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

Peppermint Oreo Bark Candy


1 lb  vanilla candy coating or almond bark
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp butter (melted)
15 Oreos crushed 
5 tbsp crushed candy cane; note: 1 candy cane = 1 tbsp (I use a food processor to crush candy canes)


1.  Melt the vanilla candy coating; see note below
2.  Add oil & butter to your chocolate and stir well.
3.  Add 2/3 (10) of crushed oreos.  Mix well.
4. Cover a regular size cookie sheet with foil.
5. Spread to the thickness you want it to be.
6.  Sprinkle reserved crushed oreos (5) and crushed candy cane on top.
7.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
8.  Break into smaller pieces.  Enjoy!

Easy way to melt vanilla candy coating . . . 
In a glass or metal bowl that can fit over the top of a pot without it falling inside
Add 2-3 inches of water to the pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and place the bowl on top.
Add chocolate, oil and butter as directed above.
This works better than melting in microwave.

Kathy Tolson
Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative

It is fun to make and very tasty.
Quick and easy for a gathering at your work or at home.