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

Bon Bons


1 C chocolate chips
1 large Hershey bar
1/2 stick parafin wax (parafin size 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/2″ thick)
2 sticks oleo, soft
6 C powdered sugar
3 C peanut butter
4 1/2 C Rice Krispies


Melt chocolate chips, Hershey bar, parafin in double boiler.
Measure Rice Krispies, then crush.
Combine oleo, powdered sugar, peanut butter and crushed Rice Krispies in large bowl. Work with hands until smooth.
Roll in balls (size of walnut), drop in melted chocolate with fork and put on wax paper to cool.

Gayle Dykstra
Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP)

This is my parents’ recipe and is a favorite family tradition at Christmas time! We would all help make them early in December and then freeze until needed. We continued the tradition with our own family and now my grandkids have started making them and everyone still loves to eat them!