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.
Peanut Butter Balls
2 Sticks Oleo- softened
4 C Peanut Butter
2 lb. Bag Powdered Sugar
6 C Rice Crispies
12 oz. Chocolate Chips
6 oz. Butterscotch Chips
3 T Paraffin
Mix together oleo and peanut butter. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Add Rice Crispies last. (I use gloved hands to mix at the end). Roll into balls and chill.
Melt together the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and paraffin and dip the peanut butter balls in melted mixture. Use low heat and stir often. Place on cookie sheet with wax paper to chill and set. When set, store in airtight container.
(I double the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and paraffin – makes it easier for dipping.)
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I make a lot of candy during the holidays, but this is a family favorite! The creamy/crunchy peanut butter filling with the chocolate coating and a hint of butterscotch is delicious. When my kids were still living at home, I would have to hide them so they wouldn’t eat them all before the holidays.