Old Fashioned Potato Candy

This unconventional candy recipe will leave you pleasantly confused.

By Sydni Wolpert, Staff Writer and Artist

If you thought that mashed potatoes could never be the main ingredient in a candy dish, think again! I found this Great-Depression era dessert recipe floating around on social media and immediately decided to give it a try. The results are similar to peanut butter fudge, with a taste along the lines of puppy chow. If you are looking for an easy and (super) sweet treat to make with family over the holidays, potato candy is exactly what you need! 

Ingredients:

  • One small russet potato (This is important—the bigger the potato, the more sugar you will need! One small potato goes a long way!)
  • Half a stick of butter
  • Three teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • One or two pounds of confectioners’ sugar (One or two bags)
  • Creamy peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Peel and boil the potato for 10 minutes on high or until soft. Mash the potato and combine with butter. Run through a blender to get out chunks.
  2. Stir in vanilla extract
  3. Combine with sugar one cup at a time until a white dough forms. (it takes a LOT of sugar to reach this consistency! If your potato dough is runny and translucent, keep adding sugar until it stiffens!)
  4. Dust countertop/surface with confectioners’ sugar and roll out dough with a rolling pin. 
  5. Spread peanut butter across dough and roll into a tube (like a jelly or pumpkin roll)
  6. Cut and serve! Potato candy keeps in the fridge/freezer for quite some time!

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