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.
View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.
Mom’s Easy Pralines
1 pkg butterscotch pudding
1 cup sugar
1 /2 cups evaporated milk
1 tablespoon butter
1. Mix ingredients in 1 1 /2 quart sauce pan and
stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.
2. Then add 1 1 /2 cup pecans.
3. Cook and stir to full boil and boil 3 to 5
minutes, stirring often until candy reaches soft ball
stage; then remove! from heat.
4. Beat until candy thickens but still looks shiny.
5. Using 2 tablespoons, drop candy quickly onto
Makes 15 pieces.
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