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Carolina Cider Company

81 Charleston Highway, Yemassee, SC - (843) 846-1899
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/3/2003 4:52:00 AM
Looking to slake thirst on the way to Parris Island, we stopped in the Carolina Cider Company and drank ourselves silly. Not on anything alcoholic, mind you, but on the squeezin's of Muscadine grapes to be sure, as well as of apples, cherries, and peaches. This little shop by the side of the road specializes in juices made from local fruits ... as well as dozens of other products that reflect the Lowcountry's rich harvest.

It's a tiny place inside, the shelves and tables crowded with jellies and jams, fruit syrups, pickled okra and hot chow chow, black-eyed pea relish, and praline mustard glaze. Other available groceries include she-crab soup by the can, grits and rice by the half-pound bag, boxes of pecans, and bags of benne wafers. Two kinds of boiled peanuts are available -- warm, of course -- for snacking right away: regular and Cajun-spiced.

Guests are invited to sip complimentary little cups of whichever ciders they think they might like. And if you are traveling light, there's a small mail-order brochure available so that any of these regional treats can be ordered and shipped home.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Peach Cider (half-gallon)
Boiled Peanuts
Muscadine Grape Cider
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Pure cider -- no sugar added -- is available year around from the Carolina Cider Company.
"Pure cider -- no sugar added -- is available year around from the Carolina Cider Company."
Michael Stern





Cherry and Muscadine grape cider were featured attractions when we drove by in late September.
"Cherry and Muscadine grape cider were featured attractions when we drove by in late September."
Michael Stern


Mini-pecan pie
"Mini-pecan pie"
BSamuelson


Mini-blueberry crumb pie
"Mini-blueberry crumb pie"
BSamuelson


On the porch outside the store, these rockers look like an excellent place to sip a jug of cider and snack on boiled peanuts.
"On the porch outside the store, these rockers look like an excellent place to sip a jug of cider and snack on boiled peanuts."
Michael Stern


We didn't see much more to the town of Yemassee than this cider store. Heading south on Highway 17, it's just before the turnoff for Parris Island.
"We didn't see much more to the town of Yemassee than this cider store. Heading south on Highway 17, it's just before the turnoff for Parris Island."
Michael Stern



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