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



12 ounce package butterscotch chips
12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
5 ounce can chow mein noodles


In double boiler, melt chips together. Remove from heat and stir in chow mein noodles. Drop by teaspoonfuls into an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet. (I spray foil with cooking spray or coat with margarine). Let cool until set and remove to a container. I put cookie sheets in refrigerator for a few minutes to set up quicker). Makes approximately 50 to 60 pieces of candy depending on the size you make them.

Jill Slifer
Shelby Electric Cooperative