#GiftGuide: Mackinac Island Fudge

Original Murdick's Fudge has the goods and ships nationally. What else do you need?

December 2017 Feature Vanessa Oler

Sara Murdick sure knew her way around a kitchen, there’s no doubt about that. After arriving in the United States from Germany in the 1800’s, Sara and her family eventually opened a confectionery in southeast Michigan, and then in additional locations in northern Michigan before opening a candy shop on Mackinac Island in 1887. Sara’s husband and son were celebrated sail makers and commissioned to create canvas awnings for the new Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. After the hotel opening, Henry Murdick continued to make sails in the back of the building, while up front, Rome crafted fudge using his mother’s recipe. The renowned marble table gave the fudge a unique texture and also provided a veritable “stage” on which to show visitors how fudge is made.

Today that original Mackinac Island fudge recipe still features her precise mix of all-natural ingredients, which blend to create a unique, mouth-watering sensation. In addition to a perfect recipe, the art of fudge making also plays an important role in creating the textured, traditional, old-fashioned fudge that Original Murdick’s Fudge customers have come to love. Generation after generation, their fudge makers are required to learn the secrets of producing perfect fudge. Each batch starts in a copper kettle and is painstakingly created with attention to indoor, outdoor and marble countertop temperatures, and length of time/temperature required for cooking, boiling, stirring, cooling and shaping.

906-847-3530 // www.originalmurdicksfudge.com // Prices vary

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