Oh my gosh have I found something fun!
A few weeks ago I was contacted about a candy company moving to Cleveland soon (See’s Candies), and while searching around their site to learn more I noticed a special for “St Patrick’s Day Potatoes” and thought, what the what? How is a potato a candy? Apparently, when it’s cream filled and covered in chocolate with pine nuts for the ‘eyes’? Unfortunately I couldn’t find enough info to know if I should order it, so I passed and simply remained impressed with the picture. Not long after I received an email from my candy company of choice Malley’s Chocolates, also advertising their Irish Potato. Now the cat was out of the bag and I was on a Google mission. A few choice strokes later and I discovered a simple way to make my own.
Irish Potato Candy
What you need:
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1+ tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1+ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese
- Next add in the vanilla extract and powdered sugar
- When the mix begins making a ball, remove and using your hands form into small balls or potato shapes
- Prepare the coating by mixing together ground cinnamon and unsweetened cocoa. 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa seems to work nicely
- Roll your ‘potatoes’ in the coating and set aside
- Chill for 20 minutes before applying a second coating if desired
- Store in refrigerator until ready to serve
Some recipes call for flaked coconut in the mixture, obviously I skipped this step. If you think your mix is too sticky, add more powdered sugar
Make sure your mix is really well blended. Mine wasn’t and a few of my potatoes were packed tight, others were very light and gooey (all yummy though!)
Depending on the temperature inside your home, you may need to chill the mix for 20-30 minutes between steps. Chill after mixing, before making balls and/or after making the balls before the first coating, in addition to the step before the second coating
My recipe made about 18 potatoes, however they were larger then a lot of the pictures I have seen floating around. According to the inter-webs they’re meant to be the size of a large marble or walnut. Oops. I wanted them a tad bigger though! Play around with your size depending on your event and what cinnamon/filling ratio will work best.