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

Easy ‘Never Fail’ Milk Chocolate Fudge – 5lbs.


4 1/2 c sugar; 1 13oz Milnot evaporated milk; 1/2 lb Butter; 1 T Vanilla
2 c chop Marshmallows (12 big ones chopped)
12 oz Milk Chocolate Chips
2 c chopped nuts, walnuts or pecans – optional


Grease 9X12 pan for thick squares or sheet cake pan for thinner squares, Chop the 12 marshmallows and open bag of chips.
Bring the first 4 ingredients to a full boil, lower heat to medium, boil exactly 11 minutes
Remove from stove whip in chips and marshmallows until all melted; add nuts and pour into prepared pan, Cool 1 hours, slice and store in cool place.

NOTE: recipe is from the 1960’s. Milnot and Chips no longer come in size stated. It will work with lesser amounts, but better if you use the original amount, so buy 2 cans of Milnot and 2 bags of milk chocolate chips.

Judy Haley Clay
Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Inc.

Easy, fairly fast, great project for children that are old enough to use the range. Always a ‘hit’ on cookie gift platters.