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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Irish Potatoes and Colbert Catechism

Eating Irish Potato Candy is a Philadelphia Spring tradition. Delicious! Indeed, Philadelphians, some of whom may have been Irish, created the candy.

You can buy O'Ryan's made Irish Potato Candy at the market or online. Potatoes can also be purchased at Christopher's Chocolates.

Or you can make this simple candy at home. The recipe is fun to do with children. No hot stove. No special equipment. For a recipe that actually contains potatoes go HERE,


1⁄4 cup softened Butter
4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1(16 ounce) package Confectioners' Sugar
7 ounces sweetened flaked Coconut (2 1/2 cups)
2 tablespoon ground Cinnamon
2 tablespoon Cocoa

NOTE: Be sure to use regular cream cheese, not whipped or reduced fat type. You may need more Cinnamon and Cocoa for dipping. 

In a large bowl, cream together the Butter and Cream Cheese. Add Vanilla and Confectioners' Sugar. Beat until mixture forms a ball. Stir in Coconut with a spoon. Roll the mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies or roll into small balls. Place Cinnamon and Cocoa in a shallow dish and roll the balls in it. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and chill for about 1 hour or until firm. If you prefer "dirtier potatoes" roll the candy a second time after they have chilled. You can also add a few chopped Nuts to look like 'eyes' if you want to get really artistic.

This is the month in which we celebrate Saint Patrick. Where else can you get a catechism and a candy recipe on the same page?

Frankly, speaking as a Roman Catholic, I much prefer representation by Stephen Colbert than porky nasty Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. Yes, I even think politics on holidays.

Post Script:
If you come to Philly and plan on ordering our justly famous Cheese Steak Sandwich, stay far away from Geno's and Pat's Steaks. They are tourist traps. Try Jim's Steaks on South Street. If you have a favorite steak spot, put the name and location in the comments please. Do your fellow Americans a service. The Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich is a Sammich. Everybody should experience a good one.