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.
Cooking spray, 1 lb. Honey (Galena Honey Company), Butter, Wax Paper
Optional : Large Coarse Salt, Smoke Sea Salt, Sesame Seeds, Crushed Red Pepper
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly coat with cooking spray. 2. Place honey in a medium sauce pan. 3. Cook over medium heat, uncovered, until honey begins to boil. About 8 minutes. 4. Continue cooking until candy thermometer registers 280 degrees. About 10 minutes. 5. Quickly pour mixture onto prepared pan, spreading evenly, cool 20 minutes. 6. Lightly spray your hands with cooking spray. 7. Fold honey over itself to form a ball. 8. Stretch honey into a strand about 2 feet long. 9. Double strand back onto itself twice, pressing ends together. 10. Continue piling and folding honey for about 5 minutes, or until color changes from dark tan to a soft tan.11. Wrap in plastic wrap coated with cooking spray, and chill 10 minutes. 12. Coat a knife with cooking spray, and cut taffy into 4 equal parts. 13. Roll each piece into a 12 inch log, cut each log into 6 pieces.14. Roll each piece into a log, and wrap each piece in wax paper coated butter. 15. Optional: You can top taffy with large coarse salt, smoked sea salt or crushed re pepper.
Sandra J Amenta
Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP)
My family and friends enjoy this as it is different. If you love honey you will love this. The topping of large coarse salt and crushed red pepper add a nice contract to the sweetness. This also allows us to visit our favorite honey vendor at the farmer’s market.