Leila Rockwell Recipe

By Leila Rockwell leilaroc

1 or 2 each
Prep Time:

My mother used to make this for us in the middle 1900's and to us it was the best candy we had. I hope you enjoy making it but you need patience as takes time.


1 small
mashed potato
1-6 c
powdered sugar
1-2 tsp
vanilla extract or your choice
1/2 tsp
chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, etc
1 lb
semisweet chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips. more if needed
1 + Tbsp
shortening to thin. when chocolate begins to thicken add a little more shortening. be careful and not add to much.

Directions Step-By-Step

The main ingredients for this old fashioned candy are mashed potato and confectioners sugar. You can use any flavor you want and even add peanuts, coconut, chocolate, maraschino cherries and wrap dough around them.
In a mixing bowl combine the potato, salt and vanilla. Sift the confectioners sugar over potato, stirring and adding about 1 cup at a time. Mixture will liquefy when first sugar is added then gradually begin to thicken.
When it becomes the consistency of stiff dough, knead it even though not all the sugar has been added. After kneading, cover with a damp cloth and chill until a small spoonful can be rolled into a ball. Shape in the size of balls you want.
In the microwave heat chocolate chips, stiring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth, adding a 1 tbl of shortening at a time to make it thin enough to cover the cooled ball. Dip the balls in the chocolate then let cool or roll in nuts or coconut, what ever you choose.


Heat a pan of water about 2-3" deep keeping it a low temp set a pan on top and add your chocolate chips, stir until melted and then add 1 - 2 tble shortening to thin it down enough to dip the balls in and coat. If it begins starts to thicken add a little more shortening.

I'm sorry but I had put the wrong instructions on.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Potatoes, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: American

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Leila Rockwell leilaroc
Dec 27, 2014
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Leila Rockwell leilaroc
Dec 8, 2014
Thank you Diane and I think it's time I got into your candy recipes to. I'm sure they will be great. Maybe I'll learn what great candy is all about. :) Thank you for the great comment. Hugs
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Dec 8, 2014
Leila, This is another one of your wonderful recipes that I LOVE!!
Dec 8, 2014 - Leila Rockwell shared this recipe with discussion groups: FAVORITE COOKIES AND CANDY Recipes from The Good Old Days Sweet Tooth
Leila Rockwell leilaroc
Dec 8, 2014
Christmas is getting close and I remember making these candies for my children. We all have our recipes from when we were children ourselves and this recipe is the one I remember my Mother and us three girls making. I hope you try them as easy to make and great to eat. :)