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Mashed Potato Pecan Fudge

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


1-3/4 pounds

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


  • 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


  1. Line an 11x7-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.

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