made from potatoes

On Career Day

Student: The ice cream here is not melting. What's the secret?

Food Stylist: I'm glad you noticed. It's made from potatoes.

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from a Korean English textbook

Can I use 'It's made of potatoes.' here instead?

How  can I use them correctly ?

Thanks!

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kis2337 posted:

On Career Day

Student: The ice cream here is not melting. What's the secret?

Food Stylist: I'm glad you noticed. It's made from potatoes.

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from a Korean English textbook

Can I use 'It's made of potatoes.' here instead?

Hi, Kis,

No, you can't use "It's made of potatoes" there. When something is used to make food, we use "made from." We tend to use "made of" when referring to things that are used in the construction or production of other things.

You can say, "The can is made of aluminum," "The table is made of oak," "The shirt is made of cotton," etc. Accordingly, we could imagine a different context in which "It's made of potatoes" would work:

Student: Why does that sculpture look so peculiar?
Teacher: Take a closer look. It's made of potatoes.

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