Call to confectioners: send us your candies

Posted Nov. 30, 2010, at 5:39 p.m.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, it’s the holidays — but more importantly, it’s the time that Aunt Sue makes her toffee brittle. And Grandma makes peanut butter balls. Oh, and your neighbor delivers popcorn balls, your co-worker brings in fudge and your sister sends you a box of caramel pecan chocolate yummies that are gone within 24 hours of opening. It’s candy season.

The delight of those possessing an incurable sweet tooth and the bane of a dieter’s existence, homemade holiday candy is a tradition of the season. Whether it’s little hard candies or decadent truffles, needhams or peppermint bark, there’s always an abundance of treats to tempt you at every corner.

The Bangor Daily News wants you, loyal reader, to send your holiday candy and accompanying recipes to us. You’re making candy anyway; why not set a few aside in a box and bring them to us? And if you have a photo or two of you baking, send those along as well. You have between now and Dec. 14 to get cooking. A panel of judges will pick the winners, we’ll announce them in a story to run the weekend of Dec. 18, and the much-loved holiday goodies that your family and friends gobble up each year will get their just desserts. We’ll have some fun prizes to give to the winners, too.

Happy cooking, ladies and gentlemen — and may the best candy win.

Contest rules

Bring a small disposable container with no less than six and no more than eight pieces of your homemade candy in it to the Bangor Daily News Buck Street entrance, at our main office at 491 Main St. There will be a drop-off box in the main lobby that will be checked every day for entries.

Drop-off hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Not coming to Bangor anytime soon? Feel free to mail your entry to Bangor Daily News, Attn: Emily Burnham, 491 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401.

The deadline for entries to arrive by mail or be delivered in person is noon Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Include with your candy the complete recipe, your full name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Anecdotes such as where you got the recipe, your family traditions and any other appropriate stories also are welcome.

One individual may enter no more than two different kinds of candy in the contest. Cookies, cakes or other baked goods will be disqualified. Specify whether your candy needs to be refrigerated before judging. Bear in mind that the earlier you bring in your candy, the longer it will sit waiting.

Entries will be judged by a panel of three judges in a blind taste test. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places, as well as two honorable mentions; winners will be notified by phone and-or e-mail. All five recipes will be run in the Saturday, Dec. 18, edition of the Bangor Daily News. Winners may pick up their prizes during regular business hours in the BDN main lobby starting Monday, Dec. 20.

For information about the contest, send an e-mail to eburnham@bangordailynews.com, or call 990-8270.

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