Sporked’s Guide to the Best Summer Foods

Whether you love summer (beach days! BBQs!) or you hate summer (sweaty armpits! mosquitoes!), the best summer foods make the warm months more fun. Maybe you’re feeding a few kids who are home from school all summer long. Or maybe you’re looking for the best summer foods for all your weekend cookouts and parties. Either way, if you’re looking for summer food ideas, look no further. We have you covered (although, we can’t help you with the heat or the bugs).

All the Best Ice Cream We’ve Tasted

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Make room in the freezer—it’s ice cream season, baby. Ice cream is always one of the best summer food ideas, and we can direct you to the best of everything, from French vanilla to dark chocolate and everything in between.

Stock Your Freezer with the Best Popsicles

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They’re fun. They’re fruity. They come on wooden sticks you can save to make a little cabin if you get really, really bored. The best popsicles are a shortcut to surviving summer.

The Best Italian Ice at the Grocery Store

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If you don’t live near Central Park and won’t be running into any nice Italian men with their little umbrella-shaded carts, then you need the best Italian ice in your freezer.

The Best Frozen Desserts for Under $5

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If you’re cutting costs for a summer vacay or saving up for school shopping when late July rolls around, the best cheap frozen desserts are your new best friends. 

The Best Smoothie Mix (When It’s a Hot One)

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A smoothie is a perfect light summertime breakfast. If you don’t want to go broke Doordashing Jamba, stocking up on the best smoothie mix is one of the best summer food ideas. 

Raise a Glass to the Best Lemonade

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Sorry, entrepreneurial neighbor children. We’re skipping the stand and opting for the best lemonade at the grocery store this summer instead. We’re heartless when it’s hot outside!

Get a Kick of Caffeine from the Best Iced Tea

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You don’t need a straw fedora, a seersucker suit, or a hanky to gently blot your forehead to appreciate a nice glass of iced tea on a hot summer day. We ranked the best sweet tea, the best unsweet tea, and even the best iced green tea at the grocery store. 

The Best Hot Dogs for the Grill

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You don’t have to hold out for a trip to the ballpark to have a really good hot dog. We found all the best ones. 

The Best Brats for Grilling Greatness

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If you think hot dogs seem too low rent for your BBQ, buy brats instead. From beer brats to stuffed brats, these are the best bratwursts at the grocery store.

The Best Frozen Burger Patties

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A list of the best summer foods wouldn’t be complete without the best hamburger patties. Seriously, why are you still making your own burger patties?? Premade ones are so good!

The Ultimate Chip Lineup for Your Cookout

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You can’t very well entertain company without chips around. Whether you’re stocking up for a day at the beach or a picnic with pals or a big ol’ backyard cookout, this list of chips has something for everyone.

The Best BBQ Sauce for Everything from Slow-Smoked Ribs to Microwave Nuggets

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Get your mop out—we’re slathering the best BBQ sauce on errrrrything this summer.

The Best Hot Sauce

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Wanna fight fire with fire this summer? (Or heat with more heat, as it were?) Try one of these spicy, tasty, Sporked-approved hot sauces. 

About the Author

Sporked Staff

The Sporked Staff tastes everything and anything. They are obsessive about groceries and finding the best of any type of food or drink, from frozen fried shrimp to Dijon mustard to gummy candy. And they're always on a hunt for the best new products. When they aren't eating professionally, they're eating recreationally. And often they're browsing grocery store aisles, just for fun.

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