Mackinac Island Style Fudge

Total Time
Prep 12 mins
Cook 8 mins

Ah Mackinac Island, a Michigan tourism paradise known for its horse-drawn carriages, lilacs, the Grand Hotel [scene of the movie "Somewhere In Time"] and, oh yes, fudge. Wander through the streets and about every 3rd or 4th shop you pass will be a fudge shop, and you'll usually be able to watch the freshly boiled up fudge being spread and cooled on a marble slab. It's strangely addicting watching this process, and if you hang around awhile you'll get a sample eventually. This recipe purports to be an authentic version, though no particular fudge shop was mentioned as owning the recipe. The initial recipe is for a vanilla fudge. Chocolate fudge and peanut butter fudge variations follow, so read through the entire recipe if you want to make either of those flavors.


  1. Combine the milk, butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and salt in a good sized heavy pan.
  2. Cook at medium heat until boiling; then boil for exactly 6 minutes, stirring.
  3. constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar.
  5. Beat with a mixer until smooth and thick, and then add nuts (if desired).
  6. Pour into a buttered pan (perhaps 9" square) and freeze for 20 minutes.
  7. Once the fudge is firmed up, cut it into pieces of whatever size you choose.
  8. Peanut Butter Fudge:.
  9. Reduce the butter to 1/4 cup and add 1/2 cup of peanut butter.
  10. Chocolate Fudge.
  11. Mix 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder with the confectioners sugar before stirring into fudge.
Most Helpful

I wanted to make some good fudge for Valentines Day gifts this year and found this Mackinac Island fudge recipe. I lived in Michigan for 10 years and frequented Mackinaw Island and the fudge shops there in the summers while I lived there. I have now lived in California for 29 years and thought I had forgotten what Mackinac Island Fudge tasted like but thought I would give this recipe a try."OMG!", was my first thought after tasting it. I do believe it does taste like it and if it doesn't it is still sure to please any fudge lover. This is most definitely a 5 star recipe!

nocsinwhitesatin February 13, 2013

Very good fudge. I liked the soft, creamy texture, which is why I picked a Mackinac Island recipe. I made peanut butter this time because it's my husband's favorite, but I look forward to trying the chocolate next time! It couldn't eat more than a small piece, but peanut butter isn't my thing. He ate the entire pan in 2 days, so I figure that's indicative of a 5-star rating! Thanks!

Lucky Clover December 05, 2011

Deja Vu!!!! I have had the pleasure of visiting Mackinac Island when I was a teenager for my aunt's wedding. My family and I had the amazing fudge and bought some to take home. and it didn't make the trip back to Pittsburgh (too good to wait for).... Anyway when I saw this recipe I had to see if it was like I remembered and it is!! I made the chocolate variation and added pecans and drizzled caramel over the top YUM!!! just like the turtle fudge from the island. Thanks so much for this recipe!!!!

coffy_bean February 15, 2010