Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Old Fashioned Amish Mashed Potato Candy

Yep. Candy made from mashed potatoes. Actually, there is so much sugar in these, no one would ever guess that you made them from mashed potatoes. This is an old family recipe that has been passed down for generations. It's naturally vegan, so no subs were necessary. It's a fun way to use up your leftover mashers, or you can whip up some fresh ones just for the occasion.

For years, my mom and I have been making it according to the following recipe:

"Mix powdered sugar with mashed potato to form a dough. Roll out dough and spread on peanut butter. Roll up and slice."

That really is all you need to know. You can use instant mashed potatoes for these too. Today's batch used almost 6 pounds of powdered sugar. It made about 200 pieces.

For those of you who need a bit more instruction, here it is, using instant potato flakes:
3 cups (8oz or 227g) dehydrated potato flakes
2 cups (474 ml) water
1 cup (237 ml) vegan milk like soy, rice, almond, or coconut (vanilla or plain)
6 pounds of powdered sugar
Peanut butter for spreading

In a LARGE mixing bowl, add potato flakes. Bring water and soy milk to a boil. As soon as it begins to boil, remove from heat and mix into potato flakes. Stir well, and allow to cool. Mix in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time (6 pounds equals roughly 18 cups) using an electric mixer. As the "dough" begins to thicken, you will have to abandon the mixer and knead with your hands. Keep adding sugar until your dough is workable, and no longer sticky. Once you achieve a workable dough, divide it into 10 pieces.

On a well sugared surface, roll out one piece at a time.

Spread on the peanut butter.

Roll it up.

Slice and enjoy! I like to wrap mine up individually in squares of wax paper to give them that old fashioned home made look.

Yield: 200 pieces


JENNA said...

How crazy! Candy made of mashed potatoes. I never thought I'd see such a thing. I'm very intrigued and might be making some extra mashed potatoes in a few days.

Gina said...

Oh my gosh. Joni, this is crazy, haha. I'm sure they are delicious though!!

Anonymous said...

Odd but intriguing!

kimelaine said...

Just like we used to do it when you were a little girl....but on a much larger scale!

Anardana said...

My omni friend was just telling me about these!! I'm super curious to try them.

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Anonymous said...

I had this type of candy when I was a child at an Amish fair near Lancaster Pennsylvania and always remember how delicious it was. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

do you have to use soy milk

Joni Marie Newman said...

Nope. You can use almond, or coconut, or rice mik, too!

Pat said...

I'm so happy to find this recipe. My grandmother used to make this all the time. I don't normally like peanut butter but I loved this. I've looked for this recipe for years. I've found others similar but not the same. She never wrote it down and by the time I was old enough to ask for it she had dementia. This is the recipe she used. So glad to finally have her recipe. She was born in 1900 and it was passed down from her grandmother (who was American Indian)

Joni Marie Newman said...

I am glad to bring back memories! I can't take credit for the recipe, as you said, it has been handed down for generations! Have fun, and save a piece for me!

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Second home said...

Really enjoyed the flavor and texture of the "beef"! It was a new seitan prep method for me and turned out great. As an aside, I saw this post and set out to make it... all without scrolling down to the "bacon." Now I feel compelled to make that bacony loaf too at some point, haha

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