March 17, 2011
How to Make Potato Stamp Bags and Irish Potato Candy
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1 Potato stamped bags filled with Irish Potato Candy are much better holiday treats than green beer.
2 All you need for this craft are bags, potatoes, a knife, a pencil, and acrylic paint, but markers, glue, and glitter are extra fun.
3 Split a potato in half, draw on your design, and carve away the rest. Here's my pot of gold.
4 Before you use your stamp, be sure to wipe away the moisture on the surface, then do one test stamp on scrap paper.
5 Step one: stamp on the main design. Acrylic paints are good because they wash off your hands and hard surfaces easily and they dry fast.
6 I used a Martha Crafts glue pen and gold glitter to add a little sparkle.
7 The last step is adding a little marker embellishment.
8 Bobby and Steve had all the supplies arrayed in studio.
9 Steve glittered his stamp - fancy!
10 Bobby carved some really great star stamps.
11 Check out his bag in progress.
12 Steve drew a fine leprechaun.
13 The dudes displayed their bags proudly with Maura Madden and Terri.
14 Now all they need is candy inside.
15 Bobby is a superstar crafter.
On today's St. Patrick's Day installment of Whole Living's Crafting with Dudes series, we invited Bobby Pearce from Rosie Radio to join Crafternoon author Maura Madden and our own Steve Gonzalez to make potato stamp bags with holiday themes.
I made a big batch of Irish Potato Candy to pack inside, and was surprised to find that no one else at the show had ever even heard of them, let alone eaten one. Luckily, many of our listeners rang in to say that they'd made, seen, or recently eaten Irish Potatoes. My Keeney family version is below - I hope it wasn't a secret recipe, mom! Maybe it's a Philadelphia thing? Write us a comment if you have your own way of making these Irish-American goodies. Today we heard about using potatoes, peanut butter, cocoa powder...
1 All you need to make my version of the candy is 1/2 stick butter, 4 oz cream cheese, 8 oz flaked coconut, 16 oz confectioner's sugar, 1 tb vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
2 Whip softened butter and cream cheese together at medium speed, and when blended, gradually add the vanilla, coconut, and sugar.
3 Form balls, roll them in cinnamon, chill for at least an hour, and you're done. Good craic, as they say in Ireland.
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