Granny’s Potato Candy

  • By Elizabeth Vowell Sharpe
  • Photography by Matt Hulsman

Lynn Coble's family gobbles up her granny's potato candy every chance they get.


Granny’s Potato Candy

  • 1 small potato
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • a few drops of vanilla
  • creamy peanut butter

Boil a small potato in skin until done. Cool and peel, then mash in a medium bowl until there are no lumps. Add a few drops of vanilla. Slowly work in powdered sugar until dough forms. Roll out on surface that has been sprinkled with powdered sugar. Spread with creamy peanut butter, and roll into a log shape. Slice into ½-inch pieces. Refrigerate in tightly covered container.

— Elizabeth Vowell Sharpe

Additional recipes that appeared originally with this one:
Aunt Helen’s Brown Sugar Pie
Lynn Coble’s Chicken Pie

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6 Responses to Granny’s Potato Candy

  1. Ellen says:

    Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to keep the candy soft. Everytime I make it , the pinwheels end up dry and somewhat hard after a few hours…………

  2. I have this same recipe, and have never tried putting vanilla in it… sounds good, gonna give it a try. I also think I’ll try the crunchy peanut butter too. My mom has been making it since I was 3, at least that is what I remember. She could have been doing it longer than that. And that was back in 1963. We make it every Christmas, it is tradition. We also make divinity and chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal fudge. yum

  3. Susan says:

    This is a wonderful recipe! We’ve never used vanilla in our potato candy but will have to try it. We also use crunchy peanut butter. During the holidays my kids make snowmen out of the potato candy and make wintery scenes.

  4. ze cheria says:

    it sounds gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

    • Debbie says:

      I make this candy a lot as it is my son’s favorite. However, I have never heard of putting potato in it. I will have to give that a try!

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