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Did You Know That You Can Buy Pickle Popsicles?

June 18th, 2019

There’s good news for anyone who loves pickles but thought that their major flaw was not being cold enough. A new food product on the market is the pickle ice pop.

A popsicle is a fine summertime snack. They’re inexpensive, refreshing and certain to keep kids quiet for a short while. But even kids who aren’t picky eaters might refuse this new flavor.

Or perhaps not:

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Pickle popsicles are appearing in frozen aisles across America.

Sometimes, when there’s a new flavor of chips or sauce released, you think “Wow, how has no one ever thought of this before?” It’s fair to say that a pickle popsicle doesn’t make you think that.

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In fact, most people must be confused as to why it even exists. After all, popsicles are usually sweet in flavor. Pickles, even sweet pickles, have a tangy sourness that just doesn’t seem to mix naturally with what popsicles are all about.

But many people must be curious about how they taste.

Could they be surprisingly delicious? Are they like olives, where the taste grows on you? There’s only one way to find out.

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Luckily, they’re easy to purchase and not very expensive. On Amazon, an eight pack of pickle popsicles costs $9.27.

But is it made out of pickles?

No. It’s just pickle flavored. In fact, the item is made out of the brine that’s found in pickle jars but with added electrolytes. So the complete list of ingredients is water, vinegar, salt, glycerine, calcium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, sodium benzoate, natural flavoring, magnesium citrate, guar gum, turmeric and xantham gum.

The product claims to be incredibly good for you.

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It’s recommended for athletes, as it supposedly helps with rehydration and the prevention of muscle cramps.

On top of this, it has zero calories.

And surprisingly, people on Amazon love these pickle popsicles.

It’s the fourth bestselling product in the Popsicles and Juice Bars category on the website. It also has a four out of five rating after 447 reviews.

However, some of the purchasers of the product are using it as more of a novelty item than a healthy snack.

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The top review on the site describes it as “A funny surprise for guests,” and that it’s “SUPER fun to offer to people who are over at my house though. Sometimes they’ll say that they love pickles so they’ll TOTALLY eat the whole thing… seeing their face after the first lick is hilarious.”

You could buy some of the product for the purpose of pranking your friends, but then do you really want to become known as Mr or Mrs Pickle Popsicle among your friends?

But who makes this product?

The pickle popsicles come from a company called Van Holten’s. Van Holten’s produces a range of pickle products.

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From bulk packs of pickles to single pickles in a pouch, the company has really pioneered pretty much every way of selling pickles as is humanely possible.

In fact, the single pickles in a pouch come in 11 different flavors. For the unadventurous, there’s the typical “Hearty Dill Pickle-In-A-Pouch.” But for those looking to push their pickle purchasing even further, there’s Hot and Spicy, Sour, Garlic Joe and many other interesting flavors.

The company also has a strong charitable ethos.

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It supports Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The company has decided to give the charity $190,000, and many of the children that participate can be found enjoying a Van Holten’s pickle product.

It just goes to show that there’s power to the pickle!

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