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Charlie’s Donut & Yogurt Truck

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Charlie's Donut & Yogurt Truck — Where to Go When Only Sweet Treats Will Do
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

At Charlie’s Donut & Yogurt Truck, they take their donut making seriously and wake up long before the break of dawn to fill up their case. As soon as their doors open, they get busy selling all their glazed and filled creations until the very last one leaves the truck. Even well after their donuts sell out, it’s well worth stopping by for ice cream, smoothies, and more.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Each day, well before the break of dawn, the crew at Charlie’s Donut & Yogurt Truck start frying up donuts by the ton. They take this task seriously, knowing that the line will start forming before they open the window to their quaint food truck. Despite their efforts at filling up the case to the brim, they always seem to sell out well before lunchtime arrives.

Their donuts come in all the most popular varieties, ranging from simple glazed delights to maple and bacon covered creations. Of all their options, their key lime filled donut gets the most attention, and for good reason. This decadent donut comes stuffed full of key lime cream and covered in a sweet, sugary glaze with just a hint of lime. They put just as much time and attention into creating their other flavors to ensure every bite is as good as the last.  

While you can just get a donut or two, it’s practically tradition to get a dozen and take them to the beach. They’re a great way to start the day and equally good as a mid-afternoon snack. It’s doubtful they’ll last until the next day, however. So, get ready to stand in line yet again.

Their most popular donut flavors include:

Maple Bacon
Sweet and savory come together perfectly in their Maple Bacon donut. They create this masterpiece by frying up their handmade dough until golden brown. Then, they flip it over and dip the top in a generous amount of maple glaze. Thick-cut bacon pieces go over the top, adding a salty kick and plenty of crunch to every bite.

Chocolate Covered Sprinkles
A true classic, the Chocolate Covered Sprinkles donut brings all your favorite flavors into the mix. This donut comes light and fluffy inside and in the traditional ring shape. They coat the top in a rich, chocolate glaze, and then immediately cover it in tons of sprinkles. You will definitely want to come back for more, so get a couple to enjoy, if not a full dozen.

Classic Glazed
Whether or not you arrive after everything else is sold out, you’ll never regret ordering their Classic Glazed donuts. This iconic treat lets the flavor and texture of the lightly sweet dough stand out while perfectly complementing it with a burst of sweetness. The glaze covers every square inch of the donut, making it as finger-licking good as you might expect.  

Longjohns Custard Filled
The Longjohns Custard Filled flavor takes the bar donut to the next level. They create this treat using their traditional dough, fry it up right, and then fill the middle with tons of custard. The top gets either maple or chocolate glaze that pairs perfectly with the custard inside.  

Since this donut truck is located just a couple of blocks from Alys Beach, don’t hesitate to return when it comes time to cool off. You’ll love to sip on their smoothies and nosh on their ice cream after spending the day exploring the sandy shores. With your icy treats in hand, you can lounge around at the amphitheater or stroll back to the beach to watch the sunset in style.

Insider Tips:
– If you want more than plain glazed donuts, get here right when they open at 7:00 am. Their most popular flavors run out fast, and the whole lot is usually long gone by 10 am.
– If you have kids in tow, turn your attention to the nearby splash pad to have some fun while working off all that sugary energy.