Krispy Kreme Partners With Dolly Parton Following Cancellation of Future Public Appearances

Dolly Parton
Credit: Crackle

Beloved country music legend Dolly Parton has unexpectedly disappeared from the public eye, but her incredibly savvy eye for business will never stop, no matter what. Even though we might not be seeing the 78-year-old songstress performing anytime in the near future, Parton is reportedly partnering with a strangely controversial fast food chain amidst her private time.

The Miracle of Dolly Parton

Arguably, Dolly Parton may be the most revered and adored living individual in pop music, and rightfully so. Famously, the singer began life as one of 12 children in an impoverished Tennessee family, a background she has frequently immortalized in radio hits like “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad).”

She moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music the day after graduating high school, initially working as a songwriter for other performers. Eventually, she landed a spot on The Porter Wagoner Show, which eventually led to her emergence as a solo artist and the composition of one of her greatest hits, “I Will Always Love You.”

Related: Final Notice: Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s Theme Park, Suspends All Operations Without Refund

Since then, Dolly Parton has written literally thousands of songs, scored hundreds of hits, starred in movies, and TV shows, performed alongside younger pop stars like her goddaughter Miley Cyrus, and permanently established herself as one of the great icons of pop culture.

At the same time, she became an accomplished entrepreneur, opening the Dollywood theme park, the Splash Country water park, Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, and a renowned philanthropist. In particular, Dolly Parton is known for the Dolly Foundation, which promotes childhood literacy and currently has nearly two million children enrolled and receiving free books. She was also an essential element in the funding of the COVID-19 vaccine, just in case anyone needs any more reasons why she’s a legend.

‘Southern Sweets’

Although Dolly Parton is primarily known as an artist and a philanthropist, it must be noted that she has always been partial to synergistic branding. Over the decades of her career, she has cashed in with branded products like the Duncan Hines: Dolly Parton Baking Collection and partnered with home collection makers like Lodge Cast Iron, Lifetime Brands, and Mainstream International to use her image.

Logo of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts featuring stylized red text on a white banner background, surrounded by a green border.
Credit: Krispy Kreme

Related: Major U.S. Theme Park Announces Closure After Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Death

New reports say her latest branded venture is a collaboration with the beloved but frequently weirdly controversial Krispy Kreme for a Dolly Parton-themed “Southern Sweets Doughnut Collection.” Food blogger Markie Devo revealed promotional art for the collection on Instagram:

The post’s caption reads:

At this point, Dolly for president✊🏻💁‍♀️ Krispy Kreme teamed up with Dolly Parton for a “Southern Sweets Doughnut Collection”. The collection features 4 doughnuts and a Chiller. Doughnuts:: -Chocolate Crème Pie -Banana Puddin’ Pie -Peachy Keen Cobbler -Dolly Dazzler Chiller:: -Peachy Keen Lemonade This launches on May 14th at participating Krispy Kreme locations nationwide.

Given her propensity for partnering with sweet treat brands, it is not surprising that Dolly Parton would collaborate with a major doughnut company. However, Krispy Kreme has an odd history of inciting controversies, from the time it accidentally included a vile racial slur in an ad campaign to the revelation that its owners had admitted ties to Nazi slave labor.

However, despite that, it seems that Krispy Kreme is pretty good at working with other major brands, whether it is McDonald’s, Disney, or Dolly Parton herself.

UPDATE: Dolly Parton herself has confirmed the new Krispy Kreme collaboration with a social media post:

It’s showtime! 🪩 Introducing my all-NEW Dolly Parton Southern Sweets x Krispy Kreme Doughnut Collection, featuring FOUR flavors that will make you sing 🎶:

Dolly Dazzler – an Original Glazed® Doughnut dipped in strawberry icing, with gold, pink and white glitter sprinkles and a signature chocolate Dolly butterfly piece.

Peachy Keen Cobbler – an unglazed doughnut filled with real peach filling, dipped in brown sugar icing and crunchy cobbler topping.

Banana Puddin’ – an unglazed doughnut filled with banana pudding made with wafers and banana pudding KREME, dipped in yellow icing, with white icing swirls and wafer cookie pieces.

Chocolate Crème Pie – an Original Glazed® doughnut topped with a swirl of chocolate brownie cream and vanilla whipped topping, sprinkled with chocolate cookie crumble.

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Which Dolly Parton Krispy Kreme flavor sounds best to you? Give us your thoughts in the comments below!

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Nathan Kamal is a Chicago-based writer and comic, who enjoys cooking, hanging out with his cat, and seeing as many movies as possible.

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