Old Fashioned Potato Candy is the unique candy that you can’t wait to try! Candy made from potato, powdered sugar, and peanut butter. Sounds weird, but tastes amazing!
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I know what your thinking. Potato in a candy? Wait, what? Hear me out. You can not taste the potato. There is nothing savory about this recipe. It’s sweet upon sweet, to the verge of almost too sweet, even for me, and I usually drink my sugar with a side of coffee. Seriously. Ha. I love sugar. But I can only eat one piece of this at a time. However, there is a time and a place for super sweet desserts, and this is the perfect sweet dessert for that time. Just trust me on this.
I remember at some point in my childhood I had heard of mashed potato candy, and I was not about to have any part of that. Yet, when I saw that it was swirled with peanut butter, my mouth couldn’t deny tasting it. Because I’m a sucker for peanut butter! I’m that gal that spoons that sticky stuff from the jar and eats it. No shame here. Anyway. When I tasted this “mashed potato candy”, I was shocked at how it didn’t taste like potato, not even a teeny tiny little bit.
I think that was probably the only time in my life that I had it, up until recently when I ran across it in an old cook book of my mother’s. I decided to give it a try, and it tasted just as yummy as I remember it. There is just something about peanut butter and powdered sugar that pair so beautifully together! What type of peanut butter should you use? I don’t think it matters, really. I use Peanut Butter Co., because it has the best peanuty butter flavor ever! But, I do think any will do. Perhaps not the all natural kind though, because of the extra oil it seems to have. Ok, so yea, stick to regular peanut butter for this recipe and skip the all natural.
- one smallish potato
- 2 pounds powdered sugar
- peanut butter
- Peel and chop up your potato.
- Boil the potato in water until it's fork tender.
- Drain and place into a large bowl.
- Mix in one pound of the powdered sugar. (yes, it's kind of liquidy and yucky, just trust me)
- Mix in the rest of the powdered sugar. making sure to leave enough to place on some wax paper to roll out.
- Once you have mixed the powdered sugar into the potato, and now have a dough like consistency.
- Drop onto a large wax papered surface that has been sprinkled with powdered sugar.
- Using another sheet of wax paper, place on top of the dough disk, and mash out a little with your hands.
- Now using a roller, roll until you have about a 1/4 of an inch thickness.
- Spread peanut butter over the whole potato sugar dough. I just sort of plop about 3/4 of a cup on there, and eyeball it.
- Roll the dough as if you were making cinnamon rolls.
- Make sure to place the dough log onto another sheet of wax paper, and roll up. Cut in half and store in the fridge until your ready to slice and serve.
- Store at least 6 hours before slicing.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 0gSugar: 37gProtein: 0g
What kitchen essentials did I use to make this dish possible?
- Hudson Essentials Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set – 6 Piece stackable with spout
- Set of 4 – Whisk and Spatula Set
- Adjustable Rolling Pin
- Pyrex Smart Essentials Mixing Bowl Set
- Rachael Ray Cucina Cutlery 2-Piece Japanese Stainless Steel Santoku Knife Set with Acacia Handles
- Reynolds Parchment Paper, 75 Sq Ft
Looking for other peanut butter treats? One of our favorites are these Peanut Butter and Honey Rice Krispie Treats!