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

Peanut Brittle


1 cup sugar
1 cup white corn syrup
2 cups raw peanuts
3/4 tbsp baking soda


Pre-measure baking soda and lay aside. Cook syrup, sugar, and peanuts in a large heavy pan to hard crack stage on candy thermometer or until peanuts turn from white to light brown in color. Remove from heat and add baking soda immediately. Stir quickly and rapidly and pour onto heavily buttered cookie sheets. I use two. Do not smooth or spread. Shake cookie sheets to thin out the mixture. Cool. Break into pieces.

Joan Schroeder
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

I make this every year for our family. I make extra for my work family and friends. Everyone requests it which brings a smile to my face!