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

Best Ever Carmels


2 cups sugar 1 cup milk
1 cup brown sugar 1 cup butter
1 cup light corn syrup 1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 cup heavy cream


Combine sugars, corn syrup, cream, milk and butter.
Cook slowly, stirring occasionally to a firm ball stage (248*).
Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Pour into a greased glass pan. (I divide into 2 8″ glass pans). Cool.
When firm turn out onto a cutting board and cut into squares
and wrap in wax paper.

Laura Randecker
Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP)

When I was little I remember my mother making these every Christmas. She passed away when we were still young. When I moved out on my own I found her recipe. I have been making them at Christmas time for my family ever since I’ve been married. My husband and children love them and I always remember to share a few with my siblings. Sweet memories of our beautiful mother Rita.