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

Magic Bars


1/2 Cup Butter
1 1/2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 Can(14oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
3/4 Cup SemiSweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Chopped Pecans
2 Cups Shredded Coconut


Preheat oven to 350 degrees(325 for glass pans)
Place butter in a 9X13 inch caking pan.
Place baking pan in oven until butter is melted.
Sprinkle Graham Cracker Crumbs over the butter.
Pour Sweetened Condensed Milk over the Graham Cracker Crumbs.
Sprinkle Chocolate Chips over the Sweetened Condensed Milk.
Sprinkle Chopped Pecans over the Chocolate Chips.
Sprinkle Coconut over the Chopped Pecans.
Using a spatula, press down on the Coconut firmly.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until Coconut is starts to toast to a golden color.
Cool Completely.
Using a sharp knife, cut into desired size of pieces.

I cut these in into 48ths. It is just the right size for such a decadent candy.

Bobbi Jo Smith
Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative

This recipe incorporates so many of the fabulous ingredients that make a rich candy.
It is my families favorite candy, that I make. If I only have time for making one type of candy at Christmas, this is the one that they all want.
Whenever I share these, someone is bound to ask for the recipe.
It is super easy to make, as far as candies go.
I hope that you enjoy them!