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

Special chocolate, peanut butter, potato chip·candy


Two 12 ounce bags of semi sweet chocolate chips
One 12 ounce bag of peanut butter chips
One 8 ounce bag of ruffled potato chips, I prefer the firmer chips
8 ounces of your favorite nuts or mixed nuts


You will need to melt the chocolate and peanut butter chips over a double
boiler or just take a pan of water and place a metal pan over it. Place the
chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in the top pan to melt. Heat at
medium, do not let the water come to a boil.
When the chips are melted, turn off the heat and stir in your nuts and crush
your potato chips and mix all together. Take a teaspoon and drop the
· mixture onto wax paper that is placed on a cookie sheet or other pan
suitable for moving the candy to the refrigerator. Place the candy in the
refrigerator for fast cooling. When the candy is firm, it is ready to enjoy- and
Makes about 48 pieces of candy

Cheryl Canon
Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative

This chocolate, crunchy, sweet, and salty, candy was always a favorite
around the holidays and in between. It’s so simple to make with only 4
·ingredients. In addition, it lasts for months in the refrigerator, and it freezes
well. The ingredients are simple and easily found in the grocery store.
It is much-requested by all who have tried it. I always tell my male friends,
if they learn to cook anything, make sure this is on the top of their list.