Gram's Potato Candy

Gram's Potato Candy

JanMcD 4

"This candy is a staple for the holidays in my home. I remember my grandmother making this every year. I believe the original recipe came from a bag of sugar. It is quite sweet, so a little piece will do. Tint the candy any color you like with food coloring, if desired."
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1 h 35 m servings 75 cals
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Original recipe yields 32 servings



  • Calories:
  • 75 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 1.4 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.4g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 13 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Place potato cubes in a small sauce pan and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool.
  2. Mash potato in a large bowl until smooth.
  3. Stir 1 cup confectioners' sugar into mashed potato; mix well. Gradually stir remaining confectioners' sugar and milk to form a firm dough. Incorporate green food coloring at this point if using.
  4. Sprinkle work surface with confectioners' sugar, and roll dough into an 8x12-inch rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Spread peanut butter evenly onto the dough.
  6. Tightly roll dough into a log, jelly roll-style, beginning at the wide end.
  7. Wrap log in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator until the candy sets up, about 1 hour. Cut into 1/4-inch slices.


  • Cook's note:
  • I usually am more generous with the amount of peanut butter used. You don't want to use so much that it squishes out when rolling it up. Also, expect to use more sugar for bigger potatoes.



I am so glad I found this recipe! It's been years since I had this candy as a child.

I used the smallest potato I had maybe an 1/8 C when done used 3C of powered sugar and the candy didn't set up.