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.
View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.
2 sticks margarine
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon white corn syrup
1 tablespoon water
3 Hershey bars
Combine ingredients and cook to hard crack stage 300-310 F. Stirring continuously. Butter bottom and sides of a large platter. Place pecan halves flat side down on platter. Pour hot mixture over top of pecans. Break chocolate bars into mid-size pieces and place on top of hot mixture. Spread chocolate with a knife when softened. Cool and break into pieces, enjoy!
Vickie E. Begley
Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association