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

Coconut Pecan Balls


1 stick butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1 can condensed milk
3 c. coconut
4 c. Chopped pecans

2 lbs. chocolate
1/4 bar paraffin wax


Cream butter then mix after each of the next 4 ingredients are added individually.

Cover & place in refrigerator for 3 hours.

Roll into balls & freeze overnight.

Melt chocolate & 1/4 bar of paraffin wax in double boiler until melted.

Dip balls with candy dipper & place on wax paper or parchment paper to dry.

Makes 70-100 balls depending on size

Shirley Wittenauer
Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Inc.

I make various candies for the holidays & this is one of the favorites of family & customers.