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Irish Peanut Butter Potato Candy

Irish Peanut Butter Potato Candy

  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 30 m
teacher4life

teacher4life

This is an old-fashioned recipe passed down from my grandmother. When she told me the recipe, my mouth dropped. You mean you actually put a potato in this candy? Yes, you actually use a potato. The candy is very rich but it tastes so good.

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  • Calories:
  • 271 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 2.2 g
  • 3%
  • Carbs:
  • 63.6g
  • 21%
  • Protein:
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 21 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Directions

  1. Place potato into a saucepan with enough water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook potato until very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.
  2. Transfer potato to a large bowl and mash with a fork until smooth.
  3. Gradually stir confectioners' sugar into mashed potato a little at a time until the mixture forms a stiff dough. The dough will be runny until all the powdered sugar is used.
  4. Place a large square of waxed paper onto a work surface. Roll or press dough into a 12-inch square rectangle on the waxed paper.
  5. Spread peanut butter over top of dough, covering it entirely.
  6. Pick up one edge of waxed paper and start rolling the dough to make a 12-inch-long log. Wrap log tightly with waxed paper.
  7. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Unwrap log and slice candy into cross-sectional pieces about 3/4-inch thick to serve.
  8. All done! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments!
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lbat
73

lbat

3/10/2012

The first time I made potato candy (over 50 years ago) I used a large potato and ended with enough candy to feed a crowd. My grandmother told me I should have used a tangerine-sized potato and add confectioners' sugar until the mixture resembled pie crust dough. This makes plenty of delicious candy.

Ginn W
25

Ginn W

3/16/2012

I have a similar recipe, without the peanut butter. We make small potatoe shaped pieces and roll in cinnamon. A traditional gift given to my kids from my mother

RaggieMom
19

RaggieMom

3/16/2012

This was never a favorite of mine, but hubby and kids love it. Like someone else said - I never knew it was Irish. I was always told it was all my grandmother could afford for sweets. We always made it by using leftover mashed potatoes. May be a little richer with the cream and butter in the potatoes. Nothing could be easier to make and fun for the kids to help with. Can't wait to teach my new grandson how to make it.

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