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    Updated on Sep 15, 2020. Posted on Aug 5, 2020

    30 Things To Make Eating This Summer Even Better

    Because every one of your meals this summer should be nothing short of amazingly delicious.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A delectable set of planet lollipops you'll just be over the moon for. These are edible works of art with stunning 2D images contained in different lollipops, each with its own flavor so you get a taste of the solar system while picking out constellations in the summer sky. Mercury is caramel, Earth is cotton candy (an interesting flavor choice to me tbh), and more.

    the ten lollipops
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I bought these for my space-loving, almost-30-year-old daughter for Christmas, and she loved them! She loved the detail and how smooth and delicious they were. Quite an uncommon gift and quite a hit!" β€”Suz

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30 (comes in a set of 10 lollipops)

    2. A mini waffle-maker that'll whip up cute heart-shaped waffles so you can show off your love for summer (or your love for the person you make them for...meaning yourself, of course 😊).

    reviewer photo of the heart shaped waffle

    Promising review: "This is the cutest little waffle maker. It's literally just a bit bigger than my fist. As long as you prepare the batter correctly, this handy device is practically foolproof. I had only made waffles in hotels at the continental breakfast. Every single waffle I made with this maker came out great. The waffles are about 4 inches across. The waffles also cook very quickly, less than two minutes from pouring to being done. This is the second Dash item I own and I'm honestly in love. The little heart shapes are cute and will brighten anyone's breakfast." β€”Cait O

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 19 colors and five waffle shapes).

    3. Or a Mickey Mouse waffle maker to get your Disney fix in every breakfast because you are obviously marathoning Disney most of this summer.


    Promising review: "Waffles came out great! Tip: Heat oven to 200 degrees and put a cookie sheet in the oven. As you make the waffles, place them one at a time on the cookie sheet to keep them warm until serving." β€”Erin Morrison

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    4. Fifty Shades of Chicken, a parody cookbook with hilarious and ridiculously seductive chicken recipes guaranteed to make you laugh every time you open it β€” especially with names like "Dripping Thighs" and "Mustard-Spanked Chicken." Laughing in this heat is much better than sweating in it.

    the cover, showing a chicken with its arms and feet wrapped in rope, similar to bondage

    Promising review: "Beautiful book. Pictures and quality of this book are gorgeous and the recipes are also unique. I almost want to buy one for myself (I got it for someone as a gift). I'm not a fifty shades gal but this is still awesome. Definitely a high quality yet fully functional gag gift. I mean I'm sure some middle-aged ladies may take this very very seriously but this got quite a laugh as a birthday gift because it's just so wild! Lots of risquΓ© pictures like on the cover, many with a posed chicken and suggestive scantily clad man behind the counter in the background, various photos with twine and knives, and suggestive/outright sexual recipe names. I love that it isn't tacky and they didn't do a ton of basic/unnecessary recipes since quality time was spent on photos and names. Definitely several I wanted to page mark that sounded unique and delicious." β€”Avery T

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    5. An aluminum baking sheet with a grid pattern that helps with airflow in the oven and gets you extra crispy edges, which just means your seasonal baked goods will come out so much more tasty, won't it?

    cookies on baking sheet with raised chevron pattern bottom

    Promising review: "I discovered Nordic Ware products on Food52 and it's been a major love affair. From baking cookies to roasting vegetables to all-in-one sheet pan dinners, these fit the bill. The textured surface makes a difference and they're a breeze to clean." β€”lizpaley

    Get it from Food52 for $30+ (available in a big sheet, set of two quarter sheets, or set of two half sheets)

    6. A clip-on silicone strainer because it fits all pots of all sizes so whether you sit down on a nice summer night with one bowl of ramen or three, you'll be able to enjoy it regardless.


    Promising review: "I cannot say enough good about this strainer. It fits all my pots from small to huge, even frying pans! I have strainers, colanders, every kind of lid converter...this strainer is the best ever. When the pot is too heavy for me to hold to drain off the water, with this I can still hold on with both hands, and then when it is mostly drained, I set the pot in the sink to continue to drain. Washes up like a dream, or toss in the dishwasher. I do not know how I lived without this strainer. Now I can get rid of probably 20 items out of my kitchen!" β€”SGA

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three colors).

    7. A heart-shaped wooden serving spoon that'll always cheer you up when you reach for it to bake something yummy. Whether you're stirring, scooping, or mixing, your summer dessert will turn out amazing.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "My daughter likes to bake cookies. A LOT. But she prefers to mix things the way I did when I was young: using a bowl and a wooden spoon. Your spoon is perfect for hand-mixing. Comfortable to hold and sturdy." β€”Manature

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    8. This cute "egguins" egg holder to both store and serve your eggs in the most creative way because we all know you're making omelets every summer morning. These penguins hold up to six eggs and you can keep them in your fridge or dunk them in boiling water (don't worry, it's heat-resistant so they'll be fine and so will your eggs)., Amazon

    The handle stays cool so you can comfortably pull your penguins out from the pot or carry them wherever!

    Promising review: "Fantastic eggs! I have never been able to hard boil eggs and get an easy peel. The first time I used the egguin, they came out perfectly. It could not have been easier. I highly recommend." β€”J. Bambrough

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A box of melt-in-your-mouth gourmet choco chip Campfire cookies from CurlyTop Baker that'll be delivered right to your door. It's a great comfort snack that'll take you straight back to childhood memories of counting the stars on warm summer nights.

    the cookies, with marshmallows strewn everywhere
    CurlyTop Baker

    These are baked from scratch with chocolate chunks, graham cracker crumbs, and stuffed with marshmallow pieces! So yummy. They're also made with butter, pure vanilla, cage-free eggs, and are 100% non-GMO.

    CurlyTop Baker also works to make a difference in the homeless community one baked cookie at a time: 20% of proceeds go toward this cause, and they distribute 500+ cookies every week, so you can feel good about supporting with your purchase!

    Get it from CurlyTop Baker for $24 (per dozen; available in 17 flavors). You can also create your own cookie here for the same price!

    10. A nonstick ceramic Always Pan because you won't even reach for anything else to cook your dinner once you have this. It's designed to replace EIGHT pieces of regular cookware. You'll feel just grand using this every time this summer.

    The pan with shrimp etoufee, with bowls of the shrimp and rice around it
    @ourplace / Via

    This comes with a lockable lid, steamer basket, pouring spout, and a nesting spatula with a built-in rest. It's also PFOA-free. And check out my colleague's Always Pan review to learn why this is so great!

    Our Place is a POC-owned business. All of their boxes are packaged with biodegradable and recyclable materials, and the Always Pan is made in a female-owned factory in China.

    Promising review: "My Always Pan is going to be my new favorite cooking ware. Super versatile and absolutely beautiful. Love the functionality that it possesses and the versatility range; someone really thought about all the best way to cook with this! Safe, easy to clean, and beautiful to look at! Makes you want to cook more delicious meals all day long! Shipping took a while because I preordered, but I was happy to wait!" β€”Celyn

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in four colors)

    11. An insect repellent lotion so you can sit outside to eat in peace, whether it's a picnic or a simple meal in your backyard.

    model putting the lotion on their arm

    Promising review: "This is the best stuff we have ever used to fend off the mosquitoes. We love to barbecue on our backyard but during the summer it is just not possible to enjoy it fully without insect attacking us. We would get bitten all over our arm and legs. We tried many products, such as incense candles; those do help but not completely. We have heard many good reviews about DEET. So, we gave it a try. It definitely works. We can actually see mosquitoes fly by and didn't even bother coming close to us. It was such a relief. This product comes in the form of lotion. It is quite easy to apply. Just like applying sunscreen. It is also oil based so it might not be good for everyone. It does give off some smell, but doesn't bother us too much. A four-ounce bottle lasted us for the whole summer. Verdict: Buy, Buy, Buy!" β€”EZC

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    12. A set of multi-purpose silicone lids that are so incredibly airtight even your dog will be surprised (just check out that GIF!). They're heat-safe and great for covering bowls and pots without lids so if those baked summer goods you made need shelter, you now have these!

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    They're dishwasher-safe too! To learn more about why we love them so much, check out "Food52's Airtight Silicone Lids Are The Answer To So Many Of Your Kitchen Woes."

    Promising review: "These have come in handy way more than I thought. Helps with covering food prep, when reheating in the microwave, and storing leftovers. Since we have been working from home my husband loves the small lids for his coffee cup." β€”Sarah

    Get a set of five from Food52 for $40.

    13. A Disney princess cookbook filled with easy-to-follow recipes inspired by your favorite princesses so you can watch Tangled this summer while enjoying Rapunzel's Frying Pan Eggs!


    Promising review: "Nice big book. My 8-year-old daughter loves it! And it's very well-priced. The recipes are simple but very cute, easy to read, and it has lots of the Disney princesses showing you how they make the food. It's also beautifully illustrated and nicely made. It doesn't look or feel cheap. Very well-written with easy instructions for the recipes as well to help a child learn." β€”Rubynks

    Get it from Amazon for $12.29.

    14. A gourmet oil-dipping spice kit so you can dip into herbs and spices that let you explore five different cuisines, from Italy to Morocco. Since we can't exactly travel this summer, why not travel through food?

    the spice kit
    Uncommon Goods

    The spices include minced garlic, basil, marjoram, air-dried tomatoes, savory, rosemary, sea salt, za'atar (thyme, sea salt, sumac), garlic powder, thyme, oregano, chili pepper flakes, herbs de provence, smoked paprika, and sesame seeds.

    Promising review: "Sent this as a birthday gift to my family members who are foodies. It was a perfect gift especially now when they are cooking at home everyday. They love it." β€”Cynthia

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $39.

    15. A Minnie Mouse canvas picnic basket that is, of course, perfect for picnics. What makes it a great basket then, you ask? Well, it has a collapsible interior and comes with a full cutlery set for two, including a plate and wineglass set, a pouch, forks, knives, and spoons! You won't need to worry about packing anything but the actual food. How's that for a picnic basket?

    the picnic basket with the cutlery set

    The picnic basket has a woven willow basket bottom and a canvas upper. It comes with two plates, a plate pouch, two wineglasses, two stainless-steel forks with wooden handles, two stainless-steel knives with wooden handles, two stainless-steel spoons with wooden handles, and a roll-up cutlery pouch.

    Get it from shopDisney for $69.95.

    16. A delightful cookbook of recipes from your favorite books plus the passages they're featured in. If you've ever wanted to try a literary food, now's your chance! With recipes ranging from carrot pudding (A Christmas Carol) to Turkish delight (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe), you'll be inspired to spend your summer afternoons in the kitchen whippin' these up!

    the book cover

    Promising review: "This is a really awesome gift for any literary nerd who also loves to cook. The book has TONS of literary references dispersed throughout the book. I gave it to a friend as part of a moving/new home/kitchen gift. I think it brought tears to her eyes." β€”Margot C.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.79.

    17. A pack of Dole soft serve pineapple mix so you can make your own Dole Whip right at home and comfort yourself since you can't have the snack at the actual park.,

    Promising review: "Of course I’m having parks withdrawals HARD during this quarantine right now, and I ordered this in hopes of tasting my favorite snack from the parks. I’m glad I did because it truly transported me back to Aloha Isle, as I’m eating spoonfuls hurriedly, while running to the next FastPass." β€”Adriana

    Get it from Amazon for $26.09.

    Psst! Disneyland shared their Dole Whip recipe so you can make it from scratch at home.

    18. A lovely three-piece bistro set reminiscent of the ones you'd see on a French street lined with pretty cafes to spruce up your porch or backyard so you can sip ice cold lemonade in the fresh air! It even has an umbrella hole to really get that cafe feel!

    The set pictured outside

    Reviewers recommend getting cushions to make the seats more comfortable for long-time sitting. This comes with a table and two chairs. It is weather-, water-, and UV-resistant.

    Promising Review: "This bistro set surpassed my expectations! It is perfect for a small patio. It is sturdy and well-made. It looks much more expensive than it is. It was simple to assemble; it took less than an hour and a half for the set. I am very pleased! Thank you for a wonderful product! β€”Kathryn

    Get it from Wayfair for $199.99.

    19. A bug bite suction tool that'll provide almost instant relief from itchiness and remove insect venom, saliva, and other irritants left by a bite. No chemicals needed! You'll finally be able to have your backyard barbecue or step out for a drink without fear of returning with a million mosquito bites., Amazon

    Promising review: "I cannot stress to you enough how much better this simple little tool has made my quality of life during summer in Ohio. It rains a lot. There are a lot of mosquitoes. I have horrific allergic reactions to mosquito bites. We're talking bumps swelling to the width of softballs within minutes of the bite. This tool doesn't make those bumps go away, but it stops the itch IMMEDIATELY. I was a huge skeptic; how could a little suction cure this agonizingly itchy allergic reaction? I still really don't know how it does, but it provides instant relief that no pill, cream, or injection ever has ever achieved for me. If you live anywhere where insect bites are common, you need to own one of these!" β€”Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    20. A Japan Crate subscription box that lets you explore and experience Japan and its culture in not one, not two, but six different ways so you can get a taste of all sides of the country if you wanted to go this summer but couldn't! You can choose to get a crate full of Japanese snacks, kawaii (cute) things, instant ramen, collectible capsule toys, Japanese beauty products, or stationary items. Everything comes straight from Japan and it's super affordable too.

    The box overflowing with Japanese snacks like chips, ramen, beverages, and candy

    What you get:

    Japan Crate (comes in three sizes): the Premium size has full-size Japanese candy and snacks, a bonus item, a Japan-exclusive drink, and a custom manga-zine with translations and a contest. The Original size has ten items with one DIY kit. The Mini size has five Items.

    Umai Crate: premium Japan-exclusive instant ramen and a revolving bonus item.

    Kira Kira Crate: six to eight full-size Japanese beauty products.

    Doki Doki Crate: fully licensed kawaii (cute) items ranging from plushies and collectible keychains to toy figures, clothing, miniatures, cooking utensils and more.

    Gacha Gacha Crate: collectable roulette capsule toys made in Japan.

    Inku Crate: six to eight Japanese stationery items like notebooks, planners, pens, markers, and fun accessories.

    Promising review: "Really impressed. I don't normally review but I must say Japan Crate has impressed me! Really really tasty snacks and candies, my family loves them! β€”Riley

    Get it from Cratejoy for $22.50+/month (available in six types).

    21. A compact stainless-steel wood-burning fire pit for the perfect summer activity β€” camping! Its design allows for a no-trace fire with reduced smoke (without batteries or fans!) and little ash, meaning cleanup is easy.

    Family using the fire pit to cook hot dogs on a stick

    It comes with a cover and log grate.

    Promising review: "I am definitely no camper, but I was looking for an option for my town home. A friend suggested I look at Solo Stove and I'm so glad I did. It arrived very quickly and was really easy to set up. It sits on the end of my concrete patio and it felt very safe. The concrete under the stand remained cool throughout its use. Except for some smoke during the first 5–10 minutes of lighting and heating up, there was virtually NO smoke coming off the fire. I sat near it for hours and was able to go in the house without smelling like a campfire. And my neighbors loved it! Cleaning is simple too. Very little ash is left since it burns so hot and the Ranger is easy to turn upside down and empty. Comes with a storage bag so I can put the unit inside when not in use. Also, because it is easily portable, I'm looking forward to taking this with me to events where there is no fire pit option. Anyone looking for a compact, safe, and virtually smoke-free solution to a campfire in a small space should really consider the Ranger." β€”Linda

    Get it from Wayfair for $222.78.

    22. A watermelon slicer because it'll make having your fave summer snack a breeze. The slicer is so easy to use all your friends will ask you where you got it.

    The tool, which cuts cubes quickly and easily

    It comes with a melon baller.

    Promising review: "This tool is so handy! I hate cutting watermelon and this is so fast and easy to use and easy to wash. I cut a watermelon in less than five minutes. It cuts yellow watermelon, too!!! The included baller is great for the small leftover, hard-to-reach places." β€”Andrea Draine

    Get it from Amazon for $12.77.

    23. A weather-resistant indoor/outdoor rug to rest your feet on when you're having your dinner out in the backyard on a summery evening. It's easy to take care of and can handle the abuse of weather and daily use from pets and kids. It won't fray easily!

    The rug in blue outdoors by a pool

    Promising review: "Fantastic outdoor rug! We bought this to go with our new Wayfair patio set and add a spot of color to our backyard, especially as the grimness of winter sets in. The blue and gray is great because it'll still look okay even if it fades some in the summer sun. I've had an outdoor rug made of this material before, and I can attest to the material holding up well. We have three dogs that walk all over this rug all the time. Plus, it's been raining a lot lately. The water drains from the rug quickly, and it still looks clean, even with three dogs walking all over it. We're very impressed with this rug!" β€”Madison

    Get it from Wayfair for $25.99+ (originally $39+; available in eight sizes).

    24. A set of ice pop molds so you can satisfy your sweet tooth whenever you want! This'll bring the spirit of summer to your home and your taste buds while you're quarantining., Amazon

    This popsicle tray comes with 50 popsicle sticks and 50 popsicle bags and even a little recipe booklet!

    Promising review: "EXCELLENT! I love the shape of the pop. Cute and vintage-looking. Easy to unmold. No need to run under warm water. Just let sit in counter for a few minutes and it slides out with ease. Pop right into the plastic storage bags that came with it. The bags are great! I ordered more sticks and bags on Amazon. Nice that it makes 10 pops at a time. Stands up great on its own. I put it on a 1/4-size cookie sheet and placed it in the freezer." β€”gina deriso

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    25. A set of lovable ceramic cat measuring spoons for elevating your cooking/baking experience from "eh" to "aw!" Summer should be about smiling after all!

    the set of measuring spoons with happy cat faces painted on them

    They come tied with a ribbon for hanging!

    Promising review: "Functional and beautiful! I bought these as a gift for a cat lover. She just adores them. They are so beautiful and unique that she displays them prominently in her kitchen." β€”David C

    Get the four-piece set from Amazon for $14.57.

    26. A wall-mounted dry goods dispenser because storing foods in the summer should be fun! And when you're craving cereal again at 3 a.m., you can easily fill your bowl with these.

    The dispensers filled with dry goods like cereal, coffee beans, and dried pasta

    Promising review: "I am in LOVE with this product. I'm going to buy another one for more cereal and oatmeal. If you don't own this you are missing out β€” it's worth every penny. It took me less than three minutes to set up." β€”Wayfair Reviewer

    Get it from Wayfair for $43.99.

    27. A baking subscription box that helps you do what the entire country has been doing this summer since lockdown: baking! This box removes all the hassle of baking and makes it simple, fun, and easy with fresh pre-measured ingredients (no store-bought mixes!), video tutorials, and instructions. You'll be making these scrumptious desserts basically from scratch!


    What you get: Fresh, pre-measured mixes and ingredients, instructions for all baking levels, video tutorials, and a monthly cinnamon bun swap option if you don't like that month's recipe. Each box makes enough for 12–30 servings.

    Promising review: "I purchased Mix Box for my 12-year-old. It was an instant hit! We just finished our second month and she is asking for more! The boxes come very nicely prepared, and they have all the powdered mixtures pre measured. We have enjoyed each box, not only the taste but the bonding experience of mixing and cooking together!" β€”Pam

    Get it from Cratejoy for $24.95/month.

    28. A nonstick electric George Foreman grill especially perfect for small spaces because that shouldn't stop you from fulfilling your burger cravings! And thanks to its removable stand, it suits both the outside and the inside. It's also easy to clean and you don't need butter and oil either!

    The grill with corn, steaks, and veggie kabobs cooking

    Promising review: "I just recently moved into an apartment that does not allow charcoal grills! The first time I used this was inside. I barbecued my chicken wings; that was the true test, and they turned out FANTASTIC! Moist, grill marks, and very tasty. Next I grilled hamburgers...PERFECT! The juiciest burgers ever. I am hooked and impressed. It is very easy to assemble, and to clean. I use mine primarily on my countertop and it DOES NOT get the inside of the house all smoky." β€”PG Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $85.89+ (available in two colors).

    29. An oven cleaner so strong it'll fight the most stubborn stains and get 'em off overnight but that is also gentle enough that you don't need protective gloves to use it. It'll make cleaning up your messes easy when you're trying to make something new this summer.

    Promising review: "Oh man, this stuff is awesome! I sprayed and left it on overnight. I had no idea what to expect. I took a paper towel and started wiping out the oven. The grime just melted away. It was awesome! I am VERY pleased!" β€”KsGrl444

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    30. A compact juicer that processes hard fruits and veggies and ensures you never have to pull out your wallet for a nice cold glass of juice on a hot day ever again. Make it right at home, au naturale!

    the juicer

    This is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "So easy to clean! My mom has a different brand and said she wished she had this one. I love it and use it every single day, no more store-bought juices for me." β€”Tiffany

    Get it from Wayfair for $99.95.

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