Have you ever heard of such a thing as Irish Potato Candy?
I’m using this Irish Potato Candy recipe as a part of my St. Patrick’s Day series, but I believe it originated as a Pennsylvania Dutch or Amish recipe. A few years ago, I travelled to Philadelphia for a work conference and stayed with my college friend, Ralph. Ralph is a native Pittsburgher, much like myself, so we weren’t as knowledgeable about the western part of the state and their food traditions.
When we got to a certain storefront, Ralph urged me to try this chocolate-covered truffle. I did, and it was delicious. It had a sweet, fluffy white center – kind of like a fluffier mounds bar. He exclaimed, “It’s potatoes!” From then on, I always thought it was a creative and yummy way to use potatoes. I bet sweet potatoes would work well too!
I “healthed up” these potato candy treats; traditionally, they often have tons of powdered sugar in them. My Irish Potato Candy recipe uses maple syrup to sweeten it up. In that way, it sacrifices a bit of the fluffiness, but overall it’s a bit better for you. The finely shredded coconut adds a bit of texture and fluff to the candy.
Irish Potato CandyCourse: Uncategorized
1 c. mashed potatoes, cooled
2 T. coconut oil, softened
2-3 T. vanilla-infused bourbon (learn more about infusing your own!)
1 c. unsweetened coconut, finely shredded
6 T. pure maple syrup
dark chocolate, for coating
- In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients and puree until smooth.
- Grab a small cookie sheet and line it with parchment or wax paper. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out at least 12 individual dollops of batter. Freeze the batter for 20 minutes.
- In the meantime, melt some dark chocolate for your coating. After the 20 minutes have elapsed, dunk each piece of candy in the chocolate with a spoon. Place the candy back on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the candy. Stick the candy in the freezer for 10 more minutes to harden the chocolate.
- These Irish Potato Candies are best enjoyed in the fridge. Before I eat them, I let them sit out on the counter for 10 minutes or so. Yum!
Enjoy these easy truffles!