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.
Maple Bacon Fudge
6 slices of crisp bacon fried, drained and crumbled
24 oz white chocolate chips
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter cut into cubes
1 12 tsp. maple flavored extract
Line a 9×9 pan with foil and grease with cooking spray. Mix white chocolate , butter, and maple flavoring in a bowl and put in the microwave on high stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until completely melted. Stir in bacon and chill in refrigerator until set up, cut into squares,
Norris Electric Cooperative
We all love the flavor of bacon and maple together, It makes the holidays extra special when we get together and enjoy each other with this sweet treat.