This Depression-era recipe is a keeper. I always marveled at how such a simple ingredient could transform into something so delicious


Venture back to a time when simple ingredients and cherished family recipes reigned supreme. Enter the world of Old-Fashioned Potato Candy. This nostalgic delicacy, with its roots planted deep in the early 1900s, is a testament to the magic of tradition and the innovation of home cooks.

As a child, holiday seasons at my grandmother's were incomplete without this sweet treat. With each bite, it felt as if I were unravelling stories of old, tales of my grandmother's culinary adventures. Using potatoes in candy? It may raise eyebrows now, but back then, it was a stroke of genius. These candies bear witness to her creativity, and today, they help me cherish those memories of yesteryears.

Old Fashioned Potato Candy Recipe


1/2 cup of mashed russet potato (cooled)

6 cups of confectioner's sugar, with some extra for dusting

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

A pinch of salt

Steps to Sweetness:

Using an electric mixer, combine mashed potato, milk, vanilla, and salt in a spacious bowl.

Slowly incorporate powdered sugar, adding one cup at a time. Keep blending until you get a robust dough. If it's too sticky, sprinkle in additional sugar, tablespoon by tablespoon.

Transform the dough into a ball and roll it out into a thin 10x12-inch rectangle, about 1/8-inch thick. Dust it lightly with powdered sugar.

Smear an even layer of peanut butter on top. With the help of parchment paper, roll the dough up tightly and place it in the freezer for an hour.

Once firm, cut the roll into 1/4-inch segments.

To store, place the candies in an airtight container and refrigerate.

And there you have it - the timeless Old-Fashioned Potato Candy. It's more than just a recipe; it's a bridge to the past, a reminder of loved ones and the memories shared. So, the next time you're yearning for a unique and heartwarming treat, whip up a batch of this potato candy and let nostalgia do its magic.

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