Hey everyone! This is Jessica, your favorite mommy blogger from beautiful Phoenix. I’m thrilled to share a special recipe that has been cherished in my family for generations. It’s a delicious and unique treat that my grandma used to make every Christmas. The classic Old Fashioned Potato Candy.
Yes, you read it right – Potato Candy! But, trust me, it doesn’t taste like potatoes at all! Instead, it’s a delightful fusion of sweet and creamy, reminiscent of soft fudge or divinity. So let’s dive in, shall we?
What is Potato Candy, Anyway?
If you’re curious, potato candy doesn’t have the taste of a gummy bear with a potato flavor. Instead, this classic sugary delight combines sugar, peanut butter and just a touch of potato. The potato serves as more of a cohesive element, bringing all the ingredients together in a delightful harmony of flavors. Just picture a delectable and tender treat filled with creamy peanut butter that simply melts in your mouth – that’s what potato candy is all about!
A Bit of History
The history of potato candy is a little unclear. Some stories suggest it originated in Ireland, while others point to Germany. However, there’s a widely accepted theory that it was invented in the South during the difficult times of the Great Depression. Resourceful home cooks came up with this delightful treat using simple ingredients like potatoes, sugar and peanut butter that were easily accessible. Throughout the years, it has become a beloved holiday tradition for countless families, including mine.
Grandma’s Secret Recipe
This recipe for potato candy holds a special place in my heart. During every Christmas season, I have fond memories of observing my grandmother in her warm and welcoming kitchen as she expertly created these delightful confections. Today, I am excited to pass down this cherished family tradition to you. However, before we embark on this culinary journey together, it’s important to consider those with peanut allergies; please note that this recipe includes peanut butter. If needed, you can substitute it with equally delightful alternatives such as Nutella, cookie butter or soy butter!
Preparing for the Sweet Journey
To make this old-fashioned potato candy, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Creamy peanut butter
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Russet potato
- Vanilla extract (optional)
I’d recommend using russet potatoes for this recipe, as they have a high starch content that binds the candy dough well. Now, let’s gather our tools:
- Medium saucepot
- Mixing bowl
- Rolling pin
The Process: A Step-by-Step Guide
Let’s get started on our sweet journey!
Step 1: Prepping the Potato
Peel and slice your potato, then cover it with water in a saucepot. Bring it to a boil and cook until tender. Once done, drain the potato and place it in a mixing bowl.
Step 2: Making the Dough
Beat the cooked potato until it resembles mashed potato. Add about half of your confectioner’s sugar and mix well. Then, dump in the rest of the sugar and blend until you have a stiff, cookie-dough-like mixture. Feel free to add a little extra sugar if needed to get the right consistency.
Step 3: Rolling Out the Dough
Place a large sheet of waxed paper on your countertop and sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar to prevent the dough from sticking. Dump your dough on the waxed paper, dust the top with more sugar, and roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick.
Step 4: Adding Peanut Butter
Spread a layer of creamy peanut butter on the rolled dough. If you’d like, you can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract here for an extra kick of flavor.
Step 5: Rolling and Cutting
Roll up the dough log-style, similar to making cinnamon rolls. Cut the log in half for easy handling, then roll it up in waxed paper. Store it in a gallon zipper bag in the fridge until it’s thoroughly chilled and ready to serve.
Step 6: Serving the Treat
When you’re ready to serve, remove the waxed paper and slice the log into 1/4 inch thick pieces. And voilà! Your old-fashioned potato candy is ready to be devoured!
Storing Your Potato Candy
You can store your potato candy in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap in your fridge for up to 10 days. Trust me, though — it’s so scrumptious, it probably won’t last that long!
And there you have it, everyone! The beloved recipe for Grandma’s timeless Potato Candy. It’s a sweet tradition that I’m honored to continue and I hope it brings as much happiness to your family as it does to mine. Just remember, the magic of this recipe lies in its simplicity and the love you put into it. So go ahead, give it a try and make some special memories of your own!
Always cook with love and keep the tradition alive. Enjoy cooking and until we meet again, stay delightful!
Note; This candy recipe includes peanut butter. Please be mindful of any peanut allergies when preparing or consuming this treat.