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Kool-Aid Pickles Recipe
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Kool-Aid Pickles Recipe

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Everyone will love getting into these pickles. They owe their color and sweet-sour taste to a long marinade in a fruity drink mix.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 jar (32 ounces) whole dill pickles, undrained
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 envelope unsweetened Kool-Aid mix, flavor of your choice

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup equals 15 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 693 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.


  1. Drain pickles, reserving juice. In a small bowl, combine the reserved juice, sugar and Kool-Aid, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Slice pickles; return to jar. Pour juice mixture over pickles. Discard any remaining juice. Cover and refrigerate for 1 week before serving. Store in the refrigerator up to 2 months. Yield: 3 cups.
Originally published as Kool-Aid Pickles in Country Woman August/September 2011, p51

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Reviewed May. 2, 2016

"these are my FAAAAAVVVV"

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"Even easier, buy the dill chip pickles presliced uniformly."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"These are way better with kosher dill pickles. We've been eating Kool aid pickles since my childhood here in Texas my daughter who is 16 has enjoyed them lifelong as well. Kosher dills aren't as salty."

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"This recipe sounded interesting and so easy I had to try it. Great tasting pickle. Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"From reading Taste of Home's Recipes Across America Cookbook I learned that a favorite treat among schoolkids living in the Mississippi Delta is Kool-Aid Pickles. I thought they sounded interesting, so I gave them a try. I used the Kool-Aid flavor of tropical punch. The pickles had a sweet and sour flavor but not any trace of the tropical punch flavor. They did take on a blue color, which was fun to me. My husband, 3 of the kids and myself liked these a lot."

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