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

Mac’s Carmels


4 Cups Sugar
3 Cups Corn Syrup
6 Cups Half & Half
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Nuts (if desired)
Coarse salt for top (if desired)


In large sauce pan, add sugar, syrup and 2 cups Half & Half. Cook and stir until it reaches 238 degrees (soft ball)
Add 2 more cups Half & Half. Cook and stir until it reaches 238 degrees again. Add remaining 2 cups Half & Half and once more stir until it reaches 238 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour into well greased 9 x 13. Sprinkle top with coarse salt. Cut into bite sized pieces as soon as it is cool enough. Wrap each piece with waxed paper or freezer paper. Enjoy!

Wendi Cramer
Norris Electric Cooperative

My husband has fond memories from his childhood of how smooth and creamy cousin Mac’s carmels always tasted. Luckily, he asked for the recipe not long before his passing. Wrapping is a family affair and sneaking a sample is a definite must! They are a fun way to spread a little cheer as we gift them to neighbors, relatives, and friends, One thing is sure, they don’t last long!