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

Old Fashion Divinity


2 C. Sugar
2/3 Cup light Karo Syrup
1/3 C Water
2 Egg Whites
Chopped pecans or walnuts can be added if desired
Note: Your mixer needs to be heavy duty stand mixer; hand mixers normally aren’t strong enough.


1. Beat two egg whites to stiff stage.
2. Cook first 3 ingredients until mixture reaches “hard” stage
3. Pour beaten egg whites into hot syrup beating all the time
Beat until mixture turns dull (no longer shiny)
4. Drop by teaspoon on wax paper until it sets up.
Store in air tight container with wax paper between layers.

Ann Miller
Norris Electric Cooperative

Divinity is an old fashioned home made candy that my mother used to make. It looks great on a serving platter when displayed with home made fudge which was our other favorite. It is not as sweet as fudge.