Recipe by Rhonda
"The potatoes in this recipe provide starch and don't add flavor. You won't even know there are potatoes in it. You will only taste a sweet confection. When adding the confectioners' sugar and peanut butter, be aware that the amounts are approximate. You may add more or less, depending on your tastes."
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For fans of sweets and peanut butter, you can't go wrong with a modified version of this candy. There's an art to making it, as attested by all the advice. My family's rule of thumb: one very small potato, boiled in skin until falling apart, pureed (sans skin) and mixed with one pound of powdered sugar (more if a very "wet" potato). Needs plenty of sugar and patience when rolling out. Best served a bit aged (let cut pieces rest a day or two to dry).
Half a cup of powdered sugar is definitely not enough! I had to use like 3 or 4 cups. Not too bad other than that.
It does take a considerable amount more or conf.sugar for this recipe. I also chill the dough before rolling it and I make sure there is plenty of conf.sugar on rolling pin and surface. I loved this candy as a child and was so glad to find the recipe here. My family loves it and it was a hit at work.
This was pretty good when I added more sugar.I microwaved a very small potato ( less watery that way) and mashed it up and let it get really cold. Then I added the butter and vanilla. I sprinkled powdered sugar on it and rolled it up. I think microwaving the potato and adding more sugar is the trick to it.
Try eliminating the milk to get a stiffer texture. Mom never added milk. She taught me to make this when I was a child, and I remember having to add cups and cups of sugar. Delicious! A family favorite.
Okay, this recipe is quite time-consuming to prepare, but it can definitely be worth the effort if you just stick to it! As other reviewer's have already stated, the proportions are way off. I also find the dough is MUCH easier to work with if you omit the butter (you really don't need the milk either, but I add a little anyway). You need to keep adding sugar until your arm is ready to fall off from the stirring (stop before then, and your dough is going to be too sticky). For a little over one cup of potato and 1 tbl. milk, I had to use nearly 4 POUNDS of powdered sugar to get the dough to the proper consistency. But once there, my dough didn't even have to be refigerated -- a little more sugar for dusting, and it rolled out like a dream. I introduced my grandmother to this recipe last Christmas (she loves peanut butter), and she said she ate most of what I made herself!
I found that the recipe needed more detailed instructions. It was not an easy candy for me to make.
You must make sure that your potato is very cold and the entire process must be kept cold and you need way more than half cup of con. sugar
Candy was delicious. Just like my grandmother use to make. The only thing is the powdered sugar amount is much more than what the recipe calls for. Will make this again.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 213
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