Irish Potato Candy is a great treat for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Contrary to the name, these little bite sized sweet treats have no mashed potato in them. That’s right! They get their name because they look like little potatoes.
What is Potato Candy?
They are actually a truffle like candy, that tastes a bit like mounds candy bars, minus the chocolate coating.
This potato candy is coated in cinnamon. It has a sweet and creamy center, that is made up of cream cheese and coconut.
Be sure to add these candies that look like small potatoes, to your St. Patrick’s Day menu this year. They will be perfect next time you are celebrating St. Patrick with an authentic family meal.
How to Make Irish Potato Candy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Gather these ingredients to make your Potato Candy.
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Potato Candy Ingredients
- Butter, softened to room temperature
- Cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- Vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar
- Coconut flakes
- Cinnamon for dusting
Irish Potato Candy Recipe
Mix butter, Vanilla extract and cream cheese.
Add in salt and then slowly add in 4 cups confectioners sugar, about a half a cup at a time.
Mix in the flaked coconut.
In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and one tablespoon powdered sugar.
Use your hands to form teaspoon size balls or potato-shaped ovals and then roll the balls in the cinnamon mixture.
Once rolled in cinnamon, place the cinnamon coated candy on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and freeze for 1 hour to set.
Potato Candy Tips:
Some people like to add peanut butter to this recipe, and coat them in cocoa powder instead of cinnamon. This will make a peanut butter chocolate version of potato candy.
How to Store Potato Candy
You’ll find that there are dairy products in this recipe so you’ll want to make sure you keep them refrigerated. Irish Potato Candy should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep them fresh.
I look forward to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with my family each year. It’s a simple holiday for Irish families to celebrate being family together.
This year my mom is planning to make dinner for all of us.
I am planning to make up a batch of these potato looking candies, and will make two varieties of candy this year to bring to dinner. I will make a batch of this old-fashioned potato candy with coconut, butter and cream cheese, coated in cinnamon and another batch adding peanut butter and coating in cocoa powder instead.
This will give everyone a choice between the two different potato candy flavors.
Both flavors of potato candy will be good and go along with our traditional corned beef dinner.
These bite sized potato looking candies are technically not an authentic Irish recipe. They have their roots in Philadelphia of all places!
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!!
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- Irish Soda Bread
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- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar plus 1 tablespoon (divided)
- 2 cups coconut flakes
- 2-3 tablespoons ground cinnamon for dusting
- Mix butter, vanilla and cream cheese.
- Add in salt and then slowly add in 4 cups confectioners sugar, about a half a cup at a time.
- Mix in the flaked coconut.
- In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and one tablespoon powdered sugar.
- Use your hands to form teaspoon size balls or potato-shaped ovals and then roll the balls in the cinnamon mixture.
- Once rolled in cinnamon, place the cinnamon coated candy on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and freeze for 1 hour to set.