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

Never Fail Creamy Fudge


3 cups sugar 3/4 stick margarine 1 cup Milnot 1 – 12 oz pkg. chocolate chips 1 – 7 oz jar Marshmallow Creme 1 cup chopped walnuts


Mix sugar, Milnot, and margarine in medium sized sauce pan. When brought to full boil, boil 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips and Marshmallow Creme -beating with electric mixer until creamy.

Debbie Dixon
McDonough Power Cooperative

This simple fudge recipe has been a traditional Christmas recipe for our family for years. I remember my mom making it for the holidays. I loved getting to lick the beaters clean to get every last bit of that chocolaty yumminess! My children always loved it when I made it and now our grandchildren request it each Christmas!