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

Chocolate Balls


1/2 lb. margarine, softened
1/3 lb. Honeymaid graham crackers, crushed into fine crumbs
1 lb. box powered sugar
12 oz. jar crunchy peanut butter
Small can flecked coconut
1 cup finely chopped pecans

Dip: 1/8 lb. paraffin wax & 6 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips


Mix all ingredients together in large mixing bowl kneading like dough.

Form into small balls.

Melt paraffin & chocolate together over hot water. When completely cooled, dip ball in mixture with a teaspoon and put on wax paper. Pack in tightly covered container.

Geralyn Thacker
Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Inc.

This recipe is dear to my heart because of a special, wonderful lady, and thet are delicious!