KOOL-AID + PICKLES = SWEET-AND-SOUR SENSATION
It’s hard to imagine thinking up the idea to put a packet of Kool-Aid mix in a pickle jar. But someone did exactly that—and now “Koolickles” are all the rage in the Mississippi Delta and parts of the southern United States.
The pickles, which turn bright shades of red and green from soaking in the Kool-Aid, have a sweet-and-sour taste that is especially popular with kids. When the makers of Kool-Aid found out about the unusual invention, a company spokesperson told the New York Times, “We endorse our consumers’ finding innovative ways to use our products.” In other words, they think it’s very kool!
WHAT TO DO
Koolickles are usually bright shades of red or green.
MAKE YOUR OWN KOOLICKLES!
YOU WILL NEED
• 1 half-gallon jar of pickles
• 1 empty jar of a similar size
• 1 cup sugar
• packet unsweetened Kool-Aid
STEP 1: Drain the liquid from the pickle jar into the empty jar.
STEP 2: Add the sugar and the Kool-Aid. Stir to dissolve.
STEP 3: Pour the liquid mixture back into the pickles. Keep in the refrigerator for a week, turning the jar once per day.
Photograph by AP Photo, Bill Johnson
Text adapted from the National Geographic Kids book Weird But True! Ripped from the Headlines