Enjoy the combination of sweet and savory in this classic Potato Fudge. Adding mashed potatoes to shredded coconut and dark chocolate creates a sweet candy that will have everyone thinking they're eating a Mounds bar.
Yes, you read the title of this post right. This delicious fudge actually has mashed potatoes in it.
I found this recipe in an old Wilton candy cookbook years ago. At first I wasn't sure because who combines fudge and mashed potatoes? That's almost as strange as using candy corn to make homemade Butterfingers...
Then I realized this was actually a coconut fudge, so I became intrigued. I had to know what a potato dessert tasted like. Turns out it's amazing and tastes like a Mounds candy bar.
Why You Will Love This
This easy potato fudge comes together in minutes with just a few ingredients, including mashed potatoes.
- This vintage recipe is a great way to use up leftover potatoes! Not seasoned, of course.
- The sweet flavor of coconut fudge topped with dark chocolate will remind you of a Mounds candy bar.
- No one will EVER guess the secret ingredient in this creamy fudge is actually a potato.
A few basic ingredients, plus a baked potato, can be combined together to make a creamy coconut potato fudge that will blow your mind.
- Baked Potato - Remove the skin from one medium baked potato and mash it to get ½ cup of potatoes.
- Butter - Adds some creaminess and flavor to the fudge. I usually use unsalted butter, so I can control the amount of salt. If you are using salted, skip the salt in the recipe.
- Powdered Sugar - Sweetens and thickens the mixture.
- Shredded Coconut - You can use unsweetened or sweetened coconut for this recipe.
- Salt & Vanilla Extract - Helps to balances out the sweetness and adds flavor.
- Dark Chocolate Chips - Chocolate makes everything better.
BruCrew Tip: Use your extra coconut and chocolate to make these key lime coconut patties.
How to Make Potato Fudge
This sweet mashed potato fudge recipe comes together quickly in just a few simple steps. It's literally so easy to do!
- Scoop the flesh from a baked potato, mash it with a fork, and measure out ½ cup. Heat it up in a microwave safe bowl; add butter and beat until smooth.
- Add salt and vanilla and beat it again.
- Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, a little bit at a time, until a dough forms with the potato mixture.
- Add the shredded coconut and mix again. The mixture will be very stiff.
- Butter a foil lined 8x8 pan. Press the coconut fudge firmly into the bottom of the pan using parchment paper to make it even.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl; spread it evenly on top of the fudge. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before cutting.
BruCrew Tip: To make clean cuts in fudge, run a sharp knife under hot water and dry it off in between EACH cut. It takes extra time, but it makes perfect squares.
On the Counter - The potato candy will keep for 3-4 days at room temperature in an air tight container.
In the Refrigerator - Place the fudge in an air tight container in the fridge for 6-7 days.
In the Freezer - Wrap the entire block of fudge in plastic wrap and foil; place in a freezer safe bag in the freezer for 1-2 months. Remove and thaw overnight in the fridge. Cut into squares right before you serve it.
Tips and Variations
- For a peanut butter twist add creamy peanut butter to the mixture before adding coconut.
- Use white chocolate for the topping instead of the dark chocolate.
- Add ¼ cup chopped almonds to the top of the chocolate before it sets if you like Almond Joy bars.
- Turn this fudge into potato candy. Press the mixture out very thin between parchment paper. Spread peanut butter on it, then roll it up into a log. Refrigerate a few hours, then cut into slices.
- Make coconut truffles by rolling the mixture into small balls, then roll them in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, or dip in melted chocolate.
Yes, the secret ingredient in this fudge recipe is mashed potatoes. It adds a creaminess to the coconut fudge.
Yes, mix together the flakes and hot water and let it set up and cool before using.
If you do not like coconut, leave it out. You may need to add just a little more powdered sugar to thicken it up more before pressing it in a pan.
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*The post for mashed potato fudge was first published December 2008. It was updated and republished January 2023.