flitch or potato candy

Old fashioned Coal region potato candy with peanut butter, very popular at holidays and bake sales.Made with — tah, dah — a boiled potato mixed with powdered sugar, then rolled flat, spread with peanut butter and finally rolled like a jellyroll. Give it a try one time and you will keep it on your “treat” list!


  • white potato, size of a small egg
  • 1 pound confectioner's sugar, more as needed
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Smooth or chunky peanut butter, as needed


  1. Boil and peel potato.
  2. In mixing bowl, mash potato smooth with a fork. Cool to lukewarm.
  3. Begin mixing in confectioners sugar. If desired, add a few drops of vanilla. Continue adding sugar and mixing until the mixture is the consistency of pie dough.
  4. Sprinkle a little confectioners sugar on a cutting board, or put the dough between two sheets of wax paper, and roll the mixture to a 1/4 inch thickness.
  5. Spread thin layer of peanut butter atop the rolled mixture.
  6. Roll up the sheet of candy, like a jellyroll, loosening it from the board with a knife as you roll. Chill, cut into slices and serve. Refrigerate leftovers.

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