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.
View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.
Potato Chip Clusters
9 squares (1 ounce each) white baking chocolate – NOT WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS
2 cups crushed potato chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate in 15 second intervals. Stir in potato chips and pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until set.
Yield: about 3 dozen
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Such an easy, no-fuss candy at the busiest time of the year. It’s also a great way to use up all the potato chip crumbles that are left at the bottom of the bag. When we finish a bag of chips, I put all the crumbles in the freezer until I am ready to use them.