15 Summer Flavors That Take Us Back In Time

Certain foods transport us back to specific summer moments from our past. Bring these flavors to life at your next summer cook out and explore other flavors over the flame with the Grillerhood.

1. Wild Blackberries

Blackberries evoke lazy, late-summer afternoons as a kid and sticking your hand back through the spikiest branches to get the best berries. Bring that sensation to life in every bite of these Grilled Blackberry Upside Down Mini Cakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream.

2. Marshmallows

Eating marshmallows straight out of the bag was one of the joys of childhood that we occasionally relive as an adult. For a more refined flavor, follow this adventurous recipe for grilled bananas stuffed with marshmallow and chocolate.

3. Seaweed

It’s not a summer food per se, but the taste of seaweed in sushi will conjure memories of exploring tide pools on the coast and swimming in the surf.

4. Sunflower Seeds

Whether you’re sitting in the dugout during a game or watching from the stands, sunflower seeds have always been one of the main flavors of baseball. You can make sunflower seeds come alive by toasting them in a pan on your grill.

5. Orange Creamsicle

If you knew what you were doing, this was always the best thing to order when the ice cream truck came around.

6. Rhubarb Pie

This tangy and sweet dessert is hard to forget and is a staple of many family picnics.

7. Rock Candy

The best part about a trip to the children’s museum.

8. Astronaut Ice Cream

And this chalky flavor was one of the best parts of a trip to the science center.

9. Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

Lemonade will always take you back to hot days and backyards. Try this lemonade recipe with grilled fruit to impress people at your next barbecue.

10. Honeysuckle

Sucking the nectar out of a honeysuckle stem is something many of us did as kids. If you haven’t tried it, you should.

11. Honey Sticks

One of the best things about farmers’ markets.

12. Banana Chips

Sometimes this was all you could talk your parents into getting from the bulk bins at the grocery store.

Recreate this flavor on the grill with this recipe for grilled plantains.

13. Salt Water Taffy

The flavor of whiling away an afternoon at the shore.

14. Fresh Peaches

Biting into a fresh peach at the peak of summer ripeness is one of the true joys of life.

Add fresh peach salsa to your next cookout.

15. Cilantro

It’s an acquired taste, but one of a kind. The herbaceous flavor of cilantro may remind you of playing in the grass as a kid or traveling to a foreign country.

Try this cilantro-heavy recipe on the grill: Grilled Mojito Lime Chicken with Fresh Tomato Salsa

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