My just-turned 16 year old daughter is turning out to be more like her mother than I'm comfortable with. LOL! She likes to experiment in the kitchen and one of her latest science projects was to try a recipe she found in a Taste of Home magazine I had lying around.
The picture above is from the magazine and the colors in real life of the result of following the directions are just as ... er ... vibrant. LOL!
Very, very simple and a hoot and a half to watch the face of people that are willing to give them a try. I'm thinking that they'd make a great addition at a summer picnic or family BBQ. Imagine the questions you would get.
Kool Aid Pickles
•1 jar (32 ounces) whole dill pickles, undrained
•2/3 cup sugar
•1 envelope unsweetened Kool-Aid mix, flavor of your choice
Drain pickles, reserving juice. In a small bowl, combine the reserved juice, sugar and Kool-Aid, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Set aside. Slice pickles; return to jar. Pour juice mixture over pickles. Discard any remaining juice. Cover and refrigerate for 1 week before serving. Yield: 3 cups.
This wasn't my idea but my daughter's. LOL! When I looked around to see if there were any alternative recipes I noticed that most of the ones online call for getting rid of the existing pickle juice and replacing it with basically just a koolaid of water, sugar, and flavoring. Ugh. I think re-using the pickle juice as your liquid is both more economical and still gives it that pickle taste rather than a pickle that has been sitting in koolaid.
But then again my family prefers "sweet pickles" rather than dill pickles and that might make a difference as well.
Or to be honest, maybe it was just the novelty. Kids can be crazy strange about things like that. For instance that super sour candy that is out. No way can they honestly like something that turns their face inside out with sour ... it is more the giggle of it and to see if they can out last their friends when it comes to the taste. When I was a kid it was super hot stuff; we'd soak toothpicks in almost pure cinnamon oil for days to see how hot we could get those suckers. LOL!
I think it is an "each to his own" kind of thing. Certainly people - not just kids - that have textural or visual issues with food would be on the not-very-likely end of the scale when it comes to liking or disliking some alternative presentation of a favored food like this.
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