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Weird and Wacky Candy Recipes

Updated on October 10, 2017
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Patty collects recipes from past generations among ethnic groups, the 13 Original Colonies, the American Civil War & the 19th century.

You Can make Candy From Just About Anything

Candy can be made from many things: vegetables, fruit or vegetable juices, maple syrup, cactus, meat, insects, just about anything. Take any ingredient and coat it with chocolate or cook it with sugar and you can have a confection.

I hope you enjoy the recipes below for sweet treats made from mashed potatoes and from grapes.

The first and third are very good, but the second I have not tried yet, despite a friend's telling me it is delicious. At today's prices, I don't want to chance ruining a pound of bacon!

Potatoes of Many Varieties Can Become Candy

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Smooth Mashed Potato Candy

This recipe for a vegetable based candy often made in Ohio does not require much cooking or any type of candy thermometer, so the [process is simple. The recipe makes 64 pieces of candy.

Besides the plain style of candy, you can add 5-6 drops of peppermint oil and tint the candy pink or green with a good quality food coloring, or use your imagination with other flavors and colors to produce some variety.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup unseasoned smoothly mashed potatoes. This is really not very much, about one medium sized potato (I use the Idaho variety). If you use mashed potato flakes, the consistency of the candy will be different; read the contents and instructions for seasoning instant potatoes.
  • 3 Cups of confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 Cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolates bits; or chop up some bits from a bar of baking chocolate

Instructions

  1. Cooking spray an 8-inch square baking pan or dish.
  2. Wash, peel and cook the potato and mash it in a mixing bowl, if you have not already done so.
  3. While the potato is still piping hot, beat in the sugar and the coconut until it is all very well mixed;
  4. Next, pour in the vanilla and mix again until completely well blended.
  5. Press this batter evenly into the pan or baking dish.
  6. Melt the chocolate on your stove top and be careful not to burn it. You can also use the microwave to avoid the double boiler.
  7. Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the potato batter.
  8. Chill the candy in the refrigerator until firm to the touch.
  9. Cut the candy into squares and enjoy them!

Chocolate Covered Bacon Candy

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Ingredients

  • One 12oz Bag of Semi-Sweet Chocolate morsels. Milk chocolate morsels do not taste good with bacon.
  • One pound of your favorite raw bacon, even peppered bacon. The pepper and the semi-sweet chocolate compliment each other.
  • Large skillet, double boiler, tongs, cooling rack, plate & paper towels

Instructions

  • Take the bacon from the packaging while you are heating the skillet to HOT first.
  • Then put bacon strips into skillet and turn them as needed with tongs - cook until chewy or crispy - your choice. If it gets too crispy, chocolate will not adhere well or you will get a chocolate bacon lump.
  • Remove bacon and place it on a paper towels.
  • Fill bottom of double boiler with water and bring to a medium high heat.
  • Put top of double boiler in place and melt chocolate in it a little at a time, stirring constantly.
  • Dip each bacon strip into chocolate and lay it on cooling rack.
  • Place cooling rack filled with bacon into refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Remove bacon strips from the cooling rack and serve.

Delicious Grapes Make Good Sweet Treats

This cobbler or crisp dish is candy-sweet.
This cobbler or crisp dish is candy-sweet. | Source

If you like a sweet frozen treat, place some grapes in your freezer and enjoy them instead of Popsicles.

An Unusual Grape Crisp

This dessert and snack dish is not exactly candy, but it is odd and I like it. It provides six regular-sized portions or you can divide it up into smaller pieces. The darker the grape that you use for this recipe, the sweeter the end result will become.

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups of seedless grapes, any color (My favorite is the black seedless grape.)
  • 1/4 Cup chopped English walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated or ground ginger
  • 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup fast-cooking oats
  • 1/2 Cup packed light brown sugar or Honey
  • 1 Cup butter, melted on stove-top or in microwave

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cooking spray an 8-inch square glass baking dish.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, place the grapes, walnuts, orange peel, and ginger and toss together briefly. Then pour the mix into the baking dish.
  4. Mix the flour, oats, and light brown sugar together in the same mixing bowl as used before. Blend thoroughly.
  5. Take this bowl of topping mix and sprinkle the contents over the grape mix; then, drizzle the melted butter evenly across the topping.
  6. Bake 30to 40 minutes, until the topping is crisp and medium brown in appearance. Cool, cut, and serve.

Enjoy frozen grapes as a quick no-cook treat.
Enjoy frozen grapes as a quick no-cook treat.

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      Brandon E Newman 5 years ago from North Texas

      I believe "applewood smoked bacon" is what she is talking about. Try this- lay out several bacon strips on a foil-lined pan and bake it until almost crisp. Flip the bacon and generously coat it with brown sugar. Bake it until it is crisp and the sugar has melted. -Delicious

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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      I think I'll pass the chocolate covered bacon but surely try the others. Thanks.

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      Bendy's Ideas 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for the recipes. They all sound great

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      Randi 9 years ago

      I'm very fond of cook books and enjoy flipping through them to find new goodies for my Christmas cookie platters. One year I found a recipe similar to the potato candy and thought I would try it. Now they are a staple on my cookie trays and my friend hounds me for them every year. Little does she know how easy these decadent treats are to make. She still doesn't believe I use potato.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Let me know how you like the apple cured bacon! Glad you like that fudge too - I love lemons.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Patty...I am laughing at my comment above about the apple-cured bacon because like I said I had never heard of it before and then Thursday evening when grocery shopping I saw it and was thinking I've heard of this before but I didn't remember where and so I bought it anyways I come here and now I remember! lol ....haven't tried it yet but this cracks me up......Now what I'm really looking for and haven't yet found is that lemon fudge recipe that I have tried and wanted to leave you a comment how much I loved it and my son loves it too.  Got to continue looking for it.  Bye.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Maple cured bacon with a bit of chololate sounds good. I saw the apple served as a very thick strip with some cheese soup a while back in a restaurant - smelled very good.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      apple-cured bacon sounds rather interesting. I never heard of apple-cured. I use maple cured and that is delicious. Now add the chocolate. I can do that! Thanks for all these interesting weird and wacky recipes.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      It's a bit salty for my taste, but apple-cured bacon is better in the recipe than other types. Thanks for stopping by, Sweetie Pie.

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      The potato candy sounds good and I would be willing to try this one. The bacon chocolate one might not settle on my stomach very well, so I might not be able to try that one. Very creative and informative hub.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      hey mushy - I'll take a look too and if I find it, I'll do a Hub on anther 3 weird kids of candy for you!

      Cheers!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      mushy - I think I saw some cheese candy on the Internet one day, but can't recall where.

      Zsuzsy - The grape recipe was staring at me and asking to be posted, I knew not why, but I'm glad it did. :) You are certainly in a walnut heaven up in Canada!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      That grape crisp recipe looks just about up my alley... I have fresh walnuts. (my hands are so sore and still black from where the rubber gloves broke, from the walnut splitting and separating party Thursday night. Would you believe I was able to put 12.5 lbs of shelled walnut into the freezer)

      This is why I love hubpages. I was just looking for something to make that would satisfy my sweet-tooth and there you are Patty with a recipe that just fits the ticket. I'm going to make it right now. I've never heard of the potato candy either I'll try those next time. THe bacon and chocolate will have to be someone elses treat... I love bacon but am not too fond of chocolate and the thought of them together... no just doesn't impress me one little bit.

      Thanks again for sharing these super recipes.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      gwendymom 9 years ago from Oklahoma

      ohh, another good idea, I'm all about the easy way of doing things. Thanks again.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I think it would be safe to take a cooked piece of bacon and put it in the microwave wth a Hersey's kissed unwrapped on top of it and see if it tates good. :)

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      gwendymom 9 years ago from Oklahoma

      hmm, chocolate covered bacon. I like bacon and love chocolate, I don't know if combining the two would be very good, I guess I'll have to try to know. Thanks for the idea.