Irish Potatoes (candy)

Pat Mullen


These Irish Potatoes are a delicious treat for any time, but especially around St. Patrick's Day. When I grew up in Philadephia,PA., this candy was a regular part of our St. Paddy's Day celebration and can still be found in stores around the wearin' o' the green. They are a coconut fondant, made from mashed potatoes, rolled in cinnamon. The finished product resembles little potatoes. Enjoy!

Take note: The recipe calls for mashed potatoes. These are fully seasoned. You can use left overs from your dinner, make them fresh, buy them already made or use instant.

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6 Tbsp
mashed potatoes
2 Tbsp
butter, softened
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 1/2 lb
confectioners' sugar
1/4 tsp
7 oz
shredded coconut


1Mix all ingredients together well (I use a stand mixer now, but used to mix them by hand). Shape into about 3/4-inch diameter balls, and roll in ground cinnamon, shaking off excess. Store in a sealed container, like a cookie tin or a Rubber Maid container.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies