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

Peppermint Patties – Christmas Candy Contest


8 oz. Cream Cheese, Softened
1-1/2 tsp. Peppermint Extract
2 lbs. Powdered Sugar, Sifted
3/4 C. Milk Chocolate Chips
3/4 C. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
3 Tbl. Shortening


Beat cream cheese and extract until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat well. Shape into 1″ balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Flatten into patties with the bottom of a drinking glass. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Melt the chips and shortening in the microwave. Stir until smooth. Cool slightly then dip the patties and place them back on the baking sheet. After they firm up, store them in the refrigerator.

Karen Ballance
Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative

These taste better than the store bought peppermint patties because you can adjust the amount of peppermint flavor by adding more or less extract according to your preference. There is no cooking involved so they are easy for anyone to make.