Irish Potatoes and a Giveaway

by Shoshana on March 13, 2011 · 76 comments

Post image for Irish Potatoes and a Giveaway While I learned a lot in the classrooms at college, almost ten years later what I remember the most are the things I learned from my classmates and friends. We all came from different backgrounds and college was an opportunity for us to share and learn from each other. My wonderful roommate was from just outside of Philadelphia and thought that my education could not be complete if I was not exposed to all kinds of the Philadelphia specialties she grew up with. While I didn’t get to try all of them (it is not really possible to find Kosher scrapple) I did enjoy the Tasty Cakes and Yuengling beer she would bring back with her when she went home. But by far my favorite were the Irish Potatoes, a creamy coconut candy coated in cinnamon to make them resemble potatoes. I had never heard of them before, but I fell in love with them immediately. I looked forward to the annual St Patrick’s Day box her parents would send, that she was generous enough to share with me. It wasn’t until years later that it occurred to me to that I could probably make Irish Potatoes myself and looked up a recipe, only to discover they are one of the quickest easiest candies to make. I have tried dressing them up by dipping them in chocolate, but the original version, rolled in cinnamon, is by far the best. While the original recipe for Irish Potatoes calls for cream cheese (Philadelphia brand of course) this non-dairy (parve) versions leaves nothing to be desired. They are luscious, creamy and spicy, just they way they should be.

Now for the giveaway. The wonderful people at CSN stores are offering one reader a $50 gift certificate to use on one of their online sites. The sites carry all kinds of different products from kitchen wares to office desks, so I’m sure the gift certificate can be put to good use. Here is how you enter.

Leave a comment here with your favorite regional food. If you have a recipe feel free to include the link. For a second chance to win become a facebook fan and leave a comment here on this post telling me that you are a fan. (If you already are a fan just leave the comment) For a third chance follow me on twitter @couldntbeparve and leave a comment here telling me you are following. The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, March 20th at 10:00 pm PST so feel free to leave comments until then.

UPDATE: Giveaway is now over.

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Irish Potatoes

Yield: approximately 90

Ingredients
2 tablespoons margarine, softened
4 oz tofutti cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 cups ground unsweetened coconut
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

In the bowl of a mixer beat the margarine and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. Beat until smooth. Add the coconut and mix until well blended. Using a teaspoon at a time roll the mixture into balls or potato shapes. Place the balls in the cinnamon and toss to coat. Chill until set. If desired, roll potatoes in cinnamon again for darker color.

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jill rs March 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm

i’m already a facebook fan :)

and one of my favorite regional foods is sweet potato pie. it’s in the oven now.

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Janna M March 16, 2011 at 8:45 am

My favorite regional foods are from Canada… French Meat Pie, Fricot, Poutine, Oatcakes.

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Hindy March 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

Regional? I love savory – love fried fish…a good fish and chips. Or maybe some smoked fish like a good white fish salad. Yum!

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Hindy March 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

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Caroline @ chocolate and carrots March 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I love anything Italian…but especially homemade pasta with a creamy marinara. Mmmm!

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Caroline @ chocolate and carrots March 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I’m a fan on facebook. :-D

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Caroline @ chocolate and carrots March 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I’m also following you on twitter! Yay!

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anash March 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm

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anash March 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm

My favorite regional food is doubles from the carribbean!! mm…good! with a hint of sweet. thks for the giveaway

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krissie March 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm

My favorite regional food is Japanese …. yummmm.

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krissie March 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I follow you on Twitter under the name of Pudyqat

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krissie March 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I friended you on Facebook.
My name is Kristine Peacock and my e-mail is Califkitties @ aol.com.

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Christine March 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

My favorite regional food are (veggie) Spiedies. My husband is mad for the meaty version. It’s an upstate NY thing. Nothing fancy, just a special marinade (usually for meat), then you grill whatever has been marinated and put it on a hoagie roll. But, being from the NYC metro area, bagels and bialys are on my list too! Oh, and try getting a knish in upstate NY – they just look at you like have two heads if you ask!

Thanks for the recipe – I have a Philly friend who made me Irish potatoes every year as well, I didn’t really know what was in the recipe! She used to make me a special batch sans coconut :)

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Krista March 18, 2011 at 11:42 am

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Krista March 18, 2011 at 11:43 am

I am a Facebook fan!

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Krista March 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

I am a follower on twitter! kthomson89

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rivers March 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Without a doubt, cornbread dressing. We have this every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve (and it’s one of things I look forward to most when going home to my parents’).

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Heather March 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I’m a fan on Facebook!

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Heather March 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I’ve followed you on Twitter–my name is @mother_tongue

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Heather March 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm

My favorite regional food is Ethiopian.

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Sasha March 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Mmm, definitely Thai food for me. I love Indian too, though.

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Nina March 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I want to make these “potatoes” for St. Patrick’s day and I’m wondering if I can substitute butter for margarine?

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Shoshana March 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I used margarine simply because I wanted to keep them dairy-free. If that is not a concern for you feel free to use butter and regular dairy cream cheese.

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