Dolly Parton’s new ice cream flavor crashed the site and is getting price gouged on eBay

Late last year Dolly Parton passed on the opportunity to be memorialized with a statue at the Tennessee state capitol. People are finding other ways to give Dolly her roses while she is still with us. Jeni’s ice cream collaborated with Dolly to create a flavor to benefit Dolly’s charity, the Imagination Library. Sales of the limited edition Dolly flavor, Strawberry Pretzel Pie, crashed Jeni’s site in the first 24 hours. At least one of the people lucky enough to score a pint at $12 is trying to sell it for $1000 on Ebay. Below is more on the story from WREG:

The limited-run of Dolly Parton’s Strawberry Pretzel Pie Ice Cream by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream was so popular that it caused the company’s site to crash on Thursday.

A statement on said the site experienced 50 times more users than it typically sees.

Some of the lucky few that were able to snag one of the 10,000 pints are looking to make a profit off the dessert that benefits Dolly’s Imagination Library.

One pint of the stuff was for sale on Ebay for $1,000 on Friday.

One fan could not resist tasting the frozen treat with layers of salty pretzel streusel, cream cheese ice cream and strawberry sauce, but is selling the remaining carton.

That purchase will set you back $25.

Jeni’s Ice Cream says they will give a 48-hour notice on social media and via email before sales resume on once the ordering website is fixed. Sales are limited to two pints per order.

[From WREG Memphis News]

This is one of the most ridiculous stories I have read. First of all, how in the world is anyone selling a pint of ice cream for $12? Ima need there to be 14k gold flakes in it for that price. I am low key hating on folks who can actually afford a $12 pint of ice cream and at the same time, even if I was rich I don’t think I could bring my cheap ass to cough up $12 for ice cream. At least the purchase is going towards a good cause.

The Dolly flavor sounds amazing. Strawberries, cream cheese ice cream and pretzel streusel sound divine. like a crunchy strawberry cheesecake. Besides my incredulity at the original price, I like that a portion of sales go to Dolly’s Imagination Library program. I have heard amazing things about her charity. Giving a child the gift of reading is beautiful in my book (no pun intended). The fact that people are trying to charge $1000 for a pint of ice cream is insane. And those crazy enough to pay $25 for a carton and not even get the chance to taste the ice cream is even more insane. I hope those who want to buy the $12 pint will be able to purchase theirs legitimately from the site when the flavor is available again. This story is a testament to the popularity and love we have for Dolly Parton. May she always reign in our hearts.

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  1. Jais says:

    I love dolly!!!! But that flavor does not appeal to me, for some reason I don’t like pretzel in my ice cream?

    • Lemons says:

      I imagine it tastes like strawberries and cream with a salty touch which is right up my alley. If I wasn’t abroad and they hadn’t sold out, I would have picked up a pint.

      • LaraK says:

        Buy a bag of pretzels and a gallon of store brand strawberries and cream, and you are off to the races for less than half the price 🙂

  2. LaraK says:

    Lots of people out there with more money than sense. I’d never pay a premium on eBay for something like this. It’s a consumable ffs.

    It’s like those “world’s most expensive” food stunts. The $1k cake that has gold flakes in it, or the $25k bottle of vodka that gets poured over diamonds.

    Now if you want to pay $12 for the charity angle, fine. But for $25+ on eBay you are just funding greed. Just write a check to the charity and move on!

  3. La says:

    Jeni’s is expensive AF. It’s close to $10 a pint in the grocery for the regular flavors and I’m close to where they are based. Bet it’s delicious though. Pretty much every flavor of Jeni’s I’ve ever tried has been good.

    There’s no way in hell I’d buy food from a random person on eBay and then trust they would ship ice cream correctly on top of it. Especially the woman who tried a bite. In a pandemic?? Ew no.

    I’m glad it’s selling so well to benefit the imagination library because it’s an amazing program. We get her books and Dolly puts little afterwards in some of them and it’s clear how passionate she is about it. One more reason she’s the best.

  4. Mcmmom says:

    I’ve purchased Jeni’s chocolate and it’s pretty great. It’s expensive, but it’s so rich, you don’t eat as much of it to get your “fix.”

    I’d pay $12 to donate to her charity.

  5. Levans says:

    Jenis is absolutely worth every penny ! $12 isn’t bad considering it also goes to charity and regular pint are around $8 bucks in the grocery store.

    • STRIPE says:

      Agree! It’s more expensive but I LOVE Jenis – it’s so SO good. Pineapple Upside-down Cake is my favorite. Highly recommend trying it to anyone who hasn’t already, especially if you’re an ice cream lover.

      • Levans says:

        I love the Boston Creme pie custard. My nephew had me try the gooey butter cake and that too is in my top 5!

      • Kate says:

        Also love the Pineapple Upside-down Cake. Yum. Agree with the other commenter who says it’s so rich a little goes a long way. I usually have one spoonful and my husband eats an entire pint at a time. So, he buys cheaper ice cream so he can eat quantity, and I buy a pint of Jeni’s. Despite the pricing differences, he spends way more on ice cream than I do. I understand that not everyone wants to spend so much on ice cream and that’s fine! But saying people don’t have any sense or you hate them for buying expensive ice cream, jeez louise.

    • Jensies says:

      So glad I’m seeing some Jeni’s love! I love their ice cream, especially the savannah butter mint yummmmm and the salted caramel and the goat cheese roasted cherry. I can’t afford it often but it’s amazing.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    Rather than go all crazy and buy something price gouged, people can buy a regular pint of ice cream and donate a few bucks to the charity directly.

  7. Mireille says:

    Never heard of this brand. Also not a big ice cream fan. I did go through my period of sugar cravings and bought a couple of pints of ice cream from the store. To me all store bought ice cream taste the same, so it takes me awhile to finish them. But I have to admit my absolute favorite ice cream flavor is Baskin Robbins Lemon Custard.

  8. Hollah says:

    I live in the city where Jeni’s is based and people were lining up outside the scoop shops like it was Black Friday! Their ice cream is pretty great. There was a lot of frustration locally but Jeni was really open and transparent and said they are making more. Hopefully folks aren’t paying the price gougers so that money can go to Dolly’s charity.

    • Levans says:

      Hey Columbus represent!

    • ab says:

      hey cbus friends! jeni’s is usually too pricey for me but I did think about going to get some of this flavor at the shops in person. no surprise it was a mess.

  9. Chicken Tetrazzini! says:

    I’m not an ice cream eater- maybe 3-4 times a year. That being said, Jeni’s Boston Cream Pie is perfect and 10000% worth the cost of admission. I’d love to try Dolly’s flavor, but there’s no way I would buy from a rando on ebay

  10. Jess says:

    That flavor sounds amazing

  11. Betsy says:

    Resellers are a scourge upon America. I wonder what a Venn diagram of resellers and MAGA looks like.

  12. molly says:

    I was one of the folks refreshing like crazy last week when the site crashed. I felt terrible for the company. Folks were mad! Hopefully they get things sorted out before the next launch, and HOPEFULLY they make more. The demand is clearly there for more than 10,000 pints that will sell out in minutes and leave a bunch of folks left out an mad. That’s just money left on the table.

  13. Starkille says:

    Firstly, how do you order ice cream through the mail?

    Secondly, anyone who would pay $12 for a pint of ice cream has more money than brains, end of. Love Dolly, but I make all my charity donations directly to the charity—I need better receipts than a corporation acting as middleman and telling me that proceeds go to the charity.

    • Betsy says:

      Dry ice. Back in the day before Ben and Jerry was available in stores nationwide, a friend hosted an ice cream party with a bunch of flavors and it came in a styrofoam container with dry ice.

  14. ClareV says:

    Don’t hate on people buying a sweet treat and donating to Dolly’s Imagination Library. Her charity opens up access to books for so many kids!

    I’d definitely but $12 ice cream to support her and I’m glad that Jeni’s has found a way to contribute.