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

Peanut Butter Candy


2 lbs. white candy coating bark
18 oz chunky peanut butter
2 c. Rice Krispies
2 c. Mini marshmallows


Melt candy bark. Stir in peanut butter, Rice Krispies, and marshmallows.
Drop spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let harden and pack in airtight containers.
Can be sprinkled with red and green sprinkles after dropping onto to waxed paper.

Debbie rah Middleton
Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative

This a favorite since 1979. I always include it on Christmas cookie gift plates. It makes a nice contrast to the traditional cookies.
It’s also extra easy to prepare since it requires no candy thermometer.