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Parade Mashed Potato Fudge

Subject: E-Z Instant mash potato fudge
From: Charlene
Date: 3/10/2021, 5:40 AM

On 3/10/2021 1:07 AM, Charlene wrote:

Help me Uncle Phaedrus, youíre my only hope! ??

Iíve been searching for about 40 years for a unique easy stove-top 
fudge recipe that I made in my teens using plain mash potato flakes as
a thickener. I remember cutting it out of a 1970ís ďParade MagazineĒ 
which was a folded†insert that came in the local San Diego Union Sunday 
paper. Some all of the ingredients (I think) were butter, cocoa powder 
and/or baking chocolate squares, instant potato buds/flakes and vanilla?, 
powdered sugar, and salt and was mixed up and made right in the Revereware 
pot and poured into a pan to cool and cut.†

I did not find it in your listing of fudge recipes either. On the internet 
Iíve found one thatís close using potato flakes and chocolate chips or one 
calling for fresh mashed potatoes but nothing with the right combination.
The recipe was simple and quick and didnít require any thermometer to worry 
about getting the right finished consistency, so was perfect for kids to make. 
It was tasty, and particularly memorable for itís surprise ingredient too!

Thanks for your help on my request!

Hi Charlene,

I had no success finding a recipe that fit your description exactly, but I did find one that seems close. However, it doesn't call for any cooking except melting the chocolate. See below.

I'll post this in case someone has the actual Parade recipe.


Mashed Potato Fudge
††† †
3 sq. unsweetened chocolate
1 stick butter
1/2 c. mashed potatoes (instant work well)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 c. nuts, chopped (optional)

Melt chocolate and butter in heavy saucepan. Combine sugar, salt and vanilla in a bowl;
add mashed potatoes and nuts. Add melted chocolate mixture. Mix well. Put in greased
or buttered 6 x 10 inch pan. Let set until firm and cut into squares.
Wow! You are quick! This looks very close except for the specific call 
for instant potato flakes. You are correct, this recipe didnít need to 
be cooked per se just melted and all mixed together in a pot on the 
range top. Iíll give it a try soon. Whatís not quite clear is how much 
flakes to use in place of the fresh mashed. Iíll have to experiment. ??

Much gratitude to you!

Hi Charlene,

My interpretation of the recipe is that you make the instant mashed potatoes separately (according to package directions) and then add 1/2 cup of them to the fudge mixture.


I seeÖdidnít think about that. The recipe I had, the flakes were poured 
straight in to the melted chocolate and butter mix as itís to provide 
added thickening. The powder sugar was added last to reach the desired 
fudgy texture.  Iíll definitely experiment and let you know! 

I have not been able to find a recipe in which the potato flakes are added directly to the mixture.

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