The History of Fudge

Fudge: From Origins to a Modern Delight

Fudge: it conjures up images of silky, rich confectionery, the softest of textures, and an indulgence that knows no bounds. It's a treat with a storied past, intimately linked with the growth of candy stores and a delightfully sweet addition to our culinary canon. Yet, where did fudge begin its sweet ascent? And how did it evolve into the iconic treat we know today?

Origins of Fudge

The story of fudge begins somewhat mysteriously. There are several tales about its invention, each one as sweet as the next. The most popular lore suggests that fudge was first created in the United States, where, in the 19th century, a serendipitous mistake led to a delicious discovery. As the story goes, a batch of caramel was mistakenly "fudged up," leading to the birth of this new confection.

Early recipes were simpler than what we enjoy today, often consisting of just sugar, butter, and milk. Initially, the process was labor-intensive, requiring constant stirring over an open flame. These early variations were coarse and crumbly, but over time, techniques improved, and fudge became creamier and more luxurious.

Popularity Surge

The mid-19th century marked the rise of the boardwalk culture, a time when sea-side resorts and their candy stores flourished. Fudge found a prime spot in these shops, its soft, silky texture and delectable flavor made for a crowd-pleaser.

The late 1800s and early 1900s saw fudge grow in popularity as recipes spread and kitchens across the country whipped up their own batches. It wasn't long before fudge became a staple in candy making. Popularity surged, and it was no longer confined to coastal towns; this sweet sensation was being enjoyed nationwide.

Making Delicious Fudge

What makes for truly delicious fudge is a time-honored recipe and a dedication to the craft. Enter McJak Candy, a brand that's as devoted to fudge as the original creators. McJak's traditional approach to fudge is a celebration of its heritage, ensuring that each batch is luscious and authentic.

Their fudge is a labor of love, handcrafted in small batches using methods reminiscent of the 19th century. Each copper kettle brims with a blend of locally sourced milk and butter, guaranteeing a richness that sets McJak's fudge apart from the rest. The process is as much about artistry as it is about science, with every step meticulously overseen to produce the perfect fudge — every time.

Tying History to Modern Palates

The appeal of fudge is timeless, a treat that bridges generations and delights all who savor it. For candy enthusiasts and food lovers alike, fudge represents the epitome of sweetness, an indulgence not just in taste but in the story it tells.

McJak Candy has become a modern ambassador for traditional fudge, with a commitment to preserving the authentic flavors that have made fudge such a classic. From their doors to your hands, their dedication to history is palpable. It's no wonder their fudge is as beloved now as it was back when the idea of boardwalks was new, and they're continuing a 100-year-old tradition.


The story of fudge is not just the tale of sweet tooth's delight; it's the narrative of innovation, growth, and the unyielding spirit of confectionery craftsmanship. Today, we celebrate the rich history of fudge and extend the invitation to experience its delight.

We invite you to share in the legacy, to savor the handmade delight from McJak Candy and to join us in celebrating a confectionery classic that's as rich in history as it is in flavor. After all, fudge has an enduring capacity to bring joy, and at McJak Candy, joy is what they've been stirring up since 1985. Want to try some delicious fudge, head over to McJak's fudge collection.