Maine Potato Candy is made with a mashed potato but don’t let that scare you away. The candy doesn’t taste like a potato, but has a wonderful flavor. It’s also made with simple pantry ingredients and it’s over the top delicious!
- 3/4 cup warm mashed potato (about 1 large potato)
- 1 tablespoon soft butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 16 ounces of dark dipping chocolate (see notes below) or good quality chocolate bar
- Line a 9 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to hang at least an inch over the sides. Lightly butter the parchment paper and insides of the pan. Set aside.
- Add the mashed potato, butter, vanilla and salt to a large mixing bowl. Using a mixer, beat on medium speed until combined. Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the coconut and mix until well combined.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan, spreading it out evenly in the pan. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, remove the pan from the refrigerator. Grab the overhang of parchment paper and gently lift the candy from the pan. Cut the cold candy into 2 x 1 inch rectangular pieces. Place them on a parchment lined small baking sheet or pan, spacing them at about 1 inch apart. Cover tightly and freeze.
- Melt the candy in the microwave. Melt for 30 seconds, stop and stir the candy. Microwave for 15 seconds and stir again. Microwave for an additional 15 seconds if needed. Stir until melted and smooth.
- Dip the frozen bars of candy in the chocolate, allowing the excess chocolate to drip off. Place them on a waxed paper lined baking sheet and allow the chocolate to set.
- Once the chocolate is firm, store the candy in an airtight container. Candy should stay fresh for up to one week. After that the candy tends to start drying out on the inside.
- I used two 10-ounce bags of Ghirardelli chocolate wafers for one batch of these and had about 1/4 leftover. How much chocolate you use also depends on the size you make your pieces of candy.
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