Post and Courier, The (Charleston, SC)

December 14, 2008
Section: HOME & GARDEN
Edition: FINAL
Page: D1

Charleston symbols: Presents that reflect historic city can provide lasting memories

By: Wevonneda Minis


Original Charleston Benne Wafers are sesame seed cookies with African roots and one of the Holy City’s best-known foods. Benne is said to be the Bantu word for sesame. The Olde Colony Bakery in Mount Pleasant, which makes about 3,000 pounds a week in December, is the main producer.

The bakery sells the wafers in various sizes at or by calling 216-3232. The wafers also can be purchased in a decorative 15-ounce tin at the Preservation Society of Charleston, 147 King St. for $12.99. Visit or call 722-4630.

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