Emerils Likes the Pickle Sickle.

Closet Pickle Juice Fans Rejoice

I admit it, I’ve been tempted by the juice left in the pickle jar. It’s briny, salty goodness, so why not? I’m not the only one either—other people admit to using pickle juice to perk up egg salad and canned tuna. But if cheese is milk’s leap to immortality, the Pickle Sickle is the one good shot the lowly pickle brine has at making it big.

Hailing from Texas, the Pickle Sickle is the brainchild of a roller-skating rink owner, who started freezing the leftover pickle brine and selling it at the rink. When he found he was selling 200 to 300 pickle pops every Friday and Saturday night, he knew he was on to something. Now, according to an article in the Washington Post, he sells “about 20,000 a month, mostly through the Internet.” The frozen pops, which come in original and jalapeño, are even being sold in schools as an alternative to sugary Popsicles, and may be useful for diabetics trying to manage insulin spikes.

This summer, the hottest ticket at the ice cream stand—most certainly the saltiest—just might be the Pickle Sickle. 3-18-08

Wet your whistle with a Pickle Sickle

"Ma, grab me a pickle there, will ya?" Pa called from his rocking chair on the front porch.

"I would," replied Ma, "But the dadgum jars got put in the ice box instead of the cupboard. These pickles are as frozen as can be."

"Aw, heck," said Pa. "Well, just bring me the whole jar, and I'll lick 'em, juice and all."


That's my TOTALLY FICTIONAL account of the discovery of the Pickle Sickle, a new product that combines the convenience of ice pops in squeezable plastic with -- you guessed it -- pickles.

Bob's Pickle Pops come in two flavor options, regular and hot, and can be eaten frozen or not. They've recently been approved by the USDA for distribution in schools. And while some might be concerned about the nutritional value, the sodium and calories can't be any worse than a sugary popsicle.

I'm a sucker for products promoted with a sense of humor. After all, who could be too serious about pickle popsicles? To see what I mean, check out their theme song, I'm in a Pickle.


Once You Pickle Pop, You Can’t Pickle Stop

February 6th, 2008 ·

Pickle Pop, Pickle in a tube. Whatever you want to call it, this is no doubt an interesting product that the folks at Bob’s Pickle Pops are selling.

So what is a pickle pop? Dill pickles are pressed to extract as much of their juice as possible, then that juice is put in a plastic tube, much like flavor ice. The product is shipped unfrozen, but it is expected that once you get it, you will pop it in your freezer.

Although people have been eating pickle juice in various forms for a long time (including turning it into an energy drink for athletes), this product’s birth was a year ago, when a Texas family began selling the pickle pops at their roller skating rink and arcade. People loved them so much they decided to take the pickle pops to a bigger audience.

The product is being pitched to school cafeteria’s as well as consumers. Not a bad idea. Pickle juice doesn’t give you any calories, so this can be seen as a tasty frozen treat that even a diabetic could enjoy.


 

Pickle Pops: Pickle juice drinkers unite!

Posted: Aug 5th 2008 11:30AM by Kristen Seymour
Filed under: Food and Nutrition

When the weather is hot (and in many places, it certainly still is), a popsicle from the freezer can seem like a fabulous treat. However, they don't offer much in the way of nutrition, and they can pack a lot of sugar into just a few bites.

If you're a pickle lover, there's another option -- Bob's Pickle Pops, which can be eaten frozen or unfrozen. It's basically pickle juice in a pouch, and, if you love pickles, that probably sounds just fabulous. If you don't, I'm sure it sounds like the worst idea ever.

These Pickle Pops have been deemed by the USDA to not be a food of minimal nutritional value, which means they have been approved for school lunches. You can order 20 Pickle Pops for $19.95, and if you're so inclined, you can grab up a couple of bottles of Tex's Pickle Juice while you're at it.

PicklePops

June 20, 2008

There is always something magical when a great idea takes off.  I recently heard about Bob’s PicklePops.  These are frozen popcycles made out of, yes, pickle juice! From their web site … “This is one of those crazy ideas that should have died a quick and horrible death from the beginning, right?  But it didn’t.  As a matter of fact, it is an idea that just won’t die.”

Bob’s PicklePops is a case study on the DNA of a great idea.

  1. Start with an inspiration - even if it is accidental.
  2. Be TRULY different.
  3. Get your product in the hands of a viral market.
  4. Own the channel(s).
  5. Get some media coverage.
  6. Get behind a cause

Most of all, stay true to the original simple ideas - and don’t ever take yourself too seriously!


A Shout Out

My good friend Kelly did a very bad thing and forwarded me a link to a product she thought I might like.  OMG.  I have a new food obsession.  Introducing — The PickleSickle!  (Otherwise known as “Bob’s Pickle Pops”)  Holy crap these things are good.  I immediately ordered a case of them, and seriously - Delaney and I ate them all in 2 days.  So, staying true to my newfound frugality, I attempted to make them myself at home.  A couple of foiled attempts, and I came up with a reasonably good recipe.  And then I said “screw it” and ordered another case. 


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pickles on a stick?

Flashback to fouth grade. A bunch of us were hanging out at a friend's house after school. Naturally, there was a snack opportunity. We scrounged all the kosher dills from the jar -- then divvied up the juice for a quick shot of vinegary-salty elixir.

It was only a matter of time before this stuff took root. (OK, maybe it's been almost 30 years...) but it seems Bob's PicklePops pickle juice treats are growing in popularity.

They are frozen treats made, not from just the brine left over from pickling, but from freshly squeezed pickles, much like an apple or orange is pressed. (Next hot wedding gift: a pickle press.)

The USDA was so intrigued by the distinctive frozen "vegetable" product they granted Bob’s Pickle Pops their blessings to distribute them to the schools across the country.

“We use 100% of the pickle,” says Bob's Pickle Pops Co-FounderDavid Millar. “We realize it is hard to imagine that someonethought of the idea of creating a frozen treat made from picklejuice,” he says. “But once people try them they are hooked – andwe are happy to supply them with this refreshing treat.”

The product was created by John Howard owner of Outerskateroller skating rink and arcade in Seguin, Texas. He has been freezing pickle juice for the kids and adults and sells out every night. Surprised by the sales, he decided there was a market worth investigating. The company is also creating flavored offerings such as Spicy Pickle Pops that are proving to be popular.

But it isn’t just to quench the craving, it is to provide the heretofore little-known health benefits

Health Benefits: A recent study (the release doesn't tell us who did the study, we'll keep looking for more info) revealed that pickles blunted the blood-sugar spike by as much as 30 percent after a high-carb meal. Studies revealed that vinegar, much like that used in the pickling process, provided a balancing benefit to combat harmful insulin spikes. The spices used in the pickling process are also healthy. Pickling ingredients like garlic and dill help to control the growth of unhealthy bacteria in the body. And many other spices involved in the pickling have been known to have wide-ranging health properties as well.

Bob's Pickle Pops have no fat and have lessthan 1 gram of sugar.

Bob’s Pickle Pops are available in packages of 20, 40, 60, 80 and 120. They range in price from $19.95 to $60 including shipping. The 120 count sells box for $60. Pops are all pre-packed in poly bags of 10.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pickle Popsicles

Has the world gone mad?

Don't get me wrong; I like a good dill pickle just as much as the next guy or gal. But pretty much the last thing I would think about pouring in a mold to freeze as a Popsicle is pickle juice! That's right folks, there's a new product on the market called Pickle Pops and they are frozen pickle juice treats. Sort of "frozen dairy aisle meets deli counter."

According to the company that makes them, Pickle Pops are made not from just the brine left over from pickling, but from freshly squeezed pickles, much like an apple or orange is pressed.

"Once people try them they are hooked!" notes the company in a recent press release. Pickle Pops arose from good old-fashioned American ingenuity. Texas roller skate rink owner John Howard started freezing pickle juice for the kids and adults and was selling out every night. And that's how Pickle Pops were born.

The company also touts some possible health benefits to their pickle juice pops including information on a recent study that suggested pickles blunted the blood sugar spike by as much as 30% after a high carb meal. I remember seeing another study or two similar to this using vinegar. It was hard to imagine drinking vinegar on purpose, but eating a pickle or slurping down some pickle juice? Now that might be more manageable for some people.

NOTE: Pickle Pops have no fat and have less than 1 gram of sugar.

Can a pickle muscle in to Popsicle territory?

I just came across Bob's Pickle Pops, a frozen pickle juice treat that promises great taste and some wonderful health benefits as well. The company is also catering to the cravings of expectant mothers with this unique sour snack. But it isn’t just to quench the craving, it is to provide the heretofore little-known health benefits of pickle juice for anyone from kids to pregnant women to diabetics.

It’s an increasingly popular novelty snack treat that may sound a bit hard to swallow. But Bob's Pickle Pops pickle juice treats are growing in popularity nationally and providing unexpected health benefits for kids, adults and seniors alike. They are uniquely packaged frozen treats made, not from just the brine left over from pickling, but from freshly squeezed pickles, much like an apple or orange is pressed.

“We use 100 percent of the pickle,” says Bob's Pickle Pops co-founder David Millar. “We realize it is hard to imagine that someone thought of the idea of creating a frozen treat made from pickle juice,” he says. “But once people try them they are hooked – and we are happy to supply them with this refreshing treat.”

The product was created by John Howard owner of Outerskate roller skating rink and arcade in Seguin, Texas. He has been freezing pickle juice for the kids and adults and sells out every night. Surprised by the sales, he decided there was a market worth investigating. The company is also creating flavored offerings such as Spicy Pickle Pops that are proving to be very popular.

Health Benefits

A recent study revealed that pickles blunted the blood-sugar spike by as much as 30 precent after a high-carb meal. Studies revealed that vinegar, much like that used in the pickling process, provided a balancing benefit to combat harmful insulin spikes. The spices used in the pickling process are also healthy. Pickling ingredients like garlic and dill help to control the growth of unhealthy bacteria in the body. And many other spices involved in the pickling have been known to have wide-ranging health properties as well. Bob's Pickle Pops have no fat and have less than 1 gram of sugar.

Bob's Pickle Pops come in packages of 16 and sell for $17.95 including shipping on the internet.


Amuse Bouche: Pickle Sickle Obsession

We literally cannot stop thinking about the Bobs Pickle Pops we reported on yesterday. Our curiosity is bountiful, so we tracked down the below video of the company's founder discussing his bizarre product. Apparently, one can buy a cherry-flavored pickle pop. Truly, the mind boggles.