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    Susie D's Note:

    These are an easy icebox pickle that are spicy and sweet and stays crisp. Why are they called Christmas pickles? Because they are bright green or red!!! I usually make green and red to liven up the holiday relish tray. I also make these pickles without the food coloring and they are a family favorite throughout the year. I found the recipe years ago in a local electric co-op magazine.

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    • 1 gallon of whole dill pickle (I use Vlasic)
    • 1 head garlic, peeled
    • 5 lbs granulated sugar
    • 1 (5 ounce) bottle Tabasco sauce (regular)
    • 1 (1 ounce) bottle liquid red food coloring (coloring is optional) or 1 (1 ounce) bottle liquid green food coloring (coloring is optional)


    1. 1
      Drain pickles and rinse gallon jar.
    2. 2
      Slice pickles into 3/4" or 1" rounds, drain again.
    3. 3
      Into jar layer sliced pickles, peeled garlic, and sugar; add NO liquid.
    4. 4
      Pour on the whole bottle of tabasco sauce, NOTE: I have used the 2oz size when I wanted a less spicy pickle and I think tabasco is the only brand of hot sauce to use in this recipe.
    5. 5
      Add bottle of red OR green food coloring if desired.
    6. 6
      Cap jar and shake.
    7. 7
      Store in icebox and shake it daily to mix the ingredients and dissolve the sugar.
    8. 8
      In about a week you will have brightly colored,spicy pickles!
    9. 9
      Note: as these marinate over the week they shrink, so the yield will be less than a gallon.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 11, 2011


      This is at the infusing point so I`ll be back with a review soon.
      Oct 11,2011
      OMG! These are great and easy! I always make my Afterburner Petite Dill Pickles
      Which is close to this! But If you are short on jalapenos this is great!!! I always have hot sauce so this is my way to make these from now on. I do need to state that I did use a lot less sugar place 1 cup sugar, the whole amount hot sauce, and garlic too 1/4 amount of pickles. Just Loved these!!!!!!!! And my DH loved them even more! Oh Of course with Garlic so yummy!!!!!

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    • on November 15, 2007


      I have an old recipe for the same type pickle but it calls for a bag of cinnamon red hots candy in place of hot saice and not as much food coloring.You get a lot of the red color and the heat from the candy.Either way they are good and pretty.Thank you for this version Susie.

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    • on August 26, 2004


      Loved this recipe. I didn't use the garlic or food coloring but at Christmas I plan to color them red. Many compliments on this one! Hey it was fun shaking the jar, too!

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    Nutritional Facts for Spicy Christmas Pickles (No Cook)

    Serving Size: 1 (51 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 94

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 97.5
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 232.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 25.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 24.4 g
    Protein 0.2 g

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