Van Holten’s Jumbo Hot Pickles, 12-Pack

Last updated date: March 20, 2020

DWYM Score
9.5


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Overall Take

Those who like their greens with a dose of heat will love Van Holten's Jumbo Hot Pickles. These individually-wrapped pickles come out of the package crunchy and seasoned with plenty of spice. As a bonus, they're gluten-free and require no refrigeration if you need to take them on long trips. In our analysis of 22 expert reviews, the Van Holten's Van Holten's Jumbo Hot Pickles, 12-Pack placed 1st 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
8.6
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
223 user reviews
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What experts liked
Besides being super convenient for snacking on the fly, Van Holten's Pickle-in-a-Pouch have the perfect amount of crunch to satisfy any briny craving. The Hot & Spicy Flavor is next-level satisfying if you're a true heat-seeker!
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From The Manufacturer

Van Holten's - Pickle-In-A-Pouch Jumbo Hot Pickles - 12 Pack. AMAZING TASTE - Our Hot & Spicy flavor turns up the heat without burning down the house. GLUTEN FREE - This tasty treat is made from gluten free ingredients. HEALTHY SNACK - Low calorie, fat free snack. PORTABILITY - Each pickle is securely sealed to the highest hygiene standards. TAKE ON THE GO - No refrigeration needed.

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.