Coconut Potato Fudge Recipe
Coconut Potato Fudge, also known as Mashed Potato Fudge, is an old-fashion and treasured candy recipe that has been passed down for generations.
It was during the depression era in the United States that potato candy grew in popularity where cooks had to learn to be resourceful with less expensive ingredients. If you have never eaten potato candy, the concept may seem a bit odd. Those who have eaten it know that it is incredibly sweet, much like fudge or caramel.
Since this candy recipe is a unique and very unusual candy recipe, I thought everyone would enjoy seeing this candy recipe and perhaps making this delicious Mashed Potato Fudge. Mashed Potato Fudge taste kind of like Almond Joy (Mounds Bar) candy bars, but without the almonds. No one will guess that you have used mashed potatoes in this recipe, unless you tell them!
Makes a great Christmas candy. Also a great way to use leftover plain mashed potatoes.
Check out another wonderful Mashed Potato Candy Recipe with Peanut Butter filling! More wonderful Candy Recipes.
- 1/2 cup potatoes, unseasoned, well-mashed and cooked (about 1 medium potato)*
- 3 cups powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
- 1 cup coconut, flaked or shredded
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 ounces semisweet chocolate
- 3 tablespoons butter
Bake or microwave the potato until a fork pierces it easily.
While the mashed potatoes are still warm, beat in the powdered sugar and coconut; then add the vanilla extract.
Press into a lightly-greased 8-inch square pan; set aside.
In a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally. When melted, pour over top of the potato mixture.
Refrigerate until set and then cut into squares.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Makes 64 (1-inch) pieces.
Variations Without Chocolate:
PEANUT BUTTER: Roll potato mixture on wax paper sprinkled with powdered sugar until very thin. Spread with creamy peanut butter and then roll into a long log. Roll in a little more powdered sugar and refrigerate. Slice to serve.
TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS MINTS: Omit vanilla extract and substitute a few drops of oil of peppermint. Tint fondant pink with food coloring. Flatten balls to approximately 1/2-inch thickness.
COFFEE MOCHA LOGS: Add 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder to recipe while kneading mixture. Shape into finger rolls 1/2-by-2 inches. Roll in chocolate sprinkles.
* You can also bake a medium-size potato and mash it while still hot. The mashed potatoes should equal 1/2 cup. Learn how to make Perfect Mashed Potatoes. You can also use instant mashed potatoes to make this candy.
Photo credit: Chef Lippe
Categories:Christmas Fudge Recipes Heirloom Recipes Potatoes
5 Responses to “Coconut Potato Fudge Candy Recipe”
Interesting advice for making mashed potatos but there’s no recipe for candy here. Simply pouring melted chocolate over mashed potatos does not make potato candy.
Thank you for making me aware of the large error in the recipe. I am not sure how that happened, but I have corrected the recipe. Thank you again – Linda Stradley
My Mom made this with peanut butter it was always a delite.
I AM LOOKING FOR A SIMILAR RECIPE..VERY OLD RECIPE. ORANGE MASHED POTATO BALLS ROLLED IN COCONUT..THANKS
Sounds very interesting.