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.
Best Ever Caramels
3 c. Whipping Cream
2 c. Sugar
1 c. White Syrup
Cook sugar, white syrup, and 1 cup Whipping cream over low heat til soft ball stage (238-240* F)
Add 1 more cup whipping cream & cook til soft ball stage again.
Add last cup whipping cream & cook to firm ball stage (244-248* F)
Add pinch of salt & 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla.
Pour onto a buttered pan. (I use a jelly roll pan)
Cool, cut into pieces & wrap in wax papers.
Norris Electric Cooperative
We love making the soft chewy caramels and wrapping them as a family. They are delicious to eat, too!