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

Easy Saltine Pecan Toffee



35 to 40 squares saltine crackers (approximately 2 sleeves)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange the crackers in a single layer, covering the baking sheet.
In a saucepan, combine the butter and sugar. Stirring frequently, bring the mixture to a boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately pour over the saltines, spread it to the edges to evenly coat. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Allow to cool on the counter for 5 minutes, then spread the melted chocolate chips evenly across the toffee. Top with chopped pecans and allow to cool completely before breaking into toffee pieces.

Pamela Damm
Rock Energy Cooperative

My grandkids help me make this every December. They love seeing plain saltines turned into a favorite candy, and I love the low cost and simplicity!