We have different ways of using leftover mashed potatoes. Husband Gene’s favorite is potato cakes. You also can make potato salad. 

But, did you know that you also can make candy?!

I worked with a woman who made this candy. We had to taste it before she would tell us what it was. LaDonna did that a lot.

Going through Mom’s recipes, I found that she had a recipe for this candy. LaDonna left her candy plain. Mom covered hers with chocolate. 

Mashed Potato Candy

1 cup mashed potatoes, cool or use leftovers

1 heaping tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 pound flaked coconut (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 to 2 pounds powered sugar

• Add vanilla and butter to potatoes, then work in powered sugar a little at a time. Dough will be very stiff. 

• Shape into balls by rolling between the palms of the hand. Place on waxed paper. 

• When firm and dry, dip into chocolate dip mixture.

Chocolate Dip

• Melt 1/4 pound paraffin with 12 ounces chocolate chips in double boiler. 

• Dip candy in mixture; drain on waxed paper. 

Jackie Lindley is a great-grandmother and retired Clark County, Ill., farmer. Send comments and recipes to her at 20472 E. 500th Road, West Union, IL 62477.

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