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May's Candy Shop
We are hiring for the 2022 season! Email to inquire!
Our Family Recipes
Fudge and candy from the past and present
May's Candy Shop continues to make traditional fudge and candies that are still popular with our customers. From grandpa's famous Peanut Brittle to the family's long withstanding fudge making process with new modern flavors, May's hopes to provide favorite treats to the new generation of customers and fans alike.
Family Candy Makers
MEET THE MAY SIBLINGS
The 4th generation candymakers continue the traditional fudge and candy business at the oldest candy shop on Mackinac Island in Michigan. With over five generations of candy makers, May's Candy Shop continues to sell the best candies and fudge through the summer season. Heather, Carolyn, and Lee have stepped in to maintain their father's, Marvin S. May, legacy. With a diverse background in business, sales, design and many years growing up and learning the candy process, the current owners have provided a unique and modern approach in the confectionary business.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”
- Charles M. Schulz -
It's all in the Family
Fudge from Kansas to Michigan
The family that made fudge famous started in 1881 in Atchison, Kansas. The family slowly migrated up to Mackinac Island, Michigan. In the 1940s when our country was going through WWII and was still in a depression, the US had to go through sugar rationing to keep food supplies available to all. Since we couldn’t buy all the sugar we wanted, we could only make a certain amount each day. Harold May decided to only make fudge in the mornings and open the stores at noon every day, selling only 1 lb of fudge per customer. Because people loved our high quality fudge, and our dedication to keeping our business open for them all summer long, customers lined up outside for their share of fudge and we would sell out in two hours! Finally, when WWII ended and the US was coming out of the depression, people remembered what we did to keep our fudge fresh and available to them, which is how the May family made fudge famous!