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



1 Cup Almond Slices
1 Cup Margarine
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 12 oz. Package Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Cups Chopped Pecans


Line a baking sheet with foil. Spread almond slices into a single layer. Covering approximately and 9×11 area.
In a saucepan, combine margarine, sugar, vanilla and salt. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Continue with a full rolling boil for 5-7 minutes or until candy is a golden brown color. (You will see it change color). Immediately pour over almonds. Cool completely.
Melt chocolate chips. Spread over toffee. Sprinkle with pecan pieces.
Allow to set. Break toffee into pieces. Store in a tightly covered container.

Vicki S. Hefel
Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP)

I make lots of Christmas candies and this is always everyone’s favorite. And I like it because it’s easy.