Old-Fashioned Potato Candy

Old-Fashioned Potato Candy is not only a delicious holiday candy to eat, it’s super fun and easy to make and you only need 3 ingredients. It’s also no-bake. What’s not to love?

Old-Fashioned Potato Candy

And yes, it really does have potato in it.

Old-Fashioned Potato Candy- only 3 ingredients



A potato, powdered sugar, and peanut butter are all you need. It’s kind of a miracle that 3 ingredients can come together and form such a fabulous treat. This recipe has been around for ages. I think since the Great Depression when it was popular because the ingredients were inexpensive and readily available.

Old-Fashioned Potato Candy

You actually can’t taste the potato at all. It just acts as a glue to hold the powdered sugar together. You’ll only need a small potato which should equal about 1/2 cup once cooked and mashed. Don’t worry if you are a little over or under. You will work the powdered sugar in gradually until it forms a putty-like dough. Just add less or more sugar to get the right consistency.

Besides getting the consistency right, you really can’t mess it up.

Old-Fashioned Potato Candy- only 3 ingredients

4.67 from 3 votes
Old-Fashioned Potato Candy
Old-Fashioned Potato Candy
Prep Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr

Only 3 ingredients needed to make this easy candy! Has lots of peabut butter flavor and will definitely satisfy a sweet tooth!

Course: Candy
Servings: 24 pieces
Author: Christin Mahrlig
  • 1 small russet potato, peeled and sliced
  • 6-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  1. Place potato in a small pan and cover with water. Cook until very tender. Drain and place in a large bowl.

  2. Use a hand mixer to beat the potato until it is lump-free.

  3. Add 4 cups of powdered sugar and beat until mixed well.

  4. Continue to mix powdered sugar in 1 cup at a time until thick. (It should have the consistency of putty or cookie dough.

  5. Place on a large piece of waxed paper that has been lightly coated with powdered sugar. Sprinkle some more powdered sugar on top.

  6. Roll potato mixture out into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.

  7. Spread evenly with peanut butter.

  8. Starting at a long side, roll up tightly like you would cinnamon rolls. Wrap in wax paper, cut in half and place both pieces in a large ziptop bag.

  9. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve.

  10. Remove wax paper and cut into 3/4-inch slices.

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4 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Potato Candy

  1. I’m wondering where to buy the peabut butter.

    Thanks for the recipe. Nice thing is I’ve always got all the ingredients. Woo Hoo. I call that success.

  2. This looks so good and is so much easier than the Double Divinity Peanut Butter Roll that my dear sister made every year.
    From the kitchen of
    Jackie Wampler
    7/12/ 1936 ~ 9/5/2015
    3 Cups sugar
    1 Cup white Karo syrup
    ¾ Cup hot water
    Combine and boil til it threads
    3 Egg whites — beat stiff & slowly pour hot syrup & continue beating until second cooking is ready

    1 ½ Cups sugar
    ¾ Cup water
    Combine and boil to hard ball stage when dropped in cold water

    Pour into first cooking — beat until it forms a stiff dough.

    Roll out on board dusted with XXX powdered sugar.

    Mix 2 cups peanut butter & 3/4 cup melted butter together — spread & roll like jelly roll — slice with a sharp knife.


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