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.
View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.
2 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup of broken nuts (optional)
Heat sugar, corn syrup and water in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cook, without stirring to 260 degrees on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a hard ball. Remove from heat.
Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; continue beating while pouring hot syrup in a thin stream into egg whites. Add vanilla; beat until mixture holds it shape and becomes slightly dull (mixture may become too stiff for mixer). Fold in nuts;(optional). Drop mixture from tip of buttered spoon onto waxed paper. Makes about 4 dozen candies.
Norris Electric Cooperative
My family loves it because it is a sweet, smooth and tasty sugary treat. It is a Christmas tradition that I only make around Christmas time. My husband Dean loves it because he says his grandma used to make it especially for him. Enjoy from Mary!