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You Need to Make This Amazing Irish Potato Candy Recipe


You Need to Make This Amazing Irish Potato Candy Recipe

If you’ve never eaten Irish Potato Candy, what are you waiting for?

Though a candy made from potato may not sound like the most delectable treat, you may be surprised to find out that these are neither authentically Irish nor are they made from potato. Rather, these potato looking treats originated in Philadelphia. The cream is made from coconut, confectioner’s sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla. They are then rolled in cinnamon, giving them the appearance of small potatoes.

Irish potato candy is a wonderful treat to make for St. Patrick's Day. Once you've made this recipe once, you'll want to make it as often as possible!

Irish Potato Candy

Makes about 4 dozen pieces of candy


1/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 cups confectioners sugar (it needs to be firm, the average is 3 1/2 cups)
2 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 Tablespoon cocoa powder (optional, for those who think the cinnamon is too strong)


1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and softened butter together until smooth.

2. Add the vanilla. Slowly add the confectioners sugar, beating well to mix with every addition.

3. Add the coconut (you may need to lower the mixer speed to blend the coconut into the mixture evenly).

4. Chill mixture for 30 minutes.

5. Roll the mixture in balls, then mold each ball to resemble a potato shape.

6. Roll balls in cinnamon (and cocoa if using).

7. Place the “potato” on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Chill for an additional 30 minutes, then enjoy!

Other Candies to Make Yourself

After making this recipe, you may begin to think about making other candies at home. Candy making is a fun thing to do, especially with kids. It also allows you to have total control over what goes into your candy, allowing you to avoid low-quality ingredients and any preservatives.

Reese's cups are a popular choice for making at home. Chocolate peanut butter cups are popular with all ages, so you'll know that everyone in your family will eat what you make. You can make them the same size as a standard Reese's cup, or you can make them a different size. It's up to you!

Peppermint patties are a great choice for the holiday season. They capture the minty goodness of a candy cane and the sweetness of chocolate. These are great to give to family and friends. You can make large batches of them at once. You'll have plenty left over for your family to enjoy, even after giving some to everyone you know!

Finally, try making your own caramel candies at home. This one may seem intimidating, but it isn't as challenging as it may seem. You don't need a ton of expensive equipment to make a good caramel candy. As long as you have some time on your hands, you'll be good to go. Save this one for a weekend.

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