Pioneer Potato Candy

Pioneer Potato Candy

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Recipe by  DEBEHOO

“The main ingredients for this old fashioned candy are mashed potato and confectioners' sugar. Salted peanuts can be substituted for shredded coconut for a different taste.”

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Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 2 dozen



  1. In the top of a double boiler, heat chocolate, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the potato, salt and vanilla. Sift the confectioners sugar over potato, stirring and adding about 1 cup at a time. Mixture will liquefy when first sugar is added then gradually begin to thicken.
  3. When it becomes the consistency of stiff dough, knead it even though not all the sugar has been added.
  4. After kneading, cover with a damp cloth and chill until a small spoonful can be rolled into a ball. Shape in small 1/2 inch balls. Dip balls in melted chocolate then roll in peanuts or coconut.

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A cook in Houston

A cook in Houston

I had never heard of potato candy. This recipe came up when I was looking for a potato salad recipe and since it was close to christmas I decided to try it. I am glad I did. It was so good. I have no idea why another reviewer said it wasn't good. Mine came out perfect. I followed the recipe for the dough exactly the way it is printed. It does liquify at first but by the end of adding all the sugar it is a nice dough. One suggestions would be to microwave or bake the potato instead of boiling them. It keeps the potato drier so you don't have to add extra sugar. Also I started with 8 oz of chocolate and figured if I need more I could add it as I went, but that was enough for me. I rolled them into balls and dunked the bottom half in chocolate. It was easier and less messy that way. Then I rolled them in crushed peanuts, mini chips, coconut, and crushed pepperment. Then I set them white side down on wax paper. The toppings you can use is endless. We liked the peanuts the best. Also instead of using vanilla you could add any flavor of extract you like or some rum or brandy. I will be making this again.



For years,we have been enjoying this candy but we call this candy "Fried Oysters". My mother-in-law is getting up in years and decided that this Christmas she wouldn't be making her candy. I questioned her about how to make it and then checked with "all" to compare. Its the same ingredients and is just as good if not better than what we've had for years. I've made this twice this Christmas. The second time I used my mixer to blend in the powdered sugar. It saved time & energy. After it was mixed, I put in the frig for 2 hours. Next, I used my small cookie scoop for even amounts and rolled into balls. I put these back into the frig so they would firm up. This made dipping much easier. I used 1 1/2 lb. of dipping chocolate, 22 oz. Spanish peanuts (chopped fine in my food processor). Makes approximately 5 1/2 dozen. Note: Don't salt the water when boiling the potatoes or your candy will be too salty.



I am a professional chef, and I must say that I have not tasted anything as terrible as this candy. I have used other potato candy recipes in the past with great success.

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Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 516 cal
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 13.3 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs
  • 102 g
  • 33%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 162 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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