BY BRITTANY ROCK PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK TRAIL
Charlie’s Donut Truck is the perfect place for people who are on vacation in Alys Beach to ride their bikes to—and they do. The truck is located right behind the Amphitheater at Alys Beach and sits among other vending trucks parked in line. Alys Beach is a beautiful place, so naturally, Charlie’s Donut Truck has a friendly, inviting atmosphere. The cute blue truck sits stationary and serves a variety of over one dozen donuts. This spot is very family-friendly.
When I arrived at 8 a.m., there were families lined up at the window, eager to get their donuts. The owner and namesake, Charlie MIngus, greeted me from one of the truck windows and invited us inside. He is a bright-eyed, kind man who is genuinely happy and enthusiastically shares the story of Charlie’s Donut Truck—the past, present and future. No wonder frequent visitors to the area make it a point to stop at the donut truck a few times during their vacation. Charlie’s Donut Truck has been in business for over nine years. All donuts are hand-rolled in Charlie’s bakery in Bonifay, Florida which has been in operation for 12 years. Charlie met his business partner, John Smith, through fate.
A friendly conversation that ended-up covering the topic of “donuts” turned into a business partnership that has lasted longer than a decade and has every intention of sticking around a while. The business is veteran owned-and-operated. To the right of the truck, multiple covered picnic tables provide a place to escape the sun and enjoy a sugar-filled breakfast. I sat down with a variety of donuts—all were made from an old recipe that is kept secret. Charlie’s business partner learned how to make donuts while in Germany. Options to choose from are: cinnamon roll, twist, long john with custard, Holland cream-filled, glazed, chocolate glazed, cookies and- cream, sprinkles, apple-filled bear claw, coconut cream key lime, raspberry filled, sour cream, blueberry, red velvet, blueberry filled and maple bacon. Naturally, I went for the chocolate glazed with sprinkles and it did not disappoint.
I also tried the Holland cream filled and loved it. The donut truck currently sits without a motor and is the store front for the business—Alys Beach will be expanding on this current attraction and is planning on building a physical restaurant location a short distance from where the truck sits. The truck will then be converted into a piece of décor for the future restaurant. Charlie’s Donut Truck 63 Somerset Street, Alys Beach, FL 32461 Open from 6:30 a.m. until noon or until the Donuts run out.
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