MACKINAC ISLAND FUDGE FESTIVAL
Come celebrate Mackinac Island's famous sweet treat at the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival! This two day festival in mid-August features candymaking demonstrations, new flavor tastings, history of fudge, history of fudge on Mackinac Island, and talks about what makes our fudge so fresh tasty and delicious.
All of the fudge on the island is made fresh daily with real cream, butter, and only the finest natural ingredients. Many of the shops have been owned for generations and change their flavors from season to season. Some featured flavors from the past include: French Vanilla, Amaretto Chocolate Chip, Butter Pecan, Peanut Butter, Mint, Cherry, Maple Nut, Rum Nut, Rocky Road, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Nut and Plain Chocolate.
Murdick’s Fudge was the original candymaking shop on the island. It has been serving fresh homemade fudge, peanut brittle, chocolate nut clusters and bark since 1887. Many a touring family has enjoyed watching our expert fudge makers create over fifteen flavors of fudge and candies from fresh ingredients.
Other traditional fudge shops are Ryba’s, Sanders, and Joann's. For three years running, Ryba’s Fudge has been voted Michigan’s favorite fudge by The Detroit News. In addition to fudge, Ryba’s makes handmade caramel corn, caramel apples, and chocolates. Sanders is well know throughout the Midwest. When Fred Sanders opened the first Sanders store in June of 1875 with a barrel of borrowed sugar, a leased shop and a confectioner's dream, he had no idea what a legacy he would create. Sanders chocolates, candies, and fudge toppings are made from secret formulas by dedicated lifelong candy makers. Joann's Fudge is a third generation family business that is commited to providing high quality products using fresh ingredients - no artificial ingredients or preservatives. They offer 29 fantastic fudge flavors!