• Potato Football Candy

    by Dorothy Reinhold on January 28, 2017

    Print This Post Print This Post Classic Potato Candy is flavored with cocoa and shaped and decorated like footballs for a game-day dessert. Potato Football Candy will be the hit of your football-watching party!

    This post is sponsored by my partners at the Idaho® Potato Commission. Thanks for supporting them.

    A week from now, all you couch spuds will be settling in and getting comfortable in front of your screens for the big game.

    Never ones to miss the chance for a party, we at Sunday Supper got to thinking and teamed up with our favorite Idaho® potato purveyors, the Idaho® Potato Commission, to offer the home couch spuds some actual spuds dishes, just in time to have a winning game day party.

    Never fear, we have all your spud needs covered, with recipes that will have you smacking your lips. We have potatoes in bites and balls and bowls, stacks and salads and skins, pave and pizza. We have smashed spuds and sausage-y spuds, tater tartlets, wedges and wings. We tempura them, Cajun them, Buffalo them and flatbread them. I told you, we have you covered!

    You know what would be fun? Make a selection of our recipes today and put out an all-potato buffet for your family and friends! Potatoes are the perfect ingredient for your game-day recipes.

    Potato Football Candy Recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.comAnd since I feel that no party is complete without dessert, I’m making Potato Football Candy, for the ultimate over-the-top treat.

    Potato Football Candy for game watching food on ShockinglyDelicious.comThink about it. The hearty, delicious potato actually LOOKS like a little football, so we’re having some fun fooling the eye with this dessert.

    Potato Football Candy with Idaho Potato Fingerling Potato on ShockinglyDelicious.comSee what I mean? Don’t these Idaho® potato fingerlings kinda, sorta, look like footballs?

    Idaho Potatoes Fingerling Potatoes on ShockinglyDelicious.comThe candies have potatoes in them, and they look like little footballs. What could be more fun than that? Well, they taste a little bit like fudge, once it has been exposed to the air a bit. Now that’s even more fun!

    Why Idaho® potatoes?

    Before we get into the actual recipe, though, let’s discuss the potato. Idaho® potatoes — recognized around the world as a premium potato — have a few things going for them. The state has ideal growing conditions — rich volcanic soil, a climate of warm days and cool nights, and mountain-fed irrigation among them. This results in a spud with superior taste and a higher content of solids (starch grains), so there is more spud and less H2O in them. Practically speaking, this means they cook up to a lighter, fluffier texture. That’s what we want, whether we’re making a baked potato or using them in a dessert – no mush, more fluff. Your fries will be
    crisper and absorb less oil, your potato nachos or planks will crisp up nicely, and your tots and tarts will taste wonderful.

    Let’s play some ball, shall we?

    Ingredients for Potato Football Candy on ShockinglyDelicious.comThe ingredients for the footballs…

    Texture of Potato Football Candy on ShockinglyDelicious.com

    You want to mix it just until is is big damp crumbs. It should NOT be goopy or like batter.

    Shape Potato Football Candy with your hands on ShockinglyDelicious.com

    Get in there with your hands to shape it.

    Ingredients for Laces for Potato Foodball Candy on ShockinglyDelicious.com

    Ingredients for the laces…

    Pipe laces on Potato Football Candy on ShockinglyDelicious.com…which you will pipe on with your little bitty tip on your piping bag.

    Potato Football Candy

    Prep Time: 45 minutes

    Yield: Makes 25-30

    Classic Potato Candy is flavored with cocoa and shaped and decorated like footballs for a game-day dessert. Potato Football Candy will be the hit of your football-watching party!


    • 4-5 ounces Idaho® potatoe fingerlings
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • Pinch salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2-2 teaspoons half and half
    • .
    • Icing Laces
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 2- 2 1/2 teaspoons half and half


    1. Wash, dry and poke a hole in each potato with the top of a knife (so they don't explode). Microwave them in a covered container on high for about 4 minutes. Remove from microwave and set them aside until they are cool enough to handle. (I speed this up by putting them in a bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes, but you can let them cool on the counter.)
    2. While potatoes are cooking, put the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix to combine.
    3. When potatoes are cool, score the skin in a circle around the middle (at the equator), and slip the skins off with your fingers. Discard skins. Place potatoes in a wide, flat bowl and mash with a fork. Measure 1/3 cup.
    4. With the mixer running on low, add the mashed potatoes into the sugar. Add the vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of half and half. Allow mixer to run on low; you will likely see the mixture begin to look damp. If it is still too dry and crumby, add 1/2 teaspoon additional half and half, and allow mixer to run another minute. Beware of adding too much liquid, because it can turn goopy in a second if you add too much. You are going for a texture of damp crumbs that will hold together. Stop the mixer and see if you can shape the crumbs into a ball with your hand. If you can, you're ready. If they are still too dry, add another 1/2 teaspoon half and half and allow to mix longer. Try again.
    5. Once you have the right texture, shape the mixture into small footballs, using your fingers. I like to squeeze each one into a rough oblong, and then push and pinch the ends a bit to get it wider in the middle and with the characteristic pointed ends of a football.
    6. It makes 25-30, depending on size you make.
    7. ICING LACES: In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of half and half. Stir well. You want a firm icing so it will hold its shape, but not so firm it won't pipe out of an icing bag. Test in your icing bag to see if you can pipe it, and if you can't, add another 1/2 teaspoon half and half and mix until it is the right consistency.
    8. Using an icing bag, pipe the laces to decorate your footballs.
    9. Makes 25-30.
    10. Storage: Store in a container with a tight lid.


    Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious


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    Potato Football Candy recipe for game day on ShockinglyDelicious.com

    This week’s Sunday Supper recipes

    TodaySunday Supper badge our Sunday Supper tastemakers have taken up a challenge from the Idaho® Potato Commission to present a collection of 20 creative, inspired, and best of all, easy Football Recipes featuring Idaho® potatoes. We shunned fussy things that would take too much time or keep you in the kitchen for days, in favor of easy dishes that will wow your family and friends with flavor and fun. Potatoes pair so well with cheese and/or bacon, they can be mashed, baked, fried or totted, and you can serve them as a snack, side dish, main dish or dessert. Take a look at our ideas, and if these aren’t enough for your party, there are even more recipes on the Potato Pinterest Board, so browse around for something spudtastic.

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    Idaho Potato Logo on Shockingly DeliciousDisclosure: This post is sponsored by the Idaho® Potato Commission in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. Please join me and connect with the Idaho® Potato Commission on their social media channels: website / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram / Youtube. All writing, photography and opinions are my own.

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