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.

Toffee5---First-Place
1st place
Triple Nut Toffee
HoneyCaramel2
2nd Place
Honey Caramels
Snickers1
3rd Place
Snickers Fudge

 

View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.

Recipe submissions

MICROWAVE FANTASY FUDGE

Ingredients:

3 CUPS SUGAR
3/4 CUP BUTTER
2/3 CUP EVAPORATED MILK
1- 12OZ PKG SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS
1- 7 OZ MARSHMALLOW CREME
1 TSP VANILLA
1 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS (OPTIONAL)

Directions:

MICROWAVE BUTTER IN 1 4QT MICROWAVE SAFE BOWL ON HIGH (100%) 1 MINUTE OR UNTIL BUTTER IS MELTED.
ADD SUGAR AND EVAPORATED MILK; MIX WELL.
MICROWAVE ON HIGH A TOTAL OF 5 MINUTES OR UNTIL MIXTURE BEGINS TO BOIL STIR AFTER 3 MINUTES.
MIX WELL; SCRAPE BOWL.
CONTINUE TO MICROWAVE ON HIGH 3 MINUTES, STIR
MICROWAVE ANOTHER 1 1/2 MINUTES.
STIR IN CHIPS, UNTIL MELTED
ADD MARSHMALLOW FLUFF UNTIL MIXED WELL
ADD VANILLA & WALNUTS, MIX WELL
POUR INTO GREASED 13 X 9-INCH BAKING PAN. COOL AT ROOM TEMPERATURE, CUT INTO SQARES
MAKES 3 POUNDS
SERVINGS: 117


JEANNE SCHNEIDER
Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP)

THIS IS AN OLDEE BUT A GOODY. MY HUSBAND, HIS CO-WORKERS, MY KIDS, THEIR FRIENDS , MY CO-WORKERS , AND NEIGHBORS ALL REQUEST THIS AT CHRISTMAS TIME. SOME LIKE IT WITHOUT NUTS AND SOME LIKE IT WITH THE NUTS SO I MAKE IT BOTH WAYS.
YEARS AGO I FIGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE IT IN THE MICROWAVE AND IT WAS A REAL GAME CHANGER, I DON’T HAVE THE PATIENCE/TIME TO STAND AT A STOVE STIRRING.