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Subject: Speaking of Mashed Potatoes
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: Michael <Dog3[at]mindspring.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 11:18:02 -0600
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Mashed 'taters is a versatile dish.  You can to almost anything with them.
Let your imagination wander.  The following recipe landed in my mailbox from
one of my listserv groups.


Content Mail:
Today's Recipe: Mashed Potato Candy
Submitted by: Blanche V.

When I was first offered a taste of mashed potato candy I
thought to myself, "Eeew, how gross!" But as soon as I took
a taste, I had to eat my words -- and a ton of candy! This
was one of the best candies I'd ever tasted. I was in awe!
Potato? You would have never guessed. Don't tell people
what's in it and they'll never guess, either!


Ingredients:

3/4 cup mashed potatoes (hot)
2 lb. powdered (confectionary) sugar
1/4 lb. butter
7 oz. flaked coconut
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
12 oz. package chocolate chips
4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
1 slab of paraffin wax


Directions:

Place the sugar, coconut and salt in a bowl with the softened
butter. Add the potatoes and the vanilla. Mix well by hand.

Pack the mixture into a 9" x 13" pan. Place in the refrigerator
to cool. Then, cut into 1.5" squares.

In the meantime, melt the chocolate chips, baking chocolate,
and wax in a double boiler. Stir until no lumps remain.

Using a toothpick, dip the individual squares of candy into
the chocolate. Place on a piece of wax paper to cool.

* I only take a couple squares out of the refrigerator at a
  time so that they remain cold.

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From: Gabby <msmealey[at]nospam.hvgb.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 13:19:46 -0400
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I've also had those done up as pinwheels with peanut butter as the filling.
They do taste great!

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From: "Sharon L. Igoe" <sligoe[at]EYEx.netcom.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2001 16:15:50 -0500
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That's how we do it!  We boil a potato, mash it with butter until it's
absolutely smooth, put it in the fridge to cool.  When it's hard, take
it out of the fridge, add a bit of vanilla and a dash of salt, then mix
in confectioner's (powdered) sugar until a nice smooth dough is formed.
Roll out on a board sprinkled liberally with the powdered sugar, spread
with peanut butter (smooth works best---the dough is very tender) roll
up like a jelly roll and cut into slices.  Best when eaten soon and a
good quality peanut butter is used.  My mom made this for Christmas
every year--now I carry on the tradition!  Enjoy!

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From: Mary Pelis <mep[at]physics.umass.edu>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2001 13:27:14 -0500
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Boy! Did *you* just bring back a flood of memories with this recipe!  My mother
has been making potato fudge since the 60's! I haven't eaten it in years, but I
remember the wonderful contrast of the unsweetened chocolate and the coconut
sweet fudge underneath.  It has always been my brother's favorite Christmas
candy.  Thanks for the memory!

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From: Michael <Dog3[at]mindspring.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 12:51:12 -0600
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Mary Pelis wrote:
> Boy! Did *you* just bring back a flood of memories with this recipe!  My mother
> has been making potato fudge since the 60's! 
>  Thanks for the memory!

You are most welcome.  I made 'em once, delish.  It's bizarre the foods we
find appetizing sometimes isn't it?

Michael


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