The original fudge shop which opened its doors in 1887, Original Murdick's Fudge on Mackinac Island, is preparing for the holiday gift-giving season with fresh fudge, crunchy brittles, buttery caramel corn and mouthwatering toffees.

These handcrafted, all-natural and gluten-free treats are made from the Mackinac Island Murdick family's original recipe.

While most businesses on Mackinac Island close following the busy summer season at the end of October, Original Murdick’s Fudge will re-open its white clapboard fudge shop Dec. 1 through Dec. 20 to make the holiday confections ready for shipping to every corner of the United States.

This year, the Original Murdick’s Fudge family will be making and shipping an all new holiday flavor sure to satisfy every sweet tooth – White Chocolate Candy Cane. Made with the finest Belgium White Chocolate melded with a holiday favorite steeped sweet in history. In-fact, at the turn of the century the Candy Cane was often an ornament placed on Christmas trees ready to celebrate the season. This "melt in your mouth" sweet treat is sure to bring visions of sugar plums to every eye.

“Each year, we are excited to be back on the Island making fresh fudge through much of December,” said Bob Benser, Jr. owner of Original Murdick’s Fudge. “Our family is thrilled to be able to be making fudge for the holidays. We have been asked many times over by our customers to ship fudge during the holidays. So again this year, we decided to do just that,” Benser said.

Original Murdick’s Fudge is taking orders NOW for shipping by Fed EX, fresh for you, direct from the Island Dec. 1 until Dec. 20 with a guaranteed arrival just in time for the holidays.

Original Murdick’s Fudge is made with only the freshest, all natural ingredients, most from Michigan including the sugar, butter, cream, and maple sugar.

MAKE IT MERRY: Handcrafted sweet treats are ready for shipping and include not only 12 varieties of Murdick’s Mackinac Island fudge, but also three varieties of peanut brittle, caramel corn, and English toffee.

Each batch of fudge starts in a copper kettle and is artfully created with attention to indoor, outdoor and marble countertop temperatures, and length of time/temperature required for cooking, boiling, stirring, cooling and shaping.

The art of fudge making at Murdick’s also requires skilled fudge makers to perform a specific and timely “paddling” technique when shaping the delectable fudge into loaves.

Blend a tried-and-true recipe with handcrafted, precise techniques, along with a temperate Great Lakes climate — and you get pure excellence.

“We will bring back our fudge professionals to make the holiday fudge so that our customers can enjoy only the freshest fudge during this season. Handcrafted fudge, brittle, caramel corn, and toffee…what better way to say Happy Holidays! Each gift box is carefully prepared and decorated with a holiday flare; we even include a piece of northern Michigan evergreen in every box."

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