Sometimes, especially during the holidays, all thoughts of healthy go out the window and food is welcome just because of the memories is brings. This recipe – for an old-fashioned candy made from a simple potato and lots of sugar – just might be the one recipe that holds the most nostalgia for me. My grandmother used to make it every year for my dad, and even this many years later, it still doesn’t feel like Christmas without it.
It always seemed to me like a recipe that originated when money and ingredients were scarce. It’s not fancy or expensive, but one bite and I’m a 5-year-old little girl again. So, in the spirit of #Throwback Thursday, I give you: 3-ingredient Potato Candy!
All it takes is one small potato (or half a medium potato), cut and boiled just like you would for mashed potatoes.
until you get a mixture that looks like this. Thicker than icing, almost like a thick, sticky cookie dough.
Add even more sugar and get to rollin’.
Spread it with a thick, even layer of your favorite peanut butter. (Buy what you really like. It’s the only ingredient that really affects the quality of your finished product.)
Then roll it up and resist the urge to cut (because I know you’re still wondering how the whole potato thing is going to work out.)
Don’t do it. It has to chill in the fridge first.
One it’s nice and cold and sturdy, trim off any weird edges and cut into circles.
And don’t worry about being too neat. The mess factor is what gives them their personality. If the edges crack a little, they’re perfect!
3-ingredient Potato Candy
- 1 small potato (or 1/2 medium potato)
- 2 lb confectioner’s sugar (+ 1/2 cup for dusting)
- 1 jar peanut butter
Peel, boil and mash potato. Set aside 1/2 of potato and put other 1/2 in mixer. Add sugar, about a cup at a time, mixing thoroughly. Once all sugar is added, add the rest of the potato a little at a time until you reach a thick, cookie dough-like consistency.
Dust a cutting board or large piece of parchment paper with confectioner’s sugar. Roll out dough, about 2 cups at a time, until about 1/4-inch thick. Spread with an even layer of peanut butter; roll up into a log shape. Repeat until all dough is used. Place candy rolls in fridge.
Once chilled and firm to the touch, remove from fridge and slice each roll into 1/2″-thick pieces.
Makes approx. 3 lbs candy. (Although I have never actually used an entire batch. It makes a LOT and I usually quit before I roll it all out.)
What’s your fondest food memory from your childhood holidays?