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.
Granddad’s Chocolate Roll
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1/4 pound dipping chocolate
16 large marshmallows
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons milk
3 drops peppermint
melt marshmallows in milk in double boiler.
stir until creamy
completely combine melted chocolate, raisins, nuts, peppermint with marshmallows and milk.
form into roll on waxed paper (easiest to put on waxed paper and wrap, then form roll)
cool for several hours and then slice, like cookies
store on layers of waxed paper in cookie tin in refrigerator.
Christina Block Terrell
Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative
Granddad Block always made this for our Christmas dessert.
Four generations now enjoy it.