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Never been to a Publix? Wondering what to buy and what to try? You’ve come to the right place! We have locations in seven states across the Southeast near some of the country’s most popular destinations and attractions. So, we welcome first-time customers every day.

If you plan on making your way to a Publix soon, consider this your guide to purchasing some of our most iconic products and making your first trip to Publix a perfectly authentic one.

Fried Chicken

With its well-seasoned, crispy outer layer and juicy, tender meat, it’s easy to see why our fried chicken is one of our most beloved products. Pairing a box of fried chicken with a few of our grab & go deli sides makes for a classic Publix experience and a quick and easy meal on those busier vacation days.

Publix fried chicken on top of a white plate in front of a white background

Sweet Tea and Lemonade

Nothing quite beats the Southern heat like a swig of ice-cold Publix sweet tea or lemonade. You’ll find these products located near our deli in a variety of sizes and exciting flavors. They pair perfectly with another one of our most iconic products!

A pint of Publix deli sweet tea in front of a white background

Key Lime Pie

We returned to our roots with this Florida classic. Our award-winning Key lime pie is a perfect complement to any trip to the Sunshine State. Find out more about what makes this tropical treat so special.

Publix bakery key lime pie with two slices separated and sliced lime wedges on top of a white background

Buffalo-Style Chicken Breast Dip

This tangy and creamy creation can be enjoyed in many ways. As a true Publix Deli staple, we promise, it won’t let you down!

A container Publix deli buffalo style chicken dip on top of a white surface

Bakery Cookies

Resisting the temptation of these must-have treats can prove difficult even for locals. We offer many varieties, but if you want the classics, look no further than the chocolate chip and sugar cookies.

Close up picture of Publix bakery sprinkle cookies stacked on top of one another with sprinkles scattered across the surface in front of a white background

Ice Cream

Our premium ice cream had humble beginnings but has grown into a product our customers hold dear. What makes our ice cream special? We keep things interesting with our own unique flavor creations that rotate throughout the year.

Various containers of Publix Premium ice cream and frozen yogurt in front of a white surface

Decadent Dessert Cakes

Visiting our neck of the woods for a celebration? Our decadent dessert cakes are the way to go. These indulgent masterpieces are offered in a variety of flavors and add pizzazz to any occasion. One true hall of famer is our Chantilly cake.

Close up picture of Publix bakery chantilly cake on top of a white surface

Publix Subs

Honestly, no first-time Publix trip is complete without stopping by our deli to order a renowned #PubSub. These legendary sandwiches are tasty anywhere, anytime, but many would agree, there’s something extra special about enjoying them on the beach. You could say, it’s the “ultimate” experience.

Publix deli smoked rotisserie chicken sub sliced in half on top of a white surface

If after visiting Publix you’ve joined the rest of us in fandom, order some Publix merch to remember your visit and spread the love back home.



Austin B.

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Austin joined the Publix family in 2016. As a life-long native of Publix’s hometown, he is passionate about everything Publix has to offer! Austin is an avid participant in community theater as well as a self-proclaimed foodie who loves to try new things. Outside of work you’ll find him entertaining friends and family both on stage and in the kitchen. Austin is excited to share his love for food and Publix through The Publix Checkout!

7 Comments on “8 Iconic Publix Products Every First-Time Shopper Should Try

  1. Janet

    We usually LOVE Pubsubs, but we triedthe “Philly Cheesesteaks” for the first time with cooked mushrooms and peppers and it was the LEAST flavorful sandwich I’ve ever eaten. Cardboard would’ve been better. Couldn’t even finish it, even after trying to add some flavor with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Nope. Still awful. Needs to be removed from the menu or improved drastically because they’re not worth half of what they charge. And I am a huge fan of Publix otherwise.

    1. Kaitlynn R.Kaitlynn R.

      Hello Janet. We are sorry to hear we have let you down with your recent sub purchase. Please reach out to us via private message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter as we are better equipped to handle your concern there. You can also submit your concern to our Customer Care department at 1-800-242-1227 or online at http://www.publix.com/contact.

  2. david

    I am a long time Publix shopper (since age 13) and have always been a huge fan. However,
    I have noticed some serious issues with them recently. While prices for everything have gone up considerably in the past year, Publix has priced their fried chicken and subs very high and in addition, sub contents have cheapened considerably. Proteins are just barely there. Also, their “sale” products are VERY LIMITED. Ice cream/frozen yogurt was on sale 2 weeks ago and my local store had only 6 flavors of frozen yogurt! Amazingly, the following week, a dozen additional flavors! Publix iced tea on sale last week, same thing. No sweet tea and no lemonade. No rain checks either as the customer service attendant blamed the recent “Supply chain crisis”! Seriously? Iced tea is coming from the far east on a container ship? As an aside, this morning, Sale off and surprise…iced tea and lemonade back on the shelf.

    1. Austin B.Austin B.

      I’m sorry to hear of your recent experiences, David. If you’d like to share the store location you shop at with us via private message on Facebook or Twitter, we’ll be happy to address your concerns with store management.

    2. Karen

      I hate to break it to you, David, but in the region where Publix has stores, there is something going on called the “COVID-19 Pandemic.” I am grateful to know that you are unaware of this event, and also grateful to see that you must not shop anywhere else — or indeed have made any purchases of any sort, during this pandemic. Those of us who are active in the economy have seen the effects of this pandemic in every facet of public life, not just Publix life.

      I think that any locally grown tea leaves are really for a specialty market and probably — pandemic or no — expensive already. Therefore I would bet that Publix has to get their tea leaves from some distance. And whether or not Publix is ripping you off — do you think the tea leaf producer is just going to sit back and suffer financially just so your tea does not change in price? Must s/he sell it for free, to offset increases in fuel or shipping prices?

      We “little people” are having trouble getting by now more than ever. As a consumer who wishes for Publix to weather this storm, I again thank you for obviously shopping no where else at all in the past 2 years but Publix.

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