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

Divinity

Ingredients:

3 c. sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
2 T. honey
1/2 c. water
2 large egg whites

Directions:

Slowly bring to a boil the sugar, corn syrup, honey and water.
Add 1/2 the mixture to 2 large slightly beaten egg whites and beat to combine.
Cook remaining syrup to 250 degrees and add slowly into egg whites beating until almost stiff. Add 1 t. vanilla and chopped nuts and food coloring if desired.


Patricia Tandy
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

It’s a sweet reminder of my childhood at home. Every Christmas we had home made divinity and I brought that into my home and family and friends love it.