How sweet it is!

Christmas candy contest results

Homemade candy has been a holiday tradition for hundreds of years. Readers submitted almost 300 candy entries of their family holiday favorites, making it a difficult decision narrowing down entries.

Ultimately, winners emerged as judges sampled from 14 different selections including a variety of caramels, fudge, toffee, hard candies and chewy favorites.

First place went to the winning combination of toasted nuts, toffee and chocolate in Linda Pittman’s Triple Nut Toffee. The Honey Caramels, submitted by Jerry Daugherty, were a close second place for their smooth luscious texture and Carol Walk’s Snickers Fudge placed third for its chocolate, peanut, caramel combo that tastes just like its namesake.

The five honorable mentions are: Chocolate Amaretto Snowballs, submitted by Nancy H. Peterson; Rock Candy, submitted by Diane Sherman; Pecan Espresso Bark, submitted by Barbara Wiesen; Nougat, submitted by Mary H. Hammann; and Maple Bacon Fudge, submitted by Dorothy Billington.

1st place
Triple Nut Toffee
2nd Place
Honey Caramels
3rd Place
Snickers Fudge


View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.

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Peanut Clusters

Julie Kern Morrison, Menard Electric Cooperative

Fannie Mae Fudge

Shirley McCandless, Menard Electric Cooperative

Marla’s Fudge

PENNY ROCH, Menard Electric Cooperative

Coconut Bombs

Aletha Jerome, Menard Electric Cooperative

Best Caramels

Sharolyn Griesheim, Menard Electric Cooperative

Special Vanilla Carmels

Loida Breedlove, Menard Electric Cooperative

Best Ever Caramels

Tamara List, Menard Electric Cooperative

Aunt Dorie’s Fudge

Kay Foster, Menard Electric Cooperative

Candy Bar Fudge

Fran Hamann, Menard Electric Cooperative

Best Caramels

Mary Ratliff, Menard Electric Cooperative

Butterscotch Haystacks

Susan Leverton, Menard Electric Cooperative


Janet Mangalavite, Menard Electric Cooperative