One hundred and thirty years ago, this month, N. Jerome Murdick started making and selling his fudge and candies on Mackinac Island – the same year that the Grand Hotel opened it’s doors. “Rome” was the first person to come up with the idea of making fudge in copper kettles and pouring it onto marble slabs to cool and, because of him, “Mackinac Island Fudge” has become one of the most popular, trendy delights. Watching the fudge being made is almost as fun as savoring it! Rome’s original store on Mackinac Island was called Murdick’s Candy Kitchen
and was owned by the Murdick family until they sold it in 1969 so they could retire. Jerald Murdick, Rome’s son, applied for and was granted the federal trademark on Murdick’s Famous Fudge® and continued the candy making tradition in Charlevoix, Michigan. Murdick’s Famous Fudge® has survived the Great Depression and two World Wars and now are celebrating 130 years of making candy in Michigan!
These two master confectioners can be found on any given day in their shop crafting their unique fudge and candies, as tourists gather taking in the sights and smells that bewitchingly surround them. The smooth, creamy texture and rich flavor is what separates Murdick’s original recipe fudge from others. Made with fresh cream, real butter and fine chocolate, this special treat has become a highly sought after tourist obsession! Murdicks Famous Fudge® offers 21 different flavors of fudge, including some favorites like Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel and Traverse City Cherry. in addition, John and Aaron Murdick are celebrating this milestone year by making a fudge flavor befitting of this momentous anniversary month: Birthday Cake Fudge!
John and Aaron Murdick also make their own buttery Peanut Brittle, Gourmet Salt-Water Taffy, and hand-dipped chocolates. Stop by and help them celebrate with a free sample of Birthday Cake fudge (or any other flavor)!
Other Murdick family owned stores are still in operation in Charlevoix, Traverse City and Frankenmuth, Michigan.