Thursday, January 18, 2018

365 Days a Year - Irish Potato Candy

Irish Potato Candy is a Philadelphia tradition made every Spring. Delicious. Indeed, Philadelphians created the candy, some of whom may have been Irish. You can buy O'Ryan's made Irish Potato Candy at the market in Philadelphia or online.

Or you can make this simple candy at home. The recipe is fun to do with children. No hot stove. No special equipment. No exotic ingredients. If you want the recipe made with real potatoes, you can find it HERE.


1⁄4 cup softened Butter
4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1(16 ounce) package Confectioners' Sugar
7 ounces sweetened flaked Coconut (2 1/2 cups)
2 tablespoon ground Cinnamon
2 tablespoon Cocoa

NOTE: Be sure to use regular cream cheese, not whipped or reduced fat type. Leave it out to come to room temperature for easier creaming. 

In a large bowl, cream together the Butter and Cream Cheese. Add Vanilla and Confectioners' Sugar. Beat until mixture forms a ball. Stir in Coconut with a spoon.

Roll the mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies or roll into small balls. Place Cinnamon and Cocoa in a shallow dish and roll the balls in it. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and chill for about 1 hour or until firm. If you prefer "dirtier potatoes" roll the candy a second time after they have chilled. You can also add a few chopped Nuts to look like 'eyes' if you want to get really artistic.