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Irish Potato Candy RecipesHappy St. Patricks Day

Happy Healthy Holidays!

If the idea of potato candy does not appeal to you, take heart, as there are several recipes here that do not include real potatoes. On the other hand, if you do enjoy the candy made with the "real thing", there are also original Irish candies with the potatoes included! Enjoy - whichever way you prefer these tasty Irish confections.

Irish Potato Candy

Dandy Irish Potato Candy

This recipe does not include coconut but it is very good just the same!

1-1/2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Recipe Directions

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, cream of tartar and salt. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cook to the soft ball stage at 234-degrees. A few drops will form a soft ball when dropped into cold water. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Add vanilla and beat until creamy and stiff. Roll into balls and shape like little potatoes. Roll each ball in cinnamon to coat, then press in pieces of chopped nuts to look like eyes. You can also dust with cocoa to simulate dirt.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24 candies
Serving size: 1 candy
Calories: 62; Protein: 0g; Total Fat: 0g; Sodium: 35mg; Cholesterol: 3mg; Carbohydrates: 14g; Fiber: 0g

Granny's Irish Potato Candy

This Irish candy is a cute little confection that looks just like little potatoes. This kind does not contain potatoes; they are made using cream cheese and coconut.

1/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces (1/2 of an 8-ounce package) cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2-1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

In a medium bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. Using your hands if necessary, mix in the coconut. Roll into balls or potato shapes, and roll in the cinnamon. Place onto a cookie sheet and chill to set. If desired, roll potatoes in cinnamon again for darker color.

Recipe makes five dozen candies.

Irish Potato Candy I

1 tablespoon mashed potatoes
2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 jar (12 ounce) peanut butter

Placed mashed potatoes in a mixer bowl. Add confectioners' sugar one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Spread into greased 10 x 15 inch pan. Spread peanut butter over top. Roll as for a jelly roll. Cut into slices. Yield: 16 candies

Irish Potato Candy II

Irish Potato Candy

1 small size Irish potato
Dash of salt
1 box powdered sugar
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 small jar peanut butter

Boil potato with peeling on until done. Peel and mash potato. Add dash of salt and powdered sugar, a little at a time until it forms a dough. Roll out like pie crust until about 1/2-inch thick. Spread peanut butter on top of dough. Sprinkle chopped pecans over peanut butter. Roll up dough and chill in freezer for a few minutes until firm. Remove from freezer, slice and serve.

Irish Potato Candy III

4 ounces softened cream cheese
1/4-pound butter, softened
1-1/2 boxes confectioners sugar

Blend cream cheese and butter together well. Stir in confectioner's sugar. Make into bite size balls and roll thoroughly in cinnamon.

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