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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Beverly

    This candy is also common in the PA Dutch/ Berks County area. It’s a way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

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  2. Lowell Greene

    My wife has made “potato candy” for all our married life (55 years). Her mother (born 1920) made it and her mother (born 1880) made it. None were or are Amish, but my wife’s mother and grandmother were from the hills of Eastern Kentucky near Salyersville in Magoffin County, Big Lick Hollow to be exact. I don’t think “potato candy” is an Amish recipe, but it was a southern recipe that was made as a special treat at Christmas time. Where the Amish came upon that recipe, I have no idea.

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  3. Pat

    We love this.My mom made this every christmas when I was a kid,I still make it to this day.We are from western part of Ky

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    1. Kevin

      Ah, western Kentucky…been awhile since I’ve been that way…you near Paducah?

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  4. jean chinn

    I’ve made this candy since I was a little girl 50+ years ago. We would start with a med russet potato and rice it and then use evaporated milk, vanilla and powdered sugar for the “dough” roll 1/2 out and spread with peanut butter. Roll in long log and slice. We also dyed each 1/2 green or red for Christmas or pastel colors for spring. A southern thing.

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    1. Kevin

      good idea on the colors, nice festive touch!

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  5. vickie

    I love this candy. My Grandmother made out every Christmas. I’m from the hills of East Tennessee!

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  6. Vivian

    This is a Kentucky recipe for sure

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    1. Kevin

      Definitely seems to be some southern roots to it!

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  7. Jan

    Hi i’m from Jamestown NY in western New York State , home of Lucille Ball. My Mother made this candy every year for Christmas for gifts and for my 5 brothers and I. I am now 77 years of age and never miss making this for my children and grandchildren. My Mother grew up in Amish country in Pennsylvania near Lancaster. She always referred to the candy as Amish potato candy. My family and I look forward to making and of course eating it every Christmas Season. YUMMY,YUMMY. I also give it to special friends and relatives. They tell me it has become a special and yummy part of their Christmas Holidays also.

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    1. Kevin

      Hi, Jan, welcome to Amish365. Ah, I love Jamestown….last time I was there, I drove right by the Lucille Ball Museum downtown….and the mashed potato candy in the photo came from an Amish bakery near you….thanks for stopping by and sharing your potato candy story! – Kevin

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  8. Kim

    ACTUALLY. SOUNDS. GOOD. NICE WAY OF USING LEFT OVER MASHED. POTATOES

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    1. Kevin

      Yes, this is a tasty candy, welcome to Amish365, Kim!

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