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



2 1/2 cups brown sugar
Dash salt
1 TBS light syrup
1 TBS butter or margarine’
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coursely chopped nuts


Combine sugar, salt, corn syrup,butter and milk. Cook till sugar dissolves,
to softball stage, 238 degrees. Cool at room temperature, without stirring
till luke warm 110 degree. Add vanilla. Beat until mixture holds its shape.
Cut into squares. Makes 24 pieces.

Janice Sneeden
Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative

This was a family favorite when I was a girl. My mother made it every year when we were kids and still when we would all go home for Christmas. It dates back to my Great Grandmother.