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



2 and 2/3 C granulated sugar
2/3 C light corn syrup
½ C water(use 1 Tablespoon lesson humid days)
2 egg whites
1 Teaspoon vanilla (seasonal variation: use¼ tsp peppermint extract and
a few drops of green or red food coloring.)
3/4C broken walnuts or black walnuts


Stir sugar, corn syrup, and wateroverlow to medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook without stirring
to 260° (hard ball stage) on candy thermometer.
In m ixer bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Continue beating while pouring hot syrup in a thin
stream into the egg whites. Add vanilla and beat until mixture holds its shape and becomes slightly dull.
Fold in nuts. Drop from the tip of a buttered teaspoon onto waxed paper and cool.
Yield: 4 dozen candies.

Mary Robbins
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

A Christmas candy family favorite, handed down from my grandmother ( born 1880), to my mother,
(born 1911), to me.