Mackinac Confections

I haven’t posted much about myself, lately. It’s mostly because I’m working on this:

cooking caramel
roasting almonds
that’s me, funneling caramel for Monsters
actually, Lee did this one…
… but I did this one 🙂

If you know anything about May’s Candy Shop, it’s that we make every candy we sell… right down to roasting the nuts and making the caramel ourselves, too! I just think that it tastes better that way.

In Bloom

My favorite lilacs are starting to bloom on Mackinac:

photo courtesy of May’s Candy Shop

I love this time of year, for lots of reasons, and the lilacs are one of them. The picture above actually is of the type of lilacs that I like the most! Some are more in bloom than others, but the one thing I love about this time of year is that I can smell the lilac scent in the air whenever I’m riding my bike through town.

Another reason that I love this time of year is because all of the seasonal islanders start making their way back to the island. Why just yesterday I walked into Doud’s grocery store and was stopped by 3 different people who had just recently arrived to the island. Who knew that shopping for groceries could get so exciting! And it doesn’t stop there… when I’m walking downtown, am making fudge, waiting for the ferry, etc., I know that there’s a “welcome back!” exclamation just waiting to happen.

The third reason this time of year is so amazing is that, not only do people start coming back, but their dogs come back too! I love dogs, and hope that I’ll be in the right situation to own one someday. But for now, I have so many neighbors with a total 6 awesome dogs that live on my corner. I also noticed over on bree’s blog this link: http://mackinacislanddogearedpage.wordpress.com/, that is all about the dogs on Mackinac Island. They’re so cute!

The fourth reason that I love this time of year is that I get to start making fudge again! The cleaning and painting and organizing and fix-it projects are all finished, and we can start to get down to the business of making fudge. I’m sure you all know how much I love making fudge from my previous post, so today I only have one picture to share from yesterday’s candy making:

Quickly stirring a batch of peanut butter fudge.

My fifth reason for loving the island this time of year… well, it’s still the lilacs, hehe. Let me leave you with some final pictures of the lilacs around town:

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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