Mackinac Island Vacation Lodging and Recreation

Mackinac Island Fudge – The Best Fudge on Earth

While fudge was not invented on Mackinac Island, it most certainly – and most deliciously – was perfected here.

For over a century a distinguished line of candy makers on Mackinac Island have worked their magic on marble slabs and created a treat so sweet and creamy that it embodies the essence of bliss.

An enthusiastic fan recently posted on our facebook page: “the fudge from Mackinac Island is the Best Fudge on Earth“. We agree.

Mackinac island has an abundance of fudge shops that share the tradition of making delectable fudge and other sweet treats. Murdick’s Fudge… Joann’s Fudge.. Ryba’s Fudge Shops… May’s Candy Shop… Murray Hotel Fudge Shop..

Who makes YOUR favorite Mackinac Island fudge?

Featured Mackinac Island Fudge Shops

Original Murdick’s Fudge
Mackinac Island’s rich history and glorious natural beauty have drawn millions of visitors for decades. The original on Mackinac Island since 1887, Murdick’s has been serving fresh homemade fudge, peanut brittle and confections from the finest ingredients. Bring the whole family and watch our expert fudge makers create over fifteen flavors of fudge and candies [...] more...

Joann’s Fudge
Every batch of our authentic Mackinac Island fudge begins the old fashioned way, with lots of fresh cream and butter. Our fudge is made fresh daily with absolutely no artificial ingredients or preservatives. So bring a little bit of Mackinac to your home today! We have 29 fantastic flavors to chose from! Be sure to check out [...] more...

May’s Candy Shop
Greetings from May’s Candy Shop on Mackinac Island, Michigan. We make and sell a variety of fudge and candies: from Super Double Chocolate to Coconut Fudge, and unique candies like English Toffee and our popular Pecan Rolls. We make over 14 fudge flavors! All of the candy we make are from our very own family recipes. [...] more...

Ryba’s Fudge Shops
On Michigan’s world-renowned Mackinac Island, the sweet aroma of fudge wafts out onto the street from three unique Ryba’s Fudge Shops. Passerby’s of the Mall Store on Mackinac Island stop in their tracks to watch through the window as our confectionary artists pour the molten hot liquid onto the marble and work it into a loaf [...] more...

Sanders On Mackinac
Located on beautiful Mackinac Island. Sanders offers the original bumpy cake, cream puff sundae’s and milk chocolate hot fudge topping, premium ice cream, creamy fudge, caramel apples, specialty chocolates, and the list goes on… Sanders still follows the simple standards of using the finest quality ingredients in all of their Chocolates, Candies and Fudge Toppings. Fred [...] more...

Murray Hotel Fudge Shop
Open from May through October. Made fresh daily in the Murray fudge kitchen. Innovative new flavors each season to tantalize your taste buds. Try s’mores, blueberry cheesecake, vanilla chocolate chip, heath, tiger, heavenly goo, coconut bon-bon, butterfinger and carmel apple pie. Order by phone, gift packages available. Located in the Murray Hotel downtown. Mail order fudge is available May [...] more...

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Mackinac Island Fudge Festival – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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Fudge, heated in a copper kettle is poured onto the marble slab and allowed to cool and thicken at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
Carnel uses a long paddle to stir and smooth the fudge as it cools on the marble slab at Original Murdick's Fudge.
Aaron works the mixture around the table with a large paddle at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island
Carnel shapes the fudge into a long loaf to the delight of mesmerized audience inside the shop and outside the window at Original Murdick's Fudge.
Another pour of a fresh batch of Mackinac Island Fudge at Original Murdick's Fudge.
Original Murdick's Fudge
Aaron heats the fudge in the large copper kettle at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
Fudge begins to cool at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
This a a batch of penuche pecan fudge that Aaron is slicing in front of a audience of onlookers at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
A sign displaying the variety of flavors of fudge at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
The loaf of fudge is cut into slices ready to place in the display window at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
A wide variety of slices of fudge at May's Candy Shop.
Slabs of fudge at Original Murdick's Fudge
Pouring a fresh batch of fudge at May's Candy Shop
Ryba's Fudge Shops
Ryba's Fudge Shops
Pink Pony Fudge Martini - Stop in the Pink Pony from 3-5pm Friday & Saturday for a specialty Pink Pony Fudge Martini! Serving this specialty beverage with Original Murdick's Fudge and Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island in honor of the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival this weekend!
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National Fudge Day Photo Gallery – June 16 (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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Mackinac Island Fudge – Photos From Instagram

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Instagram post 17864337641157286 Peeking through the fall colors at the majestic Mackinac Bridge 🍂 🧡 🍂⁠

Peeking through the fall colors at the majestic Mackinac Bridge 🍂 🧡 🍂⁠ ...

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Instagram post 17869092695081181 After the little stone church and as we moved forward, our carriage guide pointed us to Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence. 
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Did you know? It’s a three story house. Mansion actually. The house was originally purchased for $15,000 and has hosted multiple significant overnight guests, including presidents Harry Truman, Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush!
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📍Lawrence A. Young Cottage, Mackinac Island, MI 🇺🇸 
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After the little stone church and as we moved forward, our carriage guide pointed us to Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence. . Did you know? It’s a three story house. Mansion actually. The house was originally purchased for $15,000 and has hosted multiple significant overnight guests, including presidents Harry Truman, Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush! . . . 📍Lawrence A. Young Cottage, Mackinac Island, MI 🇺🇸 . . . #lawrencecottage #governershouse #mackinacisland #mackinacislandlife #mackinacislandfabric #mackinacislandfudge #mackinacislandstatepark #mackinacislandlilacfestival #mackinacislandmichigan #mackinacislandcarriagetours #mackinacislandtourism #mackinacislandhorses #mackinacislandphotography #mackinacislandphotographer #mackinacisland2020 #mackinacislandferry #mackinacislandbound #mackinacislandblogger #mrshutterup #visitmackinacisland #puremichigan #michigantourism #michigantourist #michigantourists #travelmichigan #travelmichigan2020 #roadtrip2020 #traveltheusa #michiganusa #michiganphotography ...

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Instagram post 17871632203791766 Mackinac Island is known for its delicious fudge and the yummy smell from the shops just draw you in! In addition to multiple fudge stores there are a number of quaint little shops offering a variety of handmade and unique gifts. My favorite store on the island was poppinsonmackinac ❤️ they had great items and the staff was wonderful!

Mackinac Island is known for its delicious fudge and the yummy smell from the shops just draw you in! In addition to multiple fudge stores there are a number of quaint little shops offering a variety of handmade and unique gifts. My favorite store on the island was poppinsonmackinac ❤️ they had great items and the staff was wonderful! ...

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Instagram post 18075644980127605 If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be? 🍽 Without a doubt I’m choosing pasta 🍝 .
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Being less than four square miles, you might be wondering if mackinacisle has enough food options to satisfy your taste palate during a long weekend. Fear not, you'll be surprised to learn that the island is a foodie’s paradise offering something for all tastes and budgets (including the best pasta I’ve ever had at Chianti missionpointresort)! NEW on the blog I’m dishing up all my favorite restaurants and sweet treats [🔗Link in bio]
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If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be? 🍽 Without a doubt I’m choosing pasta 🍝 . . . Being less than four square miles, you might be wondering if mackinacisle has enough food options to satisfy your taste palate during a long weekend. Fear not, you'll be surprised to learn that the island is a foodie’s paradise offering something for all tastes and budgets (including the best pasta I’ve ever had at Chianti missionpointresort)! NEW on the blog I’m dishing up all my favorite restaurants and sweet treats [🔗Link in bio] . . . #sponsoredstay #missionpointresort #mackinacisland #mymackinac #mackinacislandlife #thisismackinac #foodblogger #michiganfoodies #midwestmoment #michiganblogger #midwestblogger #travelblogger #michiganeats #visitmichigan #puremichigan #michigrammers #wanderlust #femaletravelbloggers #michigantravel #northernmichigan #wildbumming #mackinacislandfudge #sheisnotlost ...

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Instagram post 17927916139431938 Mackinac Island Fudge Scenic Route. Might be a sugar buzz that’s keeping the wheels turning or the endless colors in the interior trails but this place is more than just arch Rock 
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Mackinac Island Fudge Scenic Route. Might be a sugar buzz that’s keeping the wheels turning or the endless colors in the interior trails but this place is more than just arch Rock • • Where’s your favorite stop on the island? Where is your go to fudge out here? #ezmoments ...

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Instagram post 17970753724330813 After the Arch Rock, the guide tour dropped us off at The Grand Hotel. At 660 feet long, the hotel hold the title of world’s longest front porch. There are number of rocking chairs on the porch and you can enjoy stunning views of the Lake Huron! 
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It’s so grand and fancy that after 6:30PM, everyone is required to be in formal attire. Men with suit cost, neck tie and dress pants while ladies in dresses, shirts and blouses!
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The hotel has a restaurant on site and have some great food! I’ll share the food and insides of the hotel tomorrow! 
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I’ve also taken some great drone shots of the place and can’t wait to share it with you all.
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📍The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI 🇺🇸 
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After the Arch Rock, the guide tour dropped us off at The Grand Hotel. At 660 feet long, the hotel hold the title of world’s longest front porch. There are number of rocking chairs on the porch and you can enjoy stunning views of the Lake Huron! . It’s so grand and fancy that after 6:30PM, everyone is required to be in formal attire. Men with suit cost, neck tie and dress pants while ladies in dresses, shirts and blouses! . The hotel has a restaurant on site and have some great food! I’ll share the food and insides of the hotel tomorrow! . I’ve also taken some great drone shots of the place and can’t wait to share it with you all. . . 📍The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI 🇺🇸 . . . #grandhotel #grandhotelmichigan #grandhotelmackinacisland #grandhôtel #grandhotelmackinac #grandhotelmackinacisl #mackinacislandgrandhotel #hotelgrand #mackinacisland #mackinacislandlife #mackinacislandweddings #mackinacislandfabric #mackinacislandfudge #visitmackinacisland #visitislands #visitmichigan #worldtraveler #travelinsta #mrshutterup #islandlife #islandvibes #islandsofadventure #mackinacadventures #mackinacislandadventure #mackinacislandtourism #mackinacislandtourism #puremichigan #michigantourism #michigantourist #mackinacislandtourismbureau #mackinacislandtours ...

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Instagram post 18142500721112990 Our trip to Mackinac Island was around sometime end of September and by that time, fall has already started in the Midwest. After we passed the light house tower while onboard starlinemackinacislandferry, right before our port on the island, we had this amazing view of the Ste. Anne Catholic Church surround by some of the greatest fall colors I’ve ever seen. Every since I took this picture, I was very excited to post it. I’ll post a close up of the church later as I get more into talking about the Island!
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📍Mackinac Island, Michigan 🇺🇸 mackinacisle 
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Our trip to Mackinac Island was around sometime end of September and by that time, fall has already started in the Midwest. After we passed the light house tower while onboard starlinemackinacislandferry, right before our port on the island, we had this amazing view of the Ste. Anne Catholic Church surround by some of the greatest fall colors I’ve ever seen. Every since I took this picture, I was very excited to post it. I’ll post a close up of the church later as I get more into talking about the Island! . . . 📍Mackinac Island, Michigan 🇺🇸 mackinacisle . . . #mackinacisland #mackinacislandlife #mackinacbridge #mackinacislandweddings #mackinacislandfabric #mackinacislandfudge #mackinacislandstatepark #mackinacislandlilacfestival #mackinacislandmichigan #mackinacislandcarriagetours #mackinacislandtourism #mackinacislandhorses #mackinacislandphotographer #mackinacislandphotography #mackinacisland2020 #mackinacislandferry #mackinacislandblogger #puremichigan #puremichigantourism #puremichigantrails #puremichigansummer #travelgram #travelmichigan #visitmichigan #mymackinac #mrshutterup #fallseason #fallphotography #fallphotoshoot #fallobsessed ...

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Instagram post 17949321565386206 There were many things we passed by on the mackinacislandcarriagetours and I’ll be sharing some of my personal favorites! 
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First one on the list is this church called “Little Stone Church”. Architecture photography is my favorite and I get really excited when I see a place of worship or a unique building so Mackinac Island was nothing but a paradise for me. 
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From what I could gather on the guided tour, this church was build in 1904, funded by local residents and summer visitors. The stained glass windows which were installed in 1914, tell the story of the Protestant Movement on the island. 
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📍Little Stone Church, Mackinac Island, MI 🇺🇸 
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There were many things we passed by on the mackinacislandcarriagetours and I’ll be sharing some of my personal favorites! . First one on the list is this church called “Little Stone Church”. Architecture photography is my favorite and I get really excited when I see a place of worship or a unique building so Mackinac Island was nothing but a paradise for me. . From what I could gather on the guided tour, this church was build in 1904, funded by local residents and summer visitors. The stained glass windows which were installed in 1914, tell the story of the Protestant Movement on the island. . . . 📍Little Stone Church, Mackinac Island, MI 🇺🇸 . . . #historytour #toursaroundmichigan #mrshutterup #churchtours #nativeamericanhistory #greatlakes #huronlake #lakehuron #toursaround #mackinacisland #mackinacislandlife #mackinacislandweddings #mackinacislandfabric #mackinacislandfudge #mackinacislandstatepark #mackinacislandlilacfestival #mackinacislandmichigan #mackinacislandwedding #mackinacislandcarriagetours #mackinacislandtourism #mackinacislandhorses #mackinacislandphotographer #mackinacislandphotography #mackinacislandferry #mackinacisland2020 #mackinacislandvisitors #visitmackinacisland #visitmichigan #puremichigan #michiganphotographer ...

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Instagram post 18070551268207597 We're back! You can still watch as we handcraft creamy, delicious Mackinac Island fudge.

We're back! You can still watch as we handcraft creamy, delicious Mackinac Island fudge. ...

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Instagram post 18176080417020644 After hanging out at Biddle Point for a little bit, we made it back to the mackinacislandcarriagetours booth, ready to start our tour at 1 PM. 
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Meet our horses! All of them have a name but unfortunately I forgot. A narrated, horse-drawn carriage tour is the iconic Mackinac Island activity. Yet, it’s just one of many equine activities to enjoy in a land that has been car-free forever. You can go horseback riding on a guided or unguided tour, rent a private carriage for an intimate ride, even drive your own horse and buggy! Or you can visit with the horses in the barn and find a new friend. Plus, Mackinac Island is home to two museums showcasing antique carriages.
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As many as 600 horses live and work on Mackinac Island during peak season! All but a few depart for the mainland at the end of the travel season.
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mackinacislandcarriagetours specifically gave Percheron and Belgian draft horses for carriage tours and dray services, for example. Hackney teams are used for weddings, while grade horses of a certain size are used for taxi service.
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📍Mackinac Island Carriage Tours 
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After hanging out at Biddle Point for a little bit, we made it back to the mackinacislandcarriagetours booth, ready to start our tour at 1 PM. . Meet our horses! All of them have a name but unfortunately I forgot. A narrated, horse-drawn carriage tour is the iconic Mackinac Island activity. Yet, it’s just one of many equine activities to enjoy in a land that has been car-free forever. You can go horseback riding on a guided or unguided tour, rent a private carriage for an intimate ride, even drive your own horse and buggy! Or you can visit with the horses in the barn and find a new friend. Plus, Mackinac Island is home to two museums showcasing antique carriages. . As many as 600 horses live and work on Mackinac Island during peak season! All but a few depart for the mainland at the end of the travel season. . mackinacislandcarriagetours specifically gave Percheron and Belgian draft horses for carriage tours and dray services, for example. Hackney teams are used for weddings, while grade horses of a certain size are used for taxi service. . . . 📍Mackinac Island Carriage Tours . . . #mackinacisland #mackinacislandhorses #horsesofinstagram #horsesofinsta #horsesaremylife #horsesareagirlsbestfriend #horsesarebeautiful #horsesareamazing #horsesareawesome #mackinacislandlife #mrshutterup #mackinacislandfudge #mackinacislandstatepark #mackinacislandlilacfestival #mackinacislandmichigan #michiganmackinacisland #michiganmackinac #puremichigan #puremichiganwinter #michigantrails #michigantravel #travelphotography #travelgram #travelingphotographer #visitmackinacisland #visitmichigan #visitmichigancity #mackinacisland2020 #mackinacislandcarriagetours #mackinacislandtourism ...

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If you are what you eat, then let it be sweet! 💖 ...

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Life Happens 💖 Fudge Helps ...

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Instagram post 17904575359541025 Late night Fudge walks because what the fudge happened last night on that debate 
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Late night Fudge walks because what the fudge happened last night on that debate • • #ezmoments rybasfudge ...

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Instagram post 17855952590169902 Our first day in Grand Haven was full of sunshine ☀️ 

Our ice cream 🍦 sat on the cone for less than 2 minutes before it started to melt to my hands, phone & camera, making everything sticky 😂 
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Our first day in Grand Haven was full of sunshine ☀️ Our ice cream 🍦 sat on the cone for less than 2 minutes before it started to melt to my hands, phone & camera, making everything sticky 😂 📍Pier Peddler 🍦 🍦 🍦 . . . . . . . 🍦🍦🍦 #puremichigan #grandhaven #grandhavenmichigan #cappuccino #mackinacislandfudge #icecream #icecreamflight #iscreamforicecream #dessert #nycfoodie icecreamlover #icecreamporn #sweettreats #sweettooth #dessertstagram #dessertoftheday #icecreamaddict #icecreamofinsta ...

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Instagram post 17870035991014916 What is Mackinac Island’s biggest export?
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Mackinac Island is iconic for its Victorian houses, horse drawn carts and bicycles. But what really makes the island tick, drives its economy and has secured its place in Michigan tourism, is the fudge.
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This island, with only 500 residents, is home to more than a dozen fudge shops ready to serve the 1 million annual visitors. On peak summer tourist days, visitors collectively buy over 10,000 pounds of fudge per day. To keep up with this intense demand, the island imports 10 tons of sugar and 1 ton of butter every week. 
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What is Mackinac Island’s biggest export? — Mackinac Island is iconic for its Victorian houses, horse drawn carts and bicycles. But what really makes the island tick, drives its economy and has secured its place in Michigan tourism, is the fudge. — This island, with only 500 residents, is home to more than a dozen fudge shops ready to serve the 1 million annual visitors. On peak summer tourist days, visitors collectively buy over 10,000 pounds of fudge per day. To keep up with this intense demand, the island imports 10 tons of sugar and 1 ton of butter every week. — #mackinacisland #mackinawcity #michigan #greatlakes #mackinacfudge #fudge #mackinacislandfudge #landscape #landscapepainting #drawing #inkdrawing #watercolor #watercolorpainting #painting #pleinair #pleinairpainting #pleinairpainter #sketchbook #art #urbansketcher #drawnthere ...

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