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



6 cups sugar
1 large and 1 small can evaporated milk
1 pint Karo syrup
!, pound butter
1 TBSP vanilla
English walnuts


Combine sugar, syrup, milk and butter. Cook over medium heat
to full boil. Reduce heat and continue cooking, stirring occasionally,
until it will form a solid ball when dropped in cold water.
Mixture will look curdled when cooking. Remove from heat.
Add vanilla. Beat until it begins to lose its sheen and is
very stiff. Add nuts and pour into buttered pan.
Makes a large amount.

Frances Cobb
SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Inc.