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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.

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

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.

Handcrafted Michigan-Made Treats from our family to you and yours!⁠

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Your holiday orders are keeping the fudge elves busy!

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🏆 The Ultimate Gift Box 🏆 Send a gift everyone will enjoy. There's enough for everyone in the family, the office, the party, or even the class!⁠

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Rena Ryba and Victor Callewaert 💖 May 1st, 1956⁠

The sweet start to Rena & Victor's love story began after her father hired him to work for the family business. Victor proposed to his high school sweetheart while he was away serving in the U.S. Army. In 1960, the pair expanded Ryba's Fudge Shops to Mackinac Island, and as they say, the rest is history.

Ryba’s Chocolate Mint Fudge 💚 The perfect combination of smooth chocolate and minty freshness garnished with milk chocolate chips. ⁠

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

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Handcrafting the creamiest fudge using recipes perfected by his grandfather and father. ⁠

✨ Gregg André (Ryba) Callewaert ✨

Small Business Saturday 💕 Order a fresh slice of your favorite Michigan treats! Handcrafted fresh by our family for you and yours. ⁠

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Mackinac Island's most versatile gift card makes a great gift. This card can be used at select dining, lodging, and bike rentals or to order a fresh slice of Mackinac delivered to your door online anytime. ⁠

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Happy Thanksgiving from our family to you and yours 💖⁠

1972 ✨ Rena, Victor, Amy, Mary, Gregg, Todd, Ann

What if... you gifted a yummy fudge slice from your favorite Michigan island to the people that make your life work. This is a delicious way to say thank you to teachers, coworkers, delivery drivers, mail carriers, dog walkers, and neighbors. ...

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Friendsgiving Fudge Charcuterie ✨

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Ryba’s German Chocolate Fudge captures the essence of the classic dessert in a decidedly delicious fudge slice. ⁠

Our creamy chocolate pecan fudge is topped with a generous layer of buttery caramel, crunchy crushed pecans, and a scrumptious sprinkle of 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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