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Peppermint Potato Candy

 Peppermint Potato Candy
No one will suspect that these quick minty candies started with yesterday's mashed potatoes. Our taste-testing panelists couldn't get enough of the chocolate-covered sweets that were submitted by Cindy Reams from Philipsburg, Pennsylvania.
20 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup mashed potatoes (prepared without milk and butter)
  • 2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 7-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the mashed potatoes, butter and extract until
  • blended. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Press into a
  • foil-lined 13-in. x 9-in. pan.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until
  • smooth. Spread over potato mixture. Cover and refrigerate until set.
  • Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Discard foil; cut candy into
  • 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2-3/4
  • pounds.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 271 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 8 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.