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

Pink Divinity


3 C sugar
3/4 C white karo
3/4 C hot water
1 pkg strawberry jello
2 egg whites
1 C chopped nuts
1 C coconut


In 2 or 3 quart saucepan combine sugar, karo, & water—cook & stir only til sugar is dissolved. Boil, “without” stirring, to hard ball stage (260* on candy thermometer). Remove from heat. Beat egg whites immediately to “stiff” peaks. Add Jello, & continue beating til blended. Pour hot syrup slowly over egg white mixture, beating at high speed on electric mixer. Continue beating til “soft” peaks form and mixture loses its gloss. Then add nuts & coconut & fold into mixture. Pour, and spread into well-buttered pan. Cut when cool. (Can be dropped from teaspoon in mounds if desired.)

Sheri Arellano
EnerStar Electric Cooperative

This was my grandmother’s recipe. I have her recipe box from the 1960’s. It is a sweet Candy, great for Christmas