2 In Candy & Chocolates/ Recipes/ USA

Irish Potato Candy (No Potatoes Required!)

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?

 Irish potato candy! 

These little candies look like little potatoes but are made with cream cheese, coconut, and cinnamon.

Pin This For Later!

Irish potato candy - made from cream cheese, coconut and cinnamon!

I was intrigued, so I made up a batch. They’re delicious! And so cute. Funny though, they’re not actually Irish – they originated in Pennsylvania.

Irish potato candies are made out of cream cheese and shredded coconut, so they have a nice creamy and slightly crunchy texture. You can roll them in cocoa powder or cinnamon, depending on which taste you prefer. I recommend the cinnamon! It not only gives the candy a nice “potato” look but also adds a delicious zing to the candy.

This no-bake recipe is super easy and a perfect rainy day project for kids. Warning: you won’t be able to eat just one!

Irish Potato Candy Recipe

4 from 1 vote
Irish Potato Candy
Prep Time
10 mins

 Delicious no bake cream cheese and 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 prefer cinnamon.) Chill until set. Store in an airtight container.

Pin This for Later 

Now give this easy authentic Irish Soda Bread a try!

The EASIEST Irish Soda Bread!

Got cream cheese? Make these super easy chocolate hazelnut truffles!

Level Up Your Cookie Game!

Get 10 traditional EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS COOKIE recipes in my free e-cookbook!

Powered by ConvertKit


  • Reply
    Bayta Schwarz
    March 23, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Made these mostly out of curiosity – they looked fun, and I needed something to bring to an event. I wasn’t sure what to expect but they are really yummy! And very easy to make. I went for the cinnamon version, as I often find cocoa can be too strong of a flavour. I’ll definitely make these again!

    • Reply
      March 27, 2018 at 11:47 am

      I’m so glad you liked them, Bayta!The cinnamon version is my favorite, too.

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.