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WHEN I WAS A VERY SMALL CHILD I CAN REMEMBER GOING INTO THE KITCHEN WITH MY GRANDMOTHER AND MAKINIG POTATO CANDY. WE WOULD PEEL AND COOK POTATOES AND THEN MASH THEM AND ADD 10X SUGAR SPREAD WITH PEANU
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POTATO CANDY

posted at 10/12/2008 11:08 AM EDT
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WHEN I WAS A VERY SMALL CHILD I CAN REMEMBER GOING INTO THE KITCHEN WITH MY GRANDMOTHER AND MAKINIG POTATO CANDY. WE WOULD PEEL AND COOK POTATOES AND THEN MASH THEM AND ADD 10X SUGAR SPREAD WITH PEANUT BUTTER, ROLL AND REFRIDGERATE. THIS WAS A BIG DEAL TO ME, PROBABLY AT AGE 5. THIS BECAME A HUGE TRADITION FOR THANKSGIVING. IT MAKES THE HOLIDAY, I PLAN TO CONTINUE THE SAME TRADITION WITH MY DAUGHTER, GRANDMOM'S 2ND GREAT GRAND BABY AND HOPEFULLY GRANDMOM WILL JOIN IN.

POTATO CANDY

posted at 10/13/2008 1:17 AM EDT
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Tammy, Thanks for the memory of Potato Candy. I cant belive there are people out there who have never heard of this treat.

POTATO CANDY

posted at 11/8/2008 2:07 PM EST
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i was wondering how u make potato candy

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posted at 11/1/2011 12:34 PM EDT
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I never heard of this.  Did it come about when sugar and flour were rationed?    Or because there was an abundance of potatoes?

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posted at 11/1/2011 3:28 PM EDT
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Potato Candy is one of the very most important parts of Christmas.
Boil a small potato and drain it well.  Put around a heaping tablespoon of potato in a medium size mixing bowl and mash it with a spoon or fork.
Dump in some- maybe 1/4 cup - powdered sugar and keep mashing. 
Amazingly the sugar seems to turn to liquid.  Keep adding the sugar until the mixture is stiff.
Roll it out flat - less than 1/4" thick and spread with peanut butter.   Roll up the stuff like a jelly roll.
Cut into slices about 1/4" thick and it's ready to serve.

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posted at 11/1/2011 3:29 PM EDT
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WHEN I WAS A VERY SMALL CHILD I CAN REMEMBER GOING INTO THE KITCHEN WITH MY GRANDMOTHER AND MAKINIG POTATO CANDY. WE WOULD PEEL AND COOK POTATOES AND THEN MASH THEM AND ADD 10X SUGAR SPREAD WITH PEANUT BUTTER, ROLL AND REFRIDGERATE. THIS WAS A BIG DEAL TO ME, PROBABLY AT AGE 5. THIS BECAME A HUGE TRADITION FOR THANKSGIVING. IT MAKES THE HOLIDAY, I PLAN TO CONTINUE THE SAME TRADITION WITH MY DAUGHTER, GRANDMOM'S 2ND GREAT GRAND BABY AND HOPEFULLY GRANDMOM WILL JOIN IN.
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Sounds interesting, even though I've never heard of it in all of my 73 years!!  Help me along, and post ingredient amounts....how many potatoes, how much 10X sugar and peanut butter, etc.  Thanks!

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posted at 11/1/2011 4:20 PM EDT
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 GRANA here;    thanx, NANCY G.; I copied   &   pasted your recipe & will make it when the occcasion arrives; It  ( potato candy) is New to me & wil be a "surprise" to whichever grands are here to try  it outWink

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posted at 11/1/2011 5:00 PM EDT
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Sounds very different - might try it this weekend, thank you for sharing!

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posted at 11/1/2011 6:41 PM EDT
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Potato candy was a tradition in my husband's family.  He has made it for our children as well.  It is one sweet treat so a little goes a long way.

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posted at 11/1/2011 7:46 PM EDT
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Thanks for sharing the recipe Nancy.  I never heard of it before either lol.

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posted at 11/1/2011 9:10 PM EDT
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I also remember making Potato Candy this way with my Grandmother when I was a teenager. Haven't made it in years, but am thinking it is time my sons had a taste of it. It rocks.
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WHEN I WAS A VERY SMALL CHILD I CAN REMEMBER GOING INTO THE KITCHEN WITH MY GRANDMOTHER AND MAKINIG POTATO CANDY. WE WOULD PEEL AND COOK POTATOES AND THEN MASH THEM AND ADD 10X SUGAR SPREAD WITH PEANUT BUTTER, ROLL AND REFRIDGERATE. THIS WAS A BIG DEAL TO ME, PROBABLY AT AGE 5. THIS BECAME A HUGE TRADITION FOR THANKSGIVING. IT MAKES THE HOLIDAY, I PLAN TO CONTINUE THE SAME TRADITION WITH MY DAUGHTER, GRANDMOM'S 2ND GREAT GRAND BABY AND HOPEFULLY GRANDMOM WILL JOIN IN.
Posted by TAMMY K

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posted at 11/1/2011 9:25 PM EDT
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Around here, in the back woods, potato candy is like chocolate cake .... everybody knows it.
That applies to us Old People!  lol lol

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posted at 11/1/2011 11:21 PM EDT
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I've never heard of potato candy either, and I'm trying to imagine what it tastes like. I'm frankly surprised my Dad hasn't mentioned this, as he and his family grew up very poor in the prairie land of South Dakota. He talked about making taffy when he was younger, but nothing about potato candy.

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posted at 11/1/2011 11:36 PM EDT
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Verlee - of course I don't know but I bet your father made potato candy with his siblings.
I grew up in the very rural part of Missouri and, like I said, it was common.
AND  it was pretty good.  Maybe I'll get energetic and make a batch.

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posted at 11/2/2011 1:34 AM EDT
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I have never heard of this candy, but I would like to try it.  Thanks
Nancy!  I heard of a candy that you use potatoes and it is supposed
to taste like a Mounds bar.  Has anyone heard of it??

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posted at 12/12/2011 5:47 AM EST
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I have heard of potato chip cookies but not potato candy.

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posted at 1/8/2012 5:38 PM EST
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I think this Hillbilly will have to try this!  I don't remember any of my Aunts or Great Grandmothers making this in MO!  Hum........ Too bad they aren't around to ask!  Thanks for sharing!

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posted at 2/3/2012 10:57 PM EST
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  Potato candy is one of those old time treats like the old peanut butter pie {tastes like pecan pie},vinagar pie, fried squash blosomes, horehound candy, taffy,divinity and such. I have no ideal where it started as we have all kinds of national roots, but the Irish are famous for potatoes ??? who knows.

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posted at 2/7/2012 5:31 PM EST
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I have heard of it but have never had the opportunity to taste it.Maybe I'll give it a try.Thanks for sharing.Paula Deen has a recipe for it in one of her cook books,I have them all!

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posted at 2/7/2012 9:56 PM EST
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I tried it!  I love it!  The possibilities are ENDLESS!  YUM!
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