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Potato Candy from Ohio

Rated as 4.48 out of 5 Stars

"My mom always made this for the holidays when I was a kid in Ohio. You can use left over potatoes from last night's supper or just throw a potato in the microwave for 5 minutes, cool, and add butter and a little salt (no pepper please). The powdered sugar and peanut butter filling goes so well together. The potatoes help the candy hold it's shape and give it substance."
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2 h 50 m servings 287
Original recipe yields 24 servings (24 slices)


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  1. Combine confectioners' sugar, mashed potatoes, butter, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until a thick dough forms. Refrigerate dough until chilled, about 30 minutes. Stir extra confectioners' sugar into dough if too moist.
  2. Spread a large sheet of waxed paper on the counter. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
  3. Dust rolling pin with confectioners' sugar. Roll chilled dough on prepared waxed paper into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.
  4. Spoon peanut butter into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on High until slightly softened, 20 to 30 seconds.
  5. Spread softened peanut butter onto dough.
  6. Roll dough, starting from long end, into a jelly roll shape.
  7. Wrap the roll in waxed paper and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Slice into 1/4-inch slices.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 287 calories; 11.7 43.1 5.4 2 117 Full nutrition

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My great grandmother used to make this every year at Xmas. In addition to the peanut butter kind she would drop by spoonfulls and put a candied cherry or walnut in the middle. Coconut can be a...

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Unfortunately, the pototo I used left very tiny hunks of potato in the mixture, which I found very unappetizing in what should be a smooth confection.

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My great grandmother used to make this every year at Xmas. In addition to the peanut butter kind she would drop by spoonfulls and put a candied cherry or walnut in the middle. Coconut can be a...

These are exactly what I was looking for. I followed the recipe with no changes and love it. I did have trouble rolling it up without breaking the dough but that will just take some practice on ...

My first attempt at this recipe. Turned out great! I have been looking for this recipe forever...I remember my grandmother making it when I was young. We lived in Ohio at the time. Made me w...

I love using this recipe; a former housemate showed me how to make potato candy, but I take it one step further. I melt chocolate in a double boiler and drizzle some of it over the peanut butte...

Yummy. My Dad use to make these at Christmas time for us as kids. Unless you tell folks, they'll never know you use mashed potatoes. Brings back sweet memories.

I just made this and it's absolutely wonderful! It tastes just like my Pawpaw used to make when I was little. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

Potato candy has been a holiday tradition in my family for a very long time. You can make mashed potatoes from the dry flakes and it works well, too. I make it with both smooth and crunchy peanu...

Thanks for posting this. I haven't made this in 35 yrs, so I needed to refresh my memory. I made this when I lived in Wheeling, WV. To the reviewer who thought it a bit dry, try mixing in a b...

Recipe was very easy to follow and came out perfectly! I dusted with powdered sugar after I cut the roll up and placed back in the refrigerator before giving to a woman who missed her mother mak...