My great grandmother used to make this every year at Xmas. In addition to the peanut butter kind she would drop by spoonfulls and put a candied cherry or walnut in the middle. Coconut can be added as well. This candy says Christmas to me! And btw I’m from Ohio too!!
Many of us are accustomed to seeing this rolled candy around Christmas, but if you’re not, we get that it might seem a little odd. Potatoes? In candy? We know. But we promise it works.
These are exactly what I was looking for. I followed the recipe with no changes and love it. I did have trouble rolling it up without breaking the dough but that will just take some practice on my part. Very tasty!
The potato acts as a binder in the dough and the end result tastes nothing at all like potatoes. It’s just a soft, sweet (like, really sweet), no-bake candy that’s genius in its resourcefulness.
My first attempt at this recipe. Turned out great! I have been looking for this recipe forever…I remember my grandmother making it when I was young. We lived in Ohio at the time. Made me wonder if this was a buckeye treat..haha. Anyway, thank you sooo much, it really took me back to a happy place!
Some say the recipe was brought to the United States from Germany, where it was a common frugal practice to come up with clever uses for leftover mashed potatoes. Others say it’s an Irish recipe. Some say Pennsylvania Dutch. Some say Russian… You get the point.
I love using this recipe; a former housemate showed me how to make potato candy, but I take it one step further. I melt chocolate in a double boiler and drizzle some of it over the peanut butter before rolling the potato mix up, and then after the candy has been rolled, cut, and chilled, I’ll either dip the candy into some of the melted chocolate or drizzle more chocolate over the candy pieces.
What is clear is that it became popular in America during the Great Depression. In a time of great scarcity, potatoes and peanuts were easy and cheap to come by, and even powdered sugar was cheaper than regular granulated sugar. When there was little to be had, this candy ensured that people could still have a tasty treat.
Yummy. My Dad use to make these at Christmas time for us as kids. Unless you tell folks, they’ll never know you use mashed potatoes. Brings back sweet memories.
The recipe has endured through years when people only had a little, but also through years when people had a lot, because the candy is nearly impossible to resist. It’s tender and a little chewy, sweet as can be, nostalgic, and incredibly easy to make. You don’t need to be a candy maker for this.
I just made this and it’s absolutely wonderful! It tastes just like my Pawpaw used to make when I was little. Great recipe!
6 cups powdered sugar, plus more if needed
1/2 cup russet potato, mashed and cooled (about 1 large potato)
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