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

German Elf Nuggets


Milk chocolate chips
German dark chocolate melting wafers
Cool Whip (8 oz.)


Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, fold into a baking dish of Cool Whip. Freeze for 30 minutes.

Cut into squares (or Elf Nuggets), freeze again for 30 minutes.

Dip the Elf Nuggets into the melted German dark chocolate, and then place on parchment paper or a nonstick surface to allow the chocolate to set.


Jennifer Wilken
Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative

This family favorite is festive, chocolatey, fun and easy to create with help from little hands!