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Potato candy spiders give a spooky fun twist to an old fashioned potato candy recipe. If you’re a crafty sort, this is a fun and tasty project for Halloween!

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Spooky Potato Candy Spiders

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.

What is Potato Candy?

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.

Potato Candy Spiders on a white plate

The BEST Potatoes Come From Idaho

Genuine Idaho® potatoes are grown in the state with the most ideal soil for the job, producing the spuds with the best taste and texture. Make sure you look for the “Idaho® Potato” and “Grown in Idaho®” seals which ensure that you’re getting the real deal. Did you know that a medium potato has a little more than 100 calories, almost half your RDA of vitamin C  plus potassium and vitamin B6? And we all know how versatile potatoes can be. Heck, I’m making a delicious dessert with them! Coconut fans, you will love these spiders!

Note: For a non-crafty person like me, I’d recommend using chocolate chips, which have a longer setting time, over melting wafers. It was tedious to try to get all the legs and eyes positioned before the coating dried.

A couple of things you may need to make the potato candy spiders:

Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate

OXO Good Grips Swivel Vegetable Peeler

More Halloween Treats:

Potato Candy Spiders

The Recipe: Potato Candy Spiders

A yummy coconut and potato confection dipped in chocolate then decked out for Halloween.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Yield 50


  • 3/4 cup cold, well mashed Idaho® potatoes (I used a ricer. Do not add salt, milk, butter, etc.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, melted
  • 1/2 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


  1. Peel, cut and boil potatoes till very tender. Mash or rice, then add salt.
  2. 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.
  3. Melt melting wafers with shortening (if using) according to package instructions.
  4. 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.
  5. Dip balls into coating and place on sheet of waxed paper. Quickly add eyes and legs.

This is a recipe for you crafty folks. If you're more like me, feel free to make just a few spiders for effect, and use the rest of the ingredients for coconut bonbons.


Yield depends on size of spiders.

May cut recipe in half.

Total time does not include chilling time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g


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57 comments on “Potato Candy Spiders”

  1. I’ve been looking forward to your recipe since you posted what you were going to make, Liz. These turned out so cute! I actually have heard of mashed potato candy before but have never made it. You did a great job, and I love the googly eyes on your spiders.

  2. These are so cute, Liz! My little guy would have so much fun making them!

  3. Potato candy covered in chocolate? I’m all over it. Pass me the platter please!

  4. I am beyond impressed Liz…these are adorable! So creative!

  5. Ouauu! These looks terrorific! So scaring idea 😉

  6. OH! They are so adorable! I love the idea! I’d never eat them! They’re way too pretty!:)

  7. Very cute! And I’m sure they’re pretty darn tasty too:@)

  8. So sweet! I would have never thought to use potatoes in a dessert. These look like so much fun for Halloween!

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