Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Chocolate-Coconut Potato Candy

If you like Mounds candy bars, you will looooove this candy. Yes, indeedy, it's made with genuine mashed potatoes. (See post below for the reason I am resorting to making candy from potatoes.)

First, pull out a 9 x 9-inch pan and tuck in a sheet of tin foil. Butter the foil while you're at it.

Next, in mixing bowl, stir together:
4 c. powdered sugar (a 16-oz. box)
4 c. flaked coconut
3/4 c. cold mashed potatoes
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt
Plunk it all into the pan and stick the pan in the freezer for at least an hour. You can leave it in the freezer overnight, too, it won't get rock hard.
Cut the mixture into 1-inch by 2-inch pieces. (Actually, this candy is really rich, so 1-inch by 1-inch pieces might be even better. Do as I say, not as I do, as my grandma used to tell us.)
In small saucepan, melt about 10 ounces of baking chocolate, the semi-sweet variety. Dig out the coconut nuggets and dip them in chocolate. Cool on waxed paper, and store in the refrigerator.

Then, of course, you must eat them.
Note: go check out some more wonderful Works-for-me-Wednesday ideas here.

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27 Comments:

Anonymous Barbara H. said...

Lynn! I am so excited to discover you started a blog!!

December 2, 2008 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Thanks, Barbara! I am having fun with it. Good thing I have a techno-savvy son to help me along, at least with getting it started :)

December 2, 2008 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Leanne said...

Oh I can feel my thighs getting bigger just looking at them.

That won't stop me making them though. Thanks for the recipe.

December 3, 2008 at 2:08 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Oh, these look really good. I am making candy this week. I wish I had seen this recipe sooner. I will have to save it for later. Thanks for sharing.

December 3, 2008 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger Armchair Housewife said...

Lynne,

If I want to get your book, is Amazon the best way to do that? I know Amazon takes a cut, but I also know they make it easy for you as far as shipping, etc. I want to get it but I want you to get as much of the money as possible. Should I get it from Amazon? Could you leave a message on my blog about it? Thanks!

Also, I laughed about your husband asking you to vacuum instead of reading about it. I feel your pain! :)

December 3, 2008 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Hi Lynn,

I just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog during Works for Me Wednesday this week. (Calendar) I hope you will come and visit again some time.

Your candy recipe looks delicious. We live in Idaho, so potato candy is a always a hit around here. : )

I'm excited to check out your book. It sounds like something I need!

December 3, 2008 at 7:12 AM  
Anonymous Trinity Mommy said...

Oh what a yummy recipe! Cant wait to try it, thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog!

December 3, 2008 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Marmot Mom said...

Wow! I had heard about this recipe but was afraid to try it. Now, with your encouragement I will apply it to my hips--er---make some...
Thanks for visiting my blog! How fun to make a new Cyberfriend. I know I'll enjoy reading more of your writing :)

December 3, 2008 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Thank you all for leaving comments. Why do comments make us so happy? I don't know, but they do :) Maybe it helps verify that we're not crazy, talking away to an empty room. Honestly, we're not crazy. Are we crazy? . . .

Armchair Housewife, you asked about getting a copy of my book, Queen of the Castle. You can definitely get it on amazon.com or on christianbook.com. You can also read a sample chapter at christianbook.com. I always love it when people order it at their local Barnes & Noble or Borders or Christian bookstore. My hope is the store might order more than one copy and actually stock it on their shelves :). Thanks for asking, and I hope the book is a blessing to you.

Since it sounds like you can relate to the whole elusive nature of the joys of housecleaning thing, you might like this article I wrote:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/tcw/2004/marapr/10.68.html

December 3, 2008 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Oops, that last link didn't print all the way. Another try:

www.christianitytoday.com/tcw/2004/marapr/
10.68.html

December 3, 2008 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Raise Them Up said...

No way! How comes I have never heard of potato candy?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about ALL your potato uses. But this one takes the cake--er--candy!

December 3, 2008 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Those look so yummy! I wish someone had already made some here so I could have one right now!

December 3, 2008 at 7:25 PM  
OpenID lifeinthehighlands said...

These candies remind me of the time my mom ran out of flour and used potatoes to make a birthday cake. It was not good. (We still tease her about it 30 years later). Still, I just might be brave and try out your recipe.

December 3, 2008 at 8:46 PM  
OpenID lifeinthehighlands said...

Sorry, I forgot to add: your recipe looks yummy.

December 3, 2008 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Lifeinthehighlands -- ha! How come our families never let us forget our flops? My family still gleefully recounts my sad zucchini brownies -- fat-free, no less -- every chance they get. They really were terrible. I think it's the only time I ever dumped an entire pan of something chocolate right into the trash.

December 3, 2008 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger MaryAnn Diorio, Ph.D. said...

What original recipes! I am delighted to have discovered your blog, Lynn. Keep up the fascinating work.

Blessings,

MaryAnn Diorio

December 3, 2008 at 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Potato and chocolate, huh? I'm curious enough (and a big enough chocolate lover) that I just may try it! Thanks for the idea, because I would never have thought of this combination :) Oh, and thanks also for commenting at my blog!

December 4, 2008 at 4:02 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

How cool! I had heard of potato candy, but hadn't really investigated a recipe. Thanks for sharing!

December 4, 2008 at 4:31 AM  
Blogger Rachael said...

These look very interesting! I am always up for trying a new way to eat candy! Great recipe...thanks :-)

December 4, 2008 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

O.k...this sounds great!
This would make the perfect candy to pack into tins to give to neighbors, right?
Hope they like coconut!
I hope this works with red potato...(since that's what I have on hand at the moment)
YUM!

December 7, 2008 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

omg, that's hilarious and yet sounds so yummy!

December 8, 2008 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger the voice of melody said...

This recipe sounds wonderful since I love chocolate and coconut. I believe I have eaten a similar candy many years ago, one with potatoes. Although it sounds bizarre, it was quite delicious!

December 8, 2008 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Tracy P. said...

Lynn, this sounds delicious! I'm so glad you came by for my cookie exchange. My motto is, "It's never to late to link!" These sound so good, and a very unique treat!

December 12, 2008 at 6:12 AM  
Blogger The Chatty Housewife said...

I have got to try these! They look so yummy. I would top each one with an almond before dipping them in chocolate so they are like the real thing!

December 26, 2008 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

The Chatty Housewife, what a great idea! I'll bet the almond in it would be yummy.

December 26, 2008 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger The Chatty Housewife said...

Dark chocolate would be awesome too.... doesn't Mounds have a dark chocolate version? I can't remember.

December 27, 2008 at 10:30 AM  
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