Irish Potato Candy


Irish Potato Candy

Irish Potato Candy
30 to 36
1 Hr

Don't let the name fool 'ya. Our Irish Potato Candy is a sweet treat that doesn't contain potatoes at all, they just look like 'em. Be warned, this easy candy recipe is so addictive you're likely to eat the whole batch!

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (see Note)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (16-ounce) package confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (7-ounce) package sweetened flaked coconut (about 2-1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla and confectioners' sugar and beat until mixture forms a ball. With a spoon, stir in coconut. Roll mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies, or roll into small balls. 
  2. Place cinnamon in a shallow dish. Roll balls in cinnamon then place on a baking sheet, cover, and chill about 1 hour, or until firm.


  • Make sure to use regular cream cheese, not a whipped or reduced-fat type. And if you prefer "dirtier potatoes," roll the candies a second time in additional cinnamon once chilled.
  • And in case you're looking for an easier St. Patty's day dinner, try our delicious Skillet Corned Beef and Cabbage!


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I have a question. How to store these candies and for how long can they be kept? I'd like to mail a batch to a friend, it may take three days to reach her though. Can you tell me if they'd be alright to send in mail? Thanks!

Hi Vondie! These would need to be stored in the refrigerator when not serving them. That being said we do NOT recommend sending a batch in the mail has they have butter and cream cheese and will likely go bad.

Taste great and easy to make.

Howard.. been noticing a band or bracelet type on your right wrist is this some sort of monitoring system? perhaps for activity or for the heart? just curious thank You

Hi there! The blue wristband that Howard wears is a fashion accessory that says, "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!"

I can't believe i came across this recipe! I'm looking for Christmas snacks and this brings back memories. I used to make these as a kid growing up in Philly. I relocated years ago to Oklahoma and no one here has every heard of them. The cinnamon is not too strong because it's all sugar on the inside. However, The Philadelphia Irish created this recipe and you must like coconut with this one.

I wonder if plain cinnamon might be to strong

I will try it

NO potato in potato candy?????

LILMAC, I agree. I think nuts would be good in this recipe, even if you use the coconut.

I don't like coconut. So the rice crispy sounds great. Course u could just make potatoe candy. Yum Yum!

This sounds great! But, I am allergic to coconut. What would you suggest as a substitute?

good question, I'd like a reply to this too!

How about chopped nuts ?

I bet you can use rice crispies.


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