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Potato Candy: A Sweet Way to use Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Updated on July 30, 2013
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Another Way to Eat Mashed Potatoes

I am not one for mashed potatoes especially ones that were made from scratch because I couldn’t handle the chunkiness of what should be creamy mashed potatoes. However, I love eating mashed potatoes with sauerkraut. Gravy for me is a no. In any case, I have found mashed potatoes to be useful in making one of my favorite sweets: Potato Candy.

There were many times when we had left over mashed potatoes and my mother would make potato candy just to get rid of mashed potatoes so it wouldn’t go to waste. The recipe is quite easy and pretty fast to make.

potato candy
potato candy | Source

Potato Candy

Prep time: 25 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 40 + pieces candy


- ½ cup of mashed potatoes**

- 1 two pound bag of powder sugar*

- 1 teaspoon of vanilla

- 1 jar of peanut butter*

*Not everything for these two ingredients will be used.

** They can either be instant or made from scratch.

Top Row: Before / Bottom: After
Top Row: Before / Bottom: After | Source


  1. Put the mash potatoes and the vanilla into the mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in gradually the powder sugar.
  3. Keep adding powder sugar until you could roll it with a rolling pin.
  4. Knead it like bread dough once it gets to this consistency at least ten times.
  5. Place dough on a flat surface that is covered in powder sugar, once it is solid and dry enough.
  6. Roll the dough out with a powder sugar covered rolling pin until it is about 1/8th inch thick.
  7. Spread whatever amount of peanut butter that pleases you on every inch of the dough.
  8. Use your butter knife to help you roll up the dough.
  9. Cut your rolled up dough into ¼ inch pieces with your sharp knife.

Sliced | Source

Time to eat!

At this point, the potato candy is finished and ready to eat. It is advised to place the candy pieces on a sheet with saran wrap and let it crust a little. If you so choose the candy piece could be wrapped individually with wax paper or stored away like fresh baked cookies with plastic wrap between layers.

When making this sweet, I always found the amount of sugar needed fascinating. I think it is fun to watch how the powder sugar sort of liquefies the mashed potatoes. It’s just amazing what a small amount of mash potatoes can do.

Liquefied mash potatoes
Liquefied mash potatoes | Source


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