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.
View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.
Quick and Easy Peanut Clusters
2- 12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips . Semi sweet, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate.16 oz. jar creamy peanut butter. 16 oz jar whole peanuts , salted or unsalted.
Pour chocolate chips into a large pan. Place over boiling water . Stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter ,stir until smooth. Add peanuts ,stir until peanuts are coated with chocolate. Line 2 large cookie sheets with wax paper. Drop teaspoons of candy onto wax paper. Chill in refrigerator. Store in large zip lock bags in refrigerator or freezer. Keeps indefinitely.
Joe M Gray
Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative
my mom keeps these in the refrigerator year round.