Potato Candy the #1 Must Have on Holidays

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 0 mins

One of the FIRST treats made for all our Holiday gatherings or parties. People can't stop eating it! This candy was first introduced to me by my husband 21 years ago. I thought the man was insane when I heard the name of it, and when I saw the ingredients, I knew he was crazy. I was addicted after the first bite! Please read the instructions carefully as size DOES matter! One of the most intense flavors I have ever met, completely satisfying for anyone craving sweets.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. wash the potato well - and boil in enough water to cover it completely until extremely well cooked.
  2. rinse potato in cold water while removing skin, allowing it to cool down slightly.
  3. place potato in large mixing bowl and smash to a smooth paste.
  4. add powdered sugar and mix well, until it forms a smooth dough.
  5. roll dough out on a smooth surface sprinkled with powdered sugar so it will not stick.
  6. spread peanut butter on in a smooth layer, not too thick.
  7. sprinkle on pecan meal.
  8. roll up into a log, as tight as you can without breaking dough.
  9. slice into sections approximately 1/2 inch and place on a serving tray.
  10. Do Not Stack candy on top of each other!
  11. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 30 min to chill and set.
  12. *NOTE: If you cannot find Pecan Meal you can use finely chopped pecans, or make your own by placing the nuts in food processor - adding a small amount of granulated sugar to keep the meats from turning into a tight paste.
  13. **Special Variations:.
  14. One year I used an all Natural Cashew Butter. Again from my health food store. They were absolutely FANTASTIC!
  15. These are a great finger food to be served at parties of any caliber. We have taken them to picnic family reunions, and added them to weddings, where everyone brings food to add to the reception. They are a No Fail addition to any meal.
  16. Store in an airtight container.
  17. Photo to follow soon.
  18. I am unsure of time, the longest period is while the potato cooks.
  19. (Potato can be cooked ahead of time, wrapped & stored in refrigerator until used- up to 5 days).


Most Helpful

When I was a kid growing up in Louisiana my moms best friend would make this for me. I am now 35 and I finally found the recipe I have been looking for forever and I can't wait to make it. Thank you so much for posting it.

mandapol1980 September 08, 2015

I have never made or eaten potato candy, so this was an adventure for me! It turned out quite good, I used almond butter instead of the peanut butter and I ground my own pecans. Very tasty and you're absolutely right - you cannot stop eating it. I think you could probably come up with different variations that would all be worth making. It's so easy. Thanks for posting - I will add this to the holiday "cookie tray" assortment. Made for Spring PAC 2012.

FloridaNative May 12, 2012

Not one of my favorites, but well worth the time to make. I used a russet and made my own pecan meal. This probably will be made again, just so I can share the "whoa" factor! Thnx for sharing your recipe, LadyOutlaw. Made for PAC Spring 2010. You've been adopted! http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=327498&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Darkhunter April 16, 2010

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