These days when we all have harvests to put up, it is really refreshing to find something totally new.  This week I went to drop off some people at the Workman home.  I was handed a bag of candy pinwheels and asked to taste it.  My goodness, it was a sweet vanilla flavor with peanut butter filling.  “It’s Potato candy,” Jessie told me.  Well, I had never heard of potato candy.  So I had to get the recipe so that we could share it with everyone in Grow Appalachia.  Here on Big Ugly people have been making this for generations, it seems.  The Workman family was surprised that I had never heard of it.

I’m pretty sure that we can dream up some additional variations of this easy-to-make confection that is a holiday treat here on Big Ugly.

Jessie’s Potato Candy

  • ¼ cup potatoes, mashed
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 lb. confectioner’s sugar (reserve one Tbsp for dusting
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter

Mix potatoes, milk, vanilla and salt.  Stir in confectioner’s sugar until the consistency of dough.  Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.  Sprinkle reserved sugar on wax paper.  Roll dough into a large rectangle. Spread with peanut butter and roll the candy into a log, rather like a jelly roll.  Slice into pinwheels.

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Slice and enjoy!

Slice and enjoy!


This simple candy can be made with preschool age children.  They love it and love making it.