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

Aunt Mary Ann Turtles


1 bag of carmels
1/3 cup milnot
2 cups of pecan halves
9 hersheys candy bars
1/3 bar of paraffin


Melt carmels and milk til smooth. Add Pecans. Lay by spoonfuls on wax paper sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
Set aside til firm. Melt candy bars and wax. Dip pecans into chocolate and placed on wax paper to set up.

Vickie Buhrmester
Shelby Electric Cooperative

My aunt has made these for as long as i can remember for christmas eve. I took up making christmas candy years ago and these r the most requested of all the candy. The carmel stay soft and they are not chewy or stick to your teeth. The chocolate is very smooth.