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keen, I don't have to make your recipe to give it a 5 star! I've made this candy this way for over 40yrs....just like my momma taught me, ha ha. I showed my granddaughter over last school break. I'm glad to see someone else likes it, although it is very sweet and not too health conscience! It is a great, inexpensive treat. Thankyou for posting it!!

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peppermintkitty June 26, 2003

Loved your recipe, my mom made this for us when we were kids and we thought we were getting some expensive treat. We lived on a small budget and when we got a sweet treat we thought we had died and gone to heaven. I was shocked to see that other people made this too as I always thought it was one of my mom's concoctions. This brought back so many memories, thanks so much Keen for the trip down memory lane.

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Bunlady July 24, 2006

This is the exact same candy I remember from my childhood. Please be warned that making this simple sounding recipe requires more patience and powdered sugar than you think. If your dough isn't thick enough, just keep adding powdered sugar. Because the consistency of mashed potatoes can vary, you may need to use more than the recipe calls for. If you are not an expert in rolling a jellyroll, remember practice makes perfect. Also don't be skimpy on the peanut butter. I use at least 1/4 inch to give it a nice balance to the sweetness of the dough. This is a really adaptable recipe. It may take some trial and error but once you know what works best for you, you won't have any problems.

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Joyce O December 10, 2007

Sorry to be a party pooper. But we tried this, had to use a little more than 1 lb to make it dough like. Once I cut it and tried it, it tasted like pure powdered sugar, with a little PB. I was hoping we would like this, as we need to be GF and this is naturally GF.

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WI Cheesehead December 23, 2009

My favourite candy recipe of all times. I've made this forever starting as a young child "helping" my gramma. For the holidays, we always make batches using red and green food coloring in the dough for red and green spirals.

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Sassy in da South November 12, 2009

Oh my gosh I have tears in my eyes. I can't say "Thank You" enough for posting this recipe. My grandma made this all the time when I was growing up and it is so sweet and yummy. I misplaced the recipe many years ago and I have never been able to find one like she made. I am so happy to have found this website and recipe. I can finally add this to my Christmas goodie tray. Thank You!

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Blessed x 4 November 11, 2009

I grew up making this with my parents, thought it waspretty funny...but made wonderful candy. Iam now making it with my granddaughter...and so the tradition continues!

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jeprnc November 14, 2007

Thanks for the recipe. My grandmother always made this at christmas when I was a little girl. This recipe came out perfect. I think I used a little more sugar(add it until I got my desired texture). Thanks!

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bakinheather November 13, 2007

This is my grandmother's "depression era" potato candy recipe! I have been making it for years and it is so good...VERY rich and VERY sweet. It brings back such good memories for me. I personally like to use peanut butter that doesn't have much sugar added - it balances out the sweetness of the powdered sugar in the potato "dough". Thanks so much to Keen for submitting this recipe!!

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Reality March 30, 2006

I have made this recipe for years! My mother taught it to me, and her mother-in-law, who was Pa. Dutch, taught it to her. It is a very inexpensive treat, but not very healthy. I always thought you should refrigerate the dough before rolling out. Then, once you make the peanut butter jelly roll, you need to refrigerate again. Also, you need to keep the candy in the refrigerator so it doesn't harden in the air!

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Kayerae March 13, 2006
Mashed Potato Candy