When it comes to confections and treats to satisfy your sweet tooth, no trip to Mackinac Island is complete without a stop — or two, or three — into one of the island's many fine fudge establishments. Take your time, savor the aroma, and don't be afraid to ask for samples.
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Family owned and operated for the past four generations, the little shop on Main Street is up for business during the summer hours and serves both tourists and locals alike. May’s Candy Shop has also been attributed with being the oldest fudge shop on the island. Migrating from Atchison, Kansas to Mackinac island in the 30s, Harold May started his fudge apprenticeship with Murdick, but left shortly after to start his own business: May’s Candy Shop.
During this past season, they offered flavors such as French Vanilla, Amaretto Chocolate Chip, Butter Pecan, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Nut. Their most popular products include their crunchy peanut brittle and their ever-sweet English Toffee.
With several months to prepare for its next seasonal opening, the items that might make an appearance are nothing short of a mystery.
Opened in 1887, this little town shop has been serving fresh homemade fudge, peanut brittle, chocolate nut clusters and delicious barks from the very best ingredients for all to savor. Whether you show up on your own or bring the whole family, join in on the magic of watching their fudge-makers bring the sweet bites to life.
With stores in Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, St. Ignace and Martha’s Vineyard, enjoy slices from the following flavors: Butter Pecan, Chocolate, Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Macadamia, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Pecan, Chocolate Walnut, Double Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt, Double Chocolate Dark, German Chocolate, Michigan Maple Walnut, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Spice, Salt Toasted Coconut Double Chocolate, Traverse City Cherry, Triple Chocolate Espresso, Turtle, Vanilla and Vanilla Chocolate Chip.
Ryba’s Fudge Shop
Often called “The Best in Mackinac Island” and shipped fresh year-round, the Ryba’s dipped their foot in the fudge pool back in the mid-30s over in the east side of Detroit. Flash forward thirty years and he and his business partner, Victor, were opening the doors to their Mackinac Island store to enter the legacy of fudge shops that the islanders and visitors have enjoyed for the past years.
Ryba’s flavors include the delicacies that are as follows: Chocolate Pecan, Chocolate No Nut, Chocolate Walnut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Maple Pecan, Vanilla Pecan, Turtle, German Chocolate, Chocolate Macadamia, Strawberry Pecan, Pistachio Pecan, Vegan Chocolate, Sea salt Caramel, Oreo, Chocolate Mint, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, Rocky Road and Vanilla No Nut.
Since 1969 Joanne's Fudge has been a family-run business offering only the highest-quality fudge. With nearly 30 rotating flavors, no matter what mood your taste buds are in Joanne's has the just right fudge. From classic peanut butter and chocolate to gourmet double dark salted caramel or raspberry truffle, we won't blame you if you can't pick just one.
Joanne's also ships within the continental United States, including gift-ready variety boxes, or subscribe for their fudge-of-the-month and get confections dropped of at your door every month.