Homemade Kool-Aid Pickles

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Have you guys heard of or tried Kool-aid pickles?? If you read that and thought, what, is that just pickles that are then further brined in Kool-aid, then you hit the nail on the head! It might sound a little crazy at first, but if you’re a pickle lover or just an enthusiast for all things sweet and tart, it really doesn’t get better than this.

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How long you leave the pickles to soak up the the Kool-aid is up to you, as are the flavor(s) you choose. We went with cherry, orange, lime and strawberry as a start – along with how yummy they are, it’s so fun to see how vibrant they turn out! – but there are so many flavor options out there that you can choose any that tickle your fancy!
If you’re not quite a hardcore pickle aficionado yet, that’s okay, these pickles can still be for you. Think about all the yummy things you can use these in; with the right amount they can spruce up any potato salad, plus you can mix some minced Kool-aid pickle into your standard relish for a little kick of something fun and unexpected.
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Plus, this is a great recipe to get the kids involved with, regardless of whether they end up eating them at the end or not…who doesn’t want to see a pickle transform from something ordinary into something extraordinary?? Everyone will love these pickles if they just give them a shot. Who knows, maybe even the pickle haters in your life will come to see the light!
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Kool-Aid Pickles

15 minutes to prepare serves 4+


  • For each Kool-Aid flavor:
  • 1 (32 oz.) jar whole dill pickles, undrained
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (.16 oz.) package unsweetened Kool-Aid mix
  • mason jars, as needed


  1. Remove pickles from jar and cut each in half lengthwise.
  2. Pour pickle brine evenly into four bowls, or directly into mason jars, then stir 1 Kool-Aid packet and 2/3 cup sugar into each jar until dissolved.
  3. Add pickles to mason jars (they should be covered by liquid), seal and refrigerate for 5-7 days before serving.

Recipe adapted from HGTV