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.
In an electric mixer combine 1 cup of butter, 1 cup of light brown sugar and 3/4 cup of sugar until creamed. Add two eggs until mixed thoroughly, and then add 2 tsp of vanilla extract. In a separate bowl mix 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp of salt, and 1 tsp of baking soda. Once mixed, combine into the electric mixer. Add in 1.5 cups of oats, 1.5 cups of chocolate chips, 1.5 cups of peanut butter chips, and 1/2 cup of pecans. Once all the ingredients are mixed, make dough into walnut sized balls. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes and then bake 13 to 15 minutes at 350°F
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