertaining style.

If you’re always in charge of bringing dessert…

Add the Neapolitan Joe Joe’s Ice Cream to your cart. The seasonal treat has pieces of Neapolitan Joe Joe’s cookies mixed in with vanilla and strawberry ice cream and is the perfect, easy dessert that everyone at your table will love. Dress it up with an assortment of colorful bowls. If you want to spend a bit more time prepping your dessert, Trader Joe’s Mochi Cake Mix evokes the flavor and texture of Japanese Mochi. As a bonus, the unique sweet is gluten-free.

If patio barbecue season is your favorite time of year…

Keep it simple with chips and salsa. Trader Joe’s is making it easy to elevate this backyard entertaining staple by introducing Bloody Mary Salsa and Patio Potato Chips. The former is a vodka-less salsa that somehow still perfectly mimics the flavor of the cocktail, and the latter is a variety bag of chips that’s perfect for indulgent snacking. Opt for chic servingware, like a minimalist hors d’oeuvres platter, to upgrade this combo.

If guests can always count on you for a healthy menu…

Host a weekend brunch with a wellness kick. Trader Joe’s is getting in on the turmeric craze with a non-dairy version of golden milk called the Turmeric, Ginger, and Coconut BeverageTrust us, it deserves a spot in a cool, sculptural carafe on your breakfast buffet. For a hearty brunch staple that won’t make you feel guilty, pick up the new Protein Pancake Mix, which only has 10 grams of protein per serving. Serve with fresh berries for a healthy treat that still feels decadent.

See more insider info on shopping Trader Joe’s:
The Best Trader Joe’s Products You’ve Never Heard Of
The Easy Hack That’ll Take Your Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi to the Next Level
16 Trader Joe’s Secrets That’ll Change the Way You Shop

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