Kool-Aid Pickles

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling


3 cups

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Everyone will love getting into these Kool-Aid pickles. They owe their color and sweet-sour taste to a long marinade in a fruity drink mix.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


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


  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.

Kool-Aid Pickles Tips

What do Kool-Aid pickles taste like?

Kool-Aid pickles, aka koolickles, have a sweet and tart flavor, and some people even say they taste like candy. Depending on how long they sit, the flavor of the drink mix you choose will become prominent as well as a more vibrant color! Taste them for yourself by learning how to make Kool-Aid pickles in under 10 minutes.

What are the most popular flavors of Kool-Aid pickles?

Cherry, grape, blue raspberry, lime and orange are among the most popular flavors, but really any flavor you prefer or have on hand is fair game!

Where did Kool-Aid pickles originate?

There’s not one place formally credited with its origin, however history has it that they originated in the south, in the Mississippi Delta region. They are a beloved, colorful snack treasured by adults and kids alike. Find out more things you can do with Kool-Aid packets, or try other adventurous pickles like spicy taco pickles or ranch pickles!

Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

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