Gramp's Gourmet® Foods

Gramps and Gram
Bill and Janet Brickner

Bill “Gramp’s” Brickner started making pickles and beets for fun.  He gave them away to clients, family and friends at Christmas time and other occasions.   His children and wife encouraged him to sell them at a local Farmers Market and that is where it all began!  In 2005, Bill “Gramp's” Brickner and his wife Janet “Grams” Brickner started Gramp’s Gourmet Foods, Inc. in their hometown of Scales Mound, IL.  (Scales Mound is located in Northwestern Illinois - 10 minutes from scenic Galena, IL.)    They converted the utility room on the side of their house into a state certified canning kitchen.  And with the help of their son, Bryan, and youngest daughter, Bette; Gramp’s went back to the kitchen and did what he loves…creating pickle and beet recipes.  

They started with their Original “unique blend of sweet & sour” pickles, but customers kept suggesting and asking for different flavors.  In response, Gramp’s has since concocted 18 flavors of Sweet & Sour Pickles (his version of a bread & butter pickle), Sour Dill Pickles and Pickled Beets.  His flavors include Garlic, Horseradish, Jalapeno and Habanero.   In addition his two specialty blends; sour dill Jalapeno/Garlic and “Kickers” are also customer favorites. The “Kickers” came into being when his two oldest daughters complained that they couldn’t find a good Bloody Mary pickle. After experimenting with a variety of flavor combinations he landed on the perfect balance of Horseradish, Garlic and Jalapeno all in a semi-sweet brine.  While in our opinion this is hands down the best Bloody Mary pickle you’ll ever find, we also won’t hold it against you if you try any of our flavors in your favorite version of a Sunday morning “red drink.” 

Over the years each of Gramps and Grams 4 children have helped out with the business in some capacity.  

Gramp’s Gourmet Foods current product line consists of the items below.  Keep watching though because he isn’t done yet!

  • Sweet Pickles – 6 Varieties including Original, Garlic, Jalapeño, Horseradish,  Habanero and “Kickers”
  • Sour Dill Pickles – 6 Varieties including Sour Dill, Garlic, Jalapeno/Garlic, Jalapeno, Horseradish & Habanero
  • Pickled Beets – 6 Varieties including Original, Cinnamon, Onion, Horseradish, Heet (jalapeno) & Red Hot (double jalapeno).
  • Splenda Products – Our Original Pickle and Original Pickled Beet are also available made with Splenda rather then sugar for customers who are watching their sugar intake.

All of Gramp’s pickle varieties are available in slices or spears.   They are all hand cut, hand packed and produced in small batches using minimally processed base ingredients which are personally selected by Gramp’s himself.

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