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    southern recipe - sweet potato candy

    Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:24 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi, I am trying to find a recipe for sweet potato candy, I think..My grandma would make it every Christmas. She said it was sweet potato, but no one is sure. My mom nor aunts never learned how to make it. I just remember that it was in pieces, wrapped in wax paper, shaped like salt water taffy, but melted in your mouth. Now that I'm older & love sweet potatoes, I'd like to make it for my grandkids & continue the tradition..She was from
    the Arkansa/Oklahoma territory area & was born in the late 1800's if this helps.
    pinky kookie
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:53 am Groupie

    Here is this recipe that fits your description and could be the one from your Grandma. You can also try this recipe with sweet potato, if you like.

    Makes about forty pieces of candy.
    1 small potato
    2 pounds confectioner's sugar
    peanut butter
    Peel and slice potato. In small sauce pot, cover potato slices with water and cook over medium heat until soft. Drain potato and place in mixing bowl. Beat until mashed. Add 1/2 sugar and mix well. Mix in remaining sugar, scraping down sides as needed.
    Line a countertop with a sheet of waxed paper dusted with confectioner's sugar. Scrape out dough onto waxed paper and dust top with more confectioner's sugar. Roll out to a thickness of about 1/4 of an inch (don't go getting a ruler here, just eyeball it. This isn't rocket science). Spread dough with peanut butter and roll up like you are making cinnamon rolls. Once you have rolled up into a log, roll log up in your waxed paper and cut in half. Place halves in a gallon zipper seal bag and store in the fridge until ready to serve. When ready to serve remove waxed paper an slice into 1/4 inch slices. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
    pinky kookie
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:00 am Groupie

    And here are these other similar recipes for you to check them out:

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    In the first review from Pat, she writes: when I was little my grandmother used to make this and she called it Irish Potato Candy.

    By Sweet Southern Bell -

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    PaulO in MA
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:33 am Groupie
    Did it have coconut, nuts, and raisins in it?

    There's a recipe in Farm Journal's Homemade Candy for sweet potato candy that has these ingredients. If it did, I'll type it up.
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:34 am
    Forum Host
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:33 pm Groupie
    Recipe: Sweet Potato Candy

    Categories: None

    Yield: 1 Servings

    3 Medium-sized sweet potatoes
    1 lb Light brown sugar
    1 ts Fresh lemon juice
    Cinnamon; to taste
    Granulated sugar

    Scrub the unpeeled sweet potatoes and place them in a saucepan with water to cover. Bring them to a boil, lower the heat, and cook until they are fork tender. Remove them from the water and allow them to cool slightly; peel them and put them through a food mill. Sift the sugar to remove all the lumps. Place the sweet potato pulp in a heavy saucepan with the brown sugar and lemon juice and cook over low heat until the mixture separates easily from the sides of the pan, about 25 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool, then flavor to taste with the cinnamon. Place it in the refrigerator and allow it to chill for 1 hour. Form each candy by taking a small ball of the sweet potato mixture, rolling it into a 1-inch log, and dusting it with sugar. Wrap each log in waxed paper. They will keep 1 month stored in an airtight container.
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