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

White Christmas Fudge


2 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/3 Cup White Syrup
2 Tbsp Butter
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 Cup Quartered Maraschino Cherries (optional)
1 Cup chopped Walnuts (optional)


Combine the first 5 ingredients. Bring to boil slowly in a saucepan stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil without stirring until the temperature reaches 236 degrees with a candy thermometer (soft ball stage). Remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes-do not stir. Add vanilla; beat until mixture starts to lose its gloss (about 8-10 minutes). Stir in the cherries and walnuts if desired and quickly pour onto a greased plate/pan. Cool and cut into squares. Makes about 1 1/2 pounds of fudge.

Susan Creasey
McDonough Power Cooperative

This fudge is loved by all. We made this fudge during the holidays with my husband’s grandmother. Now my children are making the fudge with their grandma. Family tradition loved and shared by many.