opened our first fudge shop in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on June 1,
1964. That Original Fudge Shop is still open today. As we built
counters with my Dad and friends, ordered products and equipment, the
shop was coming together. However, we had one big problem…neither
“Mort” nor I had ever made a complete batch of fudge…from start to
finish. “Mort” had never even seen fudge!! I had only stirred fudge on
Mackinac island. I was never allowed to cream, loaf, or shine a hand
stirred fudge batch!
we coated the windows with “Bon Ami” so, nobody could see us testing
our fudge making techniques…Then, we tried our first batch, then the
second, then the third, and so on…Fear was in our hearts. What had we
done??? Was there a secret ingredient we had missed??!!!? Mort was
ticked at me! He yelled, “What? You’ve never made fudge?” “No, I’ve
only stirred fudge!” I whimpered. “But, I’m positive I can do it,
unless there is a secret formula or ingredient I don’t know about!”
You could either drink it with a straw or build a house with it. Every
failed fudge batch was greeted warmly by our furry friends as we dumped
it in the nearby woods to cover our failures. THEN, FINALLY!, IT
HAPPENED! WE HAD MAPLE FUDGE! It was creamy and delicious. From then
on it was smooth sailing.
too short. My good friend, “Mort”, passed away in 2012 in Gettysburg,
PA after establishing 79 fudge shops all over the world and a fighting a
long battle with Cancer. He left us with many memories of an
exceptional human being with an extraordinary sense of humor and a warm
heart that expanded beyond the imagination. God Bless Mort!
After 50 years, I’m still “fudging it”… McClellan Properties is a Michigan
Fudge Business with 9 shops all the way from Sault Ste. Marie in the
Upper Peninsula to Rochester just north of Detroit. Fudge has become
Michigan’s favorite candy and we are proud to be apart of the reason why.