Depression Era Potato Candy

Depression Era Potato Candy
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Potato Candy actually originated in the South during the Great Depression; making this tasty treat was a great way to create a delicious confection out of the few ingredients that were available during those trying times.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3 Dozen
  • ⅓ cup peeled, cooked, and mashed russet potato, cold (about 1 large potato)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon table salt
  • 6 to 7 cups powdered sugar
  • Parchment paper
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  1. Beat mashed potato and next 3 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric mixer 2 minutes.
  2. Beat in 6 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.
  3. Add up to 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time until it forms a dough.
  4. Gather dough into a ball; dust with powdered sugar.
  5. Roll to ⅛ inch thick on parchment paper, and cut into a 12- x 10-inch rectangle.
  6. Generously sprinkle powdered sugar over dough, and place a piece of parchment paper over rectangle.
  7. Invert rectangle; discard parchment paper on top.
  8. Spread peanut butter over dough.
  9. Starting at 1 long side, tightly roll up candy, jelly-roll fashion, using parchment paper as a guide.
  10. Wrap in parchment paper, and freeze 1 hour.
  11. Cut into ¼ inch-thick slices, and serve.
  12. Refrigerate sliced candy in an airtight container up to 1 week.


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