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

Grandma Bess’ Christmas Peanut Brittle


2 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Water
1 c. Light corn syrup
2 c. Raw peanuts
1 ‘lump of butter the size of an egg’
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 tsp. Baking soda


Boil sugar, water, light corn syrup to 250 degrees by thermometer
Add raw peanuts and butter then cook to 310 degrees
Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda
Stir and turn out on two well-greased cookie sheets
Spread and pull out as thinly as possible
Let cool before breaking into pieces

Tip: place peanuts in oven for a few minutes to warm them before adding them to syrup mixture

Cameron Moore Lockhart
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

This delicious holiday favorite has been a tradition in our family for 4 generations. It’s been made with love and care; enjoyed by family members over holiday seasons of the past 70 years. Christmas isn’t Christmas without our peanut brittle candy. I look forward to passing this family recipe onto my children to share with generations to come.