Sweet Potato Candy


If you want to eat really old-style Japanese candy, then this is the way to go. Sure, Pocky is classic but it's fairly new, Milky have been around for a while but they don't even come close to being around as long as treats like this. This is one of those treats that come from an old candy shop in a small town where the people there have been making it for generations. The recipe has been the same, and as with this there is one ingredient that defies logic to modern North American candy fanatics.

I'm pretty sure that most of you enjoy sweet potatoes, or at the very least some of you. I'm not a huge fan but wouldn't call a Thanks Giving dinner complete without some. So, I guess the question is does it work as a candy, and I'd have to say that it does. Sweet potato is really an untapped ingredient in the candy market. It works well sweetened and it even has a really nice natural colour to it. These Sweet Potato Candies are a perfect example of all of that.

The fact that these are just simply cooked (I'm assuming baked) sweet potatoes with a little sugar coating shows how well these tubers work as a sweet treat. The only thing that throws me off even a little about these would be the texture. They basically feel like you're eating potato slices and that's not really something I'm used to when in a candy eating mood.

If you can get by the texture and the fact that it's a sweet potato, you've got a really interesting treat on your hands.