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.
View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.
3 x 7 ounces chocolate bars (any variety)
18 ounces chocolate chips
1 pound walnuts, chopped fine
13 ounces marshmallow cream
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 can evaporated milk
1 pound butter (no substitutes)
1. Break Chocolate bars (3 x 7 oz) into small pieces and combine with walnuts, chocolate chips, and marshmallow cream.
2. Cream in a VERY LARGE bowl.
3. Combine sugar, evaporated milk and butter (NO SUBSTITUTES) in saucepan.
4. Bring # 3 slowly to a rolling boil and boil for EXACTLY 4 full minutes – do not cook longer or shorter.
5. Pour mix from # 4 over the large bowl of chocolate mixture.
6. Blend until mixed well.
7. Pour into 2 greased 10 x 15 jelly roll pans.
8. Cool and chill before cutting into pieces.
Store in fridge
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This was my mother’s fudge recipe that she used to make every Christmas for our family. It was always a treat to be able to help her pick the chocolate bars and to break up the bars to help her make the recipe. It felt like Christmas season started when she made the fudge for us. It is by far the best fudge I have ever had.