Grandma Shufelt's Potato Candy

"Potato candy is a treasured memory of Christmas past. Grandma Shufelt, and then Aunt Claris made this rich treat only once each year. Was Dad ever surprised when I made it for him after my aunt passed. I'm the only family member who thought to ask for this 'secret' recipe."
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Ready In:
36-40 pieces




  • Cook and mash potatoes.
  • While still warm, add the powdered sugar.
  • Mix well.
  • Add the coconut and nuts (I use peanuts).
  • Add vanilla.
  • Mix well.
  • Form into small shapes or balls and leave for a while to cool and set.
  • Melt dipping chocolate in a double boiler.
  • Using a toothpick, roll each ball into the melted chocolate.
  • Store in a cool place.

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  1. I meant to rate this recipe! It's a wonderful recipe... Try it, you won't be disappointed!
  2. boy, I don't know what I did wrong with this recipe. I thought there was a typo about how much powdered sugar to add, until I looked at other recipes for potato candy and saw similar potato to sugar ratios. However, after mixing the ingredients as stated, the mixture was very soupy. I looked at another recipe for suggestions and decided to put it in the fridge to see if it would harden. Just the top did, but not enough to roll it into balls or cut it into squares. I resisted adding more powdered sugar to thicken it as it was already VERY sweet. On a positive note, it was rich and tasty, and you can't even tell that there are mashed potatoes in it. I'm not sure I would attempt this recipe again, without knowing why it was so soupy. Sorry.


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