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

Bourbon Balls


1 cup pecans (1/2 ground & 1/2 chopped)
6 tablespoons bourbon (I use Evan Williams)
1/2 cup butter, softened
4-4 1/2 cups confectioner sugar, sifted

2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 1/2 tablespoons butter flavored shortening
30-36 pecan halves


Combine pecans & bourbon, cover and let sit overnite so pecans soak up the bourbon.

Beat butter and gradually add confection sugar. Add pecan mixture & mix with hands till well mixed.

Using a small 1″ metal scoop place balls on wax paper lined baking sheet & refrigerate at least 1 hour. **Do not refrigerate overnite as the balls get too hard to reroll.

Melt chocolate & shortening over double-boiler over very low heat till smooth. Roll each refrigerated ball into a smooth round ball and using a fork dip each ball into chocolate tapping off any excess chocolate. Place on wax paper and top with a pecan half. Let sit till dry and set. Makes approx. 30-36 bourbon balls.

Kathy Anderson
Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP)

These bourbon balls have been a tradition in our family each year at Christmas since going on the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky several years ago. They, also, are a nice gift for friends and neighbors during the holiday season.