Fresh Baked Friday: Blueberry Potato Candy

I'm currently gallivanting around Aroostook county enjoying the Maine Potato Blossom Festival and learning all about this incredible part of the state. I thought it would only be appropriate that this week's Fresh Baked Friday feature a delicious potato recipe. 

I could have chosen baked potatoes, fries, mashed potatoes or potato salad. But instead I found a recipe for potato candy and decide to give it the ol' Kylie remix. 

Maine potato candy, more commonly known as Needhams, are tasty coconut treats created with cold mashed potatoes. I decided to add a little bit more of Maine's well-known produce to this dessert with my homemade blueberry syrup. 

I hope you enjoy my spin on a old-fashioned Maine treat.

Blueberry Potato Candy

4 cups powdered sugar
4 cups flaked coconut, sweetened
3/4 cup cold mashed potatoes (no butter or milk added)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup blueberries, cleaned
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup water
1lb dark chocolate
1 tbsp shortening

 

  1. Combine sugar, coconut, mashed potatoes, vanilla extract and salt in a large bowl. You may need to employ your hands to get the mixture completely combined. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, agave nectar and water over medium-high heat until it boils. Reduce heat and simmer while stirring for about 3 minutes until the mixture is deep purple in color and the blueberries are soft. 
  3. Pour cooled blueberry mixture into a blender and blend until smooth. 
  4. Add 1/4 cup of the blueberry syrup to the coconut mixture and stir to completely combine ingredients. 
  5. Pour mixture into 9" by 9" pan lined with foil. Allow to chill for several hours. Overnight in the freezer is best.
  6. When coconut is fully chilled, slice into 2" by 2" sections. (I wanted mine to be more like truffles so I rolled them into balls.)
  7. Melt dark chocolate and shortening in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring often. 
  8. Once chocolate is smooth, dip coconut squares or balls into the chocolate with a fork and coat evenly. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and chill until chocolate is hardened.

 

You'll have a bit of blueberry syrup leftover with this recipe. Put it in a jar and save it for pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt or even milk. 

What are some of your favorite recipes using potatoes?

Kylie K.