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Monday, December 14, 2009

Tator Candy, Family Tradition....

picture made last year....
Hi ladies, I am taking a break from painting and letting some of my candy get cool so I can put it in cans to store and thought I'd drop by with my Tator Candy recipe, it is a must at my house every year.
My Mom learned to make this while she lived in New Orleans when I was a baby and Sis and I helped make it every year. It was one of the cheapest and easiest candies to make.
My boys love it and look forward to me making it every year. The year I was so sick and couldn't make it, the boys got together and made some for the Christmas dinner.
I haven't made it yet, this year or I'd showed pictures....step by step...

Tator and Peanut Butter Candy
1 large baked potato
2 or 3 lbs bags of powdered sugar, depending on size of potato may need more or less.
jar peanut butter, I like crunchy, DH likes smooth
1tb spoon vanilla favoring
red & green food coloring...optional

peel potato while it is still warm, I simply cut it in half and scoop the insides out. place in large bowl, add vanilla flavoring
start adding sifted powder sugar to potato it will be runny at first, the more powdered sugar you add the firmer the mixture will get, keep adding until dough is consistency of biscuit dough, don't get mixture too stiff.
Then flour counter or large cutting board with powdered sugar and roll out with rolling pin to about 1/2 in. thick.... spread with a thin coat of peanut butter and roll up like a pin wheel, slice the roll into desired thickness. place in can or storage container and refrigerate, can keep for several weeks, but I can assure you it won't last that long..
If you want to make it more festive divide dough into several peices before rolling out and add a drop or 2 of food coloring of your choice to dough them roll out. and finish as directed above.
Hope you enjoy...
Merry Christmas


  1. Good heavens, candy from POTATOES...Molly you always amaze...what is next, GATOR candy???!!!

  2. I love this stuff but have never had the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh my gosh Molly... it must be a Mississippi thing... I had an aunt from Tylertown that made this candy every year... I liked it until I found out what it was made from (potatoes)... LOL... I've thought of it a couple of time in the last 40 years, but I never knew there was an actual recipe! maybe I'll try it for my Polish husband this year... I just won't tell him whats in it!

  4. wow never heard of such a thing up North here, LOL and that is just one potatoe with all that sugar, my oh my. must try it. hmmmm

  5. Sounds very interesting Molly. Never heard of it before.

  6. Well...if this just isn't the darndest thing...tater candy, who knew? You southern folks, are well....different! He hee.

  7. I've never heard of tater candy; thanks for teaching me, Molly.

  8. I've got to try that candy! It sounds so unique! I love Christmas traditions. Have a lovely week!

  9. Okay I'm reading the blogs from bottom to top and here here the recipe. Thank you. I made a hard copy of it. Sounds yummy!


  10. My goodness, Molly...yum...this sounds so good! It's definitely different than any recipe I've tried, but I'm going to do it...I love potatoes, so why not in candy?

    God bless, and Merry Christmas!



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