Old Fashion Potato Candy

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Old Fashion Potato Candy ~ A Family Tradition


old fashion potato candy
Old Fashion Potato Candy

Christmas is upon us ladies and gents! With that comes family traditions, some old and some new. I absolutely love this time of the year. Today I am going to share with you a strange for miraculous, dare I say, family tradition.

I moved to Florida 25 years ago when I married my husband. My husband’s nanny loved to make candy. Every Christmas she would make huge candy platters to give every one in family. There was one particular candy I was not so sure about. Well let me tell you, this candy is a secret weapon! No joke. It is amazing! And it is only 3 ingredients, well for the basic recipe anyway. You can jump to the recipe here if you like while I continue on with my little back story.

So Scott’s nanny told me one Christmas she was going to teach me how to make this magical potato candy. Tommy, her son, my father in law , loves this candy. And she knew that one day she would not be around to make potato candy for him.

So armed with 3 ingredients and a rolling pin, Nanny, taught me the making of old fashion traditional potato candy.

I make this candy every year now. Every year it turns out differently. Sometimes it is a pretty roll with peanut butter all the way to the edge and a perfect pinwheel and some years it looks like a 5 year old played in a potato mess. However, it always taste amazing. And even better than that, I always remember her teaching me how to make this candy in her tiny kitchen on a cold Saturday afternoon one December.

For those of you are skeptical, here is a little history of potato candy.

Old Fashion Potato Candy Recipe

  • one small cooked white or yellow potato
  • one large bag of powdered sugar
  • peanut butter
  • vanilla to taste
  • a little butter
  • and a lot of elbow grease

It is quite simple but does require a technique. You take your cooked potato and place in a LARGE bowl. I then add maybe 2 tablespoons of butter and a cap full of vanilla. You blend these together with a fork. Then you add a cup at a time of powder sugar. You work the powder sugar into the hot mashed potato and it will start to form a dough. There is no magic number as to how much powder sugar it will take. You want the dough feel like pie dough, not too stick and not too dry.

Once your dough feels right, use a clean surface and sprinkle out powder sugar. Roll your dough out with a rolling pin also dusted with powder sugar. Roll the dough into a rectangle about 1/4″ thick.

Spread peanut butter from one end of the rectangle to the other. Then slowly roll this masterpiece into a jelly roll fashion. Put in the refrigerator for a couple hours to firm. You then can slice into pinwheels!

Now over the years I have added a few variations. Sometimes I add coconut and melted chocolate instead of the peanut butter or all three. It is even good with butterscotch chips with peanut butter for the filling.


Follow along on my blog this month as I will be sharing family traditions, recipes, funny stories, cherished memories and the true meaning of Christmas!

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