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.

Toffee5---First-Place
1st place
Triple Nut Toffee
HoneyCaramel2
2nd Place
Honey Caramels
Snickers1
3rd Place
Snickers Fudge

 

View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.

Recipe submissions

Pecan Candy

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
1 ½ cups pecan halves
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Combine butter, sugar, water, and syrup.
Cook to 290 degrees. Use candy thermometer
to test. Put the pecan halves into the cooked
mixture and poor mixture onto the greased
cookie sheet. Cover with chocolate chips.
The chips will melt to cover the candy.
Cut candy into desired squares before
putting cookie sheet into the refrigerator
to harden or break up after hardened.


Joyce Lutz
Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative

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