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
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.