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Earn 906 Rewards on your Ryba’s purchase by entering your membership number (the phone number you used to register) in the “906 Rewards Number” field at checkout. (Click the “sign up for free” link to join.) Our team will process your rewards and add them to your account.


To redeem 906 Rewards, please contact us at info@ryba.com or 800.447.9227 to process your order. For online orders, our system requires a prepayment, input your 906 Rewards Number in the appropriate field at checkout, and in the “Order Notes” section mention that you’d like to redeem your 906 Rewards. Enter your credit card details as usual and place the order. After processing your order and applying your rewards balance, we will refund your credit card accordingly.

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aCan I send orders to multiple addresses?

Shipping to multiple addresses is currently available for orders placed through our site. We are happy to help if you require additional assistance with multiple shipping address orders and corporate gifting arrangements. Contact us here.

aCan I send Ryba’s Mackinac Island fudge as a gift?

Absolutely! We can help you send corporate gifts to clients across the country or as a ‘just because’ to your aunt with the sweet tooth. Ryba’s Mackinac Island Fudge makes the perfect gift for every occasion.

Our online shop allows shipping to single or multiple locations. Personalization is also available upon checkout; mark that it’s a gift, and you’ll have the option to include a free message. We even gift wrap for a small fee.

Volume discounts and easy bulk ordering are available for corporate gift-giving. Visit our Corporate Giftingpage for more information.

aCustomized Event Orders

Yes! Click here for bulk Business and Corporate Gifting or here for Event Favors perfect for dessert tables, welcome bags, thank-you gifts, and wedding favors.

aDo I need to worry about the fudge melting in transit?

Nope! Our fudge is handcrafted and carefully packed after being thoroughly cooked, ensuring that your fudge remains nice and smooth (and solid), even when shipping it to warmer locales.

The only exception is our vegan fudge which has a much lower melting temperature. We offer it in limited edition batches throughout the year, and it is readily available in the cooler months. Be sure to sign up for906 Rewardsto receive email notifications of when it’ll be available for shipment.

aGift Cards

Our online ordering system requires prepayment for orders using a 906 Rewards Mackinac Island Gift Card as payment. To make an online order using a gift card, enter the gift card number in the “906 Rewards Number” field at checkout and notify us in the “Order Notes” section that you’d like to redeem your Gift Card. Enter your credit card details as usual and place the order. After processing your order and applying your gift card balance, we will refund your credit card accordingly. If you would prefer not to prepay for your gift card order, please get in touch with us atinfo@ryba.comor 800.447.9227, and we’d be happy to help you redeem your gift card.

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aHow do I track my order?

After placing your order, you’ll receive a confirmation email. Once we’ve sent your package on its way, we’ll send you a shipping confirmation email that includes the USPS tracking number for your order. Click the tracking number link in that email to check your expected delivery date or track the shipment progress. If you aren’t seeing your order confirmation in your inbox, please check your junk, spam, or bulk folder for an email from Ryba’s Fudge Shop before reaching out to us.

aHow long is Mackinac fudge good for?

Fudge is a perishable delight, and its longevity depends on how it’s stored. For optimal freshness, we recommend consuming your fudge within ten days of purchase. Excessive exposure to air can cause the fudge to dry out slightly, just trim the dried edges, and the inside will still be creamy and delicious. If you have the willpower to save your fudge for later, wrap it tight in heavy wax paper or freezer wrap and pop it in the freezer for up to six months. When you’re ready to indulge again, allow it a bit of thawing time, and it’ll be as delightful as the day you first savored its sweet embrace.

aHow long will my fudge stay fresh?

Fudge is perishable. Consume within ten days of purchase. If you expose fudge to too much air, it will start to dry out. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it. Trim the dried edges, and the inside will still be creamy and delicious. If you have the willpower to save your fudge for later, wrap it up nice and tight in heavy wax paper or freezer wrap and pop it in the freezer for up to six months. After a bit of thawing time, it’ll be good as gold.

aHow many Mackinac Island fudge flavors does Ryba’s offer?

At Ryba’s, we love creating new and exciting Mackinac Island fudge flavors to tantalize your taste buds. Our commitment to handcrafted perfection shines through in every batch.

From timeless classics like German Chocolate and Michigan Cherry Chocolate to modern favorites like dairy-free vegan chocolate, we’re always delivering your favorites and adding something new to try. With a classic line-up of six original flavors that never go out of style, plus delightful holiday favorites that add a festive touch, you’ll want to make it a habit to drop by regularly and see which flavors we’re shipping.

For an in-depth exploration of our mouthwatering offerings, visit our Flavors page. To stay in the loop on our ever-changing seasonal delights, don’t forget to sign up for our 906 Rewards Club and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Get ready to embark on a sweet journey of flavor discovery at Ryba’s!

aHow will my order be processed if I choose a future delivery date?

If you’re hoping for your fudge to arrive by a specific date, you can specify this in the “Order Notes” at checkout. If your delivery date is longer than three days from your order date, we may choose to delay the processing and shipment of your order so that your fudge and other sweet treats arrive as fresh as possible. Our online ordering system requires us to charge your credit card at the time of your order, even if the shipment is requested for a later date. But don’t worry; we’ll process your order accordingly and have your delicious fudge headed your way when you want it.

aI have allergy concerns. What exactly does your fudge contain? Is the fudge gluten-free/nut-safe?

We use the traditional ingredients of cream, sugar, corn syrup, palm kernel oil, and salt when making most of our fudge flavors. (Our vegan fudge does not contain any dairy.) For our chocolate flavors, occasionally we use chocolate that contains soy lecithin. We add nuts and other ingredients to create our menu of fudge flavors.

Every flavor of fudge, except for Oreo, is gluten-free.

All our fudge is made in-house in our Ryba’s shops, where we handle walnuts, pecans, cashews, and peanuts. While we take careful precautions to avoid any allergy contamination, we cannot guarantee that any flavor is entirely free of traces of nuts.

aI’m looking for inspiration. What are some sweet worthy special occasions?
  • Birthdays
  • Thank you
  • Corporate Gifting
    • For clients
    • For employees
    • Event Swag Bags
  • Holidays
    • Valentine’s Day
    • Easter
    • Mother’s Day
    • Father’s Day
    • Halloween
    • Thanksgiving
    • Christmas
    • Hanukkah
  • Parties
    • Super Bowl
    • Wedding Favors
  • or ‘Just Because’ life is sweet
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At Ryba’s, we treat every customer like family. That means your privacy is critical to us. You agree to be added to our906 Rewards Clubemail list by placing an order on our site, which we use only to promote our family’s businesses. (You may unsubscribe from these at any time.)

All information collected on this site will be kept confidential and will not be sold, disclosed to third parties, or reused without your permission.Please read our full Privacy Policy.

aReturn Policy

At Ryba’s Fudge Shops, our standards are impeccably high. If your order doesn’t live up to our quality standards for freshness, taste, and texture, we’ll gladly help replace it. If there is an occasion when you’re dissatisfied with your fudge, please get in touch with us right away atinfo@ryba.comor 800.447.9227.

All orders are final. We are unable to change, modify or cancel orders, please make sure everything is correct before placing your order.

aShipping Policies

Shipping is available to addresses within the 48 continental United States. We process and ship orders within 24 hours of being placed, Monday through Friday OR on the shipping date you’ve chosen while placing your online order.

It’s important to us for your Mackinac Island Fudge to arrive fresh and delicious. Unfortunately, we do not ship outside of the contiguous United States since we can’t guarantee that it’ll arrive at the level of quality you deserve.

While our preferred carrier is USPS, we reserve the right to ship with another carrier as necessary. When your package is prepared for shipping, you will receive detailed tracking information via email. If you cannot find your shipping information, please check your junk, spam, or bulk folder.

We offer free USPS Priority Mail Shipping. To qualify for free shipping, your order must be over $75 after any discounts have been applied to one delivery address.

During peak season or holidays, we are not responsible for further delays on behalf of the shipping carrier. The standard lead time from order to shipment is 3 to 5 days. This could be extended or shortened depending on season and demand. Lead times allow maximum quality and ensure that your fudge is as fresh as possible upon arrival.

To discuss expedited shipping options, please email us.

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aWhat are your cutoff dates for holiday ordering?

Here at Ryba’s, we love holidays. Gathering with family and friends, eating good food, watching football, getting outside, and the list goes on. Our favorite fudge and sweet treats are the perfect addition to every holiday gathering. And they always top the list for ‘favorite gift received.’

Like everyone else, we expect the holiday shipping season to be busy. So, to get you your holiday goodies, give yourself (and us!) some extra time. Fudge is a perishable food product, be sure not to ship too early. A good rule of thumb is to choose a shipping date no less than three weekdays prior to the day you’d like your package to arrive.

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aWhat food is Mackinac Island known for?

Mackinac Island is best known for its delicious fudge. Visitors from across the globe come to sample some of the finest fudge creations, savoring each decadent bite as they explore the island’s charming streets and scenic vistas. At Ryba’s Fudge Shops, we invite you to indulge in this timeless tradition that has captivated taste buds for generations. Order now and treat yourself to a slice of fudgie paradise!

aWhat is a fun fact about Mackinac Island fudge?

A delightful tidbit about Mackinac Island fudge is the endearing nickname bestowed upon its visitors: “Fudgies.” Coined by none other than Harry Ryba himself in the 1960s, this affectionate term reflects the warm hospitality and jovial spirit of Mackinac Island. As tourists explore the island’s picturesque landscape and indulge in its sweet offerings, they proudly embrace the title of “Fudgies,” joining a cherished tradition that adds a touch of whimsy to their Mackinac experience. So, next time you find yourself on Mackinac Island, wear the title of “Fudgie” with pride as you delight in the island’s irresistible fudge creations from Ryba’s Fudge Shops!

aWhat island in Michigan is known for their fudge?

Mackinac Island, Michigan is celebrated for its fresh, handcrafted fudge, attracting visitors far and wide. Situated in the picturesque waters of Lake Huron, near the iconic Mackinac Bridge, this charming island has earned its reputation for crafting exceptional hand-made fudge. The island’s temperate climate, with warm summers and no dry season, provides the perfect conditions for fudge making, resulting in a distinctively rich and creamy texture that captivates the taste buds. With a tradition dating back generations, Mackinac Island’s fudge artisans have perfected their craft, ensuring that each batch is a delightful indulgence that embodies the essence of this enchanting destination.

aWhat makes Mackinac Island fudge different?

What sets Mackinac Island fudge apart is its distinct taste and texture, crafted in a unique environment that contributes to its exceptional quality. Mackinac Island’s temperate climate creates the perfect conditions for fudge making. This environment allows for a creamier texture and richer flavor profile that distinguishes Mackinac Island fudge from fudge made elsewhere. Additionally, the island’s longstanding tradition of artisanal craftsmanship and commitment to using premium ingredients ensures that each batch of fudge is a masterpiece of flavor and quality. So, when you bite into a piece of Mackinac Island fudge, you’re not just tasting a treat – you’re experiencing a true culinary delight perfected over generations by the Ryba family.

aWhat makes Ryba’s Mackinac Island Fudge unique?

Our rich family history spills over into our unique recipes and onto the marble slab. Ryba’s makes a superior fudge, offering superb flavor and a creamy texture. From our family to yours, it fills us with pride to share our legacy of Michigan-made handcrafted Mackinac Island Fudge. Visit ouronline shopto see what sweet treats inspire you.

aWhere is the world’s best fudge?

Look no further than Mackinac Island, Michigan, for the world’s finest fudge! Renowned for its unparalleled freshness and exceptional flavor, Mackinac Island’s fudge has garnered a global reputation that attracts fudge enthusiasts from far and wide. With its rich tradition of craftsmanship and commitment to quality, Mackinac Island sets the standard for fudge excellence, captivating the taste buds of visitors from across the globe. Indulge in the irresistible allure of Mackinac Island fudge and experience a taste sensation like no other.

aWho is Ryba Mackinac Island?

Harry Ryba, the visionary founder of Ryba’s Mackinac Island Fudge, established a legacy of creamy, delectable fudge. Recognized by its signature pink boxes and storefronts, Ryba’s continues to delight thousands of eager tourists annually.

aWhy does Ryba’s put electric blankets on the marble tables at night?

Our marble tables are an essential part of the fudge-making process at Ryba’s. Marble naturally absorbs heat, making it the perfect surface to cream and cool our fudge. During the day, we rotate between 3-4 tables to ensure the marble has enough time to cool between batches. Regardless, the marble will heat up slowly during the day as it absorbs in the heat from each batch of fudge.

The ideal starting point for the marble each morning is as close to the surrounding air temperature as we can manage. If the marble begins too cold, the stone can “shock” the fudge and cause it to cool and set up unevenly. Since the night air is generally much colder than during the day, electric blankets keep the marble slabs at the correct temperature throughout the night so we can start right back to making the creamiest fudge on Mackinac Island in the morning.

Before we close the store each night, we slip low-powered electric blankets onto the marble fudge tables we intend to use the next morning. This does not heat the tables but rather maintains the heat present in the marble so each morning starts with lukewarm slabs. With the magic of this seemingly simple innovation, our fudge sets up evenly every time!

aWhy don’t you ship to Canada?

Though we love our nearby neighbors to the north, the whole international shipping/customs thing sure puts a wrench in any possible fudge supply chain. Long delivery times and border delays don’t mesh well with our perishable products. So instead, we’ll have to wait until we see our Canadian friends in person on Mackinac Island.

aWhy is Mackinac Island Fudge so famous?

Mackinac Island’s transition from its fur trading and military origins in the mid-19th century to a vacation destination sparked its fame for sweets, notably maple sugar. As the sweet treats on Mackinac evolved, it was discovered that Mackinac Island had the ideal climate for making fudge, which captivated the hearts and taste buds of visitors.

aWhy is Mackinac Island fudge so good?

Mackinac Island Fudge is renowned for its exceptional taste and quality due to a combination of factors. The island’s unique climate provides an ideal environment for fudge making, resulting in a creamy texture and rich flavor that sets it apart. Additionally, Mackinac Island has a long-standing tradition of fudge craftsmanship, with artisans honing their skills over generations to create delectable treats using time-tested techniques. This dedication to quality and tradition ensures that each bite of Mackinac Island fudge delivers an unforgettable taste experience, making it truly exceptional.

aWill pricing information be included if I place an order as a gift?

We do not include receipts or invoices with gift orders. The receipt is sent to the email listed on the order.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions About Ryba's Fudge - Ryba's Mackinac Island Fudge Shop (2024)


How long does Rybas fudge last? ›

Fudge is perishable. Consume within ten days of purchase. If you expose fudge to too much air, it will start to dry out.

What are some fun facts about Mackinac Island Fudge? ›

Today, there are 13 fudge shops on Mackinac Island, and they're making so much fudge that the island imports 10 tons of sugar per week! Sampling Mackinac Island fudge remains one of the favorite activities of visitors, with chocolate being the most popular (although when President Gerald R.

Can you freeze Mackinac Island Fudge? ›

If you want to keep your Mackinac Island Fudge fresh to give to someone as a gift, and that friend will not be with you for a week or so, consider wrapping it tightly in Seran wrap and freezing it in zip lock freezer bags for the time being.

Who owns Ryba's fudge? ›

Today, the legacy of Ryba's Fudge continues to thrive under the stewardship of Victor Callewaert and Rena Ryba's children – Todd, Mary, Ann, and Gregg.

How long does fudge need to be refrigerated? ›

Homemade Fudge stored in the fridge or refrigerator lasts about 2 - 3 weeks. It provides the cool temperature that this type of fudge exactly demands.

How do you know when to stop beating fudge? ›

Let the mixture cool before beating. The temperature at this point should be 43°C to 45°C (110°F to 113°F). The fudge should be warm but not burning hot. Stop beating when the surface of the mixture starts to look dull or matte.

What makes Mackinac Island so special? ›

Mackinac Island offers timeless charm with its horse-drawn carriages , historic architecture and attractions . Come explore the island's natural beauty through miles of biking and hiking trails and enjoy a wide variety of activities .

What is the nickname for Mackinac Island? ›

It's been said that Native Americans thought the shape of the island resembled a turtle, so they named it "Mitchimakinak" meaning "big turtle." Then, the French used their own version of the original pronunciation and named it Michilimackinac.

What is the mystery on Mackinac Island about? ›

Thirteen-year-old Hunter Martineau lives on the island year around and knows everything about the place. Well, almost everything. When bikes start to mysteriously disappear all over the island, Hunter is determined to catch the thief and claim the reward money.

Why shouldn't you refrigerate fudge? ›

Fudge is best stored at room temperature for 2 to 3 weeks wrapped up in its original wax paper. NEVER REFRIGERATE your fudge as this will draw out the moisture and leave you with dry, crumbly fudge.

Does mackinac fudge need to be refrigerated? ›

All Natural Ingredients! Shelf life at room temperature – 12 weeks. Shelf Life refrigerated -24 weeks. In a freezer – indefinitely.

Is it OK to freeze homemade fudge? ›

It keeps fairly well and if you keep it in the fridge it will last up to 3 weeks. It will also freeze for up to 3 months, though there is always a small risk with fudge that the texture changes slightly on defrosting. Fudge can dry out and becomes crumbly so you need to package it carefully for freezing.

What makes mackinac island fudge different? ›

To obtain the world famous taste, the fudge is slowly cooked in traditional copper kettles over a gas flame. Once the desired temperature is reached, the mixture is poured onto marble slabs for a cooling period and then hand-paddled into loaves.

Where is the best fudge in the world? ›

While fudge was not invented on Mackinac Island, it most certainly – and most deliciously – was perfected here.

What famous people own property on Mackinac Island? ›

Do any celebrities live on Mackinac Island? Yes, celebrities have houses on Mackinac Island. A few are actor Vince Vaughn, Director Ron Howard, and Michigan's own Bob Seger.

Does packaged fudge expire? ›

Commercially produced fudge often contains preservatives that extend its shelf life beyond that of homemade varieties. Typically, it can last anywhere from 2 to 3 months when stored properly in a cool, dry place. However, it's always wise to check the best-before date and follow the manufacturer's storage guidelines.

How long does Joann's fudge last? ›

Joanns fudge is best stored at room temperature up to 2 weeks. If you would like to enjoy it at a later date, freeze it air tight (wrapped in plastic wrap works best) It will last up to a year frozen.

How long does gourmet fudge last? ›

Fudge can be stored for about two weeks at room temperature, preferably in an airtight container. It's still good after that, but in those circ*mstances, the sugars will recrystalize eventually too. Proper fudge doesn't need to be refrigerated and to taste at its best, shouldn't be refrigerated.

How long does sugar fudge last? ›

Store in an airtight container between layers of parchment for up to 2 weeks at room temperature. If kept in the fridge, fudge will last for up to 3 weeks.

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