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 sugar
½ # butter [not Margarine]
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp vanilla
3 plain Hershey Bars
¾ cup chopped pecan


1 cup sugar [In a heavy skillet/saucepan]
½ # butter [not Margarine]
3 tbsp H20
Boil ten minutes stirring constantly
Add 1 tbsp vanilla and stir
Pour onto a buttered cookie sheet
Put 3 plain Hershey Bars on top while hot
Spread evenly and cover with¾ cup chopped pecan
Gently press into chocolate with wax paper while warm
Cool slowly and break into pieces

Janet Ward
Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative