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The Best Pickle Snack

Last updated on March 15, 2024

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  The Best Overall

Slim Jim Giant Dill Pickle, 24-Pack

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Slim Jim

Giant Dill Pickle, 24-Pack

Like a little protein in your snack diet? Slim Jim Giant Dill Pickle packages contain the company's usual beef stick, seasoned with the taste of Vlasic dill pickles. It's great for those who want that briny taste without the messy brine. It's also filling enough to tide hungry pickle lovers over between meals.

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Meaty Pickle FlavorSlim Jim Giant Dill Pickle put classic Vlasic taste into their signature beef stick.

 Best Pickle Pop

BOB’S PICKLE POPS Original Dill Flavor


Original Dill Flavor

With a 3-pack of 6 pops per pack for a total of 18, BOB'S PICKLE POPS Original Dill Flavor offers a great way to try it out without the large quantities you often get with freezer pops. It's also a great alternative to the sugary flavors always found with freezer pops, with a sour, briny taste similar to a pickle out of a jar. The compact size prov...

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Great Sour TasteIf you want that authentic sour flavor, you'll love BOB'S PICKLE POPS Original Dill Flavor.

 Best Pretzel

Pop Daddy’s Dill Pickle Pretzel Sticks, 7.5-Ounce

Pop Daddy

Dill Pickle Pretzel Sticks, 7.5-Ounce

There's no GMOs in Pop Daddy Dill Pickle Pretzel Sticks, but that doesn't mean there's no flavor. The dill pickle burst comes through boldly, without being too salty. The smaller packages are great for lunches, and are resealable for your convenience.

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Healthy, Natural SnacksPop Daddy Dill Pickle Pretzel Sticks, 7.5-Ounce offer bold flavor with no GMOs.

  The Best Value

Van Holten’s Jumbo Hot Pickles, 12-Pack

Van Holten's

Jumbo Hot Pickles, 12-Pack

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.

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Spicy and PortableVan Holten's Jumbo Hot Pickles are great for those who need a dose of heat on the go.

Buying Guide

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

What to Look For

  • 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.

More to Explore

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.”

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