The kids I babysit for love these -- red Kool Aid gives ordinary pickles a bright red color and adds fruity sweetness to their normal tang. I'm told they originated in the Southern US. I've also heard they are bar snacks, which may explain a lot. They are pretty, but I have to admit that I don't care for them very much.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Open pickle jar, and pour off the liquid from the jar into a bowl. Add KOOL-AID® and sugar to the pickle liquid, and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Pour mixture back into the pickle jar, making sure that pickles are completely covered and there are no air spaces. Cover jar tightly and shake well.

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  • Refrigerate the pickles for at least one week before serving.

Cook's Note

Artificial sweetener can be used in this recipe. Replace sugar with an equivalent measure of artificial sweetener according to the package directions.

Nutrition Facts

68.5 calories; 0.7 g protein; 17.1 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 1450.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2008
This recipe works exactly as it's supposed to. The submitter never promises taste satisfaction (although I can see some people liking these...). I think the first reviewer is missing the spirit of the Kool-Aid Pickle. While decidedly disturbing, there is something about this recipe that makes me want to make it again in green... I used Tropical Punch Kool-Aid. Makes for a VERY weirdly flavored and fantastically RED pickle. An excellent conversation starter for drunks, kids and oddballs. Thanks for the recipe, Carolyn! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2009
Pretty close to the way there mad inthe south a quick tip cut the pickle length wise in half or forths makes the insidy yummy thanks for bringing me back:) Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2008
This recipe works exactly as it's supposed to. The submitter never promises taste satisfaction (although I can see some people liking these...). I think the first reviewer is missing the spirit of the Kool-Aid Pickle. While decidedly disturbing, there is something about this recipe that makes me want to make it again in green... I used Tropical Punch Kool-Aid. Makes for a VERY weirdly flavored and fantastically RED pickle. An excellent conversation starter for drunks, kids and oddballs. Thanks for the recipe, Carolyn! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2008
This recipe works exactly as it's supposed to. The submitter never promises taste satisfaction (although I can see some people liking these...). I think the first reviewer is missing the spirit of the Kool-Aid Pickle. While decidedly disturbing, there is something about this recipe that makes me want to make it again in green... I used Tropical Punch Kool-Aid. Makes for a VERY weirdly flavored and fantastically RED pickle. An excellent conversation starter for drunks, kids and oddballs. Thanks for the recipe, Carolyn! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2012
I live in the south and this is how it's done in my neck of the woods...Take a gallon jar of whole dill pickles and strain liquid into a bowl. Take the pickles and cut them in half lengthwise and place back in the jar. This allows the inside of the pickle to be colored too. Then add two packages of any red koolaid (Cherry and Tropical Punch is the norm) and 2 and a quarter cups of sugar to the brine and mix til sugar is dissolved. Pour red brine back into the jar and let the pickles sit in the fridge for two weeks. Kids love them. Kids around here also like taking a dill pickle and sprinkling a package of koolaid singles onto it. Even though it's not the norm I like to slice a few of the pickles instead of halving them. Then I make peanut butter and pickle sandwiches with the slices. Also having a few slices is good for skeptics to try so they don't waste a whole pickle if they don't like them!:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2009
Pretty close to the way there mad inthe south a quick tip cut the pickle length wise in half or forths makes the insidy yummy thanks for bringing me back:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2008
Well these get four stars for their eye catching ability! They weren't bad but they weren't anything great. Would be great at a Halloween party. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/12/2008
Ok.. so far.. I made this tonight. I didnt have red koolaid but I had Grape.. so my pickles will be purple I assume! Anyway it was fun and I am looking forward to trying them and trying them out on the kids! Thanks for this fun recipe! Ill up date on what it tastes like in a week! UPDATE I got the pickles out.. after 2 weeks. The outside was a nice purple color and the inside was still a green color. The kids wouldnt eat them but i tried them.. They were strange and sweet but the inside still had the pickle taste. Fun idea but my kids ownt touch them! oh well Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/08/2008
We did not care for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2010
Wow I normally don't like pickles... but this I LOVE e'm! Good work! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2015
these things are strange, but amazingly good if your into sweet pickles. as your eating they go from sweet to slightly sour (as in dill pickle sour obviously), kids around here love them and so do i. the only change i would make in this recipe is adding almost 3x the sugar. they are supposed to be more of a sweet pickle rather than a dill. the cherry doesn't give it huge flavor but just enough to make them perfect. on a quick side note though, if you don't care for them then you really shouldn't post a recipe. mostly due to the fact that you cant tell personally if they turn out right or wrong. like a chef in a restaurant not tasting his food for years and then come to find out its actually awful. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2016
This works like it should. I have modified this recipe in two ways for two different reasons...1) if you're like me and like your pickles to have a deep hue to them and 2) my son can't wait for a whole week for the "red pickles":) 1) I used 2 Kool-Aid packets per small to medium size jar and it gives them a very nice red color. I would use 3 to 4 packets for the large jar of pickles. 2) for my son I mix a tablespoon of sugar with a packet of Kool-Aid. I cut the pickles length wise and sprinkle the mix onto them wait a few minutes and you have "red pickles" Read More
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