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"Mackinac Island Fudge" Top 5 Page for this destination United States of America Local Custom Tip by deecat

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  Michigan Governor's Summer Home, Mackinac Island
by deecat

Photo from a post card

Mackinac Island fudge was made for the first time in 1887. It was started by a man named Newton Jerome Murdick because he loved his mother's fudge recipe.

He believed that visitors to Mackinac island would also enjoy it, so he began making fudge and then selling it.

The fudge became so popular that other people on the island opened their own fudge stores.

I think that it is funny that people who live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan have nicknamed tourists to their area "fudgies because tourists can always be found in the numerous fudge shops purchasing it to take home.

Here's the Mackinac Island Fudge Recipe:

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Mix milk, butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and salt in heavy pan. Cook at medium heat until boiling. Boil for exactly 6 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add vanilla extract, cocoa, & confectioners' sugar. Beat with a mixer until smooth & thick. Add nuts, if desired.
Pour the mixture into a buttered pan & freeze for 20 minutes. Cut into pieces.

Makes approximately 1 pound of fudge.

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  • Updated May 2, 2005
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