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Maine Potato Candy Recipe

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This candy starts with mashed potatoes and coconut, then they are dipped in chocolate. They are extremely easy to make. Take note that the mashed potatoes must be plain with nothing added.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 cups flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup cold, plain potatoes, mashed (do not use leftover mashed potatoes made with milk or butter)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound dark candy coating
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


In a large bowl, combine the sugar, coconut, mashed potatoes, vanilla, and salt.

Line a 9-inch square pan with foil; butter the foil. Spread coconut mixture into pan. Cover and chill overnight.

Cut into 2 x 1-inch rectangles. Cover and freeze.

In a microwave or double boiler, melt candy coating and chocolate chips. Dip bars in melted coating and chocolate chips; place on waxed paper to harden. Store candy in an airtight container.

Yield: 2 pounds

Recipe Source: Taste of Home Cookbook (Readers Digest)
Reprinted with permission.

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 5 out of 5
Maine Mashed potato candy, Member cookiewiz

I use this recipe every year to make mounds of coconut candy, and loads of joy by adding roasted almonds to each little candy. With a small change in the recipe.... I make Peppermint Patties. By substituting the vanilla extract, I use Peppermint extract. They get rave reviews every year. I have been making them more than 20 years. I also make turtles, among about two dozen different cookies each Christmas season. Every year I swear it will be the last year...but when September rolls around I start getting the ""itch"" to bake and make candy. LOL

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