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

Peanut Brittle


1/2 cup water
2 cups white sugar
1 cup white corn syrup
2 cups raw peanuts
2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda


Bring water to boil. Add sugar and syrup and boil until it spins threads. Add peanuts and cook til lite brown. Remove from heat and add vanilla and stir. Add soda and stir well. Pour onto greased cookie sheet.

Linda Hillis
Western Illinois Electrical Coop.

This is my mom’s recipe. Everyone who was lucky enough to get peanut brittle as a gift at Christmas time always said she made the best every. The gifts of peanut brittle were loved and cherished by all. Dad would always check the barometer and weather to make sure the peanut brittle would set up correctly. Now that our parents are gone, we have very special memories!