Day 23: Potato Candy
Potato Candy. I bet I’ve made this every single Christmas since I was old enough to boil a potato by myself 🙂 It’s a tradition that I make this every year for my mom. When my dad and grandma were both alive, I made it for them. This is an old depression-era recipe, and yes it really does have potato in it! 🙂 Don’t let that fool you though, unless you bite into a small lump, you’d never know you were eating a potato. When you add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the potato, a chemical change begins to happen and the potato starts to “melt” and turns into a liquid. Then when you add more powdered sugar, you’re left with this tasty white candy you spread out, spread peanut button on, roll it up and slice it. I don’t even use a recipe anymore. I just throw it together. But, here’s a recipe for you 🙂
1 medium potato
2 lb. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
Creamy peanut butter (I use Jiff)
Boil the potato until done (when you stick a fork in it and it goes in easily). Let cool.
Once cool, peel the peel off and discard. Cut the potato into cubes and place in a bowl. With a potato masher or fork, mash up the potato a bit. Add a little powdered sugar and continue to mash. You will see that the potato starts to turn liquid. While it’s still in a liquid form, add the vanilla and stir until well combined. Add more powdered sugar and mix well. Continue adding powdered sugar and combine well with your hands (when it becomes too thick to stir with a fork or spoon) till its nice and thick and like a sweet white dough.
Roll the white confection out onto a sheet of wax paper in a big rectangle or circle to about 1/8 inch thickness. Spread peanut butter over the top evenly.
Starting with a long end, roll up the confection with peanut butter into a spiral shape till it’s all rolled up, then slice with a knife and place on a plate to set up a bit before stacking in a covered container.
Tip : If you place the roll in the fridge or freezer just long enough for it to get a little firm before you slice it, your slices will be more even. Just don’t leave it in the freezer for long.
Place layers of the slices between wax paper to keep from sticking together for storage or gift giving. Place a layer of slices in a bowl, cover that with a sheet of wax paper then put another layer of slices, wax paper and so on. Enjoy!
COUPONS FOR INGREDIENTS:
There won’t be many coupons for this as there are only four ingredients 🙂
potato: $0.50/1 ShopRite Potatoes (ShopRite eCoupon), (that’s the only potato coupon I could find, if you know of another, please let me know)
vanilla: $1/1 Simply Organic Vanilla printable, $0.55/1 Spice Islands Vanilla Extract (Publix Winter Family Savings Printable) (Not sure if these are “pure” vanilla or imitation).
powdered sugar: $0.75/1 Dixie Crystals Product printable, $0.75/1 Imperial Sugar Product printable, $0.75/1 Dixie Granulated, Poly Light Brown, Dark Brown, Powdered, Redi-Measure Light Brown printable, $0.50/1 Dixie Crystals Light Brown, Dark Brown, or Powdered Sugar Poly Bags printable, 0.50/1 Imperial Poly Light Brown, Dark Brown, or Powdered Sugar printable