Depression Era Potato Candy
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.
Author: Southern Living
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
- Beat mashed potato and next 3 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric mixer 2 minutes.
- Beat in 6 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.
- Add up to 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time until it forms a dough.
- Gather dough into a ball; dust with powdered sugar.
- Roll to ⅛ inch thick on parchment paper, and cut into a 12- x 10-inch rectangle.
- Generously sprinkle powdered sugar over dough, and place a piece of parchment paper over rectangle.
- Invert rectangle; discard parchment paper on top.
- Spread peanut butter over dough.
- Starting at 1 long side, tightly roll up candy, jelly-roll fashion, using parchment paper as a guide.
- Wrap in parchment paper, and freeze 1 hour.
- Cut into ¼ inch-thick slices, and serve.
- Refrigerate sliced candy in an airtight container up to 1 week.