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Potato candy spiders give a spooky fun twist to an old fashioned potato candy recipe.
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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!

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

Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate

OXO Good Grips Swivel Vegetable Peeler

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Potato Candy Spiders

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

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 50 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Candy, Holiday
  • Method: Mixing, Melting, Chilling
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Yield depends on size of spiders.

May cut recipe in half.

Total time does not include chilling time.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 6912kcal
  • Sugar: 1092g
  • Sodium: 1287mg
  • Fat: 271g
  • Saturated Fat: 187g
  • Trans Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 1181g
  • Fiber: 43g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 245mg

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.</em

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57 comments on “Potato Candy Spiders”

  1. These are super cute! I’ve never tried a potato dessert before. I’m intrigued!

  2. Liz, these are freaking adorable! I’m actually sitting here in front of my computer with a giant smile on my face staring at your photos. I’ve never heard of potato candy but if you say it’s delicious, I believe you. They sure look tasty (despite my paralyzing fear of spiders 😉

  3. Very interesting story about Needhams =) Usually I don’t like spiders either but yours are very cute, Liz. And if they taste like a Mounds bar – well – I might even have to eat one!

  4. What a fun and creative recipe!

  5. Potato candy, who knew? If you say they taste like a Mounds Bar I’m all in!

  6. Oh my! I hate spiders but these are so cute they could manage to decrease my crazy arachnophobia!!!

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