Jamie here! My Great-Great-Aunt Ollie was a fixture at all the family events – and her special treat to bring on the holidays was Potato Candy. She used to tint it pink or yellow at Easter time, and Red and Green or Christmas. And just so you can put a face with a name, here’s a picture of the two of us!
That young-at-heart little woman there is my Aunt Ollie (pronounced “AINTOLLIE” by everyone in the family) and the little chubber is yours truly. 😉 (Obviously I’d already helped myself to a little too much potato candy)
Aren’t we cute?
In case you haven’t ever had this old-fashioned treat, rest assured potato candy tastes nothing like potatoes (so don’t be scared off!) – but is more like an inside-out cow tail. The white icing-like filling is on the outside of the log, and a peanut butter swirl is on the inside.
It’s extremely sweet – the kind where you don’t want to put a big chunk in your mouth all at once, but you’ll keep going back to the plate over and over for just another pinch until you’ve eaten your weight in confectioner’s sugar. It’s perfect for the holidays, to set out for guests – and it keeps in your fridge for a good little while as long as it’s wrapped up!
To make this candy you’ll only need a bag of powered sugar, one smallish potato (If you use a big one, just make sure have more powdered sugar on hand!), vanilla and peanut butter!
Potato Candy Recipe:
Serves: About 4 Dozen
- 1 Small Potato
- 1 16oz Bag of Confectioner's Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Peanut Butter
- Cut a potato into big chunks and boil it until soft.
- Place chunks in a large mixing bowl and mash them up with a fork.
- Add vanilla.
- Add powdered sugar about ¼ of the bag at a time - stirring vigorously with a spoon until a stiff dough forms.
- You'll likely need the whole bag (or almost) - you want it to be like a cookie dough but a little stiffer - however not too dry.
- Lay out a long piece of waxed paper and dust with powdered sugar.
- Scrape the dough out onto the paper and spread into a rectangular shape about ¼" thick. If it's too difficult to get it that thin, just do the best you can!
- Spread a layer of peanut butter on top of that.
- Roll into a jelly-roll style log and place in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight).
- Once thoroughly chilled, slice and place on a plate to serve.
- Makes a TON!