There are a few unique foods my family makes every holiday without fail. One of these goodies is momma’s old fashioned potato candy. Do not doubt me when I say it is one of the most surprising and decadent little candies out there. Who in their right mind makes candy out of potatoes? I could take a wild guess here (and possibly do some research), but all I know is we make candy out of potatoes and we like it.
The ingredient list is unpretentious. To make 100 pieces of candy use 1 large potato, 4 pounds of confectioners’ sugar, and a cup of your favorite smooth peanut butter. I say 4 pounds of sugar because the same thing happens to me every year. The hand scribbled recipe calls for 2 pounds and it is never enough. You want the consistency of play-doh and a little extra sugar to roll out the dough with. Buy extra! You won’t use the entire 4 pounds, but you will come close.
I added semi-sweet chocolate to melt and drizzle on top which is not in the original recipe (but it should be). I also used my trusty stand mixer to make the dough. If you want a work out, do it like grandma and use your hands!
Simple. Cheap. Amazing.
1 large potato, peeled, diced, boiled
4 pounds confectioners’ sugar (trust me)
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted over a double boiler
Place the cooled mashed potato in the stand mixer. On slow speed, add the sugar in stages until it has the consistency of play-doh (the amount of sugar will vary depending on humidity and the size of the potato). The dough should be stiff but not dry.
Sprinkle a handful of confectioners’ sugar on a clean surface and on the rolling pin. Roll out the dough in to a rough rectangle until it is ¼ inch thick. Spread the top of the dough with a very thin, even layer of peanut butter. Roll the dough from one end to the other making one long log of candy. Roll up the candy in wax paper in chill for one hour. When chilled, cut in to ¼ thick pieces. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and dollop on candy.
Wrap each piece in wax paper or serve on a platter.
Cook’s note: You can also add a thin layer of chocolate on top of the peanut butter layer so it is inside the candy. I have done it this way before as well. Either way, it tastes great!