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.
View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.
Rocky Road Fudge
1 T. oleo
12 oz. bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
8 oz. dry roasted peanuts
1 small bag miniature marshmallows
Melt oleo in saucepan. Add chocolate chips. When melted, remove from heat and add Eagle Brand milk. Mix well.
Add peanuts and marshmallows. Spread in a greased 2 qt. pan and refrigerate. Cut in squares and enjoy!
Patricia L Brandt
Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Inc.
My mom loved Christmas and all the trimmings that went with it, especially making her favorite candies and cookies to share with friends and family. This is now a favorite in my collection and hoping it will be for those I share it with! Easy and delicious!