I Wonder If…
This is a phrase Mr. Food It Yourself uses often. Earlier this week he finished the sentence with “…you can make candy from sweet potatoes.” Since the drought in the North East has rendered the Food It Yourself garden rather seriously boring I decided to pursue this question rather than write about how my fall crops are stunted and bitter.
It seems the very definition of a no-brainer. Sweet potatoes are, after all, very sweet. There is no reason not to think a candy could be made from them. In deed, a quick search with my favorite search engine for “sweet potato candy recipe” yielded a large number of results. After weeding out recipes for that hideous marshmallow topped thing people make I found there was a simple formula for sweet potato candy. The main idea was to cook and mash the tubers, add sugar, season to taste, and combine with a starch or flour that did not need to be cooked. When a moldable consistency is achieved the candy can be molded as desired.
The choice of flour/starch varied between the recipes I found. Almond flour, coconut flour, and arrowroot starch were the most common. These ingredients do not have a raw starch or raw grain flavor, so the candies made with them would not need additional cooking. I like the taste of coconut, so I chose coconut flour. However, all three were available at my local grocery store in the baking aisle. I found them near the gluten free baking products. One note for those of you who have not played with various types of flour before: do not try this with wheat flour or corn starch unless you really want to know what I mean by “raw starch or raw grain flavor”.
Here is how it all played out-
The final verdict? Mr. Food It Yourself and I both found the candies to be quite delicious. He did suggest that the addition of crushed hazelnuts might be an interesting variation. I do not think the low-temperature baking to remove moisture would have been enough to remove the raw starch flavor from wheat flour or corn starch. If you are brave and want to try to nullify that hypothesis, please let m e know the results. I also noted on the internet several recipes for candy made from mashed white potatoes which were coated in chocolate after forming. This is another avenue that might be worth exploring.
I’m going to call this venture an over-all success. We have answered Mr. Food It Yourself’s question with a resounding “YES”. Also, we will enjoy nibbling the resulting sweets all week. What is the best (or worst) answer you have ever found to a food related question? Share in the comments!