Sep 3, 2011

Potato Candy



I always loved when my grandmother would make potato candy. My grandfather and I would always gobble it right up. Back in those days I never once stepped in the kitchen unless it was time to eat so I had no idea about the process of anything we ate. One day I asked my grandma “Why do they call it potato candy for?” She exclaimed “Because it has potatoes in it”. I honestly had no idea and well I never looked at it the same again. I mean come on a candy with potatoes?

Now that I am older and know more about food I understand that the potato is just a base for starch and control. Actually a lot of sweets have a bit of potatoes in them and I have even heard that is the secret of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I thought I would try my old family recipe out since it has been so long that I have had it. And what can I say I am in love all over again with this classic Southern candy. These sweet tastes pretty much exactly like peanut butter fudge.

1 small potato
2-3 cups powdered sugar
Peanut butter

1. In a small saucepan on medium heat add potato. Cook until soft. Peel and slice. Beat until mashed.

2. Add 1/2 of sugar and mix well. Carefully add sugar in a bit at a time until dough like consistency forms.

3. Line a counter top with a sheet of waxed paper or non-stick baking mat dusted with powdered sugar. Roll into 1/4 of an inch. With a butter knife spread peanut butter and roll the longest side up like a pinwheel.

4. Carefully slice and serve.

8 fabulous comments:

  1. From Yeast to ZestSep 3, 2011 01:43 PM

    Hey if Asian people make desserts out of mung bean why not, I'm sure it taste like a white fudge.

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  2. hmm, it sounds [great] delicious! love the way you told the story!;)
    JenMuna

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  3. Zelia remember when I did not think they were actually beans haha they sure did not taste like them in those red bean cakes :p This taste and feels just like fudge its one of those things you would LOVE...

    Jen thank you so much <3

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  4. Oh my gosh, I have not had any Potato Candy since I do not know when. I am going to save this recipe to make at Christmas. Thanks.

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  5. this is one of those recipes I think i just have to try out of sheer curiosity... it looks yum.
    :)

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  6. Grannie I know I had not as well. Its great to make these old recipes :)

    Kate I am the same way :p

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  7. Noor.... I think that you and I are truly food soul-mates. I was almost positive before, but this post just threw me over the edge. My tastes in foods also run to the Southern/Saudi lol. I am from Arkansas and I converted to Islam in a majority Saudi community. My dad taught me how to make potato candy when I was a little kid and it will always remind me of him. Honestly I have never in my whole life seen anyone else make potato candy outside of my immediate family.

    Also I have found that arabs will like this better if you add a little nutella with the peanut butter but for all that is good in the world... don't tell my dad I said that HAHA.

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  8. LOL well we sure sound like it <3 I really did not think as many people that have said they knew this would. I thought this was like some secret candy hahaha.

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