Grandmom's Irish Potatoes Recipe -
Grandmom's Irish Potatoes Recipe
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Grandmom's Irish Potatoes

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"My mom's Irish Potato Candy. This one doesn't have coconut, but it is really tasty."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, cream of tartar and salt. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cook to the soft ball stage at 234 degrees F (115 degrees C). A few drops will form a soft ball when dropped into cold water. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Add vanilla and beat until creamy and stiff. Roll into balls and shape like little potatoes. Roll each ball in cinnamon to coat, then press in pieces of chopped nuts to look like eyes. You can also dust with cocoa to simulate dirt.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 21, 2003

This was so tasty. A little messy to shape, but very easy since if it gets too hard just the heat of your hands will shape it. Very rich so you'll need to slice the little potatoes. I would roll them in powdered sugar for snowmen and add them to my Christmas candymaking.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 30, 2007

I tried this recipe with a friend that likes to bake. After about 1 hour of cooling, I was finally able to shape the potatoes. But, I still don't think they are right. I followed the recipe, but also ended up with a lot of gooey-ness. Won't try it again.


15 Ratings

Oct 30, 2003

I've used this one before, and it's really cut the sweetness a bit we usually roll it out into a large rectangle, spread peanut butter on it, and roll it up and slice it rather than shaping it into potatoes...really good either way.

Mar 17, 2004

Disappointing ... I followed the recipe EXACTLY and waited til mixture cooled as directed to add vanilla and beat until creamy and firm ... all I got was a gooey mess. Not sure what went wrong here!

Mar 20, 2005

I did everything right and they came out like little crumbly sugar balls. Bummer. Won't be making these again.

Feb 03, 2003

kids love them

Jun 17, 2009

Just what I remember. Glad there's no coconut. My kids love them!

Nov 13, 2006

Very good, even though they didn't have coconut in them. They didn't last very long.


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  • Calories
  • 62 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.5 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.9 g
  • 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 33 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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