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

Snickers Fudge


2 c. milk chocolate chips
1/2 c. butterscotch chips
3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
4 T. butter
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. evaporated milk
7 oz. marshmallow creme
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. chopped peanuts
14 oz. pkg. caramels
1/4 c. heavy cream


1st Layer:
Melt the following in saucepan, 1 c. milk chocolate chips, 1/4 c. butterscotch chips and 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter.
Pour into lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Refrigerate until set.

2nd Layer:
Melt 4 T. butter, then add 1 c. sugar and 1/4 c. evaporated milk and bring to boil. Cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and quickly add 7 oz. marshmallow creme, 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter, 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 1/2 c. chopped peanuts. Pour into pan and refrigerate until set.

3rd Layer:
Melt 14 oz. pkg. caramels and 1/4 c. heavy cream over low heat until smooth. Pour into pan and refrigerate until set,

4th Layer:
Repeat 1 Layer. Pour into pan. Refrigerate at least 1 hr. before cutting.

Carol Walk
Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative

This is a family favorite. It tastes like a Snickers candy bar.