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



1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup peanut butter
1 square unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup instant vanilla pudding
1 cup margarine
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
2 cups peanuts, chopped
1 cup peanut butter
1 squares unsweetened chocolate


Melt 1 cup of both chips, unsweetened chocolate and peanut butter over medium heat. Spread mixture in a foil lined
10 x 15 pan. Place in freezer and freeze until firm. In saucepan, over medium heat, mix together milk, margarine and instant vanilla pudding. Bring to a boil
and boil for½ minute. Add powdered sugar and stir until smooth. Cool and pour on frozen base. Melt remaining ingredients together and spread peanut filling over top of pudding mixture. Refrigerate or freeze until firm. Cut and enjoy!

Sharon Weaver
Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative