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.
Pineapple Cream Squares
3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons white corn syrup
1 cup crushed pineapple and juice
2 teaspoons butter (not margarine)
24 regular size (not miniature) marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecans, chopped
In heavy saucepan, cook sugar, syrup and crushed pineapple with juice together to soft ball stage over medium heat. Remove from heat; add butter, vanilla, marshmallows and pecans. Beat with spoon until creamy. Pour into buttered 10-inch pan. When cool, cut into small squares.
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