OUR DONUT                      OUR STORY


This story began in 2016. A dapper and handsome retiree with a quick smile recognized a need within the community of Emerald Isle, NC and sought to fill it. But, unlike other donut makers, Denis didn't settle for any ordinary donut. He dug deep into the history of donuts to uncover the finest time-honored recipe. He didn't find it the first year, or the second...and that's how he learned that sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper. Now, in 2021, Denis invites you to taste and enjoy the lightest, fluffiest, best-tasting donut you ever tasted. The key is potato flour. Sweeter than wheat flour and without gluten,   potato-based donuts have been delighting donut connoisseurs for years. The Flip Flops Donuts formulation brings the historic potato-based flour flavor into the 21st century and will wow anyone with a flair for taste. (Don't just take Denis' word. Listen to Toby's testimonial on the Home page.) As a result, Flip Flops Donuts are the favorite breakfast food and snack food option for locals and the tens of thousands vacationers who visit Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast every year.


Do you believe flavor matters?

If so, you've come to the right place. Flip Flops Donuts  are crafted from a recipe lovingly perfected over decades, in conjunction with the finest minds in the pastry industry, using smiles as our benchmark for success. Our Flip Flops Donuts contain the finest, freshest ingredients, for a homemade taste you'll always crave.​  Flip Flops Donuts follows 100 year old, original recipes mixing and blending high quality, specially blended flours, pure vegetable shortening,  and rich spices selected from among the world’s best.

An all vegetable (soy) frying shortening is used along with the very finest confectioners' ingredients for icings, glazes and toppings. 

The world of donuts is divided into two camps: cake and raised. (You could also argue that there are two more camps: doughnut and donut.) If you don’t know the difference between the two types of fried cakes, here’s a quick primer.

Cake and raised donuts contain many of the same ingredients. However, their structural differences arise from the type of flour and leavening agent used. In cake donuts, cake flour is used, and the resulting donut is denser because cake flour has a relatively low gluten content of about 7 to 8 percent. In raised donuts, a flour with a higher gluten content of about 9 to 12 percent is used, resulting in a donut that is lighter and more airy. In addition, raised donuts utilize yeast as a leavening agent. Specifically, yeast cells are thoroughly distributed throughout the dough and begin to feed on the sugar that is present. Carbon dioxide gas is generated, which raises the dough, making it light and porous. Whereas this process is biological, the leavening process in cake donuts is chemical. In cake donuts, the most common leavening agent is baking powder. Baking powder is essentially baking soda with acid added. This neutralizes the base and produces more CO2 according to the following equation: NaHCO3 + H+ → Na+ + H2O + CO2.


Our yeast donuts come in four shapes. The first is a ring which is always glazed. The second is the Bismark which is filled with jelly or creme and rolled in sugar. The third is our cinnamon roll and the fourth is our fruit fritter. Both of these have cinnamon rolled into the dough and both are finished with a vanilla glaze.

Our cake donut comes in two shapes. The first is a ring which may be vanilla, chocolate, blueberry, pumpkin or apple cake. These donuts have a soft, cake-like interior and a slightly crunchy exterior. Cake ring donuts are almost always glazed and iced and coated with toppings like rainbow sprinkles, cereal and cookie. The second is a long john and in our store that is our classic maple bacon donut.


The world of donuts may be divided into two camps but at Flip Flops Donut Shop we hand make both yeast and cake donuts...DAILY!!

Come and enjoy our donuts at our store centrally located in Emerald Isle at  7702 Emerald Drive (between Live Oak and Cedar Streets, across the street from the EMS. We open at 7AM on the days we have fresh donuts for sale.