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.
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
Delicious no bake cream cheese and coconut candies that look like mini potatoes!
- 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)
Beat softened butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract until smooth.
Add powdered sugar a little at a time until incorporated. Then add the shredded coconut and continue mixing until everything is well combined.
Roll into small potato shapes, then roll each in cinnamon or cocoa powder. (I prefer cinnamon.) Chill until set. Store in an airtight container.
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