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.
Fool Proof, Yummy, Microwave Caramels
2 sticks of butter
1 cup corn syrup
2 cups brown sugar
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla to add at the end
Melt the butter in a 3 qt. microwavable dish. Add sugar, syrup and condensed milk. Cook on high for 15 minutes stirring every 5 minutes. Add vanilla and stir down. Butter a 9″ x 13″ pan. Pour the cooked caramel into the buttered dish and cool. Cut and wrap in waxed paper squares.
Add-in option before pouring: Cup or more of chopped pecans
Karen D Agnoletti
Spoon River Electric Cooperative
This is quick, few ingredients, one cooking dish and very tasty. I have never had a batch not be a success. I used to cook a caramel on the stove that could be under cooked (spoon caramels, haha) or overcooked (tooth breaking hard). These are the first things my guest go for on my Christmas cookie and candy tray.