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

Chocolate Balls


12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 egg whites
2 cups powdered sugar
3 cups crushed Ritz crackers
(crushed nut meats or powdered sugar for rolling balls in)


Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler, cool completely. Beat egg whites until very stiff. Gradually stir in the 2 cups of powdered sugar to egg whites. Add the crushed Ritz crackers to the egg white mixture. Then add the cooled, melted chocolate chips to the mixture. Let this mixture stand for 1 hour as it is very gooey to handle. Roll into balls and then roll the balls into the crushed nut meats or powdered sugar.

Margaret Bormet
Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative

This is from my Aunt Edith’s recipes and was a family favorite. It is very tasty and easy to make.