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 Bonbons


2 c. Peanut Butter (creamy)
1/2 c. Butter
1 pkg. Chocolate Chips*
16 oz. Powdered/Confectioner’s Sugar
3 c. Crispy Rice Cereal


Melt peanut butter & butter together in med. saucepan. In large bowl, mix cereal & sugar together thoroughly. Pour melted
peanut butter mix over cereal mix and blend well. Form into small (1- 1 1/2 in. diam.) balls. Press/squeeze together tightly.
Chill until firm. Melt choc. chips* in pan or microwave. Dip chilled balls in chocolate. Place on waxed or parchment paper. Chill.
*Butterscotch chips may also be melted, and balls can be dipped 1/2 in each (1 side choc., one side butterscotch).

Kathy Ascone
McDonough Power Cooperative

Everyone loves them! This was my mother’s recipe, so it always helps us to remember/honor her. She made them every
Thanksgiving/Christmas season, and kids/grandkids often helped!