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

Mom’s Peanut Butter Balls


2 cups Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Butter (up to 3/4 cup possibly)
1 lb Powdered Sugar
3 cups Rice Chex Cereal (crunched up a bit)

1 (12oz bag) Milk or Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (depends on your liking)


Mix, by hand, first 4 ingredients (I wear plastic gloves…dirty hands gross me out) and make balls as big as you desire, place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and refrigerate (for dipping later). Once chilled, melt the chocolate chips until smooth, dip each ball and set back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until set. Then ENJOY!!!!

Michelle Rush
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

Each year I have a candy making party and this is the ONE treat EVERYONE wants more of and the recipe to follow! They love the crunch of the tastiest peanut butter balls!!