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.
Chocolate Peanut Clusters
1 Package Chocolate Bark, 1Cup Crunchy Peanut Butter, 2 Cups Dry Roasted Peanuts, 3 Cups Rice Krispies
Melt chocolate bark in microwave. In a very large bowl, stir chocolate and peanut butter together. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper covered cookie sheets. chill in refrigerator until set.
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This recipe is not too expensive to make. Doesn’t have a lot of ingredients. Very quick and easy to make. And it makes a lot! Enough to share as Christmas gifts in pretty containers. Also, when my two boys were young, I entered this candy in the State Fair and won a Blue Ribbon.