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Mashed Potato Candy

Use leftover potatoes to make a delicious candy everyone will love with this simple desserts recipe. This no-bake dessert is incredibly easy to whip up, and you will be surprised by how much flavor it has.

  • 1/4 cup mashed potatoes (1 small potato)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 pound box powdered sugar
  • Peanut butter
  1. Mix together all ingredients, except peanut butter. Add sugar until dough consistency.
  2. Roll out onto powdered sugar dusted bread board or waxed paper. Spread peanut butter all over.
  3. Roll it up like a jelly roll loaf. Place in refrigerator to chill.
  4. Slice 1/4-inch thick.

See this recipe and more in 47 Inexpensive Halloween Candy Ideas.

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My Great-grandma made this candy. She called it Potato candy or Poor Man's Fudge. She made hers the same way, but without the milk, salt or vanilla. I am still making it for my grand kids and they love it almost as much as I do!

My mom has made this for years, she does not use the milk, salt, or vanilla. She just boils a potato then smashes it with the powdered sugar then rolls out puts peanut butter on it rolls into a log shape then slices. It is to die for.

my mom used to make this and i did, too, but have not made it in years. i was so surprised to see it on the candy list. thanks for sharing. it is a good recipe!

I, too, have made this family recipe for years. Surprised others make it!

My Mom made a MACCAROON cookie with mashed potatoes and baked in oven to toast the coconut! UMMM! A hit at church! However I LOST THE RECIPE! Do you happen to have this one or similiar?

@aprils8, Unfortunately there isn't a specific amount of cup in a pound. The only way to get this specific measurement would be to use a scale or go by the size on the bag and try to guess how much is a pound. Sorry I wish I had a better answer for you on this. Thanks!

a pint is a pound the world around. 2 cups = 1 pint hope this helps.

Sarah, I thank you so much for your help with the questions I asked, but I didn't make myself clear on the question of the sugar--I am so sorry! I meant to ask what is the equivalent amount of a lb. box (like in cups)--how many cups are in a lb. box--- if anyone knew, not the cost. I buy mine in bags, and it's sev. lbs. to a bag. Again, I am very sorry for the confusion. Thank you or anyone for your help and time.

I have a one pound box of Domino powdered sugar and it states quite clearly on the side of the box that it contains net weight one pound, Approximately 3 3/4 cups. Sorry I didn't see this message sooner as I could have resolved this simple question a long time ago. For those who are confused, there is no way to put a formula on cups per pound across the board...a pound of feathers is a lot more cups than a pound of, say, grated cheese. It is simple to get the number of cups per pound of a known ingredient by simply taking the designated weight and measuring it in cups. It will not be significantly different no matter how many times you measure one pound of the same ingredient. Another solution is to look at servings per my case it says 15, 1/4 cup servings. One fourth cup is 4 TBSP. That means approximately 60 tablespoons in the box. If a cup is 16 TBSP, then 60 TBSP divided by 16 per cup equals 3.75 cups...or 3 and 3/4 cups indicated. As you can see this is almost DOUBLE the 2 cups guideline suggested in carole in gr's guideline. I think that guideline is more geared toward liquid ingredients most often measured in pints. Dry ingredients are not typically measured as pints or quarts, but cups.

@aprils8, I'm not sure about the cost of powdered sugar, though I don't think it varies that much from box to bag. As for the peanut butter, you can put as much as you'd like, though I'd say a medium layer is fine, just make sure to fully coat it. Thanks!

Can anyone tell me how much the 1 lb. box of powdered sugar would be if not bought in the box? Also, should there be a lot of peanut butter spread on or just a thin layer over all? Thank you.

I have made this candy for a very long time. It was my Grandmothers recipe. In fact I'm the only one in my family that makes it every year, only at Christmas time do I make it. It is the best candy ever. Thank you, Barb

i would just make it at christmas, too. i didnt know people still made it! i havent thought about it in years!


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