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Dorothy of Shockingly Delicious introduced me to her Potato Peanut Butter Pinwheels earlier this year at an FBLA meeting. I knew two things immediately: One, I was going to do a video about Potato Candy and two, my mind was officially blown.
In case you haven’t noticed, I sing potato praises all the time. But candy? From potatoes? I couldn’t believe it.
Acknowledging my shock, Dorothy explained that Potato Candy is actually a Depression Era recipe. A candy born from lean times before Fun Size Variety Packs. A few clicks on the internet later, I discovered this beloved confection has been handed down from one generation to another in several cultures.
Potato Candy is a nostalgic nod to simpler times that will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Of course, that could also be the sugar…
Ingredients for Potato Candy:
1/3 cup mashed Idaho Russet Potato
1-2 TBSP half and half, cream or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-6 cups sifted powdered sugar
4-6 TBSP peanut butter
Makes 40-50 pieces of candy. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days. Use other spreads like hazelnut or chocolate to suit your taste. Like all doughs, there is a level of “feel” to this recipe. The moisture level of your potato will dictate how much powdered sugar you will need. If your dough begins to harden before you have rolled it out, wet your hands with a small amount of water and knead the dough back to proper consistency.
Directions for Potato Candy:
Prepare the Idaho Potato:
1) Peel an Idaho Potato and slice it in half.
2) Place the potato in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.
3) Remove the cooked potato from the water and mash until smooth. Allow to cool.
Prepare the Potato Candy Dough:
1) In an electric mixer combine mashed potato, half and half, vanilla and salt.
2) Mix on low-speed, adding sifted powdered sugar a little at a time until a soft, pearly dough forms.
3) Divide dough into 4 pieces and keep covered at room temperature.
Make the Potato Candy:
1) Place a piece of plastic wrap on a wooden board. Dust with powdered sugar.
2) Press out a piece of the dough onto the sugared plastic.
3) Use a rolling pin and powdered sugar as needed, to roll out a thin (1/8″-1/4″), even disk of dough.
4) Use a knife to cut the disk into a rectangle.
5) Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the rectangle.
6) Carefully roll up, like a sushi-roll.
7) Roll and seal in plastic wrap. For more tips, watch the video!
8) Place rolls in the freezer for one hour.
9) Unwrap rolls and slice into pieces.
10) Decorate, share and enjoy.
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