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.