Friday, December 13, 2013

Old Fashioned Potato Candy!

 
 
 
If you have never had this "Old Fashioned Potato Candy", you have really missed out.  It's called potato candy, because it's made with mashed potatoes.  Makes sense doesn't it?  It might sound weird if you have never tried it, but believe me, it works.   We make another version of this with cream cheese also, but you can hardly tell the difference.  I am sure when this was originally made, they didn't have the availability of cream cheese like we do today. The starch in the potatoes is what makes this work.  It doesn't taste at all like potatoes though.  Here is what you will need for this:
 
1/4 cup mashed potatoes
2 Tbs. butter, room temperature (no substitutions)
2 Tbs. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1lb. confectioner's sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
 
Combine mashed potatoes, butter, milk, vanilla and salt.
 
Gradually mix in the powdered sugar until a dough forms.  Chill the dough for 1 hour.
 
Sprinkle about 1 Tbs. confectioners sugar onto wax paper or a large cutting board and roll the dough out into a large rectangle.
 
Spread the peanut butter out in a thin layer to cover all of the dough.  This might take just a bit more than 1/3 cup depending on how large your rolled your rectangle.
 
Roll it up like you would a jelly roll.  Wrap it up tight in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before slicing into pieces to serve.   Keep in an airtight container and in the refrigerator when not serving to keep it from drying out.
 
This is really pretty on candy or dessert trays!
 
 
 
 
 



18 comments:

  1. your recipe is almost identical to the one I have been making for 50 years. It is still the one thing I MUST make for my family-6 lbs. of it. I eat 2 pieces after making it for days I really don't need to eat it. But there never seems to be enough to satisfy my family and friends.

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  2. Very interesting, my Mom made it with conf. sugar & egg white. Called it peanut butter candy. Yum!

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  3. My grandmother and mother got a recipe for potato candy from a county extension agent in new mexico during the depression. It called for a medium sized potato boiled and peeled and then mixed with powdered sugar. Was definitely a family favorite.

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  4. I have also put melted chocolate on top of pb and rolled it up yummy!!!!!

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  5. Would you post the other version using the cream cheese please. Thanks

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  6. I've tried this twice now and keep coming up with a blob that cannot be rolled. Followed exactly!!

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    1. You just need to add more confectioner's sugar until it's stiffer. Then be sure to chill until it's really cold. There is no reason it won't roll if you do that.

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    2. Kathy you are awesome! My mom used to make this and I was going to ask you for a recipe for it. She passed away in 2000 so havent had this since.

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    3. So sorry for your loss Lorene.

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  7. We used to make this when we were kids! It is wonderful!

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  8. When do you put the vanilla in? I just made the dough and realized after I had put it in the fridge to cool that I had forgotten to use the vanilla. Looked at the recipe again and saw that you had it in the ingredients but not in the directions. I assume it was supposed to be in with the potatoes, butter, milk and salt. Hopefully it will still taste just as good when it's all done! (Actually the dough tasted pretty good without it!) I enjoy all your recipes and have made several. Thanks!

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    1. It tells you to add the vanilla in the first sentence of the directions.. :)

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    2. It tells in the directions. Sometimes we over look things.

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  9. Are the potatoes cooked and smashed or are they just flakes? My mother use to make this at Christmas and missed it every Christmas since she passed.

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  10. My Mother made this for us 60 years ago! We still make it for Christmas. We boil a medium potato and mash well with a fork. Sift powdered sugar and add to the potato till a dough forms. No milk or vanilla or butter! Roll out thin and spread peanut butter and jelly roll it up. Then cut in bite-size pieces. Snow white dough! yummy!

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  11. Hi Kathy. Do you use potatoes that have actually been prepared as "mashed potatoes" or just boil a potato

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  12. Can you use fruit in this instead of peanut butter I don't like peanut butter in anything else but pbj,I know it's weird,lol.

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  13. Can you use caramel instead of peanut butter?

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