Pickles Take Center Stage
From late-night snack cravings to sandwich-stacking debates, pickles have weaved their way into pop culture in surprising and entertaining ways. Come with us as we explore some of the most memorable pickle moments that have left a lasting impact on television, film, and beyond. Grab your favourite jar and let's dive into the world of pickles and pop culture!
1. Friends - "The One with the Jam"
In Season 3, Episode 3 of the iconic sitcom Friends, Monica becomes obsessed with making jam as a means of healing after her breakup with Richard. Her culinary experiment results in a hilarious moment when Ross, without realising, takes a massive bite out of a sandwich containing an entire jar of Monica's homemade pickles. The ensuing chaos and laughter solidified this pickle moment in television history.
2. Snooki's Love for Pickles on Jersey Shore
Reality TV star Snooki made her love for pickles well-known during her time on MTV's Jersey Shore. From enjoying pickles as a snack to drinking pickle juice straight from the jar, Snooki's passion for pickles became a recurring theme on the show and a beloved aspect of her quirky personality.
3. Ratatouille's Pickle Conundrum
In the heartwarming animated film Ratatouille, protagonist Linguini finds himself in a pickle when he accidentally spills a jar of pickles onto the kitchen floor. As he frantically tries to clean up the mess, he discovers Remy, the rat who would become his culinary partner. This chance encounter, sparked by a jar of pickles, set the stage for the film's heartwarming story of friendship and culinary triumph.
4. Pickle Rick - Rick and Morty
In Season 3, Episode 3 of the animated sci-fi series Rick and Morty, the eccentric scientist Rick Sanchez transforms himself into a pickle to avoid attending family therapy. Dubbed "Pickle Rick," this bizarre yet hilarious character quickly became a fan favourite and remains one of the show's most iconic and memorable moments.
5. The Pickle Challenge on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
In a memorable segment of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish took on the "Pickle Challenge." Tasked with eating as many pickles as possible in 30 seconds, Haddish's enthusiasm and comedic prowess made this challenge an unforgettable and entertaining moment on late-night television.
6. The Pickleback Shot Craze
The pickleback shot, a chaser of pickle brine that follows a shot of whiskey, became a popular trend in bars across London a few years ago. This unique concoction gained widespread attention, with celebrities and patrons alike singing its praises and embracing the tangy combination.
There’s something remarkable about this pairing that makes you want another immediately afterwards. We say it's the idea that the sweet savoury liquor of the pickle juice acts as a natural antidote to the harshness of the whiskey. Try it with a pickle brine made from peppercorns, coriander seeds, star anise and cardamom pods for an extra zing.
7. When Harry Met Sally - "I'll Have What She's Having"
In this classic rom-com, there's a memorable scene in which Sally (played by Meg Ryan) demonstrates her, um, enthusiasm for a sandwich piled high with pickles. Her performance, and the famous line "I'll have what she's having," quickly became a cultural touchstone and one of the most quoted lines in film history.
Pickles' Lasting Impact on Pop Culture
From hilarious television moments to unforgettable film scenes, pickles have made their mark on pop culture in surprising and delightful ways. These iconic pickle moments demonstrate the versatility of this beloved snack and its enduring appeal. So, the next time you bite into a crunchy, tangy pickle, remember that you're not just enjoying a delicious treat - you're also taking part in a rich history of pickle adoration.