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Dill Pickle … But Make it Seasoning

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Dill Pickle … But Make it Seasoning

December 2021 | Darla, Principal Scientist

Has anyone else noticed? Dill pickle is completely having a moment! From hummus to potato chips to whiskey to ice cream, that punchy sour pickle flavor seems to be popping up everywhere. The timing was everything when I was asked to create a bold, yet family-friendly profile in seasoning form. Dill pickle immediately came to mind as it is an iconic flavor, used in so many familiar recipes (from summer burger topper to stand-alone snack always there in the back of your fridge).

To create the puckering sour, briny flavors that are consistent with a dill pickle, I first sought to capture the perfect balance of vinegar, dill, garlic, and spices to deliver on the pickle notes.  I capitalized on McCormick’s various flavor technologies to do so. Once I had the solid pickle experience, I began to experiment with varying degrees of heat, primarily from capsicum. I included both ground red pepper and capsicum flavor to get just the right amount of spicy kick. This all resulted in a fun-for-the-family snack that delights both dill pickle and spicy fans alike!

What’s the experience like? Aromas will include dill and vinegar, which immediately elicit a mouth-watering response. You’ll then taste upfront notes of sour, vinegar, salty, dill, followed by capsicum heat, garlic, and herb notes in the finish with a mild to medium heat lingering in the aftertaste. These notes lend themselves to a seasoning with many fun applications such as chips, dips, pretzel, cookies… why not?!

Feeling inspired? To deliver unmistakable dill pickle flavor with your applications, get in touch with McCormick today.