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

my great grandma’s divinity


2 2/3 cup sugar, 2/3 cup syrup, 1/2 cup water, 2 egg whites, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2/3 cup of nuts.


stir sugar, syrup and water over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook without stirring to 260 degree’s on a candy thermometer, or until it forms hard balls in water. In a mixer bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Continue beating while pouring hot syrup in a thin stream into egg whites. Add vanilla; Beat until mixture holds its shape and becomes dull. Fold in nuts. Drop from battered spoon on wax paper. Then let cool at room temperature. Makes 4 dozen candies.

Gabriella Harshbarger
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

This is a favorite for me and my family because it is sweet, but still crunchy from the nuts and it is always made with love.