MACKINAC ISLAND FUDGE FESTIVAL

 

Come celebrate Mackinac Island's famous sweet treat at the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival! This two day festival at the end of August features fudge-making demonstrations, new flavor tastings, family games and more! 

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. Some featured flavors 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 family has enjoyed watching the expert fudge makers create over fifteen flavors of fudge and candies from fresh ingredients.

Other traditional fudge shops are Ryba’s, Sanders, May's, Joann's and Kilwin's. In addition to fudge, Ryba’s makes handmade caramel corn, caramel apples, and chocolates. Ryba's also makes a nut-free fudge for those with nut allergies. 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! May's Candy Shop makes traditional fudge and candies from family recipes with a process handed down for generations adding new modern flavors. Kilwin's has a proud heritage of providing customers with high quality candies and products in a nostalgic Americana setting.