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

Red Velvet Cake Balls


Red Velvet boxed cake Mix
1 cup vanilla frosting (bought premade)
6 blocks white vanilla Almond Bark


Bake cake per box instructions. Cool to touch. When cooled, crumble cake into pieces and mix with the 1 cup vanilla frosting. Shape into 1″ balls. Place cake balls onto wax paper lined baking sheet. Place sheet in freezer for about 30-45 minutes. Meanwhile melt
white vanilla almond bark in microwave safe bowl, for 1 minute intervals until melted and you’re able to stir smooth. Take red velvet
cake balls from freezer and dip into melted almond bark. Place back on wax paper lined baking sheet. Let set. You can place in
refrigerator to speed up the process. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. These freeze well if you want to make ahead of
time; just thaw before serving. Makes 60-65 cake balls.
I make these every year at Christmas time. They are great for the Christmas dinner table, and to use in gift baskets for neighbors.

Carol Stepp
EnerStar Electric Cooperative

Who doesn’t like Red Velvet Cake? and Chocolate?