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

Two Ingredient No-Fail Peanut Butter Fudge


• 1 (16 ounce) can vanilla frosting
• 1(18 ounce) jar peanut butter


1. Empty entire jar of peanut butter in a mixing bowl.
2. Heat vanilla frosting in its container (make sure you pull off all the foil lining) in microwave for about 60 seconds or until completely melted.
3. Pour the melted frosting in the bowl with the peanut butter and mix well.
4. Quickly pour the mixture into a 9×13 pan, allow fudge to set, cut into small squares, and enjoy
This fudge never fails. I line the pan with wax paper and lay wax paper on top so I can press the fudge down flat. You can add nuts if you want. When ready to cut, I lift the entire panful out and cut it. Easy to do when you line the pan with wax paper.

Pamela K Terry
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

Fudge is a soft candy. I love the fact that it is delicious and super easy to make.