Depression Era Potato Candy

depression era potato candy

Money was tight. Sweet tooths were still alive and well. Potatoes were plentiful. The answer was potato candy.


  • 1 large russet potato
  • A small pot-o-water
  • 2-pound bag of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)

Peel and cut potato. Boil until soft enough to poke a fork through very easily. Strain water and mush potato well. Add enough powdered sugar to make a clay-like candy you can form into, well, potatoes. Coat each one with a light dusting of cocoa powder or cinnamon. Cut a few almost all the way in half. Color a small amount of dough with yellow food coloring and make into tiny butter cubes. Place inside cut “potatoes”. Super-fun for kids.

If you like coconut, you can also add coconut to this dough and then dip formed balls into melted chocolate for a homemade Mound’s candy bar treat.

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2 thoughts on “Depression Era Potato Candy”

  • Hi, I am the Educational Coordinator for a historic museum in Ga. In June we will be having Kid’s Kitchen which will be focusing on Depression Era foods. This recipe will be PERFECT. I know the kids will love it! Thank you so much 🙂

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