Potato Football Candy

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 24, 2020

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!

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!

Very soon, all you couch spuds will be settling in and getting comfortable in front of your screens for the big game.

Never one to miss the chance for a party, I want to offer the home couch spuds an actual spud dish, just in time to have a winning game day party.

I know many of you will be serving some kind of spuds at your football-watching parties — in salads, skins, on pizza and flatbread, fried, smashed, sausaged-up, tater tartlets, wedges and wings.

You know what would be fun? Put out an all-potato buffet for your family and friends! Spuds for the spuds.

Potato Football Candy Recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.comAnd since I feel that no party is complete without dessert, I made 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 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!

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

Potato Football Candy

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® potato 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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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Cheryl - Pook's Pantry January 31, 2017 at 2:37 pm

You are a GENIUS.


Dorothy Reinhold February 1, 2017 at 5:53 pm

Awwwww…maybe, and maybe not. It’s based on an old Farmer’s Almanac recipe. Back in the day, people really put their potatoes to use!


Serena January 31, 2017 at 2:18 pm

What a fun idea!


Angie | Big Bear's Wife January 31, 2017 at 11:02 am

Love these!! Perfect for this weekend! Also I LOVE the measuring spoons! I have a set like that from my grandmother!


Dorothy Reinhold February 1, 2017 at 5:54 pm

I adore those measuring spoons. They are aluminum and flimsy, but so what? They’re like antiques!


Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons January 31, 2017 at 9:51 am

So intriguing! I totally want to try these!


Amanda | The Chunky Chef January 31, 2017 at 6:45 am

I’ve never had potato candy… but it looks delicious!!


Renee - Kudos Kitchen January 31, 2017 at 6:38 am

I’ve never made potato candy before, but I do love fingerling potatoes. This is a great idea for a big game treat.


Katerina @ diethood .com January 31, 2017 at 5:21 am

Oh wow!! These are SUPER cute!!


Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet January 30, 2017 at 6:04 pm

Cute idea, I’d have a hard time resisting eating the whole batch!


Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness January 30, 2017 at 4:49 pm

This is actually the cutest thing ever! can’t wait to make them for my hubs!


Jessica | The Novice Chef January 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm

It’s been SO long since I’ve had potato candy! Thanks for reminding me about it!


Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy January 30, 2017 at 10:02 am

These little candies are so cute!! LOVE that you made them using potatoes!


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 30, 2017 at 9:07 am

These are seriously too cute for words!!


David @ CookingChat January 30, 2017 at 3:23 am

such a creative idea!


Cindy Kerschner January 29, 2017 at 8:39 pm

I love potato candy but never made chocolate ones. It’s time I did! Thanks for a recipe!


Caroline January 29, 2017 at 6:42 pm

I’ve made potato candy before (we called them macaroons in Scotland, though they were dipped in chocolate and usually also coconut) but never as footballs – so cute!


susan | the wimpy vegetarian January 29, 2017 at 2:41 pm

I always learn so much from you and your wonderful blog. Potato candy is completely new to me!! And now I must try it!


Dorothy Reinhold January 29, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Awwwww….thank you! And you MUST!


Hezzi-D January 29, 2017 at 1:18 pm

These are so fun! Love the look of them!


Liz January 29, 2017 at 11:06 am

My game day buffet must include sweets. Your adorable potato candy footballs will fit the bill perfectly!!


Dorothy Reinhold January 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

These are right up your sweet-tooth alley Liz!


Nettie Moore January 29, 2017 at 10:53 am

I can’t wait to make these for my grand son, he is crazy about football!


Dorothy Reinhold January 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

They are pretty fun!


Denise Wright January 29, 2017 at 4:39 am

What a creative idea! I bet the texture is great and the presentation is adorable!


Dorothy Reinhold January 29, 2017 at 7:53 am

Thanks Denise! The texture and flavor is a bit like fudge, only not as wet.


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