Rick’s Picks Garlic Dill Pickle Spears, 12-Pack

Last updated date: March 20, 2020

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Overall Take

At 2.2 ounces per package, Rick’s Picks Garlic Dill Pickle Spears are perfect for snacking on the go. They come in a variety of flavors with plenty of juice in the package to help them retain their signature taste. The texture is great also, with a solid crunch to each bite. In our analysis of 21 expert reviews, the Rick’s Picks Rick’s Picks Garlic Dill Pickle Spears, 12-Pack placed 4th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 20, 2020:
Checkout The Best Pickle Snack for a detailed review of all the top pickle snacks.

Expert Summarized Score
1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
58 user reviews
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What experts liked
Also portable are single-serving packs of crisp pickle spears, the latest from Rick Field of Rick’s Picks in Brooklyn. Called “Snacking Pickles,” they come in five flavors — garlic-dill, sweet, sour, spicy Sriracha and cumin-lime-dill — in 2.2-ounce packs.
- The New York Times
What experts didn't like

From The Manufacturer

Rick’s Picks Snacking Pickle Spears. Gourmet deli-style pickled cucumbers in a convenient 2.2 oz snack pack for a healthy snack on-the-go. Comes in a tray of 12 pouches. Flavor:Garlic Dill.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Van Holten’s Jumbo Hot Pickles, 12-Pack
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 2
2. Oh Snap Fresh Dill Pickle Snacking Cuts, 12-Pack
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 6
3. Slim Jim Giant Dill Pickle, 24-Pack
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Rick’s Picks Garlic Dill Pickle Spears, 12-Pack
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 1
5. Dee’s Nuts Dill Pickle Flavored Gourmet Peanuts
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 1
6. OH SNAP! Hot n’ Spicy Pickle Snacking Cuts, 12-Pack
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Pickle Snacks

If you’ve acquired a taste for their salty, sour kick, pickles can be an irresistible snack. But did you know it’s also one of the most versatile?

Really, this should come as news to no one. We see pickles served up as side dishes and garnishes on everything from sandwiches to fine dining entrees. And as anyone who’s been to a county fair knows, they taste pretty decadent when fried.

The fermentation process that turns cucumbers into pickles also increases their longevity, which makes them the ideal candidate for a bagged snack. You can expect pickles that are traditionally brined in saltwater to last up to two years. Processed or dried pickle snacks can last significantly longer than that.

But are they healthy? Good question. Processed pickle snacks can vary wildly depending on what additives have been thrown into the mix, so check the packaging if you’re watching your calories or have allergies. Standard pickles are actually quite low in calories, but their sodium content is high. As with any snack, enjoy in moderation.

DYWM Fun Fact

Pickles seem like such an innocuous comfort food. So how did the phrase “in a pickle” become slang for a troublesome situation?

The most popular early use of that idiom is likely in Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” where the shipwrecked sailor Alonso asks the jester Trinculo, “How camest thou in this pickle?” But the phrase has its roots in a Dutch phrase loosely translated as “sitting in the pickle,” which basically means “to be drunk.”

The Pickle Snack Buying Guide

  • Pickles can be made either through soaking cucumbers in vinegar or saltwater. The former method can be done a lot quicker, but generally results in a different, more muted flavor. Saltwater brining not only brings out the signature kick of traditional pickles, but it can also impart extra health benefits. The saltwater ferments the cucumber, creating probiotics that can boost your gut health.
  • Are pickles gluten-free? Not always. While there’s nothing in a bare-bones, traditional pickle that contains gluten, many commercially sold brands are at risk of cross-contamination. What’s more, pickles made with vinegar brine might trigger an allergy in those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. It’s always best to check the packaging to be sure.