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

Chocolate Amaretto Snowballs


18 oz semi-sweet chocolate morsels, 14 oz can Eagle Brand condensed milk, 3-4 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, finely chopped blanched almonds.


In a heavy saucepan or a double boiler on low heat, melt chocolate morsels with the Eagle Brand milk. When completely blended, remove from heat to stir in Amaretto and almond extract. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours. Shape into 3/4″ balls and roll in chopped almonds. Place each snowball in a miniature decorative cupcake paper and store in the refrigerator till ready to serve. The flavor of this candy improves after 24 hours.

Nancy H Peterson
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

When I place the Amaretto Snowballs on trays or in boxes mixed with other Christmas cookies and candy, my family and friends always ask which one is the candy with Amaretto in it. It is an easy recipe to mix up and is fun to make with a friend. I have been making this candy for Christmas for over 40 years!