Irish Gems

Judy Few


A good use for leftover mashed potatoes. I've seen other recipes that say to use unseasoned mashed potatoes, but I just use leftovers. Been making these for 40 years. Big hit with coconut lovers.

★★★★★ 11 votes
No-Cook or Other

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
The mashed potatoes had me a little nervous as we were putting these together, but the end result is simply to-die-for! If you like coconut, you will LOVE these sweet gems.


3/4 c
mashed potatoes
1 box
powdered sugar
4 c
1 tsp
1/8 tsp
1 6-oz pkg
chocolate chips
1/2 oz


1Blend together mashed potatoes and sugar. Add coconut, vanilla and salt.
2Drop from tsp onto wax paper or greased cookie sheet. Shape into peaks. Let stand uncovered 30 minutes.
3Melt in saucepan over very low heat, chocolate chips and paraffin.
4Using a teaspoon, pour chocolate mixture over peaks of candy. Cool.
5Makes approximately 4 dozen.
6Note: I usually add about 2 cups of chopped pecans.
7Note: If you shape the mixture around an almond and dip the ball in the chocolate you have a mini faux Almond Joy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Irish
Other Tag: Quick & Easy