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

Golden Fudge


3 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3 TBL. butter or Oleo
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. vanilla
Green or red candied cherries or pecan halves (optional)


Combine sugar, syrup, butter (or Oleo), salt, evaporated milk, and water in a medium-sized saucepan. Heat, stirring constantly to boiling. Then cook rapidly, stirring several times to soft ball stage (a teaspoon of candy will form a soft ball when dropped in cold water.) Remove from heat and add vanilla but do not stir. Cool until lukewarm. Beat 2-3 minutes with spoon or until it starts to thicken and loses its gloss. Spread in buttered 8 x 8 x 2 inch square pan. Let stand 2 or 3 minutes or until just set. Cut into squares. Decorate each square with slivered candy cherry pieces, nut halves or even sea salt. Let stand until firm. Delicious!

Penny Moore-Garner
Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative

I can’t ever remember a time when my Mom didn’t make this fudge for the Christmas holiday. It’s buttery goodness tastes like a brown sugar lump stolen from the cannisters… a forbidden pleasure that can be enjoyed by all!