Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pickle Crunch - Walmart: Somerville, NJ

Pickle Crunch - Walmart: Somerville, NJ
When we have to run errands on the weekends my boyfriend and I like to walk around and check out all their new/weird items that are on the shelves, normally we window shop, but this package caught my boyfriend's eye.

He loves pickles, and this stuff is practically a pickle version of bacon bits, so he grabbed a container. We weren't expecting this product to be any good, since the package design is pretty rough around the edges, but we thought it would be a lot of fun to give it a try.

When we opened the container as soon as we got home. Once opened I took a whiff and the little crunchy bits inside had a strong vinegar and dill pickle aroma. I was really surprised by how vinegar-y the scent was, if you're not expecting it, a deep breath of this stuff might make you cough or even sneeze. I love really strong vinegar aromas and smells, to I took this as a good sign. (I have been known to drink balsamic vinegar straight from the bottle.)

I sprinkled some of the little bits into my hand to take a closer look, and they look like relish-sized bits of battered pickles. Although the ingredient section has a laundry list of additives and chemicals, that's essentially what these are, battered and fried pickles bits. 
I took a bite, expecting the worst, but I actually like these quite a bit. They have a lot of dill-pickle flavor to them, a nice bite of vinegar, and the crunchy exterior is really satisfying. If you've ever had those fried crispy onions that top burgers at places like TGIFridays, this is the exact same thing, but with the flavoring of a dill pickle.

You don't have to look at the nutritional label to know that these are not good for you. The recommended serving size is 2 tablespoons, and that comes out to 45 calories, but 35 of those calories are from fat. Since these have a pretty strong flavor, I can't see myself eating that many in a sitting, even the 2 table spoons sounds like a lot to me, but these do seem like an interesting topping or mix-in for various foods.

The packaging recommends using these on hotdogs, hamburgers, salads, chili...the list goes on and on. I think one container will be enough to last me quite a while, so I can't see myself buying tons of this in the future, but I am looking forward to using this on my burger and hotdogs on Monday.

If you're looking for something new and weird to spice up your Memorial Day BBQ, this is it.
© Maria Smith
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