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Pickles have long been a favorite in my house. When I was growing up, I loved eating dill pickle spears straight from the jar as an after-school snack. They are also fantastic served on a relish tray — or what we might now call a charcuterie board — as part of a holiday dinner spread. They are great served alongside a sandwich or burger.
I typically buy my pickles from Aldi, where I often purchase the regular dill spears. Occasionally, Aldi sells special varieties such as Wahlburgers pickles.
While I was browsing at Dollar Tree recently, I noticed they sell a range of pickles under their Breckenridge Farms private label. This product line seems to mostly encompass pickles. I found kosher spears, dill chips, sweet pickles, bread and butter pickles, and sweet relish, but I also found some stuffed olives under the Breckenridge Farms label. I bought the kosher spears to try at home.
Breckenridge Farms Kosher Spears cost $1.25 for a 17-ounce jar at Dollar Tree. That comes out to about 7 cents per ounce.
For comparison, Great Value Kosher Dill Pickles at Walmart cost about 9 cents per ounce at the time of writing. Name brand Vlasic Kosher Dill Spears at Walmart cost about 14 cents per ounce. That means the Dollar Tree pickles are slightly cheaper than other store brands, and they’re about half the cost of popular name brands.
These are imported by Greenbrier International, Inc., which is the company behind Dollar Tree private label products. This is a product of India. (And apparently, quite a few pickles are produced in India.)
These are sold at room temperature, but once they’re opened, they should be refrigerated.
Ingredients are cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, calcium chloride (a firming agent), polysorbate 80, natural flavors, and yellow 5.
Ingredient-wise, these are similar to other store-bought, jarred, shelf-stable pickles. They all contain some preservatives and natural flavors, along with similar amounts of sodium. Walmart’s Great Value pickles get points for using turmeric for color rather than artificial dye like the Dollar Tree and Vlasic pickles.
One jar of the Dollar Tree pickles contains 10 servings, with one pickle spear constituting one serving. One spear has 5 calories, no fat, 220 mg of sodium (9% DV), 1 gram of total carbohydrates (0% DV), and no added sugars.
My family and I tried the DT pickles and agreed they’re generally like other jarred pickle brands. They have good flavor and a texture that is similar to other pickles. If we served these at a cookout or party, I don’t think anyone would know they were Dollar Tree pickles.
Breckenridge Farms Kosher Spears are from Dollar Tree and cost slightly less than other store brand pickles, and they’re a lot less than name brand pickles. They’re similar to other brands in terms of ingredients, and they’re virtually indistinguishable from other jarred pickle brands. If you want cheap pickles, especially if you’re serving a crowd, these are worth picking up.