I love pickles and spicy food. So after making one gallon of these hot and sweet pickles I am in pickle heaven. Thanks to my dear friend Marilyn she shared this recipe with me and now I am sharing it with you. She gave me the recipe awhile back and after the shock of seeing 9 cups of sugar I chose not to make them. But, when I ate the entire bowl at our last book club meeting I decided that I should make them and have them at every meal if I so desired. They would make a great gift Christmas, so keep that in mind. They are so easy.