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Chamoy pickle TikTok food trend tickles taste buds

A pickle, massive and intensely red, is removed from a plastic bag. After its vibrant innards are scooped out and discarded, the pickle is stuffed with spicy-flavored gummy candy, followed by Takis, and topped off with even more chamoy sauce. Since that wasn’t enough, the creation is wrapped up in a red fruit roll-up. 

This process, believe it or not, has been repeated over and over — in TikTok videos, at parties, and even at U-High. This is a chamoy pickle.

Long before the chamoy pickle, TikTok had spurred offbeat food preparation trends — from upside down puff pastry to hashbrown McFlurry sandwiches. Peculiar as some of these recipes may be, they also have made food preparation more creative and fun than the cookbooks of earlier generations, U-High students say.

“I think that TikTok food trends like the chamoy pickle are a great way to add a fun twist to a seemingly ordinary food,” Mercury Romero, a ninth grader, said. “It provides an opportunity for people to experience flavors from different cultures while adding their own flare, and it’s definitely something I would try again.”

Mercury made chamoy pickles at her quinceañera. The trend combined Mexican flavors that she was already familiar with the sweetness of the sugary toppings.

“Chamoy is a popular flavor in Mexican food and something I had tried before, but I hadn’t seen it being used in a pickle kit like on social media,” Mercury said. “Seeing how popular it got and how quickly it spread to other cultures immediately made me want to try it and include it in my quinceañera.”

Mercury said that the process of constructing the pickle itself was the most engaging.

“My favorite part of making a chamoy pickle was assembling it,” Mercury said. “Being able to choose which toppings and how much of everything I wanted was really nice. I think being able to customize the chamoy pickle to your preferences is one thing that makes it a great treat.”

But students aren’t just participating in this trend at parties or at home. Yolo Martinez, a senior, made a chamoy pickle with her friend in the senior lounge earlier this year. Like Mercury, she was also familiar with some of the flavors in the chamoy pickle. 

“My mouth was watering the whole time because I was familiar with the taste of the candies that it consisted of. I knew it was going to be delicious,” Yolo said. “And it kind of was.”

Yolo said the process of assembling the pickle was fun. She recommends trying it — even if you don’t expect to enjoy it.

“Don’t knock it ’til you try it. Obviously everyone has different likes and dislikes, so if you don’t like it that’s OK. I would definitely try something like this again.”

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Clare McRoberts
Clare McRoberts, Features Editor
Clare McRoberts is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as Features Editor. She began in the 2021-22 school year when she was a ninth grader. Other than writing for the Midway, she enjoys running, cooking, reading and painting. Awards: 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, news story, superior 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, opinion piece or column: superior 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, special coverage: (with Audrey Park and Sahana Unni) superior 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, broadcast feature: excellent 2024 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Certificate of merit, personal opinion: off-campus issues, “It’s time to end legacy admissions” 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Honorable mention, feature writing
Audrey Park
Audrey Park, Editor-in-Chief
Audrey Park is a member of the Class of 2024 and serves as an editor-in-chief. She began writing for the Midway in the 2020-21 school year when she was in ninth grade. Her favorite story she has written is about University of Chicago nurses seeking solutions for the uninsured. She loves journalism because of its ability to represent and reflect multiple perspectives. Audrey also enjoys reading, traveling and playing card games. Awards: 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, special coverage: (with Clare McRoberts and Sahana Unni) superior 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, general feature Story: excellent 2024 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: First place, sidebar writing, “Affirmative Apprehension — Expert input: Law professor explains case” 2023 Illinois All-State Journalism Team 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Honorable mention, online package 2023 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, news story: excellent 2022 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, St. Louis convention: Honorable mention, editorial writing 2022 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: First place, sidebar writing, “Misinformation solutions rely on regulation, media literacy”
Milo Platz-Walker
Milo Platz-Walker, Reporter
Milo Platz-Walker is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as a reporter. He joined the staff as a ninth grader in 2021 and returned as a junior. Outside of journalism, Milo competes in karate, listens to music and spends time with friends and family.
Zara Siddique
Zara Siddique, Sports & Leisure Editor
Zara Siddique is a member of the Class of 2024 and serves as the sports and leisure editor. She joined the journalism family in the 2021-22 school year as a sophomore. Her favorite part of journalism is getting to meet new people. Her favorite story she has written is “Qatar sparks controversy as World Cup host.” Outside of journalism, she enjoys playing tennis, reading and listening to music. Awards: 2024 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Second place (with Sahana Unni), photo layout: full page (Page 3) 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Superior, commentary writing

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