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.

Toffee5---First-Place
1st place
Triple Nut Toffee
HoneyCaramel2
2nd Place
Honey Caramels
Snickers1
3rd Place
Snickers Fudge

 

View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.

Recipe submissions

Graham Cracker Toffee

Ingredients:

1-14.4oz box graham crackers
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (can use milk chocolate if preferred)
1/2 cup pecans, walnuts or peanuts, chopped coarse

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Spread graham crackers in an even layer onto your prepared baking sheet, covering the entire sheet. You want the entire sheet covered. You may need to use smaller crackers along the edge to do this.

In a medium saucepan, combine butter, sugar, vanilla and salt over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until butter has melted and mixture is almond brown in color, about 10-15 minutes.
Working quickly, spread the hot caramel mixture evenly over the graham crackers. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. After 1-2 minutes, spread the chocolate chips in an even layer until smooth. Sprinkle with nuts.
Let cool completely, about 2 hours.
Break into pieces, and try not to eat all of it.


Nicolette Woodrum
Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Inc.

This is a family favorite because it’s simple, and delicious. I love that it comes together so quickly, and it makes a lot. It makes a wonderful gift for friends, family and neighbors, as well as teachers. I always get asked for the recipe and it is so easy to make. I think the hardest part is keeping my husband from eating the entire pan. It’s a wonderful addition to any holiday cookie plate, and certainly a hit to anyone I have gifted it to. Everyone always looks forward to the holidays because they know I am about to make it.