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

Holiday Fruitcake Cookies


4 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups brown sugar
2/3 cup thick sour cream or buttermilk
1 cup candied cherries
2 cans candied fruit and peels – 4 ounces each or 1 cup
Red or green candied cherries for top – optional
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup shortening
2 eggs beaten
1 cup pecans shopped
2 cups dates cut up


Sift flour together with soda and salt. Cream shortening. Add sugar and eggs; beat until light and fluffy. Add sour cream and flour; fold in nuts and cherries, dates and candied fruits. Chill dough, even for a day. Drop teaspoonful about 2″ apart onto lightly greased baking sheet. Top each with cherry half. Bake in moderate oven (360 degrees) 8 to 10 minutes.

Notes: I added some raisins & currants.
Yield: 8 dozen

Vicki L Colombo
Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association

They are pretty and taste great.