BOSTON (CBS) – The Phantom Gourmet recently purchased four jars of Kosher dill pickles from a local supermarket.

The contenders were Cains, Claussen, Mt. Olive, and Vlasic.

Mt. Olive finished at the bottom of the pickle barrel. Phantom struggled to open the jar, and struggled even more to find anything positive to say about these insipid spears. With their pungent punch of vinegar and off-putting aroma, maybe they ought to change the name from Mt. Olive to Mt. Awful.

Vlasic wasn’t much better. This wildly popular brand is the pickle Phantom grew up eating. But, childhood memories couldn’t help these flaccid, mushy spears. The only thing the stork on this jar delivered was disappointment.

Next up is Cains. The oldest brand of the bunch, Cains has been around for more than 100 years. But, all that experience couldn’t help this pickle. While it does sport the deepest color of the bunch, and provides a nice crunch with every bite, Phantom found the flavors muddy, and the aftertaste unpleasant.

At the top of the food chain is Claussen. The only refrigerated brand in the bunch, these crisp fresh tasting pickles had the satisfying snap phantom was looking for. Their pale, natural color, and pleasing balance of garlic and dill make this the pickle to pick.

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