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

Microwave Peanut Brittle


1 c raw peanuts
1 c sugar
1/2 c white corn syrup
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda


In 1 1/2 qt casserole, stir together peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, salt. Microwave on high for 7-8 minutes, stirring well after 4 minutes. Add butter & vanilla to syrup and blend well. Microwave 1 -2 more minutes. Peanuts will be lightly browned and syrup very hot. Add baking soda and gently stir until foamy. Pour onto lightly buttered cookie sheet. Spread and let cool 1/2 hour. When cool, break into pieces and store in airtight container. This also freezes well.

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

This has become a popular gift over the years for our Sunday school teachers, bus drivers, and mail carriers.