Mashed Potato Candy Recipe
Old Fashion Mashed Potato Candy

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Since this Mashed Potato Candy recipe is an unique and unusual recipe, I thought everyone would enjoy seeing it and perhaps making them. This is also a great recipe to use up extra mashed potatoes. Know one will guess that you have used mashed potatoes in this recipe, unless you tell them!

Recipe is from the Portland Oregonian FOODday. This recipe is by Jane Claire Edmunds and Myrtle Hartley, two Oregon sisters. This is an old family recipe that has been passed down for generations.

Also learn how to make Mashed Potato Fudge - This candy taste kind of like Almond Joy (Mounds Bar) candy bars, but without the almonds.

More wonderful Candy Recipes.

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Mashed Potato Candy Recipe:

Recipe Type: Candy, Potatoes, Dates, Figs
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 20 min


1 medium baking potato*
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup dried figs
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons dark raisins
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring or almond extract
5 2/3 cups (1 1/4 pounds) powdered (confectioners) sugar, sifted
1/2 cup powdered sugar (for coating candy)
1/2 cup ground nuts (for coating)

* Learn how to make Perfect Mashed Potatoes. You can also use instant mashed potatoes to make this candy.


Bake or microwave the potato until a fork pierces it easily.

While the potato is cooking, grind the dates, figs, and raisins in a food mill or chop finely in a food processor.

While the potato are still warm, scoop out the contents and mash well. Mix in vanilla, maple or almond extract, and powdered sugar until you have a stiff, workable dough. Add the fruit mixture and mix well.

Refrigerate for an hour or so. Then shape into rolls 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

Roll in 1/2 cup powdered sugar and ground nuts. roll up in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Let set a day or two, then slice into desired-size pieces.

Store in refrigerator; bring to room temperature to serve. Keep candy pieces covered as they will dry out quickly.

Variation Ideas: Instead of long rolls, the candy may be shaped into bonbon pieces or used to stuff dried fruits.

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