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“Irish” Potato Candy

A few weeks ago I had some mashed potatoes left over and I got to wondering if potatoes are an ingredient in any international dessert recipes. I assumed I’d find a cake or bread recipe but I came across a recipe for potato truffles. Yep, chocolate truffles made from mashed potatoes.

I was skeptical, but I thought, hey, a healthier truffle – awesome! Long story short, they were horrible. While they didn’t taste like potato, they had a grainy potato texture and I just couldn’t get it out of my head that I was eating cold, chocolate potato. Needless to say, I don’t recommend them.

What I do recommend is this: Irish potato candy!

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I was intrigued, so I made up a batch. They’re delicious! Irish potato candy looks like little potatoes but, fortunately, they’re not made out of potatoes. And they’re not actually Irish – they originated in Pennsylvania.

Irish potato candy are made out of cream cheese and shredded coconut, so they have a nice creamy and slightly crunchy texture, and are rolled in cinnamon, which gives the candy a delicious bite. Enjoy!


Irish Potato Candy
Prep Time
10 mins

 Delicious cream cheese coconut candies that look like mini potatoes!

Servings: 4 dozen
Author: Int'l Desserts Blog
  • 4 Tbsp butter (room temperature)
  • 4 onces cream cheese (1/2 package)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon or cocoa powder (for dusting the candies)
  1. Beat softened butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract until smooth. 

  2. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until incorporated. Then add the shredded coconut and continue mixing until everything is well combined. 

  3. Roll into small potato shapes, then roll each in cinnamon or cocoa powder. (I used cinnamon because I liked the color and flavor.) Chill until set. Store in an airtight container.

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