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.
Chocolate Toffee Cookie Crunch Bars
Cookie Base: 2 Cups finely crushed vanilla wafers or shortbread cookies
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
Toffee Layer: 1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate morsels
Topping: 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts, toasted (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs and brown sugar. Stir in butter. Press into a foil or parchment lined 13×9″ baking pan. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.
In a saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute and then immediately pour over baked cookie base.. Return to oven and bake for 10 minute.
Remove from oven and let stand for 2 minutes. Sprinkle on chocolate chips and wait 2 or 3 minutes until spreadable.. Spread evenly and then add chopped nuts over the top. Chill until set and cut or break into pieces.
Varying the type of chocolate is a nice change and toasting the nuts adds more flavor. Be careful not to burn the nuts, though.
Linda M Nobis
Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP)
This is very reminiscent of a family favorite- English Toffee. We usually save it for Christmas time, but sometimes for special occasions during the year.