Fudge and Mackinac Island are synonymous and with good reason. The sweet and creamy treat has been a staple on this timeless and picturesque Michigan Island for more than a century. While Mackinac Island doesn’t claim to have created fudge, it certainly has been perfected on Mackinac Island.
Fudge making began as Mackinac Island transitioned from a wealthy fur trading post to a famous summer resort. In 1887, as resorts were being planned and constructed, Mackinac's first candy shop, Murdick's Candy Kitchen, opened. It was here that the marble table was first used to make fudge, a process which gave the fudge a unique texture and also provided a great show for visitors.
Today, Mackinac Island is home to seven different fudge confectioners with several locations of each on the island.
• Joann’s Fudge
• May’s Candy Shops
• Murdick’s Fudge Mackinac Island
• Murray Hotel Fudge Company
• Ryba’s Fudge
• Sander’s Candy
• Velvet | A Candy Store
Take a tasty tour on Sunday, June 16 as Mackinac Island celebrates National Fudge Day! Find your favorites among the shops. And, don’t forget to return to Mackinac Island in August to celebrate the sweet sensation that is fudge during the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival, August 23-24, 2013.