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Murdick’s FudgeMurdick’s Fudge
1880s – 1910s
In 1887, father-and-son sail makers, Henry and Jerome “Rome” Murdick, were commissioned to create canvas awnings for the new Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
“The Grand” would eventually contribute in a huge way to making the Mackinac region a center of booming tourism.
With the Murdicks’ arrival to the island came Mrs. Henry Murdick (Sara) and her exquisite confectionery skills and recipes
In 1887, Mackinac Island’s first candy shop opened as Murdick’s Candy Kitchen. Henry Murdick continued to make sails in the back of the building, while up front, Rome crafted fudge using his mother’s recipe. The renowned marble table gave the fudge a unique texture and also provided a veritable “stage” on which to show visitors how fudge is made.
Rome’s oldest son, Gould, soon mastered the skills of fudge making. However, World War I impacted sugar rationing, bringing many fudge businesses to a halt on Mackinac Island.
1920s – 1940s
In 1920, Rome and Gould revitalized fudge making and their “show.” They added music and large ceiling fans so the sweet aroma of fudge would waft into the street. Other families opened fudge shops as well during this time, as the temperate climate conditions on the island are conducive to fudge making. But with the Great Depression in 1929, all closed, except Murdick’s Candy Kitchen.
Post-Depression business became even more challenging (on some days, Gould sold only one pound of fudge!). Gould sold the business to Harold May in 1940 (Gould agreed that the Murdick family would not compete in the candy business on Mackinac Island for ten years.)
1950s – 1960s
Jerome Murdick, Gould’s half-brother, opened Murdick’s Luncheonette on the island in 1957. When the non-compete clause expired, Jerome began to sell fudge at the luncheonette and eventually converted his business into Murdick’s Candy Kitchen, using the name of his great grandfather’s (Henry Murdick) original shop. Jerome continued the family fudge-making tradition using the original recipe. Each summer, Jerome and his wife, Grace, ran the Main Street business (the couple lived in the back of their shop).
Meanwhile, young entrepreneur Bob Benser, Sr. arrived to the island in 1955. Bob built and ran a Tastee Freeze ice cream shop next to Murdick’s Candy Kitchen. Jerome and Grace treated Bob like the son they never had. When Jerome became ill, Bob stepped in to help Grace keep the business open. He learned about how to make fudge, exact cooking and shaping temperatures and the all-important fudge-paddle movements. After leasing and operating the business, Bob Benser, Sr. bought the Murdicks’ business in 1969.
Today,the company still follows Sara Murdick’s recipe and the old-fashioned fudge-making techniques that have been passed down through the generations. Original Murdick’s Fudge has expanded to other locations on Mackinac Island as well as in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, Michigan, in addition to three stores and a bakery in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Bob Benser, Sr. and Bob Benser, Jr. continue that tradition today along with the entire Benser family.
MAKE IT MOUTHWATERING: We handcraft 18 flavors of our fresh Mackinac Island fudge, brittle and toffee treats daily for our three Sweet Summer gift boxes.
MAKE IT CUSTOMIZED: Create your summer gift selections — big or small — to include any combo of Mackinac Island fudge, caramel corn, toffees and brittles.
MAKE IT MACKINAC: To celebrate “National Fudge Day,” we unveiled our wonderful new flavor – Salted Toasted Coconut Double Chocolate.
MAKE IT MEMORABLE: Sweeten your wedding with Original Murdick’s Fudge, brittle or toffee in 3×3-inch favor boxes.
Museum of Ojibwa Culture & Gift ShopMuseum of Ojibwa Culture & Gift Shop
The city-operated museum and park portray a vivid picture of life in the Straits of Mackinac over 300 years ago when Ojibwa, Huron, Odawa and French lifestyles met at this protected bay. Museum exhibits show Ojibwa Indian culture and traditions, the French contact period, and the site’s rich archaeology. Outdoor exhibits and a long house explain Huron life here. Woodland Indian Culture French Jesuit Mission Significant Archaeological Site National Historic Landmark Michigan Registered Historic Site Ongoing video presentation Museum store features area’s largest selection of Native American books, music and locally-made certified Native American art and craft.
Museum Ship Valley Camp & Tower of HistoryMuseum Ship Valley Camp & Tower of History
The 1917 Museum Ship VALLEY CAMP features fascinating maritime exhibits throughout its entire 550 feet. The 210′ Tower of History offers a 20 mile panoramic view.
Mystery SpotMystery Spot
Voted Michigan’s #1 unusual attraction. Enjoy guided tours through an area where gravity seems to have gone haywire! Also mini-golf and maze in the woods. 5 miles west on US-2.
Visitors to the Mystery Spot will now have to opportunity to ride a new ZIP LINE offering views of the Mackinac Bridge. Zip Lines are now open!
Mystery Town U.S.A.Mystery Town U.S.A.
Mystery Town USA
Unlock an adventure to another dimension where mysterious worlds are explored and fun becomes reality.
Rotating realms and underwater passages lead you to the beyond where space and time are not what they seem.
Discover together, Open your Mind, Believe the Fun!
National Office ProductsNational Office Products
The area’s leader in business solutions since 1979. Voted best print shop, office supply and computer store in the tri-county area!
Normandy MotelNormandy Motel
Extremely clean ground-level room, air-conditioned, free morning coffee, close to downtown shopping, adjacent restaurant, free casino and ferry shuttles. Seasonal outdoor heated pool, pets allowed.
North Country Trail Association/HSSNorth Country Trail Association/HSS Kay Kujawa
North Country Trail
The NCT Association develops, maintains, protects and promotes the North Country National Scenic Trail as the premier hiking path across the northern tier of the United States through a trail-wide coalition of volunteers and partners. The Association achieves its mission by creating, encouraging and supporting programs of public education, membership services, recreational opportunities and resource and corridor protection in keeping with its Vision for the Trail.
North Shore Sport Fishing ChartersNorth Shore Sport Fishing Charters
Welcome to North Shore Sport Fishing Charters!
We are a privately owned and operated fishing charter business located in St. Ignace, Michigan. We specialize in trout and salmon fishing on the Straits of Mackinac and offer competitive prices on full and half day charters. Call us today to book your trip, 906-430-2839! We offer full and half day trips.
Northern EntertainmentNorthern Entertainment Michael Williford
For all your DJ and event planning needs! Making memories with music!
Northern Michigan Vacation Rental & Property ManagementNorthern Michigan Vacation Rental & Property Management Cheryl Schlehuber
A Northern Michigan Vacation Rentals & Property Management
A Northern Michigan Vacation Rental & Property Management has cottage, condo, cabin and fine homes listed from St. Ignace to Trout Lake and in and around the Straits of Mackinac.
Vacation rentals are ideal for families, couples and small groups. Select a waterfront rental on Brevort Lake, Lake Michigan or Huron or Trout Lake or choose a home or condo in or close to the downtown area and boat lines to Mackinac Island.
Rentals are priced at all levels of affordability and feature convenient locations close to area attractions, summer festivals, shopping and local restaurants. Golf, snowmobile/ATV, hiking, biking, local beaches and endless adventures await you.
Choose from a nice selection of homes, cottages and camps on or near area lakes including Brevort Lake, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Trout Lake.
Northern SailsNorthern Sails
Clothing in sizes infant to adult 5X; souvenirs, gifts, jewelry, toys and sunglasses. Everything under $24.00 storewide!
Northernaire MotelNorthernaire Motel
Immaculate Mom and Pop motel. Chain motel-like rooms, up north knotty pine rooms and nice one-room cabins; queens, king & two beds available. In-room coffee, cable TV, electric heat & A/C. Refrigerators & microwaves available. Open year round! Snowmobilers, motorcyclists and boaters welcome. Friendly & relaxing atmosphere. Three single room cabins with one queen bed.
Northwoods ElectricNorthwoods Electric
Residential, commercial, home, business, new construction, repairs. Licensed and insured.
Oswald’s Bear RanchOswald’s Bear Ranch
This complex is the Largest (bear only) Bear Ranch in the entire United States! We are found only in the Wild Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Rescued cubs are brought here every year and they are always a joy to see! Area youth enter contests yearly to name these newborn creatures. People love to see them grow, play and become adult bears! Located just 20 minutes south of Tahquamenon Falls, or from Newberry go 4 miles north on M-123 towards Tahquamenon Falls. Turn left at 4 Mile Corner (Deer Park Rd., Muskallonge Lake, H-37 H-407). Then it’s 4 1/2 more miles to see the home of Tyson Bear (died July 2, 2000) certified weight of 880 lbs. The Largest Black Bear in the U.S. and possibly the World. Also see 30 Live Roaming Bears! NEW Bear Trolley! Oswald’s Bear Ranch now offers large senior groups and bus tour groups the opportunity to ride in comfort during their visit to the bear ranch. We also have a golf cart to help with those with disabilities. Largest habitat to date added! The Oswald’s have added the largest bear habitat to their huge facility. Its all natural and everyone just loves to see these bears – a rare close-up!
Payne & DolanPayne & Dolan
Payne & Dolan, Inc., a professional construction services company, has served the needs of its clients and customers for over 70 years. Headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Payne and Dolan is a leader in producing and providing asphalt pavement services and products. It is dedicated to quality, safety and leadership in a competitive industry.
Pictured Rocks Boat CruisesPictured Rocks Boat Cruises
Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises
Pictured Rocks Cruises, LLC is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service Department of the Interior and has been guiding the public to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for over 50 years. Each boat cruise takes between two and a half to three hours and will bring guests in to and alongside the most visually stunning 40 miles of shoreline on the Great Lakes!
Pines MotelPines Motel
Pines Motel We’re so clean, my Mom stays here! Year-round accommodations. U.P pine rooms, 3-bedroom apartment, snowmobile trails, continental breakfast, private beach, in-room coffee, honest prices.
Pines Trading PostPines Trading Post
Pines Trading Post
Full service deli: hand tossed pizza, over-stuffed sandwiches & subs, salad bar, taco bar, sundae bar & fresh smoked BBQ. Catering, beer, wine, liquor, bakery.