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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.

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.

Sending you a cool breeze, sunshine, and summer blooms ☀️ 🌸 Good Morning from Mackinac ☀️🌸

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You have to see it to believe it! Our fudge doesn't melt. To prove it, we grabbed a slice to put in the sun on an 80 degree day. This is why we can sell fudge online and ship during the hot summer months. ...

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Ryba’s German Chocolate Fudge is a delicious combination of our creamy chocolate pecan fudge topped with buttery caramel, crunchy crushed pecans, and sweet coconut shavings. Each small batch is made by hand using traditional copper kettles and marble slabs to create the richest and creamiest fudge on Mackinac Island.

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Fudge it up, fudge it up, fudge it up! ⁠

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What's your favorite flavor? 💕 Ed's making Chocolate Peanut Butter and the smell is heavenly!

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Smooth and Creamy Mackinac Island Fudge 🤎 ...

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A berry berry good flavor 🍓🍓🍓 Strawberry Pecan is a limited edition flavor available through October. It's the perfect sweet taste of summer. ...

4th Generation Ryba Fudge Maker 💕 What makes Ryba's special? Fudge is a family tradition with 75 years of experience and care folded into every batch. ...

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We love your fur-babies too! See how we make James's favorite treats. 🐾 🐾🐾 ...

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Because everyone deserves a treat 💕 Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan treats are available in our shops and online. ⁠

Did you know? Vegan is available seasonally online because it has a 78-degree melting point. Our cream fudge has a melting point of 240 degrees making it possible to ship worry-free year round!⁠
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