Homemade candy is delicious and inexpensive, and it makes fantastic gifts for all occasions. Try this easy potato candy made with cream cheese and shredded coconut. It is coated in cinnamon and sugar, and it is simply delicious. This tasty treat is great for holiday celebrations, family get-togethers, potluck meals, and more. Give it a try!
To make coconut potato candy you will need a small spud. A small potato is sufficient because even a small one will make a lot of candy. Also required is shredded coconut, a small package of cream cheese, a pound of powdered sugar, and a mixture of cinnamon and granulated sugar. These ingredients will not need to be measured because they will be added little by little until achieving the desired consistency. The only other necessary items are a pan for boiling the potato, water, a peeler, a mixing bowl, a spoon, and container with a tight-fitting lid.
This is one of the easiest types of candy to make. The preparation method does not require the use of a thermometer, and dirty dishes will be few.
Begin by heating enough water to completely cover a quartered potato. While the water is heating, peel the potato. Add it to the water, and allow the potato to boil until it is soft. Remove it from the water, and allow it to cool before continuing to make the coconut candy.
Next, mash the potato with a fork, and add about two tablespoons of cream cheese. As previously mentioned, measuring is not necessary. Add more or less according to personal preference. Add more and the coconut candy will taste similar to classic cheesecake. Add less and the candy will have a slight cream cheese flavor that will not be overwhelming. To achieve the perfect combination, experiment with ingredient amounts.
After adding cream cheese to the mashed potato, add a little shredded coconut. Do not add too much since it will soak up the moisture in the potato, and the candy cannot be too dry. One-quarter to one-half cup is sufficient.
The next step involves adding the powdered sugar. To make delicious coconut potato candy, add it a little at a time until the coconut, cream cheese, and potato mixture is no longer sticky but still pliable like modeling clay.
Roll the dough into balls about one-inch in diameter, and cover them in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Store the coconut candy in a container with a tight-fitting lid, and keep it refrigerated. Eat it within a week and be sure to share it with a friend. More than likely they will want the recipe for this tasty coconut potato candy rolled in mouthwatering cinnamon and sugar.