Tangy, sweet and sour these Kool Aid Pickles are a crazy twist on a usually savory condiment that becomes a wacky and tasty flavor combination.
Have you heard of Kool Aid Pickles or Koolickles before? If you haven’t yes, they are a thing. Originating from the Delta area they have taken the south and now the north by storm with their kooky flavor combinations!
WHAT ARE KOOL AID PICKLES/KOOLICKLES?
If you cant figure out by the name itself Kool Aid Pickles are pickles that are soaked in a pickle juice, Kool Aid and sugar combination and brined for about a week. They take on a deep red, purple or blue color depending on the flavor of Kool Aid used.
HOW DO YOU MAKE KOOL AID PICKLES?
Like state above these pickles are made with pickle juice, Kool aid and sugar. The most popular flavors of Kool Aid used are Tropical Punch and Cherry. But you can use pretty much any flavor that you like.
The sugar and Kool Aid are whisked into the pickle juice and then poured back over the pickles and placed in the refrigerator for about 1 week. Shaking every day to make sure that the brine is evenly distributed so that the pickles can take on the flavor and color of the Kool Aid used.
These Kool Aid Pickles are not for the faint of heart, there are only two sides to these. Either you love them or hate them and people have STRONG options about these. But who wouldn’t love sweet and sour/salty flavors together? I know that it is one of my favorite combinations.
So for this recipe we used cherry Kool Aid, but like I said you can use any flavor that you like. These turned a bright and deep red that really made the pickles unique and questioned.
When I mentioned that I was going to make these to my family and friends I got mixed reviews. My kids absolutely love pickles and Kool Aid so they were super excited to try them!
If you want a comparison for flavor on these…if there really is any type of comparison it would have to be sweet pickle relish. I’m a huge sucker for sweet pickle relish and the sweetness of these Kool Aid Pickles really hit the nail on the head with that one!
So needless to say, these are a keeper for us. They are a fun and crazy snack that you can nibble on, whip out at get togethers to show some guests or just have around because you already love them. An easy recipe for sure.
Kool Aid Pickles
- 1 32 oz jar dill pickle spears
- 1 packet kool aid any flavor
- 3/4 cup sugar
- In large bowl drain your pickle juice from jar.
- Add in Kool aid and sugar to pickle juice and whisk together until dissolved.
- Pour back into jar with pickles, you may have a little juice left over.
- Seal top and shake.
- Place in refrigerator for 5-7 days shaking once a day.