After an over three-year hiatus in South Florida due to a non-compete with the company he co-founded, Chef Max Santiago is back at it with Sweet Alchemy Confectionary.
More recently, you may know *Max as the founder, partner & chef of Batch Cookie Company. Nationally you might remember when he won first place the Cooking Channels’ Sugar Showdown. He was a semi-finalist in Food Network’s Best Baker in America where he inexplicably did a cartwheel to celebrate early on.
Max is partnering with the owners of the Flashback Diner for this new venture. His two most recent high profile consulting gigs were for the over the top Sugar Factory and Tim Hortons, a more traditional donut shop based out of Canada.
THE FUTURE HOME
They are currently doing pop-ups out of the Flashback Diner in Davie every Saturday and Sunday until the building next door is ready for Sweet Alchemy Confectionary.
Once the permanent location is open, it will feature ice cream (half of which will be liquor-infused) in addition to the donuts.
There will be a box full of favorites with one rotating flavor that will change weekly for the time being.
The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough donut is a vegan and gluten-free option. The vanilla almond cake donut is baked and stuffed with chocolate chip cookies then topped with a cookie dough frosting. I’m not averse to eating any food that is vegan or gluten-free, and this donut could change the mind of the staunchest donut purist.
My favorite of the donuts I sampled was not even the Original Glazed (which I loved) but the ethereal Cheese Cake Donut Holes. Damn, those were good.
So, there you have it, Chef Max Santiago is back. If the lines around the building are any indication of what’s to come, I’d suggest camping out overnight to make sure you can get some of these killer donuts.
Where to find them:
Sweet Alchemy Confectionary
4101 Davie Road
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Chef Max Santiago continues to next level the donut game with Sweet Alchemy Confectionary, his new partnership with the folks from the Flashback Diner. https://t.co/FtWlYsrfq0— Burger Beast (@BurgerBeast) May 25, 2020
*In the spirt of full disclosure, Max and I are childhood friends. He invited me over to try his donuts.