My wife took me to a Ted Montana's steakhouse for an impromptu birthday bison steak, and instead of bringing out bread before the meal, the waitress served us a plate of pickles. Now, I'm a big fan of brined cucumbers as a little appetizer; it's super low in calories and it doesn't really fill you up all that much. Tasty without all the guilt you normally associate with a side dish.
They also go great on burgers, sandwiches, and don't really need to be refrigerated as long as you got an air-tight jar. They can also be flavored pretty much anyway you want, depending on how you brine them. Plus, you can pickle anything. You can pickle tomatoes, celery, lemons (eww), eggs (double eww) to preserve the life span of whatever food you feel like pickling.
As great as pickles are, though, I think everyone can pretty much agree that pickle juice is gross. Like, really gross. But for whatever reason there's those faithfuls that love it. I can distinctly remember people in college who would follow shots with chasers of pickle juice. Maybe it helped cut the burn but either way pickle juice is pretty freaking nasty to drink directly.
So why in the world would someone make pickle juice soda?
Now, I'm familiar with the concept of silly foods that exist just because mankind is arrogant, like Thanksgiving dinner soda.
But who the heck wants to taste sweetened pickle juice soda?
Fans of Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop, a chain that has locations throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio, were divided on the retailer's newest flavor.
Now, I wouldn't go so far as to call it one of humanity's greatest atrocities, but it's still pretty darn bad. Would you want to try some pickle pop?
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