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

Boston Cream Candy


1/2 pint whipping cream
2/3 cup white Karo syrup
2-1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/3 cups chopped pecans


Cook cream, syrup and sugar until it forma soft ball (238 F). It will be medium brown and satiny when it is cooked enough. Beat until it thickens. Add vanilla and pecans and beat until stiff enough to pour into a buttered 9×9-inch pan. Cool and cut into squares.

Richard Nicolas
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

This is a family favorite every time at Christmas. This recipe has been passed down for generations. It can be adjusted. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa for chocolate fudge or swap vanilla for maple flavoring for maple fudge. We have tried it all three ways and they are all excellent.