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Kool-Aid Pickles

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
    3 cups


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


  • Drain pickles, reserving juice. In a small bowl, combine the reserved juice, sugar and Kool-Aid, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 15 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 693mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


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  • bicktasw
    Aug 7, 2019

    Wow!!! What a fun and unique way to make pickles! The color is amazing and I think these would be perfect for tailgating if you make them in the school colors! I'd be sure to store them for a week before trying .... I tried one about 2 days after I made them and the flavors weren't quite developed. After storing for a week the flavor was much better ..... more intense yet not as much bite. Also, I used the pre-cut hamburger dill pickles .... saved a little time.

  • gina.kapfhamer
    Nov 14, 2017

    Had never heard of these before but WOW how fun! Went with a red fruit punch kool-aid and had pickles out for our holiday party - red and green ones. Big hit. Everyone was fascinated by them. This would definitely make a good recipe for kids, too. Such an easy and fun snack!

  • David12846
    Jul 15, 2017

    Delicious. I've done mine just a bit different though. I drain and save the pickle juice, stir the sugar into the pickle juice, then pour it back in with the pickles. I discard the remaining juice. I then drain the pickle juice out again, mix the kool-aid into the pickle juice and pour it back into the pickles. It gives it a bit more kool-aid flavor since you're not discarding any of the kool-aid mix.

  • bonito15
    Feb 5, 2017

    had to try this have never heard of it - and OMG they are amazing - can't believe I ever have heard of them - they will be a standard at our house and can't wait to try them at a party.

    May 2, 2016

    these are my FAAAAAVVVV

  • cookbookmom
    Jun 24, 2015

    Even easier, buy the dill chip pickles presliced uniformly.

  • nannyto15
    Jan 18, 2015

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  • mochahontas
    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.

  • paul3303
    Jan 26, 2014

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

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    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.