Charlie's Donuts is a destination

Charlie's Donuts
Deborah Wheeler/The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 03:13 PM.

Every morning beginning around daylight, the line forms in Alys Beach .

In the early morning hours, it's mostly a line of dads who were given their list the night before and are now dutifully following through on their assignment. The moms with youngsters in tow and bikini-clad teens will come later. The dads, with their list in their fists, though, will be adored like a king when they arrive back at their house with sacks full of the revered Charlie's Donuts.

"Besides having the best donuts anywhere, people on vacation make a point to return year after year and take their kid's picture in front of the truck. It's like a destination. One woman was going to enter her kid's pictures taken in front of the truck in a Best Vacation Picture contest," said co-owner Charlie Mingus with a chuckle. "We have had 55 people in line at one time!"

This is pretty good for a former little white Sunbeam bread truck with an awning set in a not-readily noticed section of Alys Beach .

The truck opens its windows every morning at 6 a.m. to a line that formed earlier and has been patiently waiting.

But those eager for the tasty treats knew they must get there early because the donuts aren't made onsite, but trucked in that morning from a kitchen in Bonifay, and once they are gone, they are gone. And that usually happens by 10 or 11 a.m.

"We don't keep anything overnight," said Mingus. "Everything is made fresh daily by hand, the old-fashioned way."

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