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.

Toffee5---First-Place
1st place
Triple Nut Toffee
HoneyCaramel2
2nd Place
Honey Caramels
Snickers1
3rd Place
Snickers Fudge

 

View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.

Recipe submissions

MARSHMALLOW CREME FUDGE

Ingredients:

3 cups sugar
1 12oz .pkg. chocolate chips
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup chopped nuts
2 cups marshmallow creme
l tsp. vanilla
3/4 stick butter or margarine

Directions:

Bring sugar, milk and butter to a boil. Cook to medium
soft ball stage (236 F.} stirring frequently. Remove
from heat. Then immediately add marshmallow creme, nuts,
chocolate chips & vanilla. Stir until all are melted.
Pour into a buttered 9xl3 pan. Let cool before cutting.


William David Oliver
Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative