Let’s say that this candy is a sister to Quince Cheese, hehe~! You can eat it in anytime just like the Quince Cheese. The only difference is the taste~ ^^ At first, my Owner and I thought that it wasn’t a good idea to try it because of the word “potato”. We don’t like vegetables, but this was a surprise to us.
Sweet potato candy is a traditional Argentine, Paraguayan, Uruguayan, Chilean and Brazilian dessert, which is made of sweet potatoes. It is a sweet jelly, which is like a marmalade thanks to its hard texture.
Commercially, it is often found canned in flat and round metal cans when it’s sold. And commercial versions of the food, chocolate is added to it.
It is commonly eaten with crackers and/or cheese.
- 5 cups pureed sweet potato (homemade or canned)
- 2 cups of water
- 1/4 cup agar agar (a thickening agent, available at Whole Foods)
- 4 cups of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
Put the sweet potato puree in a non-reactive pot with the water, and heat over medium high heat, stirring and scraping the bottom to evenly distribute the heat and prevent burning. When the mixture raises to a boil, add in the sugar and the agar agar, stirring until totally incorporated and dissolved. Lower heat and keep at a simmer. Simmer until the water has absorbed, and the mixture has thickened, stirring frequently, about an hour or so.
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Spread the mixture into a large rectangular casserole dish and let cool completely. After cooling at room temperature, remove to the refrigerator. Slice to serve.
Sweet potato candy can last several months in the refrigerator, in a tupperware or tightly sealed container.