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

Oreo Balls


1 Package of Oreo Cookies (or other sandwich cookie)
1 Package Cream Cheese
White Chocolate Bark
Milk Chocolate Bark


Separate the sandwich cookies, and scrape the cream into a separate large bowl. Place the cookies into a gallon-sized storage bag. After separating the whole package, close the storage bag and crush the cookie pieces until they are in fine-medium sized bits. In the bowl with the cream, add in the package of cream cheese and blend with a mixer. Slowly add the crushed cookie bits, mixing as you go. Melt one type of chocolate in a glass bowl. Form balls with the batter using a spoon, and drop the batter into the melted chocolate until coated. Drop onto wax paper. Complete until you run out of batter. Melt the other type of chocolate and drizzle onto the already covered balls. Once chocolate is set, remove from the wax paper and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy them. For added fun, use different flavors of sandwich cookies and different colored chocolates. You may also add sprinkles or mixed nuts while the drizzly chocolate is still wet. Enjoy!

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We love making these in my family because we can change the different types so that everyone has a flavor they enjoy. This is also a recipe that the kids can make that doesn’t require an oven or “super-hot” temperatures. We usually melt our chocolate in the microwave a brick at a time. I can remember making them with my cousin when I was little, and have passed the tradition on to my son, Michael.