Are you a fan of pickles with your hot-off-the-grill burger or hot dog? Of course, that's a yes.
It's summer, which means people are outdoors BBQing and having parties in the park. All of your favorite sides are also invited, including macaroni salad, grilled corn, and baked beans. There's a new invite sitting at the picnic table, thanks to Walmart, and it will blow your mind.
Cue fruit punch pickles. That's right, imagine Vlasic and Hawaiian Punch had a baby, and you have Walmart's new tropical fruit punch pickles, better known as Tropickles.
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You might be thinking, WTF? The new pickles are officially a trademark of Walmart, but the idea behind this weird flavor combo has actually been around for a little while. In 2013, Hotty Toddy, a publication highlighting news coming out of the South, did a feature on the emergence of Kool-Aid pickles.
Hotty Toddy was featuring the Double Quick gas station in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where pickles sat in different containers filled with bright Kool Aid flavors. Clarksdale Police Detective Charles Sledge spoke to the publication about the process of making them, saying,
“The texture of the pickle is the same, it just picks up the Kool-Aid flavor. You know they’re ready by their color. The color is like blood.”
The trend might have actually started even before 2013, though. Author John T. Edge wrote in an article for The New York Times in 2007,
"Those pickles were once mere dills. They were once green. Their exteriors remain pebbly, a reminder that long ago they began their lives on a farm, on the ground, as cucumbers. But now they have an arresting color that combines green and garnet, and a bracing sour-sweet taste that they owe to a long marinade in cherry or tropical fruit or strawberry Kool-Aid."
According to Edge, the pickles had been seen in Dallas and St. Louis, but they have the biggest following in the Delta area of Mississippi. Walmart is well aware of the Tropickle's success in the South, which is why it only makes sense that you can find these babies in at least 1,400 stories that are mostly concentrated there.
Walmart released a statement saying,
"The modern-day couple, the pickle and fruit punch met on social media (they bonded over recipes on Pinterest, to be exact); now, we are celebrating their union on Walmart store shelves."
A jar of these sour-sweet pickles goes for about $2, so it's probably worth a shot.
Just, so you know, I'm not sure how it would go paired with a hamburger.
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