Benne Wafers

Let’s take a Bite into History

Over 300 years ago, West Africans were taken from their home country and forced into slavery, they managed to bring a very small amount of “sesame” seeds with them. Only a few handfuls made the journey but it was considered very lucky. They used the seeds for may things including breads and the oil was used for cooking. They actually introduced the sesame seed into the Charleston area for the first time and it was considered very lucky.

They named the sesame plant “Benne Plant” because “Benne” was the West African word for good luck. The recipe for Benne Wafers began to spread and it is known that when plantation owners had large parties, their guests were sent home with some for good luck. Today, people that are traveling, continue this tradition by taking home these lucky cookies when they depart.


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Saturday & Sunday: Closed


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140 Hemphill Ct.
Summerville, SC 29483


188 Meeting Street

Charleston, Sc 29401
Table #37, Building 3

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