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

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1 14 oz package caramels
1/4 c heavy whipping cream
2 cups chopped pecans
6 oz milk chocolate chips


Mix caramels, and cream in microwave safe bowl. Melt in 1 minute increments, stirring btwn each minute, until melted. Add pecans, and mix well. Drop on parchment paper by teaspoons. Let stand for 1 hour, until firm. Place chips in microwave safe bowl, melt in microwave in 30 second increments, until melted. Drizzle 1/4 teaspoon over each clusters. Let sit until firm.

Julie Douglas
Shelby Electric Cooperative

My Aunt Carole taught me the love of candy making. Every year, around my birthday, she and I made all kinds of candies and Christmas cookies. Some of my best memories came from those days