People Are Selling Listeria-Tainted Blue Bell Ice Cream Online

Craigslist ads have popped up for pints of the recalled ice cream listed for as much as $10,000 a pint

How desperate can you be for some ice cream that you’d pay serious bucks for quasi-contaminated goods?

Have you ever been so desperate for ice cream that you’d put your own health and credit card debt at risk just for a pint of frozen goodness? We didn’t think so. But when Blue Bell ice cream recalled their entire line of products due to a listeria scare that resulted in three deaths and several hospital visits, it didn’t take long for the contaminated ice cream to hit Craigslist.

There have been several sightings of Blue Bell ice cream pints posted on Craigslist and other forums for as much as $10,000 a pint (that’s $625 an ounce!) to capitalize on people desperate to get a taste of Blue Bell’s famous Krazy Kookie Dough ice cream. Since word got out about the frozen black market, eBay put a stop to it and has since removed any Blue Bell ice cream listings on its site.

One of the listings on Craigslist (for $500 a pint) read, “I have half a tub of Blue bell Homemade Vanilla flavor ice cream left. No listeria (I ate the first half and I’m still here). I am willing to sample the Blue Bell in front of legitimate buyers.”

If you’re interested on getting your hands on some guaranteed listeria-free ice cream, you’ll have to wait quite a while, according to Blue Bell’s listeria situation update on May 8.


“So far we have collected approximately 8 million gallons of ice cream, and this phase of the product recall is now complete,” the statement says. “Unfortunately, our training and repair efforts will take longer than we initially anticipated. We don't have a firm timeline for when we will be back, but it will be several months at a minimum.”