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

Tiger Butter


1 lb. white chocolate
12 oz. creamy or chunky peanut butter
1 lb semi-sweet or dark chocolate – melted either in double boiler or microwave for a minute or two


Combine white chocolate and peanut butter. Microwave three minutes stirring after each minute. Spread mixture on a waxed or parchment paper-lined jellyroll (15x10x1) pan. Pour melted chocolate over peanut butter and use knife to swirl designs down through the mixture. Do not spread the chocolate over….be creative with the knife swirling to resemble a tiger’s coat. Chill until firm and either cut or break into chunks. Keep refrigerated in air-tight container.

Rose Myers-Bradley
Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative

When my youngest daughter, Liz, was in high school, she and I would have candy making parties in December with 4 or 5 of her best friends. We would set up stations for different types of candies with instructions and the ingredients and the girls would work in teams of two or on their own. This was a favorite recipe that was easy and fun to make. Each girl would bring containers to take home the various candies that were made at the party.