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.

Recipe submissions

Peanut Butter Fudge


7 oz. jar marshmallow creme
1 C. peanut butter ( smooth or chunky)
1 1/2 C granulated sugar
3/4 C Milnot
1 teaspoon vanilla


Put marshmallow creme and peanut butter in large bowl. Mix together. Cook sugar and Milnot together until it forms a soft ball. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and pour over marshmallow creme and peanut butter mixture. Mix well until creamy. Pour into greased 8 X 8 pan and let cool. You may double the recipe and use a 9 X 13 pan.

Barbara Gilhaus
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

Not everyone in our family likes chocolate so I love to have this creamy peanut butter fudge on hand. It is usually gone before the chocolate fudge in our family.