How Far Do Chillie Bears Roam?

chillie“The secret to Chillie Bears is you have to work with them,” says the clerk at Seafood Alley, one of the last local joints to still offer the frozen treat. Seafood Alley sometimes deviates from the traditional recipe (which calls for nothing but Kool-Aid) and freezes pineapple juice, but the rules are the same.

“You have to use your teeth,” the clerk explains.

Chillie Bears’ secrets don’t end there, though. The history and reach of the iced snack — and the underground economy surrounding it — are largely undocumented.

“Every neighborhood had a lady who sold them,” says Brandon Myers, the 31-year old owner of Seafood Alley. Although he describes himself as “out of the loop,” he suspects the practice has dwindled away since he was a boy. “Charleston has changed so much.” Continue reading

Pancakes and Putting for an Extra Sweet Halloween

Nobody should be starved for sugar on Oct. 31, but at least two area businesses are offering additional Halloween treats.

Pancake giant IHOP is marking the holiday by offering a free buttermilk pancake with fixings to children aged 12 or under. The “scary face” pancake comes with whipped cream, strawberry glaze, cookies and candy corn for decorating purposes.  Although it’s only free on Halloween, the DIY pancake platter will be listed on the children’s menu throughout October.

At Blackbeard’s Cove in Mt. Pleasant, the miniature golf course is now decorated in “a kid-friendly Halloween theme.” The course costs $10 to play, and admission includes a bag of candy and scoop of ice cream.