Make cute potato shaped confections, usually containing potatoes and powdered sugar. This page contains Irish potato candy recipes.
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These delicious candies are easy to make and can be stored for a while, because the sugar helps preserve them.
Source: Mother-in-law, she used to make this to send to people in war because it lasts for a long time because the sugar preserves it.
By Debra from Smyrna, GA
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My grandmother used to make potato candy pinwheels that had a layer of chocolate and a layer of peanut butter, so they were much prettier than just the potato and peanut butter. Anyone know the recipe for these? I've never made them, so I'm not quite sure how to work in the chocolate layer. Thanks!
By Nanny's Girl
I am looking for the recipe for Irish potato candy.
By edith from Waynesville, NC
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I am looking for the recipe for potato candy.
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You can also use the above recipe, omit the peanut butter and roll the potato and icing sugar mixture into small balls, using about 1 teaspoon for each ball. Roll each ball in melted chocolate, and roll in dessicated (finely chopped) coconut while the chocolate is still warm. Place on wire cake racks to cool and set. It's a good idea to put waxed paper under the cake racks, as the chocolate will drip. My grandma always used to add some flavoring to the potato and icing sugar mixture: peppermint, almond, or rum are really good.
By Dena Roberts
Sorry, I guess the recipe is in the archives! One small boiled potato, mashed, while still warm, add enough powdered (icing) sugar to make a firm dough. It takes a lot of icing sugar! Then add colouring and/or flavouring, if desired, then form a small ball and roll in the chocolate and coconut and set aside, on the cake rack. You have to make them one at a time! They are delicious! (10/28/2010)
By Dena Roberts
My aunt who lived in West Virginia and has passed use to make potato candy. That's what she called it anyway. I thought I had written it down, but I have either lost it or I didn't write it down. I know she boiled potatoes and peeled them. But from there I don't remember what she did. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Can you help me please? Thank you for your help.
Joan from Des Moines, IA
Got it right so far. After the potatoes are peeled, mash them and add powdered sugar to it till you get a dough you can roll out. Then spread peanut butter on it. Roll it up in a log fashion and wrap in wet dish towel and put it in the frig for a couple of hours and then get it out and slice into 1/2 inch pieces. Remember a small potato makes a lot of the dough. (05/02/2008)
The secret to this amazing and cheap candy is to make it while the potato is hot. Boil a small (one that fits in your hand is fine) potato till it's tender or done. Peel as fast as you can, don't allow for the potato to cool. The powdered sugar adheres better with the heat of the potato. Mash the potato with a fork, while hot, in a bowl and stir in sifted powdered sugar till you make a stiff batter. Small lumps of potatoes are fine. Roll out your dough to a thin layer, spread with peanut butter of any variety and roll up jelly roll style. Wrap with wax paper and chill at least an hour till firm.
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You are exactly correct with recipe.
Although I put 1/2 tsp of vanilla in the potato mix prior to confectioners sugar.
This candy has been in my family for years. Its an old Irish tradition. Try adding a little cream cheese in with the mashed potato, vanilla, and sugar. You can't taste it ( I promise, I hate cream cheese), but its makes your dough easier to roll and it doesn't crack as easily. (12/17/2008)
I have been making this for years also. I decided to try a switch one day with over ripened bananas and everyone loved it. Smash up a banana instead of the potato! If you like the old favorite peanut butter and banana sandwiches you'll like this. I haven't done it yet, but I also thought of adding some marshmallow fluff to the peanut butter layer, like the fluffier nutter sandwich. (12/20/2008)
Warning - a very little potato will make a ton of candy! Start with a quarter of a small potato or less 'til you see how much it makes! (12/08/2009)