Cinnamon or Cocoa Covered Irish Potato Candy

Sunday, May 17, 2020
First of all, let me just say, this candy doesn't have potatoes in it and you won't find this in any store in Ireland because it's not Irish even though it's called Irish Potato Candy

This candy originated in Philadelphia where this confection is a favorite there and the candy sells over hundreds of pounds around St. Patrick's Day holiday.

Inside this sweet treat is a delicious creamy coconut filling rolled in cinnamon.

Major candy chains started to make this in the area and are also popular in San Francisco made by the Sees candy factory.

The candies became so popular that now several local supermarkets by Oh Ryans in the Phillie area continue to sell the candy all year long.

This basic candy recipe is not cooked it does require refrigeration as he has butter and a cream cheese base.

I make two styles one rolled in cinnamon like the original recipe I split the recipe in half and roll them in an unsweetened cocoa powder which is my personal favorite.

The candy reminds me very much of an old fashioned bonbon from the early 1960s.

I love easy candy recipes like Easy Chocolate Fudge done in a few minutes on the stovetop or No-Bake Buckeye Bars that just require to melt chocolate those are two other family favorite candies.

Just scroll down the recipe card for these easy printable instructions

this is a homemade no bake candy that has a creamy coconut center and rolled in cinnamon it's a popular candy from Philadelphia

No-Cook Candy

What can be easier than making candy and no cooking is involved?

This super easy confection turns out to be a  wonderful yummy candy everyone thinks took all day to make and every coconut lover will ask for the recipe.

A few pantry ingredients will have you well on your way to make this in no time.

This recipe is step by step if you have never had these candies stroll through the photos and see how simple it is to make.

these are Irish potato candy rolled in cinnamon and cocoa powder in small silicon cups

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Irish Potato Candy

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  • cream cheese softened
  • softened butter (do not use margarine)
  • coconut (made fine and put through a food processor)
  • vanilla
Garnish to roll them in:
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cinnamon powder

this is a candy made with coconut, butter and cream cheese and rolled into cinnamon or cocoa powder

Tool You Will Need:

  1. Cookie sheet
  2. Wax paper
  3. Small melon ball scooper
  4. Plates
  5. Measuring spoons and cups
  6. Hand mixer
  7. Bowls
  8. Storage containers with covers
  9. Food processor

these are coconut balls rolled into cinnamon no bake candy


  • Bring the cream cheese and butter to room temperature soften only do not melt it
  • Only use full-fat cream cheese and real butter not margarine
  • The melon ball scooper will make them uniformly the same size or you can roll them by hand
  • Finely chopping the coconut resulted in a better-textured candy however you can leave it just shredded if you prefer
  • This candy can be dipped in melted chocolate
  • Refrigerating the candy before rolling keeps the color from getting too dark on the outside
  • I split this in half to roll in cocoa powder and cinnamon to make two kinds

this is a coconut no bake candy rolled into cocoa powder

Other Suggestions:

  • Dip in melted white or milk chocolate
  • Roll in colorful sprinkles
  • Roll in crushed cookie crumbs
  • Roll in mini chocolate chips
  • Roll in any kinds of crushed nuts
  • Add almond extract in place of vanilla, or other flavors you like

This is a pan of Irish Potato Candy rolled in cinnamon on a cookie sheet no bake recipe

Creamy Firm Filling

The filling is very firm after adding the powdered sugar and coconut.

It is very easy to roll these by hand into marble-sized balls however I find it easier to use the scooper.

If you do then by hand usually a teaspoon full is the right size.

this is a coconut cream no bake candy

Mixing the Candy

Since this is so thick it's much easier if you use a hand mixer to blend the butter and cream cheese.

The powdered sugar needs to go in slowly so it doesn't go all over the place at a lower speed.

If your hand mixer goes to fast it surely will create a mess, stir the sugar in with a heavy wooden spoon by hand.

this is the candy being mixed in an industrial mixer bowl with coconut cream cheese and butter

Storing the Candy

The candy will keep fresh and delicious for up to 1 week and needs to be stored covered in the refrigerator.

This candy can be frozen on cookie sheets and stored in bags without the coating on the outside,

Thaw in the refrigerator and roll into cinnamon or the cocoa powder.

Store in airtight containers.

this is finely ground coconut in a food processor

Other Candy You May Like To Try

Salted Caramel Toffee Bites
Oreo Truffles
Peanut Butter Krispies Eggs
Rum Balls
Buckeye Bars

this is coconut that has been finely ground

Finely Chopped Coconut

The easiest way to get the coconut a fine consistency is to put it through the food processor.

Just keep pulsing to get this nice and fine.

You can keep it shredded, this is just my preference on how I like the texture of this candy.

this is shredded coconut

Easy Recipe

The recipe is super simple with just a few ingredients.

It's perfect for parties and anyone who has a sweet tooth.

If you don't have some of the equipment stated in the recipe, just do this all by hand and make sure you use a heavy spoon to whisk all ingredients together evenly.

this is butter and cream cheese creamed together

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this is a no bake coconut candy coated in cinnamon

Cinnamon or Cocoa Covered Irish Potato Candy

Cinnamon or Cocoa Covered Irish Potato Candy

Yield: 35
Prep time: 13 MCook time: Total time: 13 M
These are much like a bonbon and a no-cook candy treat. There is no potato in this recipe although it's in the name of these. The candy is a coconut confection found and famous in Philadephia and a favorite for all coconut candy lovers. The original recipe rolls these in cinnamon and I also roll them in cocoa powder for those who are cinnamon fans. Either way, these are addicting and delicious!


  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup softened butter (do not use margarine)
  • 2 1/4 cups coconut (made fine and  put through a food processor)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Garnish to roll them in:
  • unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • cinnamon powder


How to cook Cinnamon or Cocoa Covered Irish Potato Candy

  1. Place the coconut in a food processor on high until the flakes are a fine consistency usually around  2 to 3 minutes.
  2. In a heavy-duty mixer add the vanilla,  softened butter, and cream cheese whipping on medium speed until well combined around 1 minute.
  3. Slowly add the 4 cups of powdered sugar and then the coconut.
  4. Using a small melon ball scooper make balls and place on wax paper.
  5. I refrigerate these to dry them out a little for around 35 minutes.
  6. Place cinnamon on one plate and cocoa powder on another plate if making both kinds.
  7. Roll the balls in cinnamon which is the original Irish Potato Candy method or if you're not big on cinnamon, these are fantastic rolled in unsweetened cocoa powder.
  8. I usually roll mine twice if the candy starts to absorb the powder and white shows through.
  9. After you have coated them completely, place back in the refrigerator or they are ready to eat immediately.
  10. These will keep up to 1 week in a covered container.
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this is a no bake coconut candy coated in cinnamon

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these are an Irish Potato Candy in a red flower shaped dish


  1. Such a fun and delicious candy recipe! The coconut flakes you use look very different from what I can find here. Are they sweetened? desiccated?

  2. I love potato candy but I've never made my own. I can't wait to try this delicious looking recipe!

  3. This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family

  4. Oh, you got me at coconut! What a great treat to eat!!!


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