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.
Peanut Butter Balls
1 cup peanut butter
1 stick margarine (softened)
3 cups powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
1¼ cups milk chocolate chips
¼ bar Gulf Wax paraffin (can find in with canning supplies or possibly other areas of grocery store)
Put a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Mix together the peanut butter, margarine, powdered sugar, and salt until blended well; roll into 1-inch balls and place on the wax paper. Chill in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
In a double boiler, melt ¼ bar of paraffin over medium low heat; stir in the milk chocolate chips, stirring until completely melted. Dip the peanut butter balls in chocolate (I use tongs for this, but you could also use a fork to lift them out), coating completely, and place them back onto the wax paper. Put them back in the refrigerator to set.
After they have set, you can move them to a container with a lid. We like to keep ours stored in the refrigerator, but they do not have to be. If you are not going to store them in the refrigerator, I recommend lining the bottom of the container with wax paper, and also putting a piece of wax paper between the layers if they are going to be stacked in the container.
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We all like chocolate and peanut butter! It has been a tradition for years to make these at Christmas for my family and friends. They are always a big hit. Both of our children live out of state, one in Montana, and one in Tennessee, and I send some of these for their families at Christmas time, that way they don’t miss out on that homemade candy they grew up enjoying at Christmas!