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

Strawberry Fruit Balls


I (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 ( 6 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin.


Step 1
Mix all the ingredients except the 3 ounce box of gelatin. Cover mixture and place in the
refrigerator overnight. The next day, roll mixture into strawberry shapes.
Place the 3 ounce box of gelatin in a plate, and roll the shaped strawberries in gelatin until
Place bits of mint leaves to create the stem with a piece of toothpick. Or you may roll the shaped
strawberry in green decorative sugar on the top of the strawberry.

Vivian Hallett
Norris Electric Cooperative

This recipe I have made since I was in high school to add color and different taste to my
Christmas Candy box.