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How to Make Potato Stamp Bags and Irish Potato Candy

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Potato stamped bags filled with Irish Potato Candy are much better holiday treats than green beer.

1 Potato stamped bags filled with Irish Potato Candy are much better holiday treats than green beer.

All you need for this craft are bags, potatoes, a knife, a pencil, and acrylic paint, but markers, glue, and glitter are extra fun.

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.

Split a potato in half, draw on your design, and carve away the rest.  Here's my pot of gold.

3 Split a potato in half, draw on your design, and carve away the rest. Here's my pot of gold.

Before you use your stamp, be sure to wipe away the moisture on the surface, then do one test stamp on scrap paper.

4 Before you use your stamp, be sure to wipe away the moisture on the surface, then do one test stamp on scrap paper.

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.

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.

I used a Martha Crafts glue pen and gold glitter to add a little sparkle.

6 I used a Martha Crafts glue pen and gold glitter to add a little sparkle.

The last step is adding a little marker embellishment.

7 The last step is adding a little marker embellishment.

Bobby and Steve had all the supplies arrayed in studio.

8 Bobby and Steve had all the supplies arrayed in studio.

Steve glittered his stamp - fancy!

9 Steve glittered his stamp - fancy!

Bobby carved some really great star stamps.

10 Bobby carved some really great star stamps.

Check out his bag in progress.

11 Check out his bag in progress.

Steve drew a fine leprechaun.

12 Steve drew a fine leprechaun.

The dudes displayed their bags proudly with Maura Madden and Terri.

13 The dudes displayed their bags proudly with Maura Madden and Terri.

Now all they need is candy inside.

14 Now all they need is candy inside.

Bobby is a superstar crafter.

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...

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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.

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.

Whip softened butter and cream cheese together at medium speed, and when blended, gradually add the vanilla, coconut, and sugar.

2 Whip softened butter and cream cheese together at medium speed, and when blended, gradually add the vanilla, coconut, and sugar.

Form balls, roll them in cinnamon, chill for at least an hour, and you're done.  Good craic, as they say in Ireland.

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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  • Here's the receipe I called you about. Thanks for talking about this. I had forgotten all about this until hearing your show. Haven't had potato candy since I was a kid and that was a long time ago. I will have to make some now.

    Irish Potato Candy
    2 (1 lb. each) boxes powdered sugar
    1/2 c. hot mashed potatoes, drained
    1 sm. jar crunchy peanut butter

    Mix sifted sugar into potatoes a little at a time by hand. (Don't panic when potatoes liquify as the first sugar is added. This is what it's supposed to do. Just keep adding sugar until it is pastry consistency.) Sprinkle wax paper with additional powdered sugar. Take baseball-sized ball of mixture and roll out like pastry. Spread with peanut butter and roll like a jelly roll. Wrap rolls in plastic wrap; chill and slice.
    Makes 2 rolls.

  • [...] Just take a potato, cut it in half, and carve a shape out of it, dip in acrylic paint, and stamp away! View the photo gallery to see how the craft is done. [...]

  • Thanks, Dina! Your version sounds delicious. I'll try it next time I'm making sweets and make all the peanut butter fans around here very happy.

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