How to Make Irish Potato Candy

by Francis Keaveney

Start to Finish: 60 minutes

Servings: 12

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Despite its name, Irish potato candy is neither a potato or from Ireland. Irish potato candy is a traditional Philadelphia dessert that is made with coconut, sugar and cream cheese. It is usually rolled in cinnamon or cacao powder, which gives it the appearance of small potatoes. This recipe is adapted from Delicious Candy Recipes.


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened 
  • 8 ounces cream cheese 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar 
  • 9 ounces coconut flakes 
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


Preparation Suggestions

Roll the dough in cocoa powder if you do not enjoy the taste of cinnamon. Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon of cocoa and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Or, try adding chopped almonds or pecans to give them a nutty taste.

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About the Author

Francis Keaveney has been a chef and writer since 2011. He has worked in Japan, Korea and is currently based in London. He holds a Master of Arts in contemporary history from Birmingham University.