Mackinac Island Fudge Facts

1. From the cacao tree comes the chocolate food of lovers.
2. The Aztecs viewed the cacao beans as an aphrodisiac.
3. In 1502 Columbus presented cacao beans to the King and Queen of Spain.
4. West Africa produces 60% of the world's supply of cacao.
5. Chocolate comes in many forms --- cocoa powder, unsweetened, semisweet, and milk.
6. Montezuma drank 50 cups daily of cocoa called Xocaltl.
7. After roasting the cacao beans, the nibs are ground into chocolate liquor.
8. In 1847 Fry added sugar, chocolate liquor, and cocoa butter to produce chocolate.
9. America's favorite candy is fudge.
10. Lee Edwards Benning wrote the best selling Oh, Fudge!
11. The first Mackinaw City fudge maker website was
12. Old fashion fudge making can be seen at Joann's Fudge.
13. Ryba's Fudge is famous for chips of fudge in ice cream.
14. Murdick's Fudge Kitchen uses the original Garrahy recipe.
15. Original marble slab fudge must be corrected for temperature and humidity.
16. Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchens make fudge by creaming it on a marble slab.
17. Irma Rombaurer in the Joy of Cooking exalts the virtues of fudge.
18. Recent USDA research suggests that high grade chocolate in fudge helps replace monthly loss of estrogen.
19. The chocolate in fudge makes beneficial cholesterol.
20. The most famous First Lady who promoted fudge was Mamie Eisenhower.
21. Nancy Reagan served a delicious chocolate fudge brownie.
22. An 1890 name for fudge was vanilla candy.
23. In 1892 Emelyn B. Hartridge made fudge at Vassar College.
24. Sweet Meat was the name Great Britain gave Americana fudge in 1920.
25. Sugar and cream Fudge originated as Wellesley fudge.
26. Marshmallow Cream Fudge is famous as Whitehouse fudge.
27. Sherbet is to ice cream as summer fudge is to candy.
28. Most commercial fudges are not as nutritious as handmade.
29. The Mackinac Island Chamber of Commerce promotes the fudge festival casinos.
30. A favorite exotic fudge is goat's milk.
31. Microwave Master Fudge Recipes are now available for the home.
32. Chocolate Pecan Fudge is the summer fudgies favorite candy.
33. The history of Mackinac Island fudge making can be found in FUDGE: Mackinac's Sweet Souvenir.
34. Phil Porter is the 2001 author of FUDGE: Mackinac's Sweet Souvenir.
35. www.MackinacFudge.Net is the web site for ordering Phil Porter's Mackinac fudge classic work.
36. Mackinac State Historic Parks is the publisher of FUDGE: Mackinac Islands Sweet Souvenir.
37. Indian Maple Syrup was bottled and sold to Mackinac Island's first tourists.
38. Indian curiosities were the first popular souvenirs on Mackinac Island.
39. Henry F. Murdick opened the first fudge shop on Mackinac Island.
40. Newton Jerome Murdick's nickname was Rome.
41. Murdick's Candy Kitchen opened on the Island in 1889.
42. Ferguson's 1910 Candy Kitchen included salt water candy and Merry Widows Kisses.
43. Angell & Phelps advertised "spotless kitchens" as their signature.
44. Harold May went to work for Murdick's Candy Kitchen in 1930.
45. Ethyl May built a reputation for fine candies on Mackinac Island.
46. Marvin May learned the candy trade as an apprentice to Harold & Ethyl May.
47. Marvin May bested Harry Ryba in a copyright infringement case.
48. Heppe Brothers opened a 1940 candy store in the famous Murray Hotel.
49. May's Candy Shop's slogan is Famous Mackinac Fudge.
50. Murdick's Candy Kitchen slogan is Famous Mackinac Fudge.
51. "Nice quality candy" was made by Selma Dufina in the Murray Hotel.
52. WWII 1940’s rationing of sugar forced most candy makers out of business.
53. Selma Dufina opened the newest candy shop on Mackinac Island in 1945.
54. Selma's Home Made Candy on the Island was housed in the Chippewa Hotel.
55. Jim Marshall opened Marshall's Driftwood Fudge in 1952.
56. Jim Marshall learned the art of making candy from the Murdick family.
57. Marshall's Mackinac Trail Fudge was the first candy making store in St. Ignace.
58. In 1955 Harry Ryba first started selling fudge at the Michigan State Fair.
59. Harry Ryba printed "Ryba's Mackinac Island Fudgie" on pink pins.
60. Ryba's Mackinac Island Fudge Ice Cream is a best seller in the Detroit market.
61. Harry Ryba, an Island promoter, first applied "mass selling psychology".
62. Joanne's Fudge was named after Joan Nephew.
63. The only US President to buy fudge on Mackinac Island was Gerald Ford.
64. Kilwin's Chocolates has a fudge franchise in Japan.
65. The web site,, features a Sing Along Fudge Song.
66. Since 1978 Murdick's Fudge has sold fudge on Martha's Vineyard.
67. The founder of Murdick's Fudge was Frances Murdick.
68. As a young man, Jim Marshall learned the fudgemaking trade from Newton Jerome Murdick.
69. Katie Nelson wrote ... "Biting into this enticing delight conjures up unforgettable memories from my childhood to the present".
70. web site has featured a summer video cam .
71. Besides making delicious fudge, Ryba's Fudge Shops makes salt water taffy.
72. For years Metro Detroiters have bought Ryba Fudge at theJoe Louis Arena.
73. MackinacFudge.Net is a company specializing in online sales.
74. Somewhere In Time Gallery was the inspiration for MackinacFudge.Net.
75. Jane Seymour is featured on MackinacFudge.Net advertisements.
76. In 1947 Don and Katy Kilwin open a specialty store in Michigan Petoskey.
77. Kilwin's Chocolate and Ice Cream offers franchise licensing to entrepreneurs.
78. Kilwin's Chocolate and Ice Cream sells ice cream.
79. The founder of Alices Kandy and Korn in 1951 was Alice Jones.
80. Besides fudge, jams, and toppings, Alices makes a variety of candy popcorn.
81. The current owners of Alice's Kandy and Korn are Chuck & Ginny Brew.
82. 15th Century Apothecaries were the first to make sweet candy.
83. Murray's Hotel Fudge Co. can be found at
84. Murray's Hotel Fudge Co. specializes in budget hotel rooms.
85. Lou Ann Smelser wrote ... "this sweet candy brings back fond memories of warm summer nights with family and friends."
86. Joann's Fudge site recommends freezing fudge for long term storage.
87. Joann's Fudge is sold in Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island.
88. Zak's Fudge of St. Ignace is a McClellan property.
89. McClellan Properties manufacturers literally tons of fudge in Frankenmuth.
90. McClellan Properties first fudge store was in Sault Ste. Marie.
91. Lee Edwards Benning wrote ... "it's seduction by the bite. A nibble coaxes the mouth to crave more."
92. candy is a Mackinaw City product.
93. is owned by the Heilman family .
94. publishes frame-games for elementary schools.
95. Games By Grube was founded in 1984 at Batchawana Bay Ontario.
96. Patrice Murdock wrote ... "it's rich creamy texture; the wonderful flavor melting in your mouth;"
97. Marshall's Fudge & Candy Company offers beautiful Christmas tins for fudge and candy.
98. Wild Honey was first used before sugar was invented in making sweet goods.
99. A St. Louis fudgie winner of the "I love Mackinac Island Fudge because ... " contest was Nancy Campbell.
100. The author and publisher of Mackinac Island Fudge Facts is Karl Grube .