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



I stick of butter, plus I teaspoon (no substitute)
2 c sugar
¾ c sour cream
I pkg. (11 oz.) Ghirardelli Classic White Chips
7 oz. jar marshmallow cream
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups nuts
3/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped


Line an 8″ x 12″ baking dish with foil, use extra butter to grease top of foil and set aside.
In heavy saucepan bring sugar, sour cream, and I stick of butter to a boil over medium
heat. Cook and stir until candy thermometer reads 240 degrees (soft-boil stage)
about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in chips, marshmallow cream and vanilla
until smooth. Fold in nuts and cranberries. Pour into baking dish. Let stand at room
temperature. When cool cut into squares and remove foil and candy from
dish. Refrigerate in airtight container.

Karen Weisenstein
Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association