Potato Candy.

@SomeCowgirl (32270)
United States
November 5, 2008 12:22am CST
Everytime I ask someone if they have heard of this candy they act as if I have lost my mind because they have no idea what I am talking about. I don't know why as I don't think it's a candy that is a family recipe. Potato Candy as you can imagine is made from Potato's. It's very much a sweet candy so diabetics should beware. I remember eating them as a kid, as well as a funny story. One time when I was little I was playing outside and skint my knee on the driveway or something. When I came in, I wasn't crying but was bleeding and needed my knee to be fixed up. I was at my grandparent's house, and my grandmother was making these delicious treats. She had one batch on a tray on the kitchen table, where my grandfather just happened to have set the alcohol. I'm not sure why he used that instead of hydrogen peroxide but I also remember my grandmother talking to him about using it. In any case his elbow hit the alcohol, ruining the treats, and that is when I started crying... No, we had another batch, but I was happy as my grandmother hardly made two batches. So has anyone else heard of this candy? Now that I am talking about it, I want it!
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I haven't heard of it until sometime last year my husband wrote it down from a show he was watching..It sounds good, but I don't know what he did with the recipe, I will have to take what is shared here to make some..:)
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Well I hope you enjoy it, it's a little sweet but it's very good.... Happy Baking!
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• United States
7 Nov 08
Thanks for telling me, I love sweets.. I will definitely have to make some now..
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Enjoy it then! But beware, it's more sweet then you might expect!
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I am sorry I have never heard of potato cancy either. My favorite candy when I was little were Smarties or a candy bar called a Watchamacallit. I have never seen or heard of potato candy before though. I will have to do a search on it and see if I can bring up a photo to see if it looks familiar.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I hope you found the photo! They are scrumptuious, seems more people here knows what it is, so I'm glad i'm not alone. They are very good like I said, so if you want you should make some. The recipes (for variants) are on this discussion! I myself don't know exactly how to make it as I've never made it, just ate it!
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
5 Nov 08
As a kid, (and that's many years ago) we always had Potato Candy...and for years now I have been searching for a recipe! We made it at Christmas, along with pull taffy (have you ever made that) anyway I cannot remember how....but we would make 1 lot, divide it into 3 lots, sprinkle it with Watkins Peppermint flavouring...make one lot red, one green & leave one white, then we would take a small, small ball of pull taffy for the center, and form the potato candy around it in a ball Yes, and now I will have to search even harder for the recipe. Thanks, for creating a yearning!
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I have heard of pull taffy but I do not think that we have ever made any, it sure does sound interesting. I hope you find the recipe for the pull taffy, as for recipes for just the potato candy (as I am not certain if you were also searching for that) just look here! I was the eater, not the maker, so I don't know how to make the potato candy myself! Oh and no problem about creating a yearning! It's the holiday season so I thought might as well put yummy treats on the brain! Have a great one!
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@msmell (1378)
• Australia
5 Nov 08
Um yeah no sorry I have never heard of potato candy either but then all there are all different types of food all over the world so I wouldn't that I am surprised that there is such a thing!
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Oh well, I don't know what kind of food you could call it "Mountain Food" maybe as my grandmother and grandfather came from the mountains. I'm not sure if it was my grandmother's mother who gave her the recipe or what exactly.. it may not have been anyone in the family who did, but I am almost certain that it was a family recipe... but I would imagine someone other then my family would know the recipe.
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@msmell (1378)
• Australia
5 Nov 08
should get you to take a pic and post it back here so you can show us what they are and if they look really I warn ya we will want the recipe....
@msmell (1378)
• Australia
5 Nov 08
oops forgot the yummy...
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I've never heard of that before. I might have to look it up and see if I can find a recipe... I like to try new things, and if it's sweet, all the better!!!
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Well I would have to say it might be a bit too sweet. These are the type of candy that you don't keep going back for! They are yummy though! Oh and for a recipe, just go the first page of this discussion, they have recipes there! I know it uses powdered sugar, Mashed Potatoes and Peanut Butter... I've never made it myself, but just enjoyed the scrumptous taste! Hope you like it as much as the people here do! I appreciate the reponse! Have a great one!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I think I'll like it. I have a VERY sweet tooth (notice my discussion about eating icing right out of the can for a snack). I'm going to have to try it. Unfortunately, if I like it I'll keep making (and eating) it! Thanks :)
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Well, Enjoy it then! lol...
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• United States
12 Nov 08
I've never heard of that nor tried it but it sounds really interesting! I never even thought potatoes could be made into candy, thanks for the recipes everyone maybe I will try it out!!
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I got my granny to make it for me, she used to make it all the time. It tastes very good!
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• United States
7 Nov 08
I have heard of this before. I think I may have a recipe hanging around somewhere for it.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I know that my granny made them around the holiday's when we were younger, so if you have it categorized, maybe in the holiday treats? They are good, very sweet, but good!
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@irishidid (8714)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I think I have a recipe. At least for one version.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
There's varations, well atleast I just found out! I've never heard of one recipe that's on the first page, it uses coconut. The one I remember is powdered sugar, and mashed taters! Yum! Have a great one!
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
6 Nov 08
Hmm.. I don't think I know what potato candy is. Hmm.. How did she make it? maybe it has another name here in our country for that? All I know about potato which is sweet is the type that people here fry in sugar and then put them in the skewers. Is that it?
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Oh no, that's not it! As for the recipe, there's some on the first page of this discussion. I know it requires powdered sugar, mashed potatoes and peanut butter. As for how to make it exactly, just look at the recipe! Never have made it for myself, but is very good! The fried potatoes in sugar sounds familiar, but I'm not sure if I've seen them on skewers! Sounds yum though!
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Never heard of it. Sounds interesting,lol. You never know what recipes our grandparents had hidden huh? It sure would be different.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Oh yea, different grandma's have different variations! It is different, and very good! I appreciate the response!
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• United States
5 Nov 08
I've had it before, but it's been a while. It is good, but really is quite sweet.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
It's a nice treat though, isn't it? Maybe too sweet, but atleast I know it always made me wait awhile before grabbing another one!
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
5 Nov 08
[i]Hi SomeCowgirl, nice avatar! about your topic, I have not heard and tried also this, will try to search online to see how it looks like! are they easy to make? have you also tried making?[/i]
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Glad you like the avatar! Oh and just look above, they have recipes for it! I myself don't know how to make it, but trust me it's yum! As for it being easy, I can't really say for sure, my granny sure made it look easy when she made it!
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• United States
5 Nov 08
I have never heard of this, but I am going to look it up, we love potato's around here! It would make a neat item to give make and give as Christmas treats...
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
oh but very very sweet, so be careful for diabetics and that sweet tooth! I hope you enjoy it, if you like potatoes I think you'll like this!
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@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Oh yes I've heard of it and I love it! Combine 1/2 cup mashed potatoes and power sugar till is firm enough to roll. The mixture will become very wet; just keep adding powdered sugar. Roll out on powdered sugar like noodles. Cover with peanut butter. Roll into jelly roll cut into small pieces. Very rich! Another tip is never try to make this if it is humid outside or raining. Don't know why but it will not turn out if humidity is very high! Have a great day and enjoy!
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I have never heard of the humidity being a factor for it not turning out as well.. then again they say that about Cakes or something like that. Glad you enjoyed them! I appreciate the response!
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I have heard of it before, but I have never tried it. Actually, I think I heard about it from someone here on myLot. POTATO CANDY 1/2 cup mashed potatoes powered sugar peanut butter Combine 1/2 cup mashed potatoes and power sugar till is firm enough to roll. The mixture will become very wet; just keep adding powdered sugar. roll out on powdered sugar like noodles. Cover with peanut butter. Roll into jelly roll cut into small pieces. Very rich! MASHED POTATO CANDY 4 c. coconut 3/4 c. cooked, cold mashed potatoes 1 lb. powdered sugar 6 oz. chocolate chips A small piece of paraffin Mix the first 3 ingredients together. Shape into balls the size of a walnut. Let dry on wax paper. Melt chips and paraffin on low heat. Dip balls into chocolate. Taste like Mounds candy bars.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
5 Nov 08
You know it could have been as I may have posted a discussion about it months ago. I thought I had but didn't bother going back and looking. I've never heard of the Mashed Potato candy with the coconut and such. I don't think we rolled it into noodles, more like the size of Nuggets or something of that sort! Try to make some one time, It's very good.
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@redhotpogo (4419)
• United States
5 Nov 08
ok explain what this is exactly. Potatoes on sticks? Or is it like a tootsie pop thing; you gotta bite into the lollipop to get to the potato center? And do you use regular potatoes, or sweet potatoes .
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Regular potato's. It's like a candy bar, well a mini one. Not on a stick, and no you don't bite into it. They are really good, but super sweet.
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