Ballentine is the home of a “sweet” new business, with quite an attention-grabbing name. Chickenbutt Donuts, located at 2130B Dutch Fork Road, held their soft opening Thursday. Customers continued to pile in throughout the day to see and taste the donuts.
Owners Trey and Sue Dabney opened the shop because they wanted to go into their own business, according to Trey. “And we wanted to add something to Chapin and Ballentine. So we tossed around some ideas and eventually landed on trying donuts,” he said. Trey and Sue originally ordered one donut maker from Ebay and taught themselves how to make them.
Although they sold out of two of their donut flavors on day one, normally they will have five different donut batter flavors including chocolate, vanilla, blueberry, and red velvet. Orders can be made for individual donuts, a half dozen, or a full dozen.
Customers can choose different glazes like chocolate, maple, caramel, or original. Then there are drizzle flavors including raspberry, chocolate, maple, key lime, buttercream, lemon, caramel and peanut butter. Finally, toppings like sprinkles, Oreo cookies, m&ms, fruity pebbles, or pecans can be added as a final touch. There is even a bacon topping for their maple-bacon donut.
The Dabneys said the name of their store tends to spark peoples’ interest, and they understand why. Trey said it’s just what they decided to go with after throwing out different ideas. “Ever since I was a child I’ve heard ‘guess what, chicken butt,’ so when we were trying to pick a name, that’s what we went with,” he laughed.
Chickenbutt Donuts is currently open from 6 a.m. from 9 p.m., although their future hours of operation have not yet been posted on their Facebook page.