Published on March 5th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Irish Potatoes – A Wee Bit of Delicious Candy
One of the items I must make around St. Pat’s is Irish Potatoes, a candy that has nothing to do with Ireland, or potatoes! But, they are adorable, and so called because they look just like little potatoes. They are super easy to make, and they have flavors you just don’t find in the typical candy aisle. Cinnamon and coconut, maybe doesn’t sound all that great together, but it’s a really stellar combo and these little dumpling like truffles will keep them coming back for more.
This year I discovered a secret to making them even more delicious. I mixed the cinnamon with cocoa powder. Same color, but the cinnamon alone can have a strong flavor and the milder taste really enhances the candy.
You only need a few ingredients for these.
1 stick real butter
1 block – 8oz cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla- I enhance my vanilla with vanilla paste, that has real bean specks in it.
2 1/1 cups of coconut
4 cups confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons each- saigon cinnamon and cocoa powder.
First thing to do is soften your cream cheese and butter- you can microwave them for 10 seconds,
I also then add my vanilla.
Cream them together – that just means beat them together well.
Light and fluffy. Now add your coconut- it can be more or less, depending on your particular tastes. 2 1/2 cups is a good place to begin.
Mix well. Then add in your confectioners sugar. I keep my camera well away from that sugar dust. This is what your mixture will look like when finished.
Pop that baby in the fridge for an hour- any longer and you should cover it with saran wrap.When it’s cool enough, it will form balls that hold their shape and aren’t as sticky.
Mix your cinnamon and cocoa in a bowl. Then drop each candy in and coat with the powders.
You really cannot go wrong with rolling these into shape. You are going for a imperfect look. Potatoes look like lumpy things so get the minions to help, just make sure they try for ‘oblong’ or football shapes.
Continue making them until all the dough is used up. I got about 40 out of our batch, making 2 bite sized candies. But you could even get another dozen plus making smaller ones.
You can refrigerate these if the temps are pretty warm. Or you can put them in a container and keep them for a week or so. I wouldn’t know how long they last. They would never make it that long around here.