Old Fashioned Potato Candy- Easy Recipe!

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We are in Southern Arizona this winter and we will be celebrating Christmas without my family around.  Just Dave, me and the dogs.  This galavanting around the country in our RV has a whole lot of awesomeness to it.  But there are some drawbacks, and the holidays have the potential to be one.  But it occurred to me that there is absolutely nothing wrong with creating new traditions- and maybe mixing in a bit of the old.


So, I pulled out my recipe book that has all our family recipes in it and whipped up a batch of Old Fashioned Potato Candy.

My mother made Potato Candy every year, and I know my husband loves it.  Yes, the word “potato” can be a bit off-putting, but stick with me here.  These old fashioned candies are in the realm of divinity, without the cooking time and the careful adherence to candy temperatures and possible humidity issues.

They are so easy to make and they are fabulous!


Let’s start with baking something wonderful and making this RV festive with some Christmas decor!  In fact, we made a run to the Family Dollar before hand and picked up some Limited Edition Holiday Packaged Coca-Cola along with some great decorations.  Family Dollar is my go-to destination for quality products and great value!

Coca-Cola helps me to Share More Joy this holiday season.  We are in the holiday mode here!


My original plan was to have Dave park next to a nice fir tree.  But we are in Arizona, so there goes that.  But after looking around, we figured out a place in the coach for a cute little tree.  Filled with my favorite glass ornaments, it was fun to put together.  Each ornament holds a fond memory of places we’ve been and family fun.

So, ready to make some candy?

Old Fashioned Potato Candy

1 medium potato (skinned and chopped)
2 (16 oz.) bags of powdered sugar
peanut butter

That’s it!  I told you it was an easy recipe!


  • Boil the chopped potato until it is soft.  (This is all the cooking that you will do).
  • Add the cooked potato to a large bowl.  Mash the potato well.
  • Stir in powdered sugar.  The amount depends upon how big your potato was.  Mine was a bit large and I ended up using nearly both 16 oz. bags of powdered sugar.  Keep adding sugar until you get a stiff dough.
  • Spread out a sheet of wax paper, and sprinkle a generous amount of powdered sugar on top.  Add about half of the dough mixture on top and roll out to about 1/4″ thick.  (You may have to add more sugar to your rolling pin and the top of the dough).
  • Spread peanut butter on top.  (As much as you like).
  • Use the wax paper to help roll up the dough in a jelly roll fashion.
  • Place the rolls in your refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours.


Once the rolls are chilled, cut them in 1/4″ thick slices.


Aren’t they pretty?

This candy does well both in the refrigerator or out on the counter.


It is also a great idea for gift giving, both local and long distance!

Folks will love them!  Sweet and with the consistency of divinity but without the hassle!  Just don’t tell them about the potato until after they taste them!


Christmas time is that much more special with old traditions mixed with new traditions.  And the great thing about living in a huge RV park with a bunch of snowbirds is that I can introduce them to some great traditional old fashioned candy.


Want a bit of Christmas spirit for your pantry?  Be sure to check out the local Family Dollar and stock up on a supply of Coca-Cola Limited Edition Holiday Packaging!  You can find it in 6 pack glass bottles, 2L or aluminum bottles.  Family Dollar is my go-to destination for quality products and great prices!

No matter where you happen to be this holiday season, share that holiday connection!

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  • Darlenia December 18, 2016, 11:29 am

    Wow my heart skipped a beat when I saw your recipe My Mom would tell me stories of how My Grandmother would make this every year for Christmas ,so my Mom taught me and I make it every year for my girls. My Mom passed away this last September so this is the first Christmas without her but to see your recipe really touched my heart, Thank you. An added note we would divide the dough into thirds and tint one red and one green leaving one white so the candy turned out festive. Again Thank you and I hope you Have a Wonderful Christmas.

  • Lela Roberts December 18, 2016, 9:35 am

    Oh yes I forgot Christmas Cokes are a tradition at my house, after all I am from Georgia. So all your goodies are served with an icy cold Coke in a Bottle for Christmas.

  • Lela Roberts December 18, 2016, 9:30 am

    Yes making this and am about to make 2nd batch of Grandma’s Gingerbread soft cookies. Thank you so much Merry Christmas

  • Connie Reed December 16, 2016, 1:46 am

    Thank you! for your free potholer pattern and candy recipe. Can’t wait to try them.🎄

  • Cristi Comes December 13, 2016, 5:52 pm

    What a unique recipe. Man do I miss peanut butter. My son is allergic but I love it so! {client}

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