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

Grandma’s Garbage


3 cups peanut butter captain crunch cereal
1 jar dry roasted peanuts
3 cup rice krispies
1 package pretzel sticks 10oz
1 1/2 lb. white almond bark


Put all ingredients in a large kettle except almond bark. Melt almond bark and pour over ingredients in kettle. Stir till coated and spread on wax paper. Let harden and break into pieces. Enjoy!

Gaye Long
Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative Co.

My mom always made this every Christmas. and everyone loved it. She called it garbage. After she passed I renamed it Grandma’s Garbage and I make it every year.