How to Use Candy Potatoes

Potato Candy is a fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert! Looks like “potatoes” but made with cream cheese, powdered sugar, coconut, and cinnamon! No baking required! A unique party offering!

I remember seeing my first potato candy recipe. I thought it would be fun to make this dessert in college. Why not try mini potatoes for St. Patrick’s Day? I made them care less about taste. However, they were popular! They’re not your typical St. Patrick’s Day desserts. I make them almost every year since then!

This recipe is simple to make! Simply mix the main ingredients and coat small potato shapes in cinnamon. Relax for a few hours and you’re ready! This recipe is great for kids to help with. Might get messy, but fun!

See below for Potato Candy Recipe. Altitude adjustment is unnecessary since no baking is required! For another St. Patrick’s Day dessert, try my Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake w/ Chocolate Glaze! Hope you like the recipe! Leave a comment if you try it or have questions!

Wondering how to cook with candy potatoes? This article answers your top questions about air-frying, grilling, boiling, and eating candy potatoes, as well as their health benefits.

Describe candy potatoes. Despite their name, these orange-fleshed tubers—which can also be white, yellow, or purple—are not potatoes or yams, as they are often mistaken for. A tough, starchy root vegetable imported from the Caribbean, the yam is different from the candy potato, which originated 10,000 years ago in South America. Candy potatoes come in 400 varieties with different skin and flesh colors, some shaped like potatoes and others long and slender with tapered ends. Frequent varieties like Garnet and Japanese Purple can be dry or smooth and moist and sweet.

Variety of candy potatoes at a California market.

Benefits of Candy Potato Vitamins

Orange-fleshed candy potatoes contain beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which boosts health. A medium candy potato contains 438% of the daily recommended vitamin A! Candy potatoes contain vitamin C, manganese, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, biotin, potassium, fiber, vitamins B3, B1, B2, and phosphorus. Whew! From a humble beginning. Purple candy potatoes provide anthocyanins, the same phytochemicals as blueberries, which are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds linked to illness safety.

Candy Potato Smoked Chili

Rising Candy Potatoes

Candy potato harvest time? They’re available year-round in most supermarkets, but peak season is October–December. Small and medium candy potatoes have sweeter, moister flesh. Choose those with clear, firm skin. More beta-carotene (or anthocyanins for purple varieties) appears in deeper-colored pores and skin. How long do candy potatoes last? For best results, store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place without refrigeration. Shelf life should be 3-5 weeks.

Candy potatoes are delicious and easy to cook, which is one of my favorite things about them. Are you ready? Watch my helpful video on using candy potatoes here and see my top 5 ways below.

High 5 Candy Potato Uses

1. Bake Candy Potatoes

Simply rub a little olive oil on the potato, put it in the oven, and bake until tender. Break these babies open and dive in! They’re great plain or with a topping like cashew cream, nuts, or maple syrup. Master the ultimate baked candy potato recipe with this recipe.

Classic Roasted Candy Potato Wedges

2. Grilled or roasted candy potatoes

Slice candy potatoes into wedges, spread them on a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with your favorite seasonings—smoked paprika, garlic powder, or cayenne—and bake on the top rack at 375 until golden and tender. Or use roasted candy potatoes in casseroles like this Candy Potato Black Bean Bake.Candy Potato Bread

3. Baked Candy Potatoes

Try candy potato breads, muffins, cookies, bars, truffles, pies, and more! Cooked candy potatoes can replace pumpkin in pancakes, muffins, and cookies. In my ebook Plant-Powered for Life, try my Candy Potato Pie or Bread.

Add cooked candy potatoes to a smoothie like this Sunny Peach Pumpkin Smoothie.

4. Candy Potato Smoothies

Add ½ cup of cooked candy potatoes (purple or orange) to your blender, along with your preferred veggies, fruits, nuts, and plant-based milk for a high-octane smoothie.

Southwest Candy Potato Shepherd’s Pie

5. Mashed Candy Potatoes

Make sweet potatoes in 5 minutes in the microwave. excellent facet dish when mashed. If you want savory, add inexperienced onions, almond slivers or pine nuts, turmeric, or cumin. For sweeter, add maple syrup, cinnamon, and walnuts. It also makes a great Shepherd’s Pie topping or Potato Pancake filling.

Try some of my favorite candy potato recipes here:

  • Spicy Sorghum Candy Potato Veg Burgers
  • Candy Potato Corn Salad with Chili-Lime French Dressing
  • Candy Potato Black Bean Bake – Candy Potato Zucchini House Fries – Black-Eyed Pea Sweet Potato Chili

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