3 Ingredient Old Fashioned Potato Candy (no bake)

Easy 3 ingredient old fashioned potato candy (no bake) is such a delicious and addictive treat – perfect for peanut butter lovers and neighbor gifts! 

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Holidays are the perfect time to enjoy oldies but goodies. My mom is a fantastic candy maker and one of the things I look forward to the very most about this season is getting to taste her incredible confections. Her soft caramels, peanut brittle, and English toffee are practically famous and everybody begs for a sample of each batch she makes. I’ve tried to replicate some of her treats but no one makes it quite like she does. I guess that’s just how it goes when you’ve been making candy for 40 years!

3 Ingredient Old Fashioned Potato Candy (no bake) | lecremedelacrumb.com

This is one old fashioned Christmas candy you just can’t mess up though. It’s only three ingredients (four if you’re feelin’ craaaaazy) and no bake. I repeat NO BAKE. The only thing that even requires heat is a little bit of boiling for the potato. And while we are on that note… POTATO in candy??? Sounds nuts doesn’t it??

I thought so to but it absolutely works and no it doesn’t taste like potato at the end. The starch in the potato is what turns regular old powdered sugar into something resembling fudge or divinity. It’s a little bit of Christmas candy magic I tell ya.

3 Ingredient Old Fashioned Potato Candy (no bake) | lecremedelacrumb.com

The traditional way to make this potato candy is to spread peanut butter in the center, but it’s 2016 and we live on the edge so if you have a particular affection for cookie butter or something similar, use that! This no bake potato candy is absolutely addictive and makes the perfect party treat or neighbor gift. Try it out! You’ll loooove it.

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3 Ingredient Old Fashioned Potato Candy (no bake)

Easy 3 ingredient old fashion potato candy (no bake) is such a delicious and addictive treat - perfect for peanut butter lovers and neighbor gifts!
Course Dessert
Keyword candy, potato
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 24
Author Tiffany


  • 1 small potato (should fit in a 1 cup measuring cup, you can also use half of a medium potato) peeled and cut into 1-2 inch pieces (alternate option: 1/2 cup plain mashed potatoes)
  • 6-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (or cookie butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)


  • Place potato in a smal pot, cover with water, and boil until very tender. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Mash (or use a hand mixer) until smooth and lump-free.
  • Add 4 cups powdered sugar and mix until blended (will be a sticky mess and this point). If opting to use vanilla, mix in now. Mix in more powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until mixture is very thick (slightly thicker than cookie dough).
  • Lay down a large sheet of wax paper and sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Transfer candy mixture to the wax paper and sprinkle the top with more powdered sugar. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick rectangle.
  • Spread peanut butter evenly over candy. Roll tightly (long side toward long side), then wrap in the wax paper. Cut in half crosswise and put the two halves inside a large resealable bag. Seal the bag and chill for at least 30 minutes until firm, or until about 30 minutes before ready to serve.
  • Unwrap candy and slice into 1-inch thick slices and serve or store in airtight container, chilled, up to 2 weeks.


Serving size: one piece each (makes about 24 pieces)


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Love this stuff. My great grandmother taught me how to make it when I was a kid. We always asked for mashed potato candy when we visited. She lived through the depression, and never liked things to go to waste, so we would use leftover mashed potatoes from dinner. This recipe brought back some very fond memories!

    I grew up with this candy too and love it!!! Yes, great memories. I am making some today with my granddaughter! Hope she does the same one day too! 🙂

I love this stuff! My great grandmother taught me how to make it when I was a kid. When we visited, we would always ask for mashed potato candy. She lived through the depression and did not like to see food go to waste, so we would always use leftover mashed potatoes from dinner. This recipe brought back a lot of very fond memories of my great grandmother!

This recipe for Patoto Candy sounds very interesting, and something I’d like to try: but I have a question regarding the instructions.

You mention boiling the patotos, then placing them in a bowl and adding powdered sugar, but there is no mention of “mashing” the potatos. My assumption is that I would do that prior to adding the powdered sugar. Am I correct in my assumption? Also, would utilizing Instant Mashed Potatoes work with this recipe?

Thank you for all your efforts and please keep up the GREAT WORK.

    Thanks so much for catching that Tom, that was a typo on my part – I updated the recipe to include that! 🙂

    Yes Tom mash the potatoe before asding the powdered sugar and yes yiu can use a cup of plain mashed potato instead. This stuff is awesome my mother used to make it every year

    Yes it does…see part 1

      Not that it matters, but if you look at Tiffany’s reply comment to me; right after my posted comment, you’ll see that it didn’t originally mention mashing the potatoes, and that Tiffany actually thanked me for catching the typo. She also said she would make the corrections; which is the copy you saw.

    I have made it with instant before it works fine. and yes mash before adding con.sugar.

My mom made these for us kids at Christmas time fifty years ago. Brings back happy memories.

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This is amazing. I am into cookie butter this season, too ! Thank you for this lovely idea ! Have a pleasant week !

    What is cookie butter?

      Trader Joe sells it, I don’t think anyplace else does, it’s like peanut butter made out of cookies. A lot of people just love it. It doesn’t taste like peanut butter, it is hard to describe. I am not that crazy about it but I have a few friends who go nuts over it. It’s reasonably priced .

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OMG! I come from a German background and this candy was made every year since I can remember, and I’m 59! This was the only candy my Dad made(everything else was Mom’s dept!), for Christmas every year. This is always my favorite! Thank you for this great recipe!! We never used potatoes, but I’m going to try this!

    What did you use if not Potatoes?

Looks so amazing. I am going to try making some, maybe a little chocolate over the peanutbutter.

    What else would be good instead of the Peanut butter? Yummy!! I love this candy!! Thank you for the recipe!!!! 😉

      Nutella, jam, jelly, warm melted chocolate chips.

My oldest sister used to make this. It just didn’t get any better than this for Christmas candy. So addicting. Explains why I have diabetes today. Still it was just great.

I use this dough to make chocolate covered cherries and chocolate covered mints

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    We’ve made homemade peppermint patties with this dough.

      This is awesome!!

Can you make this with sweet potato?

Microwave cooks the potato faster and jif peanut butter is the best to use for potato candy

    5 stars
    I recently discovered WHIPPED peanut butter. AWESOME !! I will use that .

      Whipped peanut butter is an absolute staple in my house!!!

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I am made this for my grandchildren with food allergies. I modified the recipe to make “potato candy buckeyes” which will be gluten free/dairy free. I mixed flaked coconut into the batter and let chill for a couple of hours. After the batter set up I rolled it into balls and dipped into ‘Enjoy Life’ GF/DF melted chocolate. I placed each dipped ball on a wax paper covered cookie sheet and put in the fridge until good and firm. Once I was confident they would remain intact – I packaged in cute candy bags.

Thank you for this post. This was a huge part of my childhood. My mom, who’s been gone for 3 years ,made it for special occasions and every hesitant taste tester swore they wouldn’t like it, devoured it with enthusiasm, and then asked for some to take home. And you’re so right, an annual tin of gifted potato candy makes for great neighbors!
Your blogging style is simply perfect; a beautiful trip down memory lane without having to read too long, due credit to your lovely mom and a “you can’t mess this up” recipe. Thank you for sharing your talents!

I was introduced to Potato Candy in School. It was served all through the school year. Loved it!

I my goodness! I haven’t made this in years. Thanks for reminding me how good it is.

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Oh, my goodness. Haven’t thought about this in years. I will have to make it again soon. Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful treat.

I’m 64 & this recipe goes back at least 4 generations in our family. But we never used a potato. We used milk or condensed milk.

    That is also how I remember it. My grandmother used to make it for us when we visited. Can you tell me how to make it w/cream, how much or just pour until it holds together

We made this at least 70years ago. Had limited funds so leftover mashed potatoes were often used. My daughter makes it now as does my grand daughter. Thanks for the memories.

My great-great-great-grandmother brought it from Pennsylvania and everybody makes it in my family the cheapest candy can make you can be put chocolate in it peanut butter and jelly coconut nuts Oreo cookies peppermint candy canes crunched up anything you crunch up input on this candy this candy can make

Do you have to let the potato cool before adding the sugar?

    I was wondering the same thing

    No! It’s kind of like fudge in the sense that the longer you let it sit, the harder it is to stir or roll. don’t let the potato cool, whatever you do.

I also add food coloring such as 1/2 red and 1/2 green for Christmas. It is very rich so don’t eat too much at one time. I always add a little vanilla also. Creme de la Crum, such a fancy name for plain old potato candy, but some would try it better that way. I also like the idea of adding flaked coconut.

We’ve always used crunchy peanut butter for this. And pick a small potato, you’ll be shocked how much powdered sugar it takes to make it a doughy consistency.

No need for potatoes. Cream, powdered sugar and peanut butter are the only things needed.

I think you could use Nutella.

I so want to try this with my class, it’s candy science week, what better time!

Absolutely beautiful!

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I have never tried this candy. I love trying new food, thank you for sharing the recipe! Can’t wait to try it.

This recipe is over 150 years old. I use to cook and make treats from mid 19th century for Civil War re enactors. Also did treats for several Georgia State Parks functions over the years and this so good.

my mom who has just passed away in oct..had a recipe for potato covered sweets she would make the potatoes and then cover a nut or cherry and then coat it in chocolate does anyone know this recipe

OMG!!! Thank you so much for this recipe. Two sweet old ladies used to make this for me and my brothers & sisters when we were young, I have missed it and been looking for it to share with my granddaughter. thank you!!!

    Super excited that you’ve found this recipe, Theresa! I hope that you and your granddaughter love these candies!

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My Mother 🙏🏻 Made this potato candy when i was in high school in the ‘60’s! It was great & so easy to make. Thanks for the recipe! If you lIke very sweet stuff, you will love this!!

    Super excited that you were able to recreate what your mother made years ago!! Thanks for your feedback!

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One day, I pressed my aunts to teach me what my grandmother made since I was a child. I loved these! she also would roll them into balls and dip into chocolate. the balls would be any flavoring. add chopped nuts helps with the granulated potato texture, my favorite was maple pecan!

    Dipping in chocolate is a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing, Diana!

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My grandmother taught me how to make this when I was a little girl. (I’m 54 now!) Over the years I’ve messed around with the recipe by adding different things. One year I added cocoa to the mix. Huge hit!! And I always add extra peanut butter. There’s no such thing as too much peanut butter!

    I completely agree with you- never too much peanut butter!! I bet cocoa was fabulous- I am going to try that!! Thanks for the idea, Thelma!

You can also use potato flakes instead of a boiled potato.

Mymix is really dry and crumbling what did I do wrong?

    Hi Bethany- I am not completely sure what you’ve done wrong… I haven’t had that issue! I am wondering if you’ve maybe added too much powdered sugar? Make sure that you add it about 1 cup at a time so that you don’t have too much!

I cannot get the dough to stick together. What am I doing wrong? All I have is a bunch of crumbs!

    Hi Jean- I haven’t had that issue before…but I am wondering if you’ve added too much powdered sugar!

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Oh wow I must try the potato candy. Never heard of this until I was just Bing search.. thank U for the easy recipe..

Made this many times, never chilled it and never ever cut it thicker than half inch! tastes so much better with vanilla! if you want you can add cocoa as you mix in the vanilla and then it tastes like a peanut butter cup!

    Awesome input, Teresa!! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

I will definitely be making these this weekend my momma rest her soul would make these for us kids every Christmas. I loved them ive not had them in almost 30 years.

    I hope that you love them, Peggy! What a great family memory 🙂

My Dad would make haystacks with potato mixture, make into balls and dip in chocolate. Mmmmm good.

    yummm! Sounds delicious!

Hi I was wondering if it mattered what kind of potatoe to use. Thank you.

    I typically use russet potatoes!

Hi I was wondering if it mattered what kind of potatoe to use. Thank you.


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