Press Room

We’ve saved some of the nice things said about us on tv, print, and online. We’ve even saved some of your nice comments. If you’d like to share your kind words, we’d love to hear it. Send us a comment on the Contact Us page and let us know if we can publish your feedback!

Garden & Gun Magazine: Charleston City Portrait

Just discovered this little gem from one of our favorite magazines, Garden & Gun. We even love that they spilled the beans on our cream bread. While Benne Wafers may be our most popular cookie nationwide, we do enjoy making our cream bread and couldn’t be more proud of its use in the greater Charleston area. Whether it’s with ham, beef tenderloin, pimento cheese, or even plain, our cream bread is a nostalgic, traditional recipe that we hope to continue for many years to come!

Olde Colony Bakery — This bakery may have invented the Charleston benne wafer, but insiders know its cream bread is standard fare at any proper Charleston function. No self-respecting ham would grace a mahogany dining table without it.



Thinking inside the box: Retail subscriptions gain following in Charleston

Recently, the Post and Courier wrote an arrticle about the prevalence of subscription box services in the Charleston area.

We enjoy working with both Charleston Epicurean and Batch. Not only is the subscription box idea great, but both are so nice to work with! If you’re looking for a shippable gift basket idea, see them!

Batch CharlestonCharleston Epicurean

Charleston Epicurean recently sent out the August box – its fourth so far – to about 100 subscribers. It featured locally made products such as dried okra chips from Charleston Sweet Gourmet, pecan “sandies” from Olde Colony Bakery and cheese grits from Palmetto Farms.

USA Today – Only In Charleston: Benne Wafers

We were recently featured on the USA Today website for their only in Charleston travel guide.

Any Charlestonian can tell you what a benne wafer is. Named for the seeds that the enslaved Africans brought with them from their homeland, this quintessentially Charleston souvenir is widely available in local grocery stores and gourmet shops. The plant, which we know as sesame, yields a tiny seed now processed for its oil. Slightly larger than a quarter, flat benne wafers are more sweet than savory, with a nutty note from the benne seeds.

Thanks for the shout out and we do love to share a classic Charleston treat!

Southern Hospitality: Charleston Tote by Southern Weddings

Southern Weddings Magazine

February 29, 2012 by Sierra

I.Benne Wafers from Olde Colony Bakery. No hospitality tote would be complete without Benne Wafers. Benne, which means sesame, was brought from East Africa and planted extensively throughout the South. These sweet and salty wafers have been unique to the Low Country since colonial times. They are delicious and buttery! ($3.99 for a 5 oz. bag)

Charleston Symbols

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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Southern Weddings Magazine

February 6, 2012  we were featured on Southern Weddings Magazine website in a post about about Benne Wafers.

Excerpt –

“An additional detail for brides? According to Bantu folklore, eating the benne wafer is said to bring good luck; I think the luck alone is a perfect reason to serve this yummy treat at a wedding! (Well that, and its fabulous Southern history!) These sweet little cookies would also be perfect as a wedding favor or tucked into a welcome bag.”

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American Profile

Olde Colony Bakery was recently mentioned in American Profile. American Profile is a weekly, four-color magazine that celebrates hometown American life.

“South Carolina – Since 1940, Olde Colony Bakery in Mount Pleasant (pop 47,609) has sold benne wafers, a regional thin cookie made with sesame seeds. Benne, or sesame, was brought to the South from Africa during the slave-trade era in the 17th century. Legend has it that eating benne brings good luck.”

Vivian G., West Palm Beach, FL

“What a huge hit! When I have company throughout the year, we are able to put out a wonderful assortment of goodies! They are gone quickly and always with many aahs and yums!!! You do a wonderful job!”

Allen G., New York, NY

“Benne Wafers have been a part of my family for as long as I can remember. As soon as I taste the first one…it is like taking a special trip home again!”