Irish potato candy resembles a potato but is not a potato at all! It is a candy made of cream cheese and sugar rolled into a circular ball and coated with cinnamon!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
St. Patrick's Day is always on March 17th in memory of Saint Patrick of Ireland. Ireland celebrates with lots of green, parades, and special foods including shepherd's pie, corn beef, Irish soda bread, any form of green food and Irish potatoes.
Isn't that a funny fact? Irish potatoes are from Philadelphia, not even from Ireland but they seem to be a St. Patrick's Day favorite food in our family!
Irish potatoes used to my grandfathers all time FAVORITE St. Patrick's Day food! Meals at my grandparents house were an overjoyed plethora of food to feed an army. Grand-mom would have a gorgeous table setting filled with a cold cut platter, potato salad, various pasta dishes, jello salads, cake and candy – you name it, she had it for us! And these creamy homemade candies are truly something to be talked about.
My mom gave me the recipe and what we discovered is the best way to make them is to roll the cream cheese balls into the cinnamon instead of tossing them in a bag of cinnamon to coat. Coating them in a bag makes them a bit too “cinnaminy” if that is even a word. Lesson learned.
They totally resemble a small potato. White on the outside and coated in a light brown outer layer. You can roll them into an oval shape to really resemble a potato or I like to just roll them into circular balls as well.
While I was shooting a video of making these and chocolate covered homemade mounds I set them aside. As soon as I finished shooting the video I turned around to see that my Irish potato candy balls went missing. Both boys sneaked into the kitchen to help themselves to six of them when I was not looking!
How to make Irish potatoes:
- Mix together all the ingredients in a mixer, except the cinnamon.
- Roll into small circular balls.
- Coat with cinnamon
That is it, so simple and these are a must make anytime!
“Irish potato candy contain no potatoes and are not from Ireland, despite its name.”
Our grocery store started carrying Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese in which I am totally obsessed! It has 4 times more protein and half the fat of regular cream cheese! I have made Irish potato candy with that and they turn out slightly softer but still delicious. For maximum flavor use full fat cream cheese and not whipped. These can also be made super tiny, but I chose to make giant size St. Patrick's Day Irish potato candies.
These Irish potatoes are:
- And soothes a sweet tooth with only a tiny bite!
Irish Potato Candy For St. Patrick's Day
- Prepare a baking pan by lining it with parchment paper. In a mixture combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and coconut until combined. Roll into balls or oval shape to resemble a potato and place on parchment paper lined baking pan. Place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
- Roll each ball into cinnamon and place on the parchment lined pan. Continue for each ball and store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.