Right about now some of you are thinking “what in the world IS potato candy?” You know you are, admit it. If you’ve never heard of it don’t worry, you’re probably in the majority on this one. Most people who know of this delicacy are older folks or those of us who were raised by their grandparents. It’s one of those things we had when times were tight, and then it turned into a tradition.
First, you need a SMALL potato. By small I mean the size of a tangelo or golf ball. The one pictured here (in my lovely hand for size comparison) is about right.
Peel the potato and boil it until its done (dur). Then drain all the water off and mash the potato with a fork. Once it’s mashed, add 1 tsp. of vanilla and 1 tsp. of butter. Mix well and then dump in 1 pound of powdered sugar and stir like wild. Don’t use the electric mixer, trust me on this one.
It will be dry and crumbly at first, sort of like in this photo.
Add a smidge of water if needed. (Smidge meaning a teaspoon or less). You can always add more if you need it, but if you get too much then you have to add more sugar and it just gets out of control.
You want your candy paste to be thick, like this.
Once you’ve gotten it to the point that you can no longer stir it with a spoon it’s ready. Place the candy between two sheets of wax paper and roll it out thin, like shown in the photo below.
Remove the top layer of wax paper and spread a thin layer of peanut butter on top of the candy mixture.
Roll the candy up like a jelly roll. At this point, it looks like a big burrito (or a grub, but that doesn’t sound appetizing).
Place your candy in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill, or even several days. Then slice it really thin and enjoy.