Fudge in Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island, MI

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Rest assured, Mackinaw City, and the Mackinac Island area are known for many things, such as horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, the famous Grand hotel, but no less for its fudge; Its road to fame began all the way back in 1887, ironically the same year the Grand Hotel opened its doors.

This was the year for Mackinac Island to boom as a resort and vacation spot too, which was what led Henry F. Murdick and his son, Newton Jerome (Rome) to their idea of fudge. Large sailing vessels and passenger steam ships were bringing people from all over to the island, and they flocked to the shops buying, record amounts of gifts and souvenirs. Murdick and son opened the first candy store on the island, and it was a phenomenal success. This was the first chocolate candy known to the island: gourmet chocolate, chocolate fudge, white chocolate, peanut butter fudge, mackinaw island fudge and its many varieties were born!

Fudge made up a great part of the history of Mackinaw City, and today it as much of a tradition as ever. Fudge is made fresh all over the island each day and Mackinaw Island fudge is not like any other fudge. The particular recipe originates from Mackinaw Island, and nowhere else. It is made still the old fashioned way, in large copper pots, no factories, no preservatives, and even the sweet cream that goes into it is made from scratch! Wow!

Fudge is sold in numerous shops all over Mackinac Island, including Murdick's Fudge Shop. Fudge is so revered in the area there is even an Annual Fudge Festival. It might surprise you to know that there are so many types of fudge. At any rate, if you thought there weren't enough reasons to love fudge here are a few more:

Some Mackinac Island sweet fudge trivia, put together by Nancy Campbell,a fudge lover from St. Louis, MO:

Mackinaw City Fudge: Marshall's
From the cacao tree comes the chocolate food of lovers.
Montezuma drank 50 cups daily of cocoa called Xocaltl. Wow, that's a whole lotta cocoa!
The Aztecs viewed the cacao beans as an aphrodisiac.
What is America's favorite candy? Fudge, of course!
Ryba's Fudge is famous for chips of fudge in ice cream.
Murdick's Fudge Kitchen uses the original Garrahy Recipe.
Recent USDA research suggests that high grade chocolate in fudge helps replace monthly loss of estrogen.
The chocolate in fudge makes beneficial cholesterol.
Mamie Eisenhower promoted fudge.
An 1890 name for fudge was vanilla candy.
In the 1920s, Great Britain gave American fudge the name if sweet meat.
Marshmallow cream fudge is known as Whitehouse Fudge.
A favorite exotic fudge is called God's milk.
The Mackinac Island's Chamber of Commerce promotes fudge festival casinos.
Murdick's Candy Kitchen opened in Mackinac Island in 1889. is a Mackinaw City product.
Joann's fudge(a major fudge maker in the area) is sold in Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Island Carriage Tours - Mackinac Island
The tour was excellent. The information about the island is not to be forgotten. You could get off the coach and spend as much time looking at things as you wanted.
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-- Linda Beckner - Milwaukee, WI
Mackinac Island Carriage Tours - Mackinac Island
The carriage tour was excellent. We had two different guides and both did a very good job. We were able to get the row of seats behind the driver on both carriages which gave us a good view of everything. This was also a good way to view part of the island since we were three adults, one child and one toddler. The butterfly house was extremely interesting for my eleven year old grand-daughter. We left with her parents and ended up going back in for another hour. The butterflies would land on you. My fifteen month old grand-daughter liked the butterflies, the rock walls and water ponds.
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-- Mary Fisk - Bark River, MI
Mackinac Island Carriage Tours - Mackinac Island
Would highly recommend taking this tour. We started out our trip on the island with this tour and glad we did. It made us realize what we did and didn't wanted to check out and showed us places we may not have noticed on our own. We did not do the butterfly house, maybe next time. Driver was very informative and nice. He was also right about the best fudge in town. I tried many and he suggested joanns - right on the money! I did not know the tour was broken up into 2 parts, it was a nice way to break it up. I loved that you could get off, walk around and catch a different tour back if you wanted to.
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-- Lynda Lowery - Bridgman, MI
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