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

microwave peanut brittle


1 cup raw peanuts, 1/2 cup corn syrup. 1 cup of sugar,1/8tsp not add the next ingridents to mix they come later 1 tbsp oleo, tsp baking soda, 1tsp vinilla


mix well cook on high 3 minutes . stir and cook 2 more minutes, add 1 tbsp oleo and 1 tsp vanilla cook for 1 minute add 1 tsp baking soda. stir and pour on greased pan. spread thin and let cool for 30 min. break into pieces. all cooking instruction time is based on a 1700.watt microwave set on high . less wattage microwave add extra minute to each step

louise butterick
Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative

always get alot of compliments when we give it to our friends, most say it taste just like grandma made. it is also very easy to make with very little time needed.