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

Crockpot Christmas Crack


1-16 oz. jar salted peanuts
1-16 oz. jar unsalted peanuts (I use salted peanuts for both)
1-12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-12 oz. bag milk chocolate chips
2-10 oz. bags peanut butter chips
2-1 lb. pkg. white almond bark or vanilla candy coating


Layer all ingredients in order in a 6 qt. crockpot on low for 2 1/2 hours. Stir well and drop on parchment or wax paper to cool and harden.

Connie Dahmer
SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Inc.

It is a delicious and addictive candy you can make with very little trouble which is great during the hectic Christmas season; just layer in the ingredients and walk away. Makes a lot so a good candy to share/give as gifts.