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the old-fashioned potato candy

(8 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Leila Rockwell
Sublimity, OR

My mother used to make this for us in the middle 1900s. To us, it was the best candy we had. I hope you enjoy making it but have patience as it takes time to make the candies. The main ingredients for this old-fashioned candy are mashed potato and confectioners' sugar. You can use any flavoring you want or add peanuts, coconut, or chocolate. Use maraschino cherries and wrap the dough around them.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This old-fashioned potato candy will become a favorite in your candy dish. The base is a potato mashed and powdered sugar. Then, get creative with the mix-ins. We made an assortment of homemade candies with mini chocolate chips, coconut, mint chips, and crushed peanut butter candy. Get creative! You can also use another flavor of extract. Coated in melted chocolate, they'll make a great hostess gift during the holidays.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(8 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
method Blend

Ingredients For the old-fashioned potato candy

  • 1 sm
    potato; baked, cooled, and mashed
  • 1 - 6 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • 1 - 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 lb
    semi-sweet chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips
  • 1 + Tbsp
  • chocolate chips
  • peanut butter chips
  • coconut

How To Make the old-fashioned potato candy

  • Potato, salt, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
    In a mixing bowl combine the mashed potato, salt, and vanilla extract.
  • Incorporate the confectioners' sugar.
    Sift the confectioners' sugar over the potato. Stirring, adding about 1 cup at a time. The mixture will liquefy when the sugar is first added and then gradually begins to thicken.
  • Add the mix-ins.
    Mix in your add-ins like chocolate chips, coconut, etc.
  • Knead the dough and let it chill.
    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 into balls.
    Shape in the size of balls you want.
  • Slowly melt the chocolate.
    Heat a pan of water about 2-3" deep keeping it at a low temp. Set a pan on top and add the chocolate chips. Stir until melted.
  • Add shortening to the chocolate and dip the candies.
    Add 1 - 2 Tbsp shortening to thin it enough to dip the balls in. Coat the potato balls. Cool until the chocolate has set. If it begins starts to thicken, add a little more shortening.