Kool-Aid Pickles Recipe


What a fun and unusual way to make pickles. The combination of tangy, sour, and sweet makes these colorful pickles a big hit at parties. Everyone is fascinated by this easy and fun snack, and kids love them. It’s their favorite treat. Kool aid pickles also referred to as Koolicle.

Kool-Aid pickles are an unusual and colorful blend of sour and sweet that has been quite successful as a snack at school fundraisers, picnics, and convenience stores. It’s easy to make and requires a few simple ingredients that you’ve probably guessed by now.

If you’re curious how to make this crazy-colored, delicious treat, read on and you’ll be surprised how easy it is. They can last up to 2 years.

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How To Make Kool-Aid Pickles

This recipe is for everyone who thinks that the standard pickles are just not enough, and for enthusiasts for all things tart and sweet.

If you still haven’t figured out what Kool-Aid pickles are, they are pickles soaked in a solution of pickle juice, sugar, and Kool-Aid, brined for about seven days. The color depends on the Kool-Aid flavor you choose.

Some of the most commonly used Kool-Aid flavors for this recipe are Cherry and Tropical Punch. However, you can use strawberry, lime, orange, and any other flavor you like. The pickles will turn vibrant and yummy.

Besides the Kool-Aid flavor, another thing that’s up to you is how long the pickles will soak in the Kool-Aid solution. While soaking, it’s important to shake them regularly to make sure the colorful brine is distributed evenly.

Even if you’re not a fan of pickles, this treat can still be for you. You can use them in so many things such as potato salad, or mince them and add them to your relish for an unexpected boost of flavor.

What’s more, you can get your kids involved in this recipe, no matter if they eat them at the end or not. It’s fun for them and for anyone else to watch how a regular pickle turns from something usual to something unusual.

Who can resist a colorful pickle? You just have to try it once to become addicted to this vibrant treat.

Even though not everyone is a fan of the sweet and salty/sour combination, these pickles deserve a chance. You can hate them or love them, and they may even turn out to be your new favorite snack.

This Kool-Aid pickle recipe uses cherry flavor that gives a beautiful, red color to the pickles that make people wonder what kind of magic food this is. But, you can use any flavor to get pickles in the color and flavor you like.

If you’re wondering how these red Kool-Aid pickles taste, some people compare them to sweet pickle relish.

The recipe for these colorful pickles is extremely easy. It doesn’t require cooking, and the preparation takes only 5 minutes. That’s because you use a store-bought jar of dill pickles.

However, the pickles are refrigerated for a week before you can eat them. So, it does take a while before you can finally enjoy this fun treat, but it’s totally worth it.

Without further ado, here’s how to make this crazy and vibrant treat that you can nibble on, serve at gatherings, and impress everyone, especially kids. This fan snack will become a must-have for their birthdays.

Here’s everything you need to make the popular Kool-Aid pickles.

Kool-Aid Pickles Recipe

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: AppetizersCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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These delicious Kool-Aid pickles are beautifully soaked in pickle juice and refrigerated for 7 days.


  • 1 Jar 1 of dill pickle spears – 32 oz jar

  • ¾ cup of sugar

  • 1 packet 1 of Kool-Aid – you can use any flavor, but we use Cherry


  • Drain the pickle juice in a large bowl using a strainer. Put the pickles back in the jar without the strained liquid.
  • Add the sugar and Kool-Aid flavor in the bowl with the pickle juice and stir well until well dissolved.
  • Pour the colored juice over the pickles in the jar. Discard any remaining pickle juice.
  • Seal the jar and shake it so that the juice is evenly distributed.
  • Refrigerate for five to seven days. Don’t forget to shake the jar every day.
  • Don’t forget to shake the jar every day.


  • If you don’t have a jar of dill pickle spears, you can use whole pickles. The Kool-Aid may not color their flesh as much as the dill pickle spears, but it’s still a good alternative.

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  • 580 kcal calories
  • 152 g carbs
  • 1 g protein
  • 1 g fat
  • 1 g saturated fat
  • 570 mg sodium
  • 60 mg potassium
  • 1 g fiber
  • 151 g sugar
  • 27 mg calcium
  • 0.2 mg iron
  • 120 IU vitamin A

Additional Advice

  • Shake the jar every day so that the flavor and color of Kool-Aid is properly absorbed by each and every pickle.
  • Before sealing the jar, make sure the pickles are fully covered with the colored brine and there’s no air space.
  • Instead of sugar, you can use an artificial sweetener. Use as much artificial sweetener as instructed in the package.
  • Feel free to use less sugar is you don’t want pickles that are too sweet.
  • Your Kool-Aid pickles should be fine after about five days in the refrigerator, but it’s best to keep them for 7 days for ultimate taste and look. Still, if you’re in a rush, feel free to open the jar after soaking for five days.


If you’re tired of the same old dill pickles, we offer you an unconventional way to turn them into a super fun and crazy treat. This recipe uses a regular jar of dill pickle spears, sugar, and your favorite Kool-Aid flavor.

The Kool-Aid flavor determines the color of the pickles, so pick the one that will turn your pickles into your favorite color.

All you need to do is mix the brine, sugar, and Kool-Aid and pour the solution over the pickles in the jar. The secret to the perfect Kool-Aid pickles is leaving them to soak for 7 days in the refrigerator.

After a week, you’ll get a vibrant and fun treat that everyone will want to try, especially children. Get them involved in this recipe for extra fun.

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