Leave it to John T. Edge to report on the newest thing going in Mississippi Delta roadside food attractions: Kool-Aid Pickles. You'll find them at filling stations and convenience stores shelved next to the other pickled items like eggs, pig's feet, okra, etc. Their bright colors make them super-appealing to children but the new market is adults.
And the process is simple:
“They’re easy to make a gallon,” Ms. Williams said. “You pull the pickles from the jar, cut them in halves, make double-strength Kool-Aid, add a pound of sugar, shake and let it sit — best in the refrigerator — for about a week. The taste takes to anything. A while back I made a mistake and bought a jar of pickle chips instead of halves or wholes. Came out fine. This whole Kool-Aid pickle thing is going so good, you wonder why somebody hasn’t put a patent on them.”
Also, someone is pursuing the trademark Koolickle. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm.