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

Aunt Frances’ Peanut Butter Balls


1 stick butter
2 cups crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
3 cups rice krispies cereal
paraffin — small amount – half stick
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips


Melt butter.
Add: peanut butter & vanilla.
Stir above together and then add: powdered sugar and rice krispies.
Mix together using your hands.
Chill overnight.
Roll into 1 inch diameter balls. (Dip fingers into powdered sugar if needed to roll balls.)
Chills the balls.
Melt small amount of paraffin in double boiler.
Add chocolate chips and stir together well.
Dip the chilled balls into the chocolate. and drop on wax paper.
Cool in refrigerator overnight.

Nancy Hurliman
Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative

We love chocolate & peanut butter!