Chef Max Santiago

Chef Max Santiago’s Sweet Alchemy Confectionary

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.


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.

Sweet Alchemy Confectionary
Future home of 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.


Sweet Alchemy Confectionary Menu
Sweet Alchemy Confectionary Menu


Original Glazed
Original Glazed
Hibiscus + Blueberry Donut
Hibiscus + Blueberry
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Donut
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Banana Fritter Donut with Chifles Chips
Banana Fritter Donut with Chifles Chips
Tiramisu Donut
Alchemy Cream Pie Donut
Alchemy Cream Pie

Where to find them:

Sweet Alchemy Confectionary
4101 Davie Road
Davie, Florida


*In the spirt of full disclosure, Max and I are childhood friends. He invited me over to try his donuts.