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The 'Irish potato' is an actual dessert in the States

They look deeelicious.

STOP EVERYTHING AND look at this American candy.

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Does it remind you of anything? The humble Irish potato?

Well, the people of Philadelphia certainly think it looks like it.

Their traditional Irish potato confectionery was brought to our attention today via Reddit, and it’s absolutely baffling.

It contains absolutely no potato, but consists of a coconut cream rolled in cinnamon, so they look like little potatoes.

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The dessert is popular around St Patrick’s Day in the States, and there are many places to buy them, as well as recipes to make your own. The tradition dates back 100 years in the Philly area, and producer Oh Ryan‘s claims to ship about 80,000 of them a year.

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According to one producer, the sweets were most likely made by Irish immigrants on the East Coast.

We’re not gonna lie, they look kinda delicious

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Some of the sweets are even made with actual potato. Potato is mashed and sugar is added, with coconut and vanilla giving it a sweet flavour.

It’s time to bring these to their rightful home, take note Irish cafes.

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