“Irish Potato” Candy (Redone)

I’ve recently learned that most people have no clue what Irish Potato (Candies) are. Upon looking it up, I found that it’s a treat that has originated (and stayed) in the Philadelphia area. Since I’ve always lived in NJ, I just figured that they were as universal as cookies or cupcakes. My bad.

(While I’m on the subject, does anybody know what a hoagie is? I’ve used the term “hoagie” my whole life- yet, when I went to NY, nobody had any clue what I was talking about. It’s so strange how dialects work).

Anyway, back on topic. For those who don’t know, Irish Potatoes become popular where I live every March, around St. Patrick’s Day. Growing up, homeroom mothers would always make them for any classroom parties we had in March. Typically, they are small potato-shaped treats made with lots of powdered sugar, coconut, cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. They are neither potatoes or Irish. Regardless, it’s one of those things everyone eats around this time of year, kinda like the Shamrock Shakes. To find the recipe for this, you can just google it.

When I began cooking for myself, however, I became turned off by the ingredients used to make these “potatoes.” Instead, I’ve made my own “potatoes.” Since this candy is not an Irish tradition, I feel no guilt with remodeling it. And I mean by a lot. So, does it taste like the Irish Potato candy? A little. More important, does it taste good? Yup.

Still, if you have eaten Irish Potatoes before, don’t expect the stuff you find in the stores. If you’ve never had it and have nothing to compare it to, feel free to still try.

Hey, you can’t miss what you never had, right?

Irish Potato Candies (Paleo)

“Irish Potato” Candy (Redone)


2/3 cup solidified coconut butter

1 tbsp vanilla protein powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract



In a SMALL food processor (unless making a big batch), combine coconut butter, protein powder, and vanilla. Blend until creamy. Place in the fridge for a couple minutes to harden slightly. Roll into little balls. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and roll until coated. Keep at room temperature.

15 responses to this post.

  1. I grew up in PA but never heard of Irish Potato candies! I do know what a hoagie is though. 🙂 I love that your modified recipe is so simple. I need to go to the store and get some coconut!


    • Thank you!!! The simple the better, in my opinion 🙂 That’s so strange that you haven’t heard of them-all the food stores, coffee shops, and hallmarks sell them around where I live. I guess you have to be really close to Philly to find them!


  2. Vanilla protein powder! Great idea!


  3. Love this idea! Must say I’ve never heard of “potato candy” but this sounds delicious – and a great way to add more protein to your diet! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Not sure what potato candy is but I’m eager to try it now! I always thought one of the coolest things about PA were the WaWa’s, and hoagies too 🙂


    • Enjoy!!! They’re not “traditional”, but as long as they taste good, who cares? 🙂
      Haha! Gotta love hoagies! And people around here are crazy about their Wawa’s- they’re the only things open during state of emergencies!


  5. As a Brit I’d never heard of Irish potato candies before coming across your blog. But they look so good I’m definitely going to try them. Thanks for sharing and educating me about this! My sister actually lives in Philly I shall have to ask her if she’s come across them! Thanks so much for visiting and liking my blog, do come back soon 🙂


  6. Posted by Carmela Ferris on March 17, 2018 at 8:41 am

    What can I use in place of the protein powder?


    • Since this recipe uses only a little protein powder, I’m sure you can either replace it with a bit of flour or just omit it all together! You may want to add a small amount of sweetener though to make up for the lack of vanilla, depending on your taste preferences 🙂


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