They might look like potatoes, but this is actually a photo of Irish Potato Candy! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a new treat and enjoy a little luck of the Irish.
We love flavoring classic and new recipes to match the holiday. We used Irish Cream in our candy to give it a bit of St. Patty’s flavor.
This recipe comes from Philadelphia based on a little down that claims to be the largest distributor of Irish Potatoes. People will sometime stick pine nuts in the potoatos to make it look like potato “eyes.” Their is a potato candy that actually uses potatoes. The potatoes are mashed the other ingredients are blended in and replace the butter and cream cheese.
- 1/4 cup softened butter
- 1/2 package (8 ounces) regular cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 Irish Cream Flavoring (optional and add more by taste)
- 4 cups of confectioners' sugar
- 7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut (2 1/2 cups)
- Handful (50) whole roasted or raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese.
- Add vanilla, flavoring, and confectioners' sugar.
- Beat until mixture forms a ball.
- Stir in coconut.
- Take an almond and roll the mixture (about a tablespoon) to cover the almond between your hands and form small potato-shaped candies. Roll out the entire mixture. Imperfections help make the potatoes look real.
- Place cinnamon in a shallow dish and roll the balls in it.
- Place the balls on a cookie sheet and chill for about 1 hour or until firm.
- If you prefer "dirtier potatoes" roll the candy a second time after they have chilled.