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

Nestle Toll House Famous Fudge


1. 1 1/2 cups sugar
2. 2/3 cup evaporated milk
3. 2 tablespoons butter
4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
5. 2 cups mini marshmallows
6. 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels (or any flavor you like – peanut butter – white chocolate etc)
7. 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Line an 8 inch square baking dish with foil

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, bring sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt to a full rolling boil. Boil, stir constantly for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in marshmallows (and nuts if wanted). Stir till marshmallows are are completely melted. Pour into pan. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (till firm). Lift from pan and remove foil. Cut into 48pcs.

Cyndi Draper
SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Inc.

This is the EASIEST and fastest fudge recipe I have came across.