Have a sweet tooth that just won’t die? Doing some traveling through the Palmetto State? Well, you’re in luck. Because South Carolina happens to be home to some of the best donut shops in the region. Whether you prefer to keep things traditional or you like to try crazy and unique flavors, these South Carolina donut shops will have your mouth watering from the time you step in the door.
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Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts, Charleston
Whether you’re in the “donut” camp or the “doughnut” camp, everyone will agree that Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts in Charleston has some of the most unique flavors around. There are sweet concoctions like birthday cake, almond biscotti, raspberry Nutella, s’mores and tiramisu. Savory flavors like sweet potato, cheddar apple pie and the Monte Cristo. As well as some combinations that combine sweet and savory like sweet corn blueberry, blue cheese cabernet and green tea sesame. Of course, they have a few old-fashioned favorites too for the traditionalists like glazed and chocolate with sprinkles. Plus, all their doughnuts are made with all-natural, house-made ingredients including the dough, glazes and fillings.
Rainbow Donuts, York
Although Rainbow Donuts in York is rather unassuming to look at from the outside, it has quickly become a favorite with both locals and travelers just passing through. Here, you’ll find a wide selection of donuts including two popular picks – the red velvet donut and the bear claw, as well as a unique variety of other food including hamburgers, hot dogs, sub sandwiches, fried chicken and even Asian food!
Murray's Donuts, Sumter
The folks at Murray’s Donuts are all about freshness. In fact, as the sign out front claims, their donuts are so fresh, “they should have their faces slapped.” You may not find a lot of outlandish flavors here, but you will find delicious classics like raspberry filled, Bavarian cream, chocolate glazed and coconut. They also have a drive-thru window so you can get your donut fix on the go if you don’t have time to stop.
Peace, Love and Little Donuts, Myrtle Beach
What started out as a mistake by the owner of Peace, Love and Little Donuts, ended up becoming their unique signature – a donut that was much smaller than the average-sized donut, yet still loaded with big flavors. This quirky donut shop offers three different collections of donuts: Groovy – which includes basics like plain, cinnamon and powdered sugar; Far Out – donuts with icing in flavors like chocolate, strawberry, banana and mocha; and Funkadelic – their uniquely flavored donuts like blueberry pancake, salted pretzel, Fruity Pebbles and Snick Jagger. You can grab a regular assorted dozen or a “Disco Dozen” which includes 4 donuts from each collection!
Sunny's Donuts, Gaffney
If you’re headed to Gaffney to see the famous “Peachoid” or even if you’re just passing through, you’ll want to make a stop at Sunny’s Donuts. This quaint little shop uses family recipes to make all their donuts from scratch and offers both traditional-flavored donuts like iced, jelly filled and sprinkled, and more unique flavors like Fruity Pebbles and Fruit Loops, as well as bear claws, apple fritters, eclairs, crullers and giant cinnamon rolls.
Donut Connection, Goose Creek
Donut Connection is pretty simple and straightforward in their mission – to offer delicious coffee and fresh donuts to their customers. In addition to their popular donut holes, they also offer a variety of filled donuts, ring donuts, chocolate cake donuts and white cake donuts. But that’s not all. You can also a bagel, muffin, cookie or one of a whole assortment of other baked goods including croissants, Danishes, sticky buns, turnovers and fritters.
The Donut Experiment, Greenville
The Donut Experiment in Greenville lets you create your own crazy donut concoctions by starting with a warm cake donut that’s made right in front of you and then letting you choose how you want to dress it up. You can choose six different icings and a variety of toppings like Oreos, bacon, sea salt, candy bars and sprinkles. You can also order a specialty donut like key lime pie or Sriracha, and get a hot or cold coffee drink to wash it all down.
Rise Biscuits & Donuts, Greenville
Why decide between a biscuit or donut for breakfast when you can have both at Rise Biscuits & Donuts in Greenville. Choose from a variety of savory biscuit sandwiches including bacon, sausage, fried chicken or fried green tomato for a vegetarian option, and then grab yourself a donut for dessert. They’ve got traditional favorites like glazed, iced and sprinkled, as well as a couple unique flavors like maple bacon and crème brulee.