This is an old-fashioned recipe passed down from my grandmother. When she told me the recipe, my mouth dropped. You mean you actually put a potato in this candy? Yes, you actually use a potato. The candy is very rich but it tastes so good.

Anonymous

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
15 servings
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place potato into a saucepan with enough water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook potato until very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.

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  • Transfer potato to a large bowl and mash with a fork until smooth.

  • Gradually stir confectioners' sugar into mashed potato a little at a time until the mixture forms a stiff dough. The dough will be runny until all the powdered sugar is used.

  • Place a large square of waxed paper onto a work surface. Roll or press dough into a 12-inch square rectangle on the waxed paper.

  • Spread peanut butter over top of dough, covering it entirely.

  • Pick up one edge of waxed paper and start rolling the dough to make a 12-inch-long log. Wrap log tightly with waxed paper.

  • Refrigerate for 1 hour. Unwrap log and slice candy into cross-sectional pieces about 3/4-inch thick to serve.

Nutrition Facts

272 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 63.6g; fat 2.2g; sodium 21.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (26)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2012
The first time I made potato candy (over 50 years ago) I used a large potato and ended with enough candy to feed a crowd. My grandmother told me I should have used a tangerine-sized potato and add confectioners' sugar until the mixture resembled pie crust dough. This makes plenty of delicious candy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/30/2012
This was way to SWEET!!!! Only had a Few Bites & Tossed it. Read More
(5)
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2012
The first time I made potato candy (over 50 years ago) I used a large potato and ended with enough candy to feed a crowd. My grandmother told me I should have used a tangerine-sized potato and add confectioners' sugar until the mixture resembled pie crust dough. This makes plenty of delicious candy. Read More
(82)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2012
I have a similar recipe without the peanut butter. We make small potatoe shaped pieces and roll in cinnamon. A traditional gift given to my kids from my mother Read More
(28)
Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2012
This was never a favorite of mine but hubby and kids love it. Like someone else said - I never knew it was Irish. I was always told it was all my grandmother could afford for sweets. We always made it by using leftover mashed potatoes. May be a little richer with the cream and butter in the potatoes. Nothing could be easier to make and fun for the kids to help with. Can't wait to teach my new grandson how to make it. Read More
(20)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2013
I used this recipe and made two kinds of candy from it the first I added green food coloring and made as recipe suggests rolled up chilled and sliced. I was a bit short on powdered suger so ended up using some (quite a bit actually) corn starch to finish it off. The candy was not overpoweringly sweet this way and still tasted good! The second candy I shaped into irregular potato shaped balls rolled them in a mixture of equal parts cinnamon and cocoa then pressed in tiny pieces of almond "eyes" Cutest potato potato candies you ever saw! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2012
I have been making this for 70 years but never knew it was called Irish since I am German! We all love it and even use food coloring at Christmas time to give it either red or green! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2012
My Mom made this when I was a kid & I'm 60 now. Still a big hit in my family. Somtimes Mom would add a thin layer of grape jelly or strawberry jam on top of the peanut butter before rolling it up. It's simple easy & tastes great. Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2012
My grandmother made this candy for her eight kids before the depression and my dad passed it on to his three kids. Our children are now teaching their kids...what fun! Kids think it is such a goofy recipe but they love to help make it. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2012
I really like these cookies but find them too sweet sort of like peanut butter fudge. My son said they taste like a peanut butter cup minus the chocolate. A friend suggested adding cocoa to cut the sweetness. You could also consider adding dried milk to reduce the sugar as well. Thanks for the unique recipe!!! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2012
I have made this exact recipe my whole life it's a holiday tradition in our house. The secret is not using too much potato. If your potato is too big you'll end up using so much confectioner's sugar. I know it takes a whole box usually but instead of measuring it out I just keep mixing a little more in at a time until I achieve the dough. You absolutely have to be a little flexible with this and not get hung up on exact measurement with the sugar. Just add it gradually. I agree that it is very sweet that's why I like to use chunky peanut butter and maybe sprinkle in a dash of sea salt on finished pieces for that salty/sweet taste. Read More
(8)
Rating: 1 stars
03/30/2012
This was way to SWEET!!!! Only had a Few Bites & Tossed it. Read More
(5)