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Handcrafting Mackinac Island Fudge for Four Generations
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.

WHAT’S A FUDGIE?
Ryba’s fudge takes off when the ambitious pair begin peddling their signature fudge at events, festivals, and fairs – 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.

Harry Ryba and Victor Callewaert move operations 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.

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 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.

Stacks of delicious flavors ...

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Smooth and creamy chocolate fudge 💕 ...

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Proud to still be family owned 💕 ...

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Throwback Thursday 💕 Does this face look familiar? This guy has been making Ryba's fudge since 1982 and can still be found today in this very window at that very table on most any summer day. ⁠

📸 @Studio.Gauthier circa 1992
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The cure for your crunchy munchies. ...

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✴️ INSIDER TIP ✴️ Explore beyond Main Street downtown. This is where you will discover what is truly special about Mackinac Island. ...

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The less you disturb the fudge during the cooling process, the creamier the fudge 💕⁠ ...

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Get your sweet pumpkin fix while supplies for this seasonal delight last. 🎃 ...

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Sink your teeth into the creamy blend of clove spices and pureed pumpkin. 🎃 ...

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This custom recipe is prepared by hand cooking in traditional copper kettles and hand-molded on marble slabs. 🎃 ...

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🔸 WARNING 🔸 Creamy Deliciousness in Progress ...

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Sit on the shore of Lake Huron and let all of your troubles wash away 🌊 ...

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The boss stopped in to check on the crew downstate getting ready for Arts, Beats, & Eats this weekend!

Shout out to our long time family friend, Doug Corey (yellow shirt) for lending a much needed helping hand! Doug worked for Ryba's through college and jumped right back in fudge making like riding a bike.

Left to right: Doug, Victor, Todd, & Les
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Stop by our booth at Arts, Beats, & Eats this weekend in Royal Oak for a sweet slice of our creamy, delicious Mackinac Island fudge. ⁠

http://artsbeatseats.com/
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Handcrafted to perfection each and every day! 💕 ...

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