Trader Joe's offers many seasonal items at bargain prices to help you beat the high cost of groceries. But once they leave the shelf, you may have to wait a year until they return.
Some of these fleeting deals include sweet snacks and desserts that take classic summer fruits and favorites to create exciting new flavors.
Stopping by your local Trader Joe's to see what they offer may lead you to your next must-have item.
Editor's note: These are the prices as of June 9. Prices are subject to change and may also vary by location.
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Strawberry and Rhubarb Hand Pies
Take the taste of summer with you anywhere with Trader Joe’s strawberry and rhubarb hand pies.
They’re a great on-the-go dessert option for picnics, days at the beach, and more. But you may want to hurry, as this seasonal flavor won’t be available long!
Chocolate Brooklyn Babka
Trader Joe’s has a special chocolate babka packed with chocolate chips to elevate this braided bread.
This mini-sized babka is a handy, sweet treat. Pair it with coffee or tea for a tasty break to start your summer day.
These “sweet as molasses” cookies may be your new favorite.
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Dark Chocolate Ganache Mini Sheet Cake
Try this chocolatey delight for a rich cake in a compact size.
With its dark chocolate ganache icing, this is a handy treat for dessert or to cut into bites for book club.
You may want to buy a few, though, since this is on many customers’ lists of favorites.
Mini Orange Cranberry Tea Scones
Who said you can’t have a sweet treat for breakfast?
These scones work well as a delicious morning meal or post-dinner dessert. To complete this small feast, you can even buy some crème fraîche and jam from Trader Joe’s.
Peanut Butter Brookie
If you can’t choose between cookies or brownies, the brookie was made for you.
Trader Joe’s made a peanut butter option for those PB-lovers, with the texture of a gooey brownie. Their website even recommends warming up a slice and scooping some ice cream on top for extra decadence.
Gluten-Free Strawberry Muffins
Gluten-free customers can rejoice over these seasonal muffins!
This four-pack of strawberry pastries will only be available during the summer. And once you have a bite, you may want to go back and buy more.
Aussie-Style Chocolate Crème Sandwiches
Here’s a snack that brings a bit of Australia to your pantry.
These chocolate crème sandwiches offer a nice, light dessert option for anyone craving something sweet. You can even dunk these cookies in milk for a classic treat.
Strawberry Shortcake Sandwich Cookies
It’s strawberry season at Trader Joe’s, and these strawberry shortcake sandwich cookies are worth checking out.
Trader Joe’s cookies pack a classic dessert into a bite-sized delight. And at this price, it’s worth how many you get per box.
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Donuts Forever! Chocolate Truffles
Go nuts for these donuts… we mean donut truffles.
These chocolate truffles are shaped and designed like donuts, and they come in white, dark, and milk chocolate.
Online reviewers suggest grabbing a few boxes while they’re still stocked on shelves.
Trio of Soft Licorice Twists
Here’s another internationally inspired treat that saves you from some summer travel.
These Trader Joe’s New Zealand licorice twists come in summertime raspberry, mango, and green apple flavors. It’s a great option for family movie nights and road trip snacks.
Mini Banana Bread Biscotti
This limited-edition biscotti flavor may be worth the trip to Trader Joe’s.
With the taste of banana bread, this dunkable treat takes a classic and makes it crunchy. It can also be paired with some TJ favorites, like seasonal ice creams or hot coffee.
Ube Ice Cream
Help cool off this summer with this surprising ice cream treat.
Ube is a popular summertime staple at Trader Joe’s, and this ice cream tastes like coconut, pistachio, and vanilla. Plus, the bright purple makes it a fun dessert the kids may want to try.
Peaches and Cream Tarte
Trader Joe’s peaches and cream tarte is anything but tart.
The flaky, buttery crust and creamy peach filling make this a sweet seasonal item you may want to hurry and snag.
One great way to share this is at your 4th of July party with a bit of whipped cream on top.
Watermelon and Peach Macarons
Trader Joe’s took this French delicacy and added a Southern spin.
These popular summer flavors are a fun way to add some “fresh fruit” and flair to your next gathering. And they’re easy to serve, only needing one hour to thaw before eating.
Tres Leches Cake
Trader Joe’s has another limited-edition find that brings the flavor of another culture right to your freezer.
This Latin-American dessert uses three different kinds of milk to make it rich, and the sponge adds a light, airy quality. You can even add your favorite summer fruits to it for some freshness.
Whether you want to eat them by themselves or add them to your favorite cake or pie, meringues are a versatile treat.
These desserts melt in your mouth and come in a sweet vanilla flavor. Plus, they’re fat-free, low-calorie, and gluten-free, making them an excellent option for anyone.
Many bargain shoppers frequent Trader Joe’s to save on groceries and snag unique foods to fill their pantries.
With so many health-conscious foods at affordable prices, there’s something for everyone at this store.
And since their seasonal items become pretty popular, it’s worth stopping by to see what’s new. You may just find the perfect road trip or travel snack for your big summer vacation.