Traditional Appalachian Candy

By on December 1, 2021

’Twas the night before an Appalachian Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring — not even an opossum.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that the Mothman would soon be there.

With potato candy.
Or something like that.

Making candy in the mountains is a traditional holiday activity, and some favorites found in cookbooks include black walnut fudge, molasses taffy and potato candy.
That’s right — candy made from potatoes.

Potato Candy
Black Walnut Fudge
Grandmother’s Molasses Taffy
Kentucky Bourbon Balls
Southern Pecan Pralines