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.
Butter Pecan Turtle Bars
2 cups flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 soft butter
1 1/2 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Combine flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup butter. Blend until crumbly. Pat firmly into 9×13 ungreased pan. Place pecan halves on unbaked crust.
Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring until mixture comes to a boil. Boil one minute, stirring constantly. Drizzle caramel over pecans and crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes until caramel bubbles and crust is light brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips – return to oven just long enough to melt chips. NOTE: chips will not change shape, just get shiny. Spread evenly over bars.
Cool very well and cut. Makes approximately 48 small bars.
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I’m not sure where I found the recipe but I’ve been making these for many years. These bars are rich so I cut them small, almost bite -sized. They are a pretty bar when cut so I always include them in goodie plates I give away. Sometimes I add a sprinkle of chopped pecans on top of the melted chips to add extra bling! My family says “chocolate, pecans and caramel, what’s not to love!”