Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Makes about 3 dozen

This old-school candy reminds us of divinity and other traditional homemade Southern sweets. The recipe is a testament to the genius of thrifty cooks who based the confection on leftover mashed potatoes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat mashed potato and next 3 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric mixer 2 minutes. Beat in 6 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Add up to 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, to form dough.

Step 2

Gather dough into a ball; dust with powdered sugar. Roll to 1/8 inch thick on parchment paper, and cut into a 12- x 10-inch rectangle. Generously sprinkle powdered sugar over dough, and place a piece of parchment paper over rectangle. Invert rectangle; discard parchment paper on top.

Step 3

Spread peanut butter over dough. Starting at 1 long side, tightly roll up candy, jelly-roll fashion, using parchment paper as a guide. Wrap in parchment paper, and freeze 1 hour. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and serve. Refrigerate sliced candy in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Ratings & Reviews

doglady1999's Review

December 15, 2014
I was taught to make this simple candy as a teenager by just boiling a baking potato whole and letting it cool. You would never know it was made with potato.


December 22, 2016
TOO much sugar. Dough cracked open as soon I tried to rolled it up with the peanut butter. Next time I will do as I watched my Mom do it. Once the dough is a little stiff I will stop with sugar.