Potato Candy Recipe
Ingredients: One small or medium Irish potato (pronounced “arsh” potato), Use up to two pounds of confectionery sugar, and about one cup peanut-butter; (modern-day; jelly, chocolate, or pie fillings)
Directions: Boil potato in its skin (jacket) till done ( for added moisture), then peel off jacket and mash. It will liquefy when sugar is added. Add confectionary sugar one cup at a time until a medium-soft dough forms. Spread out on a sugared mat and knead with more sugar added until a firm dough is created. On a sugared mat, roll out dough to a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness, spread on peanut butter, roll up and cut into ½” slices. Keep cold for a week or two if it stays around that long.
Fable: Created and told by Kat to the children in the central region of America: “Potato Candy was created during the Great American Depression In Georgia & the Appalachian mountains where the main crops of potatoes, cane sugar, and peanuts were plentiful. Despite the depression, the poorer people still desired something sweet to eat. So, a talented confectioner cleverly used potatoes, confectionary sugar, and peanut butter to create the delectable sweet dessert we enjoy today.”
The truth according to Wikipedia: The potato candy pinwheel, sometimes shortened to just potato candy, is a rolled candy prepared by mixing mashed potatoes with large amounts of powdered sugar to create a dough-like consistency, and then adding a filling, traditionally peanut butter, and rolling the confectionery to produce a log-like product.
Despite potatoes being a staple of the recipe, the final product has little to no potato flavor in its flavor profile, which is mostly dominated by the copious amounts of powdered sugar involved, as well as whatever filling is used.
Potato candy does not require baking and is instead refrigerated in order to fully harden the candy, though it can stay at room temperature following the refrigeration process. Most sources indicate that potato candy has a shelf life of roughly one to two weeks.
Potato candy does not have a concrete origin, though it is cited as originating from European immigrants to the Appalachian region, and became a popular Depression-era recipe in the region due to the few and relatively cheap ingredients it utilizes.
Origins of the candy could possibly be traced to recipes brought to America by Russian, Irish, or German immigrants to the country during the late 18th and early 19th century, though no concrete proof of origin exists and the recipe only appears to be popular in the United States.
There are numerous variations to the original recipe, with some calling for the addition of vanilla extract to add some flavor, and some utilizing sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes. Additionally, for the filling, though peanut butter is seen as the traditional filling, it may be substituted with other spreads such as Nutella.
- a b c d “Appalachian Handmade Potato Candy”.
- ^ “Potato Candy recipe by Sugar Spun Run”.
- ^ “Sweet Potato Candy | The Local Palate”. thelocalpalate.com. December 14, 2020.
- Reed, Katie. “Sweet Potato Candy”. It’s a Mother Thing.
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