Sweet Potato Candy

Sweet Potato Candy

This is another recipe for your kids to make that comes from St. Patrick’s Day recipes originally at http://www.familyfun.go.com/.  You can find this and others under St. Patrick’s Day recipe ideas.  They looked really yummy so enjoy, and us know how you liked them.


Peeled Russet Potatoes diced

2 tablespoons butter

1 pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

4-5 cups powdered sugar (depending on how big your potatoes are)

5 cups sweetened shredded coconut


  1. Peel the potato and boil it in water until soft. In a mixing bowl, mash the cooked potato with the salt and butter. Very important:  let it cool completely, or else it will melt the sugar when you add it.
  2. Mix in the vanilla extract and 4 cups of sugar. At this point, the mixture should be stiff. If it isn’t, add more sugar.
  3. Sprinkle half of the coconut onto a waxed-paper-covered surface and turn the potato mixture onto it. Roll the batter until all of the coconut has been mixed in, then shape teaspoonful into small balls.
  4. Roll the balls individually in the remaining coconut. Chill the finished candies until you’re ready to serve them. Makes about 4 dozen.


Learning Corner:

Why do potatoes and St Patrick’s Day go together?

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