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Potato Candy Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Trish Long

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 small potato, peeled (about half a cup mashed)
6 to 8 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter

Directions:
Directions:
Some tips before starting: Let the potatoes cool to room temperature. Add sugar as need. If the dough is tacky after refrigerating add more sugar. Dust your surface, and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Boil potato until tender, drain, place in a large bowl. Use a mixer to beat the potato until it is free of lumps. Add 4 cups powdered sugar and mix. Continue to mix powdered sugar in 1 cup intervals until thick. similar to cookie dough.Place mixture on a sheet of wax paper that has been lightly coated with powdered sugar. Add more sugar to the top of the dough, roll the mixture into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Spread evenly with peanut butter. Starting at a long side, roll the dough tightly, as for cinnamon rolls or a yule log. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve. Remove wax paper, cut into 3/4-inch pinwheel slices.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Although this is a very old recipe it is fairly new to me. A few years ago, my dad, Jack Rife, who will be 80 next year, told me about the potato candy his aunt made for him as a child. My dad is from Morgantown, West Virginia, and remembered this as the best candy from his childhood. Being curious as to how one would make candy from a potato and wanting to make this for my dad I started an internet search for a recipe. It turns out it is a simple, three-ingredient confection.

 

 

 

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