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

4 Chip Fudge


1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
12 oz milk chocolate chips
10 oz peanut butter chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 tbs milk
1 small container marshmallow fluff
1 c. butterscotch chips
1 tbs vanilla


Melt butter in large pan. When butter is melted, add the next 5 ingredients. Stir until melted. Remove from heat and add the rest: vanilla, butterscotch chips, and fluff. Stir until incorporated. Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate.

Susie Brauns
SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Inc.

This is a new recipe that I introduced into the family. It is now a favorite and has been handed out to family and friends. Even the non-chocolate lovers love it!