Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Old Fashioned Potato Candy using Different Recipe - Simpler

My Aunts in Alabama used to make this candy back in the day and it was oh, so good.  Be careful, I recall that they often used to much of the mashed potatoes and made a mess. 
The ingredients for this are simple ones, my favorite kind! Peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, and a potato.
You can add a teaspoon of vanilla if you like, but you don’t have to. Y’all know I like things as simple as possible.
You can also leave the peanut butter out and just roll it into balls.  But, oh the PB makes it so so good.
Peel and slice your potato and cover it with water. bring to a boil and cook until tender.
Drain your potato water and place the cooked potato in a mixing bowl.
Beat it up real good.
Add about half of your confectioner’s sugar and mix it up well again.
Until you have a pulpy, liquidy, mess.
Dump in the rest of your sugar.
Sure you can add it “gradually” if you have all day but it’s just as good to dump it all in there and get on with making some candy.
After that second mixing, you’ll have yourself a good stiff dough, like the consistency of cookie dough, only maybe a wee bit stiffer.
You may need to add a little more sugar, depending on the size of your potato, to get this stiff consistency.
Place a big old sheet of waxed paper on your countertop.
Put some confectioner’s sugar on that to keep your dough from sticking.
Dump your blob of dough on that. You’ll have to scrape down the sides a bit to get it all.
Dust the top with some more sugar.  Not a dusting but a hefty sprinkling.
Roll that out until it is about a quarter of an inch.
Smear some peanut butter on that.
I have no idea how much peanut butter you’ll need so just go with your gut here.
Now roll that up log style, like you’re rolling up cinnamon rolls.
until you have this.
Now since we have the waxed paper already out there anyway, roll your log up in your waxed paper.
To make life easier, I cut my roll in half.
Then they will both fit in a gallon zipper bag. Place this in the fridge until thoroughly chilled.
When ready to serve, remove waxed paper and slice into inch slices.
Makes about forty pieces of candy.

  • 1 small potato
  • 2 pounds confectioner's sugar
  • peanut butter
  1. Peel and slice potato. In small sauce pot, cover potato slices with water and cook over medium heat until soft. Drain potato and place in mixing bowl. Beat until mashed. Add 1/2 sugar and mix well. Mix in remaining sugar, scraping down sides as needed.
  2. Line a countertop with a sheet of waxed paper dusted with confectioner's sugar. Scrape out dough onto waxed paper and dust top with more confectioner's sugar. Roll out to a thickness of about 1/4 of an inch (don't go getting a ruler here, just eyeball it. This isn't rocket science). Spread dough with peanut butter and roll up like you are making cinnamon rolls. Once you have rolled up into a log, roll log up in your waxed paper and cut in half. Place halves in a gallon zipper seal bag and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  3. When ready to serve remove waxed paper an slice into 1/4 inch slices. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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