Potato Candy Recipes

Homemade Candies Made from Mashed PotatoesDeliciously Old Fashioned Irish Potato Candy
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These old fashioned potato candy recipes make novelty candies that actually resemble small potatoes. You would never guess that they consist of mashed potatoes! They are a delicious treat that's very easy to make and perfect for gift giving or for snacking on any time. Everybody loves them!

Old Fashioned Potato Candy Recipes

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Old Time Potato Candy

2 baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 pounds confectioner's sugar
1 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup flaked coconut, or 2/3 cup ground salted peanuts

Place potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer potatoes 20 minutes, until potatoes are soft. Drain and mash. (Do NOT add butter or seasoning to potatoes.)

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup mashed potatoes, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Sift confectioner's sugar over potato mixture one cup at a time while stirring into potatoes. Mixture will liquefy when sugar is first added, then gradually begin to thicken. When it becomes the consistency of stiff dough, knead it, adding more sugar if necessary, or not using the whole amount if mixture is very stiff. After kneading, cover with a damp cloth and chill until mixture holds its shape when formed into small balls.

Form potato mixture into 1/2-inch balls. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in a small saucepan over low heat. Dip balls in melted chocolate, then roll in coconut. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 2 dozen candies.

Grandma's Irish Potatoes

Evaporated Milk

To substitute 1 cup evaporated milk, gently simmer 2-1/4 cups whole milk in a saucepan until reduced to 1 cup.

1-1/2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

To make this old fashioned potato candy recipe, combine the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, cream of tartar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cook to the soft ball stage at 234°F (115°C) when a few drops form a soft ball when dropped into cold water. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Add vanilla and beat until creamy and stiff.

Roll into balls and shape like little potatoes. Roll each ball in cinnamon to coat, then press in pieces of chopped nuts to resemble potato eyes. You can also dust with powdered cocoa to simulate dirt. Makes about 2 dozen Irish potato candies.

Potato Candy Roll

2 tablespoons mashed cooked potatoes
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon milk
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 cup peanut butter

Mix together mashed potatoes, butter, and milk. Add enough confectioner's sugar to make a stiff dough. Roll dough into a square shape on a flat surface sprinkled with powdered sugar. Spread dough with a thin layer of peanut butter and roll up. Chill in fridge, and later slice into bite-sized pieces for eating.

Irish Potato Candy with Cream Cheese

Out of Potatoes? No problem!

This potato candy recipe does NOT contain potatoes; it calls for cream cheese instead and yet the candies resemble little potatoes.

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 (8 ounce) package plain cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioner's sugar
2-1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

In a medium bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioner's sugar, and beat until smooth. Using your hands, if necessary, mix in the coconut. Roll into small balls or potato shapes, and roll in the cinnamon. Place onto a cookie sheet and chill to set.

If desired, roll potatoes in powdered cocoa for a darker color to simulate soil. Makes about 5 dozen potatoes.

Ground nuts may be substituted for the coconut, if desired.

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