My mom's Irish Potato Candy. This one doesn't have coconut, but it is really tasty.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, cream of tartar and salt. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cook to the soft ball stage at 234 degrees F (115 degrees C). A few drops will 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 look like eyes. You can also dust with cocoa to simulate dirt.

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Nutrition Facts

62 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 13.5g; fat 0.9g; cholesterol 2.8mg; sodium 33.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
This was so tasty. A little messy to shape but very easy since if it gets too hard just the heat of your hands will shape it. Very rich so you'll need to slice the little potatoes. I would roll them in powdered sugar for snowmen and add them to my Christmas candymaking. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/31/2007
I tried this recipe with a friend that likes to bake. After about 1 hour of cooling I was finally able to shape the potatoes. But I still don't think they are right. I followed the recipe but also ended up with a lot of gooey-ness. Won't try it again. Read More
(12)
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
This was so tasty. A little messy to shape but very easy since if it gets too hard just the heat of your hands will shape it. Very rich so you'll need to slice the little potatoes. I would roll them in powdered sugar for snowmen and add them to my Christmas candymaking. Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2003
I've used this one before and it's really good...to cut the sweetness a bit we usually roll it out into a large rectangle spread peanut butter on it and roll it up and slice it rather than shaping it into potatoes...really good either way. Read More
(18)
Rating: 2 stars
10/30/2007
I tried this recipe with a friend that likes to bake. After about 1 hour of cooling I was finally able to shape the potatoes. But I still don't think they are right. I followed the recipe but also ended up with a lot of gooey-ness. Won't try it again. Read More
(12)
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Rating: 1 stars
03/17/2004
Disappointing... I followed the recipe EXACTLY and waited til mixture cooled as directed to add vanilla and beat until creamy and firm... all I got was a gooey mess. Not sure what went wrong here! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2003
kids love them Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
03/21/2005
I did everything right and they came out like little crumbly sugar balls. Bummer. Won't be making these again. Read More
(6)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2009
Just what I remember. Glad there's no coconut. My kids love them! Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2006
Very good even though they didn't have coconut in them. They didn't last very long. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2007
it is ok i mean if you like carmel. these are not really irish potatoes more like carmel in cinmmon Read More
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