13 Products That Taste and Smell Like Pickles

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Pickles can be a divisive topic: You either love them or you hate them. But the people who love pickles really love pickles. Thankfully, devout fans of the brined cucumbers can celebrate their love with a whole slew of items that smell or taste like pickles.

1. LIP BALM; $6

Unfortunately, you can't eat pickles all day long, but you can at least have the smell lingering on your lips with this novelty lip balm. The 2.5-inch tube boasts a strong dill flavor that may lead to some vinegary (but soft!) lips.

Find it: Amazon

2. MINTS; $6

Usually people eat mints to get rid of pickle breath, but who's to say that you'd ever want to? Each green tin comes with 100 dill-flavored mints that will give your mouth a fresh-from-the-jar smell.

Find it: Amazon

3. EXPLODING PICKLE CANDY; $6

People who love both candy and pickles will want to pick up these off-brand Pop Rocks, which promise to be "not only a barrel of fun, but also dill-icious."

Find it: PickleballCentral.com

4. DORITOS; $60 for 4

Doritos may not have the flavor breadth of other brands—Lay's, for example, continues to astound and alarm their fan base with flavors like wasabi and mango salsa—but they do have some quirks. This Intense Pickle flavor claims to "add some zing to your meal."

Find it: eCrater

5. VODKA

Any fan of the pickleback knows that alcohol and pickles are a match made in heaven. Now you can get your booze and your pickle juice in the same shot glass thanks to Chilled Dills. The dill-infused vodka is meant to be enjoyed in Bloody Marys, mojitos, or just on the rocks.

Find it: Chilled Dills

6. A GUMMY; $11

Why settle for a boring bag of gummy bears when you can enjoy a 4.5 ounce gummy that looks and tastes just like a real dill pickle?

Find it: Amazon

7. SOAP; $7

Now shower time can smell like a New York deli with these realistic gherkin pickle soaps. They come in packs of 12, so every bathroom in your house can have one. (These soaps also come in a margarita scent.)

Find it: Etsy

8. CANDLE; $25

If you're trying to set the right ambience for a date, might we recommend this pickle-scented candle? This green, 8-ounce candle comes in a metal tin for easy storage.

Find it: Walmart

9. TOOTHPASTE; $10

This dill-flavored toothpaste is sure to raise a few eyebrows. Likely not a practical option for oral hygiene, the 2.5-ounce tube does make for a good gag gift.

Find it: Pickle Addicts

10. GUMBALLS; $4

Blow some green, salty bubbles with this novelty bubble gum. Each tin contains roughly 22 brined gumballs.

Find it: eBay

11. ICE POPS; $9

Cool down on a hot day with a pickle-flavored ice pop. Each bag comes with six pops that can be eaten frozen or unfrozen, and the snack is guilt-free: it has less than five calories and no sugar added.

Find it: Amazon

12. SPORTS DRINK; $13

Believe it or not, drinking pickle juice is an old-fashioned trick runners use to prevent muscle cramping. While it might seem counterintuitive to gulp down something so salty when you need to stay hydrated, there is some evidence that pickle juice really does help. These 8-ounce bottles come in groups of six and pack a salty punch.

Find it: Amazon

13. POPCORN; $45

OK, hear us out: Pickle popcorn is surprisingly good. The zippy dill taste works just as well as salt and vinegar works on chips. You can get a huge case of 12 bags of organic pickle popcorn online, because you're definitely going to have to share.

Find it: Amazon

The Disputed Origins of Publix’s Chicken Tender Subs

Josh Hallett, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Josh Hallett, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

After Popeyes released its new chicken sandwich last week, a heated battle broke out on Twitter over which fast food chain offers the best one. Favorites included Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, and KFC, but the Publix chicken tender sub was mostly absent from the dialogue. Maybe it’s because Publix is a supermarket rather than a fast food restaurant, or maybe the southern chain is too specific to Florida and its neighboring states to warrant a national ranking.

Either way, the chicken tender sub is a cult culinary classic among Publix customers—there’s even an independently run website devoted to announcing when the subs are on sale (they aren’t right now), and affiliated Facebook and Twitter accounts with tens of thousands of followers. So whom do sub devotees have to thank for inventing the Publix food mashup from heaven? A Facebook user named Dave Charls says, “Me!,” but Publix begs to differ.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that in May of this year, a man named Dave Charls posted a message on the “Are Publix Chicken Tender Subs On Sale?” Facebook page recounting his origin story for the menu item, which allegedly took place in 1997 or 1998. At Charls explains it, he and his co-worker Kevin convinced their friend Philip, a deli worker at the Fleming Island Publix location, to assemble a sub with chicken tenders and ring it up as one item—something that deli workers had refused to do for Dave and Kevin in the past. According to Dave, Philip then convinced his manager to make it a special, publicized it via chalkboard sign, and the idea spread like hot sauce.

“You’re welcome,” Charls said. “It was actually Kevin’s idea and Philip brought it to life.”

Publix, however, told the Tampa Bay Times that its recorded documentation for a chicken tender sub recipe and procedure goes all the way back to 1992 or 1993. Based on that information, Publix spokesperson Brian West confirmed that Charls's heroic account of the origin is more fairytale than fact (though West, unfortunately, doesn’t have an equally thrilling origin story—or any story at all—with which to replace it).

Charls didn’t respond to a request from the Tampa Bay Times for comment, so we may never know how much of his claim is actually true. It’s possible, of course, that Publix’s 1992 (or 1993) chicken tender sub recipe hadn’t gained momentum by the time Kevin’s moment of culinary genius struck in 1997 (or 1998), and the lack of date specificity suggests that neither party knows exactly how it went down. What is incontrovertible, however, is the deliciousness of Publix's beloved sub sandwich.

"I'm just happy to live in the same timeline as this beautiful sandwich," says die-hard Pub Sub fan (and Mental Floss video producer/editor) Justin Dodd. “Copyright claims aside, it's truly a wonderful thing."

This London Pub Might Be the Most Ethical Bar in the World

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Ridofranz/Getty Images

Pub owner Randy Rampersad is doing his part for sustainability. In June, he opened the Green Vic—a play on the fictional Queen Vic pub in the soap opera EastEnders—in the East London neighborhood of Shoreditch. The Telegraph reports it’s aiming to be the world’s most ethical pub: Rampersad eschews plastic and paper straws and opts for gluten-free wheat “straws.” He sources the bar's 100 percent recycled toilet paper from green-minded company Who Gives a Crap, and the communal wooden tables are upcycled.

“I wanted to make the world a better place and run my own business, but I was waiting for that eureka moment,” Rampersad told The Telegraph. He discovered no one had done anything like this before.

There’s no meat on the menu—the food is totally vegan, healthy-ish pub grub. You can add CBD oil to the “chkn" bites appetizer, and the burgers are made from ingredients like soy, seaweed, and sweet potato. The beers are produced by ethical brewers, too: Toast Ale uses unsold loaves and crusts of bread; Good Things Brewing crafts its beer from 100 percent renewable energy; South Africa’s Afro Vegan Cider donates money to an organization that funds equal pay for female farmers; and Brewgooder donates to water projects.

In fact, everything the Green Vic does has charity in mind. “We don't care about the money, I’m planet first and profit after,” Rampersad told The Telegraph. Up to 80 percent of its profits will go to charitable causes, including local food banks. As for the staff, one in four are from marginalized groups. The Green Vic plans to operate as a three-month pop-up pub while scouting for longer term investment.

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