Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods. Not only can you use them to make french fries, vodka, gnocchi, and mashed potatoes, but potatoes also can be found in candy recipes, more specifically old-fashioned potato candy. And while the origin of this creamy peanut butter and powdered sugar potato candy recipe is unknown, most people know this recipe as one that was passed down from generation to generation and served during the holidays and Christmas time. Most likely this recipe was developed during the Great Depression when food was scarce and mothers had to stretch the family grocery dollar. This no-bake treat was the perfect way to add a little treat to the table without breaking the bank.

This candy is no to be confused with Irish potato candy, which contains cream cheese, coconut, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Irish potato candy, which was invented in Philadelphia, is a popular treat to enjoy around St. Patrick's Day.

How To Make Old-Fashioned Potato Candy

Start off by boiling a small potato until tender. Mash the russet potato in a large bowl until nice and smooth. Add the vanilla extract and salt and slowly work in the confectioners' sugar using an electric mixer until a dough forms. It should almost feel like Play-doh.

Move the mixture to a flat surface which has been sprinkled with powdered sugar. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Spread the creamy peanut butter on the potato mixture and roll into a jelly roll shape starting from the long side. Wrap in parchment paper or wax paper and chill for one hour.

Remove the log from the fridge and slice into 1/2-inch pinwheels. Store the candy in an airtight container for up to a week.

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Old-Fashioned Potato Candy 

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes

servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 potato
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Instructions

Start off by boiling a small potato until tender. Mash the russet potato in a large bowl until nice and smooth. Add the vanilla extract and salt and slowly work in the confectioners' sugar using an electric mixer until a dough forms. It should almost feel like Play-doh.

Move the mixture to a flat surface which has been sprinkled with powdered sugar. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Spread the creamy peanut butter on the potato mixture and roll into a jelly roll shape starting from the long side. Wrap in parchment paper or wax paper and chill for one hour.

Remove the log from the fridge and slice into 1/2-inch pinwheels. Store the candy in an airtight container for up to a week.

Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Potato Candy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0.1mg 0%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Potassium 89mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 20g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.04%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.