Say "potato candy" anywhere outside of very old Southern families and you will most likely get a look akin to someone having been told the world is flat. It isn't a joke though, potato candy is a delicious and easy to make treat that is sure to be a hit at any party. Provided you don't tell them what they are eating until they have already tasted it of course.
Potato Candy Recipe
Recipe for potato candy - an old Southern recipe made with potatoes, sugar, and peanut butter
Southern Potato Candy
Prep time 5 min - Total time 240 min
Ingredients for 24 servings
1 Small Potato • 1 1/2 Boxes Confectioner's Sugar (1lb boxes) • Peanut Butter (approximately 1/2 Cup)
Prepare the potato
Peel and dice the potato into chunks. In a small pot, boil the potatoes until fork tender. Drain.
While not required, a stand mixer makes this step much easier. Mix the potato and confectioner's sugar a bit at a time until the mix is the consistency of a very stiff cake icing. If you are hand mixing, this is the point where you arm feels like it is going to fall off and there is no hope of you mixing any more sugar into the potato.
You may or may not use the full 1 1/2 boxes of sugar by this point. A very small difference in the amount of potato you start with can make a big difference on how much sugar you need.
NOTE - You are NOT doing it wrong
About the time you get 1/2 of the box of sugar mixed into the potato it will suddenly turn into a slimy liquid mass with yellowish tint. You are not doing it wrong, do not panic. As you continue to add more sugar the mixture will quickly thicken and become more white.
Roll it out
Spread out a sheet of wax paper (about the size of a standard cookie sheet) and dust with confectioner's sugar. Turn out the potato mixture onto the wax paper. Dust the top of the mixture with confectioner's sugar and then place another piece of wax paper on top. Roll out the mixture into a thin sheet roughly rectangular in shape.
As you roll, you'll need to occasionally check that the mixture is not sticking to the wax paper. If it begins to stick, just dust with a little more confectioner's sugar.
Add the peanut butter
Remove the top wax paper and spread the mixture with peanut butter. You can spread it as thick or thin as you like.
Roll it up
Carefully roll up the mixture (similar to a jelly roll) so that you have one long roll. Wrap in wax paper and set in the refrigerator to chill overnight. If you are pushed for time, most rolls with set up in about 4 hours. It depends a lot on how thin you rolled the potato mixture before you rolled it up and the temperature of your refrigerator.