The Sunday Supper gang has begun planning ahead for a marvelous Halloween celebration next month. And we’ve teamed up with the terrific folks from Idaho® potatoes to whip up some fun and scary recipes that you’ll be able to use for your spook-tacular gathering! There’s nothing creepier than spiders in my book, so I took an old-fashioned candy recipe and simply by adding legs and eerie eyes, transformed the bonbons into Potato Candy Spiders.
Have you heard of potato candy before? Well, I hadn’t either till I was looking for treats for a Maine themed event. “Needhams” date back to the colonial days and were popular in the northeast. Made with mashed potatoes and coconut, then dipped in chocolate, each bite will remind you of a Mounds Bars. There are slews of variations…some with cream cheese, some without. Some with butter, some without. But they must have potatoes, coconut and chocolate. One taste and you can see why they were dubbed Needhams…’cause you’ll NEED ‘EM once you taste ’em.
The BEST Potatoes Come From Idaho
- ¾ cup cold, well mashed Idaho® potatoes (I used a ricer. Do not add salt, milk, butter, etc.)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 pounds powdered sugar
- 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, melted
- ½ pound flaked coconut
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 12 ounces dark melting wafers or a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon shortening (optional, to thin melting wafers) or 1 tablespoon if using chocolate chips
- Pretzels, sprinkles or sugar eyes to decorate
- Peel, cut and boil potatoes till very tender. Mash or rice, then add salt.
- Melt butter in large bowl in microwave, then add potatoes, powdered sugar, coconut and vanilla. Mix well, then pat into a buttered 9 x 13 pan and chill till firm.
- Melt melting wafers with shortening (if using) according to package instructions.
- Cut chilled filling into squares and roll into balls. Have pretzels broken to "leg" size and sprinkles ready to go as coating hardens quickly. Use chocolate chips if you need more time to garnish.
- Dip balls into coating and place on sheet of waxed paper. Quickly add eyes and legs.
Halloween Potato Recipes from my Sunday Supper friends:
Fun and Spooky Potato Savory Bites:
- A Bowlful of Creepy Crawlies by kimchi MOM
- Bloody Mary Potatoes by The Messy Baker
- Devilish Potato Mummies by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas by Alida’s Kitchen
- Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Jalapeno Chili Stuffed Potato Mummies by Feed Me, Seymour
- Loaded Mashed Potato Spider Web Casserole by NeighborFood
- Mashed Potato Grave by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Mashed Potato Monsters by Ruffles & Truffles
- Monster Mash Potatoes by Curious Cuisiniere
- Roasted Potato Eyeballs by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Roasted Potato Graveyard by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Spooky Halloween Potatoes Graveyard by Clarks Condensed
- Spooky Spiderweb Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes by Rhubarb and Honey
- Stuffed Potato Spiders by Family Foodie
- Twice Baked Potato Graves by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Twice Baked Potato Mummies Covered with Roaches by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Fun and Spooky Potato Sweet Treats:
- Chocolate Potato Skull Cake by Magnolia Days
- Potato Candy Spiders by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Raspberry Ghoulash by Desserts Required
Thanks to our Terrific Sponsor: Idaho® Potatoes
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