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

Rock Candy


2 c. granulated sugar
1 c. water
3/4 c. light karo syrup
1 t. flavoring (we use LorAnn Oils)
food coloring


Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and sprinkle powdered sugar over it. Mix sugar, water and karo syrup medium heat until sugar dissolves. Boil to 310 degrees without stirring. Hard crack will occur when mixture is drizzled into cold water. Stir in flavoring and food coloring. Pour mixture onto aluminum foil covered with powdered sugar. allow to set up then break into pieces.

Diane Sherman
Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative

This is a family favorite because it is a Christmas tradition to work together to make this and share with family and friends.