My mother in law made this for years. We have been looking and looking for the recipe and are so thankful to find this posted. Mom developed Alzheimer's and passed away so we have been at a loss as to the recipe.
Thank you (12/22/2004)
This sounds so easy, and economical too. Having never heard of this before, I have a a few questions. What do you do after you slice it? Must it be eaten right away? Do you dry it first? Can you, and how do you, store it? I really want to try this one. Thanks! (12/22/2004)
Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I remember when I was a kid my Mom would make this. If I remember right. Seems like she also used some chocolate too, but I'm not sure. It was back when I was little. (12/22/2004)
I have been making that candy too, only I don't use the potato. Just butter, powdered sugar, and peanut butter. (12/23/2004)
It is good to know that someone else on this planet has heard of, and loves to eat, this wonderful candy! I got the recipe from my mother who got it from her mother-in-law. Nobody I have met has ever heard of it. To answer msjudishome's questions, you can eat it right away or not. Personally, I like to let it sit a couple of days, but that is personal preference. To store it, I put it on a paper plate with wax paper between layers and wrap it in aluminum foil. (12/29/2004)
By Dawn - Colorado
Great idea! We're going to give this ago but we're going to use sweet potato instead ;-) (07/27/2005)
Did you drain the potato or leave it in the water the potato was boiled in? Make sure the potato is taken out of the water, let some of the steam come off, then mash it. The only thing I can think of to turn it like gravy would be to leave the potato water in the recipe.
Susan from ThriftyFun (12/07/2005)
I never knew so many people know about this candy. I have a lot of friends I told and none of them knew about it. I learned it from my mom and she learned it from hers. (12/08/2006)
My grandmother taught me to make potato candy when I was a child and it has become a tradition in our family - this year at our family holiday gathering we are teaching all the grandchildren from ages 2 - 10 to make it. The fun part is when you add a small amount of the powdered sugar to the mashed potato (a very small potato is used-about the size of a large egg) and the potato becomes liquid, then continue to add more powdered sugar until the consistency of pie dough. We have used food coloring to color the dough and we prefer the Super Chunk Peanut Butter to spread on the candy before rolling up. (12/19/2006)
By Cher - California
I'm so glad to see so many people still hold to family traditions as does my family. I remember this candy when I was a little kid, and I looked forward to Easter because I knew my grandmother would be making potato candy!
From what I remember, after she formed them into egg shapes, she put them on a waxed papered cookie sheet and put them in the freezer for a bit to let them set up better. Then she would dip them in melted chocolate she had melted in a double boiler.
I also remember she used to make many flavors of this candy. She used extracts like MAPLE, Peppermint, Strawberry, peanut butter, etc. They are all really good, but MAPLE is my favorite! (03/21/2007)
Here is another potato candy recipe by one of our church ladies .
1 lb powdered sugar
1/2 lb. coconut
2 1/2 T. oleo
1 t. vanilla
1 t. almond extract
1/2 c. + 2 T. instant potatoes
1/2 c. + 2 T. warm water
Beat potatoes, water and oleo. Add powdered sugar, extract flavoring, and coconut gradually. Spoon on waxed paper.
If dipped in chocolate, let candy cool. Dip in melted chocolate chips and cool again.
Note: I would think any flavoring could be substituted.
By Dianne from IL
I tried this candy in Philly. They made it the same way, but rolled it in a ball and tossed in a bag with cinnamon. Then removed from bag and served. They called it Irish Potatoes and had it for St. Patrick's Day (12/07/2007)
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