Not From Texas

Pickle juice snow cones

Posted in Food by Jennifer Peebles on September 3, 2010

What is it with Texas and snow cones that taste like pickle juice?

No, you non-Texans out there, I’m not making this up.

I’d never heard of such a thing until maybe three months ago or so. After making my first-ever visit to The Alamo on a 98-degree day in San Antonio, the snow cone man’s little cart on the Alamo Plaza was calling my name. He must have offered 14 different flavors — I picked lime, and boy, it was hands-down the best snow-cone I ever had — but I noticed that his hand-written flavor-listing offered one called “pickle juice.”

I thought he must have been kidding on that one.

But this week, I was informed by no less an authority than the Galveston Daily News that the best-selling flavor of snow cones on the much-vaunted Texas City Dike before its destruction by Hurricane Ike in 2008 was — yes — pickle juice flavor.

So, the Alamo Plaza snow cone salesman wasn’t kidding after all.

I Googled the term “pickle juice snow cones” only to find that they’re everywhere in Texas.

I’m a huge dill pickle lover, myself. I even like those dill pickle-flavored potato chips that Lay’s makes. But I never knew until I got to Texas that people ate pickle juice snow cones.

Clearly, I’m going to have to do more research on the origins of this trend. (And if you know the origins, please post below in the comments or e-mail me off-line.) And I hope to get to the reopened Texas City Dike, one of the state’s most popular coastal fishing sites, this fall, and I’ll have to try one of these-here pickle juice snow cones.

My review will follow, of course.

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  1. Lisa Brackin said, on June 29, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I am here to attest that as a 6 year old kid in 1984 I invented the pickle juice snow cone. That year my grandparents Curis and Gladys Patton bought a couple of old mail trucks, fixed them up, and started selling snow cones on the streets of Abilene Texas. I told my grandmother one day that she should sell pickle juice snow cones. She and my grandfather started to pick up left over pickle juice from area resturaunts and sold it on snow cone ice. If anyone was doing this before they were I was unaware.


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