Kool Aid Pickles

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Ready for a crazy twist on a popular picnic food? Kool Aid Pickles are a little sweet, a little tart, and a lot of fun to make and eat. A real adventure for your taste buds!

Top View of Kool Aid Pickle Jars.

Kool Aid Pickles (aka Koolickles aka Tropickles aka Pickoolas)

Nope, this isn’t an April Fool’s prank. But if you haven’t yet heard of or tried Kool Aid Pickles, you’re not alone. I mean, Kool-aid mix and pickles, together? Who comes up with this stuff? Turns out, folks in the south, specifically the Mississippi Delta region takes credit for this sweet yet savory condiment. And whether they’re called Koolickles, Tropickles, or Pickoolas, they’re now gaining popularity all over the country. So we just had to give them a try for ourselves. And guess what? Our kids LOVED them and so did we (ok it was about 60-40 but still)! They may not be for everyone but they are still worth a try! Something about the tart flavor, the bright color of the pickles, the crisp spears, makes this one fun snack to keep in the refrigerator. 

Close up of Kool Aid Pickles.

What do Kool Aid Pickles Taste Like?

Quite simply, these pickles taste just like the flavor of Kool-Aid you use, with a tangy pickle aftertaste. Kind of like sour pickle candy. So you could enjoy lime pickles, cherry red pickles, tropical punch pickles, you get the idea. Love grape kool-aid? Maybe grape flavored pickles will be your new favorite treat! If people in the Mississippi Delta have been making these for years, it couldn’t hurt to give them a try!

Five colorful spears of Kool Aid Pickles.

These pickles are a fun and tangy snack to munch on straight from the jar, or serve them alongside grilled burgers and potato salad. 

What is in Kool Aid Pickles?

The ingredients in this recipe are quite simple: a jar of your favorite pickles and kool-aid packets. Oh, and some sugar. Here’s all you need:

  • Dill Pickles – you can use spears, pickle chips, whole pickles, etc. Just pick your favorite pickle jar and crack it open!
  • Kool-aid mix – get creative with the drink mix. All you need are a few kool-aid packets in your favorite flavors. 
  • Sugar – you’ll mix the sugar right in the pickle juice along with the kool-aid.
Opened jars of Kool Aid Pickles.

How to Make Kool Aid Pickles 

A jar of Kool-Aid Pickles comes together in just a couple of simple steps:

  1. First, drain about a third of a cup of pickle juice out of a 24 ounce jar of pickles.
  2. Next, add 2/3 cup of sugar and one packet of Kool-aid mix.
  3. Screw the lid back on tight and shake.
  4. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week before serving, for maximum flavor.
Colorful jars of Kool Aid Pickles.

Have a favorite kool aid flavor? Any flavor is like a brand new experience when mixed in pickle brine! Try some of your favorites, and pucker up for a tangy treat!

  • Watermelon
  • Lemonade
  • Orange
  • Grape
  • Strawberry
  • Cherry
  • Tropical Punch
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Pineapple
  • Fruit punch
Multiple packets of Kool Aid and pickle jars.

How Long Does it Take?

Once you add all the ingredients, store in the refrigerator for about a week before serving, for maximum flavor. The flavors will marinate in the pickles and turn the spears a bright color. You can sneak a taste on day three or so, but the longer they sit, the more intense the flavors will become.

Fork piercing a red Kool Aid Pickle.

How Long Do They Last?

These kool-aid pickles will stay nice and crisp in the refrigerator as long as a normal jar of pickles would. Keep the lid tightly closed, and then when you’re ready to eat, give the jar a good shake and enjoy.

More Fun Snack Ideas

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Top View of Kool Aid Pickle Jars.

Kool Aid Pickles

Ready for a crazy twist on a popular picnic food? Kool Aid Pickles are a little sweet, a little tart, and a lot of fun to make and eat. A real adventure for your taste buds!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Fermenting Time 7 d
Total Time 7 d 5 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 24 oz. Jar of Dill Pickle Spears
  • 2/3 c. Sugar
  • 1 Packet Kool Aid Mix Pick any flavor you want!


  • Empty ⅓ c. of pickle juice from the jar of pickles.
    Pouring out pickle juice for Kool Aid pickles.
  • Pour sugar straight into the pickle jar.
    Pouring sugar into a pickle jar for Kool Aid pickles.
  • Add Kool Aid packet.
    Pouring in a packet of Kool Aid into a pickle jar.
  • Close the lid on the pickle jar and shake vigorously to dissolve the sugar and Kool Aid.
    Shaking a jar of Kool Aid Pickles.
  • Refrigerate for 7 days, shaking once per day to achieve full flavor of the Kool Aid pickles.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1375mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 2gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 311IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 0.4mg

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