make fudge, not war.



through the generations, murdick’s fudge on mackinac island

has been recognized as an iconic michigan favorite.

with 17 fudge shops on the celebrated historical mackinac island of michigan,

all offering free samples,

there is an ongoing rivalry between 6 rival companies,

each claiming to be the best.

my suggestion is to try them all to make it a fair contest

and decide for yourself.

Mackinac Island fudge1

mackinac island fudge festival | august 21-23, 2015
while fudge was not invented on mackinac island, mackinac island’s fudge has become the most popular fudge in america. this festival celebrates the creamy goodness with events such as Dining Under the Influence of Fudge, Fudge on the Rocks, Michigan Craft Brew Beer Tastings, Great Turtle Slow Ride and the coveted “Daddy, I Want the Golden Ticket” vacation giveaway.

happy national fudge day – june 16

save the earth. it’s the only planet with chocolate. ~author unknown



Covering 3.8 square miles, Mackinac Island is located in Lake Huron at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsula. It is only accessible by ferry or plane. • The island was home to Native American settlements before European exploration began in the 1600s.

It also was a key site for the Great Lakes Fur Trade and was home to Fort Mackinac, built by the British during the American Revolutionary War. It was the scene of two battles during the War of 1812. In the late 19th century, the island became a popular tourist destination and summer colony, and that popularity gets stronger by the summer.

The entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Battle sites, historic buildings, the fort, and dozens of additional diversions, including Original Murdick’s Fudge, entertain visitors.

Because automobiles were banned from the village in 1898, and from the park in 1901, on-island transit is by foot, horse, carriage and bicycle.

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62 responses »

  1. Love the fudge! Stayed at The Grand Hotel last June as part of my daughter’s high school graduation present. Just love Mackinac Island – had to get used to the horse’s urine in the streets, however – thankfully they kept up with hosing it away! Sooo many horses and carriages there! Hope to go back soon!

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  2. It’s National Fudge Day? I’m making’ myself some fudge 😀 LOVE fudge.
    Actually, my instructor is bringing to class tonight, butter tarts made by his mother for a Buttertart Festival. Butter tarts. Another delicious story

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  3. Wow! I love summer festivals. I did learn about the fudge competition while up there, Beth. I was so blessed that my guy friend, Bill (2012) and I got to go to see the Locks, Mackinac Island, test my favorite fudge at Sanders Candy Shop, go to Charlevoix and the U.P. The waterfalls on the U.P. were tobacco colored due to tannin in the water from pine trees. The lighthouses and sunken ship museum were cool, too.
    (1973) My ex husband, my college roommate and I went up to Sleeping Bear Dunes, too. I have a photo taken that day in a flower power frame. 🙂

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  4. I haven’t been to Mackinac in almost 10 years…shame on me! We’ll be taking the kids for the first time this summer, as we drive from NJ to Niagara, Niagara to Detroit, Detroit to Mackinac, and then on to PopPop’s house near Kalamazoo. I can’t wait to try ALL the fudge once again, but since my Grandmother worked at a Sanders my entire childhood, I will always be partial to theirs!

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  5. I love vanilla fudge. There was a fudge shop in Cannery Row, Monterrey CA, I used to get vanilla fudge at.

    When I lived in Monterrey I used to visit the fudge shop a couple times a month.

    It was all I could do to resist going every day. Some days they had rasberry swirl vanilla fudge…yum.

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