June 17, 2013 at 5:10 PM ET
We don't have to tell you that food is one of the best things about summer. Fruits and veggies are at their best (really, do you even want to bother eating a fresh tomato any other time of the year?), the steaming weather makes anything cold extra refreshing, and there's just something special about eating al fresco on a warm evening. So check out our summer food bucket list—and cross off every one of these tasty to-dos before Labor Day.
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We can skip the chocolate cone dip, but no towering twist of soft-serve is complete without sprinkles. (Or jimmies, if you insist.)
Nothing's more American than chowing down on some meat between a bun. Don't feel guilty—it's practically your patriotic duty.
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You can't be dainty when gnawing on a buttery, salty ear of fresh corn (especially one that's hot off the grill). So don't even fight it.
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You know what they say: When life hands you lemons, make a refreshing glass of ice cold lemonade. (Maybe add some vodka to it, too.)
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The ooey-gooey goodness of melted marshmallow, warm chocolate and crunchy graham cracker is, frankly, the only reason we go camping.
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We usually say bacon makes anything better, but at this time of year, the vine-ripened tomato is the star of this sandwich.
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Whether you plucked them at a strawberry patch or "picked" them up at the grocery store, the mouthwatering fruit screams summertime more than Will Smith.
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You don't have to be catching waves like a pro to nosh on this classic surf shack fare.
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We're skipping the rides and getting in line for the sinfully good fried-dough foods at the fair: corn dogs on a stick, zeppole and, of course, funnel cakes.
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Eating your way through a bowl of sweet, ruby-red Bing cherries will make you forget what a Snickers bar is. Maybe...
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Even if you're simply chilling in your own backyard, a teeny-tiny umbrella in your drink just makes life better.
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Forget the linguine and chowder: Clams never taste better than when they're boiled in sea water over a bonfire right on the beach.
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Barbecues are like Thanksgiving. Sometimes your plate is so loaded up with the yummy sides—like creamy potato salad, baked beans, pasta salad and coleslaw, you're like, "where’s the beef?" Oops.
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It's totally okay to pay money for a cup of crushed ice.
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A slice of juicy watermelon bigger than your head makes up for the 8 months of freezing cold temps you have to endure the rest of the year.
A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.