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

Down The Chimney Fudgies


2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 C. shortening
1 C. granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 C. sifted all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
(Optional) 1/2 C. nuts


Melt chocolate with a shortening in double broiler. Remove from heat & thoroughly stir in sugar, eggs, flour, salt & vanilla. Top with nuts if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes
Yields 2.5 dozen 2 inch squares.

Al Benedick
Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Inc.

Tradition is something I love to keep around, no matter how much everything else changes. Some of my best memories are tied to cooking with family during the Christmas season. When the kitchen begins to smell like these easy to bake chocolate fudge bars, we know it’s finally Christmastime in Columbia Illinois.