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Surprise Sweet Potato Candy


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup raw grated sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups small marshmallows
  • 1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans


  1. In a large saucepan combine sugar, margarine, and milk and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture boils.
  2. Add sweet potatoes. While stirring, continue to boil until mixture reaches soft-ball stage (235 degrees F on a candy thermometer).
  3. Remove from heat and add marshmallows and Graham cracker crumbs. Stir until marshmallows are melted and well blended.
  4. Add vanilla extract and pecans, mixing well.
  5. Pour into a buttered or wax-paper lined 9-inch square baking dish.
  6. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Source: Texas Country Reporter Cookbook

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