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

Crock Pot Christmas Candy


1 package white almond bark
1 German chocolate bar – large size
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 ounces dry roasted peanuts


Put crock pot on low – usually takes about an hour to melt so that you can stir. Layer almond bark, peanuts, German chocolate bar and chocolate chips. You can also add some coconut flakes, toffee chips or pecans instead of peanuts. When melted and mixed, drop by whatever size spoonfuls you want on waxed paper and let harden. These are super easy and really really good.

Shirley Steele
Shelby Electric Cooperative