Food & Drink

I Tried Jeni’s New Dolly Parton Ice Cream Flavor — And I Will Always Love It

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When Jeni’s ice cream announced they were launching a pint specially made for Dolly Parton, I couldn’t set an alarm on my phone fast enough. This instantly iconic match-up was reason enough for me to be sold, but then I got even more excited once I realized what the limited-edition flavor was.

Jeni’s describes the flavor — Strawberry Pretzel Pie — as “our ode to the Queen of Country and a throwback to the triple decker pie from the potlucks of our youths.” In case you’re unfamiliar, this retro treat, sometimes known as strawberry pretzel salad, is a no-bake dessert that features a pretzel crust base, a cream cheese filling, and a strawberry Jell-O topping. I’ve only ever tried it once — at a friend’s house when I was younger — but I remember being delighted by the mix of flavors and textures (and the fact that it was called a salad, but featured nary a lettuce leaf or carrot slice).

I was lucky enough to sample a pint before the launch and, guys: This ice cream is so, so special. The rich, tart cream cheese base serves as the perfect backdrop and complement to the bright, sweet strawberry sauce and salty, buttery pretzel “gravel” throughout. It really does taste like that strawberry pretzel salad of my youth — only better, of course, because it’s Jeni’s.

The pints were originally supposed to go on sale this past Thursday, but Jeni’s site crashed due to the surge in traffic. So lucky for you, there’s still time to order: Pints go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, April 15, at noon (ET). There are currently 5,000 pints available, and it’s a first-come, first-served basis (so set your alarms!). There’s also a two-pint limit. If you miss this drop, there will be a pre-order option for their second run later at 3 p.m., with an August ship date. This flavor benefits Dolly’s Imagination Library, a book gifting program that gives free books to children from birth to age five.

Whether you scoop one up in tomorrow’s sale or snag one in the pre-order, trust me when I say you do not want to miss out. My pint is already gone but I want it to know, in the eternal words of dear Dolly, “I will always love you.”

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