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Potato candy spiders give a spooky fun twist to an old fashioned potato candy recipe.
Potato Candy Spiders - A spooky fun Halloween recipe that's a twist on an old fashioned recipe for potato candy!

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.

Potato Candy Spiders - A spooky fun Halloween recipe that's a twist on an old fashioned recipe for potato candy!What the heck 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.

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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
  • Category: Dessert, Candy, Holiday


  • 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.


  • 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.

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57 comments on “Potato Candy Spiders”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. These little cuties are adorable!! I would never thing to use potatoes for a sweet dish like this… very clever. 🙂

  10. Wow Liz! What a great idea and they are so adorable, almost to good to eat!

  11. OMG, too cute! It could almost make me make a fool of myself at 39 years old, getting dressed up in a Halloween costume to go trick or treating. What can I say, I have no shame.
    Have a great weekend!

  12. Truly inventive, Liz. Let’s see…someone throws you potatoes and you make …candy? I love it!

  13. Liz, they are amazing! I’m also amazed at the Needhams treats – they sound like the ‘macaroon bars’ that I grew up with in Scotland as a youngster. potato and coconut dipped with more coconut and chocolate! Looks a real tempting treat for Hallowe’en and love the extra intriguing salt in there with the pretzels.

  14. Oh my gosh, Liz, these are so adorable!!!! I’ve never, ever heard of potato candy and am so glad you posted this. Love, love, love!

  15. How fun Liz, who would have thought …… potatoes? They’re adorable!

  16. I love potato candy, so versatile! I could east a plate of these spiders!

  17. I have heard of potato candy before, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a recipe for it … so thanks for sharing yours!

    And I truly don’t know whether any other potato candy could be cuter because yours are totally adorable! Love it!

  18. For being non-crafty, you sure make up for it in creativity! I would have never though potatoes could be a dessert. Super cute spiders! Pinning to my Halloween board.

  19. These are too cute. Everyone here loves potato candy. I can’t wait to try these for my Halloween party!

  20. I was going to make potato candies but my family told me it was weird! Clearly, they haven’t seen yours. These are amazing!

  21. Never heard of this kind of dessert before but if it involves chocolate and coconut, I’m sure I’ll love it!

  22. Oh my gosh my grandkids would love these! I think I’ll have to whip up a batch soon!

  23. Spuddy Buddy looks downright excited to be hanging out with these cute spiders! It was great meeting you IRL at IFBC, LIz! Have a great week 🙂

  24. I’m going to trust you on this, Liz! They sure are cute though. I needham!

  25. Sounds a bit weird, potatoes with chocolate but looks really cute and very tasty.
    Will definitely have to try it sometime.
    Pinning it for later.

  26. Those googley eyes are adorable. Love potato candy!

  27. HAH–I laughed when I saw these, they are just TOO adorable, Liz! I love the fact that you made them about of potatoes–talk about a spooky twist that I just can’t get enough of. Love love love! Sharing these!

  28. My dad made potato candy every year. He called them needhams back then. I think your spiders are very cute.

  29. This is super cute! I love the idea!

  30. Wowwww
    These are extremely CUTE !!

  31. These little guys are absolutely adorable Liz, and I had never heard of potato candies before! Super cool!!

  32. I am so intrigued by this potato candy thing! I’ve never heard of them, but I love Mounds bars, so I’m sure I would love these!

  33. Lizzy,
    I’m with you on the spiders. I hate them and always make the hubby get rid of them.
    Your candy spiders, on the other hand, are adorable.

  34. I never would have thought – potatoes in candy! I have to say I’m loving it though. If it involves chocolate and coconut, you really can’t go wrong! Plus, these little spiders are seriously cute…

  35. I love food blogs in October. These cute little treat just keep a smile on my face! How creative to turn potatoes into candy.

  36. Definitely NEED to TASTEHAM! Love the cute crawlers, so adorable and fun!

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  37. Liz, I love chocolate & pretzels and chocolate & coconut – together it already sounds amazing. I’d never heard of potato candy before but I can tell already the texture is amazing. And they’re cute to boot! These are really something. I Needham is right 🙂

  38. These are so adorable! Can’t believe they’re made wit potatoes – they’re so fun and festive and perfect for Halloween 🙂

  39. Well I never heard of potato candy either! Sounds interesting, definitely worth a shot!

  40. Liz, these candies are so cute!

  41. Love those eyes!

  42. Seriously can’t believe these are made with potatoes! They look amazing, Liz.

  43. I ‘need ’em’ VERY badly. Do you deliver???

  44. Seeing this triggered a childhood memory. I remember seeing potato candy before. I’m so glad I can come here now to get the recipe. Love it.

  45. WHAAAAT??! Potatoes in bon bons!? oooooh this is intriguing!

  46. These are sooo cute! Great Halloween party treat!

  47. I think I’ve finally found a way to get my kids to love potatoes. Cover them in chocolate! Brilliant. Seriously, these are crazy clever and cute. If they don’t like then, I WILL.

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

  49. 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 😉

  50. 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!

  51. What a fun and creative recipe!

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

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

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