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

Butterscotch candy


1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup white karo syrup


Put all ingredients in a heavy sauce pan and boil until brittle when tested in cold water. Pour into a buttered cookie pan. Let cool for 20 minutes then score with a knife. When cold you can then break it into pieces. Wrap in small pieces of waxed paper.

Jo Ann Lunk
Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Inc.

It is a recipe from a relative that she would make and send to family every Christmas. My family like it so much I continue to make it not only at Christmas but other occasions and requests.