Pickles -- that delightfully briny snack and arguably the best element of the sandwich-eating process -- are about to get a whole lot sweeter. Walmart has announced a new pickle product it intends to pack into stores: fruit-punch-flavored pickles.
Now you might be thinking, "Silly Walmart, fruit punch is for Gatorade." And you wouldn't be wrong. But the combination of sweet, candy-like fruit punch flavor and the salty, vinegary goodness of pickles is a long time coming. Fruit punch pickles are an especially big deal in the South, where Kool-Aid and pickle brine have been living out a torrid, unabashedly sweet love affair for years. Walmart will call its Great Value–branded version the Tropickle.
And the company's official line frames the union as a romance, too: "Like the modern-day couple," a Walmart spokesperson explains, "the pickle and fruit punch met on social media (they bonded over recipes on Pinterest, to be exact); now, Walmart is celebrating their union on store shelves."