Mashed Potato Pecan Fudge Recipe

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This treasured recipe goes back to my grandmother, who loved the candy as much as I do! It's easy to make and so indulgent. Be ready to hand out the recipe.—Carolyn Hayes, Johnston City, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:77 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 77 servings


  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 51 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 13mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. Line an 11-in. x 7-in. pan with foil. Grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and remaining butter; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in pecans and chocolate mixture. Spread into prepared pan. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Discard foil. Cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator just before serving. Yield: 1-3/4 pounds.
Originally published as Mashed Potato Pecan Fudge in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p78

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