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.
Sour Cream Fudge
2 cups sugar
1 stick margarine
3/4 cup sour cream
1- 7 oz. jar Marshmallow Cream
12 oz. Almond Bark (broken in small pieces)
3/4 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup craisins
Combine sugar, sour cream and margarine. Bring to a rolling boil, boil 7 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat, stir in almond bark until melted, then add all other ingredients. Pour into greased 8 or 9″ square pan. Cool then cut and enjoy!
Norris Electric Cooperative
This fudge has a very unique taste, the craisins adding a bit of tartness so that it isn’t overly sweet.