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

Good Stuff


1pkg (1 1/2lbs) almond bark
2 c of peanut butter
4 c rice cereal (rice crispy)
4 c miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 c dry roasted peanuts


1. Put the almond bark in a large microwave safe bowl.
2. Melt the almond bark in 30 sec. intervals . Stir after each interval.
3. Add peanut butter and stir until combined
4. Fold in rice cereal, miniature marshmallows, and dry roasted peanut nuts
5. Once combined drop mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls onto wax paper.
6. Let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened,
7. Store in an airtight container

Lucretia Weck
Norris Electric Cooperative

My mom was a school bus aide , at Christmas the drivers and aides had a carry in. One of the school bus drivers brought this to share. My mom asked her the name of the candy and she said ,”Good Stuff.” Everyone wanted the recipe. My mom shared the recipe with me. Every time we take “Good Stuff” to a get together, someone always asks, “What is this?” and ” Can I have the recipe?” It has also become a tradition to make “Good Stuff” for friends and family for Christmas. It is so easy to make, makes a whole bunch, and is sooooo good!! Hence the name “Good Stuff!”