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Sweet Beginnings

The sweet beginning of the Ryba family’s handcrafted confections began on Detroit’s East side in 1936, when Harry Ryba opened his first sweet shop at Jefferson and Chalmers. A decade later, Harry opened a second Detroit confectionary where he began to hone his skill as a master fudge maker. Soon after, a precocious teenager began selling newspapers outside the busy shop. Both irritated and impressed, Harry hired Victor Callewaert, his future business partner and son-in-law. Rena Ryba and Victor Callewaert were married in 1957. The following year Victor and Harry officially become business partners.

A Michigan-Made Tradition
Ryba’s Fudge takes off when the ambitious pair begin peddling their signature fudge at events, festivals, and fairs in the 1950s – most notably the Detroit and Chicago Auto Shows, where Ryba’s becomes the official sweet treat of the marquee events. As these events and venues grew, so did Ryba’s.

Mackinac Island Fudge

Harry Ryba and Victor Callewaert bring their handcrafted fudge to Mackinac Island in 1960. Here, Ryba’s Fudge Shops is where fudge making became a public spectacle luring visitors to the front windows of Mackinac Island’s fudge shops. Ryba’s is where tasty new fudge flavors are invented, where fanning the sweet scent of fresh fudge into the street was pioneered, and where tourists are still confectionately referred to as “Fudgies.” Harry Ryba’s affectionate name for the visitors seeking the sweet treats in Ryba’s signature pink box.

Family Recipes Perfected

Over the next thirty years, Ryba’s Fudge Shops open in Wildwood and Atlantic City, New Jersey; McCormick Place and Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. While these shops have since been closed, the sweet aroma of fudge still wafts onto the streets of Mackinac Island from four unique Ryba’s Fudge Shops. Passersby stop in their tracks to watch as skillful sweets makers pour hot, molten liquid from copper pots onto marble slabs to make decadently delicious fudge. Recipes perfected over four generations and a carefully honed process, result in the creamiest and smoothest fudge, packed with flavor.

Ryba's Fudge Shops Staff
The Legacy of the Fudge King Lives On

It’s no wonder Ryba become known as the “Fudge King” of Mackinac Island, passing his title on to Victor, who in turn taught his children and grandchildren his master craft, ensuring that the legacy lives on today.

More Ryba-Callewaert Family History

Victor Callewaert

We couldn't visit the fudge capital of the world and not indulge! 😊 @thatsmymeal ...

Let's get the party started! Spring has finally arrived! Exciting things are around the corner, especially when it comes to the opening day of Mackinac Island. Get ready to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the island! ⁠

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Ryba's Turtle Fudge is your favorite candy transformed into a gourmet fudge treat. Our award-winning chocolate fudge is topped with a generous layer of buttery caramel and soft, crunchy pecans for a deliciously delightful fusion of flavors. ⁠

Made by hand using traditional copper kettles and marble slabs to create the richest and creamiest fudge on Mackinac Island.⁠


Summer on Mackinac Island was a childhood of wonder! From being a ribbon-winning horse rider to simply exploring the island, there was never a dull moment. Mary's fondness for horses is almost as big as her love for fudge. 💕🐴⁠

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Ryba’s Vanilla Pecan Fudge 🍨 pairs the taste of rich butter pecans and warm vanilla, delivering a flavorful crunch. ⁠

Made by hand using traditional copper kettles and marble slabs to create the richest and creamiest fudge on Mackinac Island.

💕 Passing on the Family Legacy 💕 Max spent the summer learning how to make the Ryba family fudge recipes from his father, Gregg. Learning the art of fudgemaking is no small task. It takes some serious muscle building, precision, and often a few burns from molten chocolate along the way. ⁠

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How Harry Ryba fudged his way to success 🗞️⁠
Detroit Free Press ᐧ July 1, 1979⁠

Learn more about Ryba's Fudge Story!⁠

The Sweetest Gift of All 💕 Whoever you're shopping for, no matter how big or small, we've got the perfect present for every occasion. ⁠

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We're celebrating National Oreo Cookie Day with a slice of our delicious Oreo Fudge! Sweet, crunchy, and oh-so-delicious, this treat is sure to make your day just a little sweeter. ⁠

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Handcrafted Mackinac Island Fudge, A Ryba Family Tradition⁠

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It's National Peanut Butter Lovers Day 🥜 - and we're celebrating with our Peanut Butter Mackinac Island Fudge 🤤! ⁠

Rich, creamy, and oh-so-delicious, this is the perfect treat to cure your peanut butter cravings.⁠

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Sweet tooths unite! Ryba's Turtle Fudge is a decadent treat you won't be able to resist. ⁠

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Girls just wanna have *fudge*... and so do we! ⁠

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The weather outside might be frightful, but this summer treat is still delightful 💕 Treat yourself to a sweet slice of summer!⁠


Nearby Traverse City, Michigan, is the Cherry Capital of the World, so it only made sense to add Michigan Cherry Chocolate Fudge to Ryba’s roster of Mackinac Island Fudge flavors! We’ve added fresh Michigan cherries to our classic creamy chocolate Mackinac Island fudge and topped each delicious slice with dried cherries, white chocolate chips, and crushed walnuts for a sweet and savory combo that you are going to L-O-V-E! ⁠