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.
CORRECTION: ON # 4
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.