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

Holiday Candy Crunch


Chex Cereal – Corn or Rice
Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Pretzels – mini or sticks
M&M’s – red and green, or any color you like
White Almond Bark (or white chocolate chips)

Options: Use different cereal options in place of Chex such as: Peanut Butter Captain Crunch mixed with Cocoa Puffs; Cheerios and Rice Krispies; Cap’n Crunch and Fruity Pebbles; Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Golden Grahams


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add all of the ingredients, except almond bark, to a very large bowl.
Place almond bark in microwave safe dish to melt in microwave. Begin with 1 minute and then stir. Continue heating in 10 second intervals and stirring after each interval until completely melted.
Pour melted white chocolate over the mixture and stir well to coat all ingredients.
Spread mixture onto parchment paper lined sheet. Let sit about 5-10 minutes to set.
Break pieces apart.
This can also be placed in gift boxes for family, friends and neighbors!

Frank Iskra
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

As a young child, I remember making a version of this. Now, this has become a yearly tradition with our kids. It is easy and fun for the kids to make. What’s even better is the ability to substitute ingredients to make different combinations. Each child can choose the cereals they want to use for their recipe instead of the Chex cereals. Some options have included: Peanut Butter Captain Crunch and Cocoa Puffs; Cheerios and Rice Krispies; Cap’n Crunch and Fruity Pebbles; Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Golden Grahams. Also, the kids have used different candy in place of the peanut butter cups and M&Ms such as Snickers/Twix/Kit Kat/Hershey’s Cookies and Cream (partially freeze then cut in to small pieces). It’s fun to see the different combinations they create each year!