Kool-Aid Pickles

Never had a Koolickle? It's time to try one!

Kool-Aid Pickles
Photo: Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox
Active Time:
5 mins
Refrigerate Time:
7 days
Total Time:
7 days 5 mins
8 to 10 - servings

Any flavored Kool-Aid will work, but the most popular flavors are fruit punch and cherry. These Koolickles are super Southern—they originated in Mississippi. They are also simple to make; they just require a bit of time to soak up the sweetness into the sour pickles.

Most recipes use a combination of Kool-Aid mix (unsweetened), sugar, and a jar of pickles. If your Kool-Aid mix is sweetened, you'll want to skip or use less sugar.


  • 1 (32-ounce) jar dill pickle spears

  • 1 (0.13-ounce) packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid Cherry Powdered Drink Mix

  • ½ cup sugar


  1. Open pickle jar, and drain the juice from jar into a bowl. To the pickle juice, add the drink mix and sugar. Stir to combine. Pour pickle juice mixture back into pickle jar, being sure all pickles are covered in juice. Seal the jar, and gently shake.

  2. Refrigerate for 7 days. Gently shake or rotate the jar every day so the sugar and drink mix do not settle to the bottom.


You can add salt when serving, or eat as is.

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