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Mackinac Island Fudge: A Michigan Tradition That Doesn’t Disappoint

by Sarah

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This fudge is the best we have ever had.

Mackinac Island, Michigan’s Lake Huron is a place of tranquility and nostalgia. You can reach the island by ferry or small plane. It is less than 4 miles long. It is known for its picturesque landscape, charming small-town charm, excellent restaurants and, most importantly, its delicious fudge. Mackinac Island’s fudge is a beloved and loved treat. This is a sweet treat that has been around for over 100 years. Those who have tried it rave about it.

Serves 16-20, depending on size of slices/pieces
40 minutes


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar


  1. Mix butter, milk, salt, brown and white sugars in a heavy pan on medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir continuously for 6 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and cool briefly, then add vanilla, cocoa powder, and confectioner’s sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until fudge is smooth and thick.
  3. Pour onto a buttered baking pan. When cool enough to touch, use a spatula to help roll mixture into log form, wrap it in plastic wrap and place in freezer for 20 minutes.
  4. Slice to serve. Enjoy!

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