Product Review: Mt. Olive No Sugar Added Pickles and Relish

The Bottom Line About Mt. Olive No Sugar Added Pickles and Relish

In general, pickles are a fairly low carb food – after all, they are just cucumbers, vinegar, salt and spices. Dill pickles and sour pickles are usually fine on reduced-carb diets. But sweet pickles? Unfortunately, sweet pickles usually have quite a lot of sugar, and so that marvelous sweet-and-sour taste is off-limits for most. This includes one of the most popular forms of sweet pickles – pickle relish.

Take a look at an ingredient label on any pickle jar. You'll probably recognize one of the ingredients as sugar, even if it's disguised under one of these names. Unlike all of those, Mt. Olive pickles and relish are sweetened with sucralose (Splenda®) instead of sugar and taste great to me and my tasters. The relish has a slightly different consistency to regular sugar-sweetened relish – it is more like dill relish in that way. The relish works in all the usual pickle relish applications – on hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as in deviled eggs and tuna salad. The other sweet pickles can also substitute in any way for regular sugar-sweetened pickles.

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What's So Good About Mt. Olive No Sugar Added Pickles and Relish? 

Mt. Olive No Sugar Added Pickles and Relish are great because they:

  • have a low carb count/no sugar
  • Taste like regular sugar-sweetened products
  • Are fairly widely available in supermarkets (U.S.)

    What Are the Cons? 

    • The consistency of relish is not quite the same as regular relish - it's not as thick
    • Some find a slight aftertaste from the added sucralose
    • You may have to mail order the product, depending on availability in your area.

    What Are Mt. Olive No Sugar Added Pickles and Relish?

    • Mt. Olive makes 3 kinds of No Sugar Added sweet pickles, plus sweet relish. See their website here for more details.
    • Bread and Butter pickles come in chips or in "sandwich stuffers".
    • Sweet (midget) gherkins also available.
    • Carb count comparable to non-sweet varieties.



    All the labels essentially say the same thing: cucumbers, water, vinegar, various spices, sucralose (Splenda®), and coloring.

    Carb Count

    These sweet pickles and relish have about the same carb count as cucumbers or dill pickles, which is about 1 gram of carbohydrate per ounce (about 1 small pickle or 1 spear), or one tablespoon of relish. This is as compared to 5 grams of carb for regular sweet relish or 9 grams per ounce of sweet pickle.

    Where Can I Buy Mt. Olive Products?

    Mt. Olive Pickles are widely available in the Southeast US. In most of the rest of the U.S. they are carried in such supermarket chains as Safeway, Albertson’s, Shaw’s, Pathmark, and Kroger. They can also be ordered through the manufacturer as well as other online sources.

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