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Easy Potato Candy

The potato candy delivers the nutritional goodness of savory potatoes but adds a unique twist by transforming the vegetable into a delicate dessert.

Although you can certainly use any peanut butter, you are going to get a better flavor by using natural ingredients as possible.

Basically you will first need to boil those potatoes and then mash them until they have a smooth consistency and texture. The more even the texture the better your candy will be. After the first steps of the process have been completed you will just need to add powdered sugar; roll out this potato dough; and then coat the dough with peanut butter.

Potato candy with peanut butter

Fun in the Kitchen

Making potato candy is one of the easiest recipes in the world and you can even assign most of the tasks to your kid, niece or nephew, etc. Even children who are 4 years old can help you roll the dough (with a plastic dough roller or something similar) and cover the potato mixture with peanut butter.

The versatile nature of this food means that there are unlimited tweaks that can be added to the basic recipe.

Customize the Candy

For instance you can use blue potatoes (also called purple potatoes) for a more unusual color into the mix. Chopped peanuts, pecans, walnuts or almonds make nice additions to candy and you can blend the nuts into the peanut butter coating. You can ramp up the flavors in your potato candy with the addition of some spices, cinnamon for example. These ingredients can be added at the same time you mix in the powdered sugar.

If you are not a fan of peanut butter, use your favorite chocolate spread and omit the cinnamon when preparing the recipe.

Originally the first potato candy was created as a less expensive alternative to the costly treats.

Potato Candy Recipe

The recipe can be doubled or you can use half quantities depending on how many pieces you want to make.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Servings: more than 40 slices


  • 4 tsp regular butter (or natural butter spread)
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 4 boiled and mashed Yukon gold potatoes
  • 9 cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar
  • 4 cups of natural peanut butter (or chocolate spread)


  1. After boiling or baking the potatoes, you need to mash them in a large bowl with the butter. 

    Tip: Use a potato ricer for the ideal consistency.

  2. Add the vanilla bean extract, cinnamon (optional) and powdered sugar to the potato mixture.

  3. The dough will become thick and you may need to knead it with your hands to combine all of the ingredients.

  4. You can use additional powdered sugar to dust onto 2 large sheets of wax paper.

  5. Divide the dough into two equal sections. Put the dough on the wax papers. Each piece should result in a rectangle that is about 10 inches wide and 12 inches long.

  6. Now you can coat the top surface with a heavy coating of peanut butter (or chocolate spread). The peanut butter needs to be about 1/4 inch in thickness, but you can make it a little thinner if desired. You could also spread it in sections.

  7. Once you have the peanut butter coating in place you should roll the dough lengthwise beginning with the long edge in front of you.

  8. The shape should resemble a jellyroll.

  9. Cover with a piece of wax paper and place in a pan in the refrigerator. 

  10. Allow the potato candy to chill for about 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours.

  11. Cut the roll in 1/2 inch slices or thinner if possible and enjoy.

Tip: Practice it and customize the recipe depending on your preferences (a few times) before serving it on a reunion.

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