Mackinac Island Fudge Festival 2013

Today is the beginning of a very festive weekend on Mackinac Island, as today starts the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival! There are a lot of fun events going on, but the real event will be what you’ll find inside the fudge shops! Here are a couple of pictures from around May’s Famous Fudge shop from this summer:

Here I am, stirring some cherry fudge
Here I am, stirring some cherry fudge
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And here I am, IN the fudge! My brother, Lee May, is an artist and graphic designer, and when he’s not creating art on his computer or sketchbook, he’s creating artwork in the fudge.
My sister, Tienne, stirring some fresh mint chocolate chip fudge
Stirring up all kinds of hotness! I believe we had just started to cook a batch of carmel.

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Cashew brittle that had just been poured onto the marble slab. The next step? flip it over and stretch it out!

In an attempt to catch up to my brother’s artwork, I’ve been working on my penmanship in the fudge:

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And after a long day of fudge making, all I have left to do now is cut the fudge and clean the marble slabs.

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A new fudge design I've been trying for the festival... loops and swirls!
A new fudge design I’ve been trying for the festival… loops and swirls!

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First Fudge

As the school year is winding down, I’m slowly starting back up at May’s Fudge Shop on Mackinac Island for the summer. This weekend, I worked side by side with my oldest sister, Tienne, to make fudge throughout the day. And I am proud to say… I STILL got it!

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As a candymaker, you really seem to forget how to make fudge. It’s like riding a bicycle. And you can never go wrong with chocolate fudge… lots and lots of chocolate fudge. We made sure to stock up on it by making mostly plain chocolate and chocolate nut fudge. We did throw in some vanilla nut, maple nut, and peanut butter fudge as well. It was nice getting to work next to my family once again, and I’m really looking forward to this upcoming season!

Here are a few more pictures of what I got to make on Saturday and Sunday:

Before I could make the fudge, I had to make sure we had plenty of chocolate on hand to put into the batch. I was told that you can actually buy this kind of chocolate (No. 23) in little chips, but in keeping with tradition, we do everything by hand and cut this large block of fudge with a knife:

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My brother being a career artist, likes to make special notes about the quality of our fudge in the fudge itself:

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When the fudge has finally cooled down to a certain point, it’s ready to cut off the bars and start flipping:

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The finished product! Well, almost… the fudge still needs to be cut:

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Once Memorial Day Weekend hits, we should be able to get more of our standard flavors in, gradually working our way back up to our normal 16 flavor menu. Also, there is a chance that we’ll be making our famous Monster turtles later this week! More pics of that to come soon…

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