I'm trying to make Kool-Aid Pickles (koolickles). I've tried with quartered Ba-Tampte pickles and I seem to get it right, but I'm not seeing the results I expect with halved pickles. I want to go with halved because quartered seem to shrivel unappealingly.
I have a 2 quart jar of manually halved pickles (they were originally whole). Into the pickle brine I dissolved a cup of fruit punch Kool-Aid and a cup of white sugar. After 2 weeks, the coloring has only soaked half-way into the pickles. They look red on the outside, but are green on the interior. My intent was to get the full red all the way through. They taste almost right, but I think they could do with better penetration.
Am I going to be stuck using only quartered pickles? Should I have used more Kool-Aid, or maybe a different flavor? Should I consider a different pickle brand?