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

Chocolate Bon Bon


1 Cup peanut butter
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 Cup chopped pecans
1 Cup chopped dates
1 Tablespoon real butter

Chocolate Dip:
6 oz. chocolate chips
2 squares of bitter chocolate
1″ square of paraffin


Mix all dough ingredients together well and form into 1″ balls and place on wax paper lined cookie tray. Chill in freezer for 1/2 hour.
Melt chocolate dip ingredients in a double boiler slowly while dough chills. Remove rolled balls from freezer and dip one at a time in chocolate dip mixture. Remove and place on waxed paper lined tray to cool. Makes approximately 40 balls. Store in an airtight container.

Rosalind O’Malley
Shelby Electric Cooperative

This is an 100+ year old recipe that has been passed down for generations. The paraffin gives them a beautiful shiny presentation. My good friends and I have been making these for nearly 20 years at our annual holiday baking day. They are delicious, and I often place them in festive containers to give as gifts. Recipients always request the recipe!