Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)

Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)
Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)


Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)


2 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

⅓ cup cold mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)

¾ teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon salt

8 oz. dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped


In a large bowl, combine the sugar, coconut flakes, mashed potatoes, vanilla, and salt.*

Spray 18 ice cube trays** with cooking spray and divide dough equally between them (about 1 ½ tablespoons each). Place another ice cube tray on top of cups and press down firmly to pack dough down.

Place in freezer for 2-3 or until solid. Remove candy pieces from trays.

Melt chocolate in the microwave. Use tongs to dip and coat candy pieces. Place on parchment paper or rack, leaving enough space between them that they don’t touch. Allow to harden.

Store, refrigerated or frozen, in an airtight container.


*I found it hard to blend this mixture smoothly so I used my Kitchenaid Mixer with the wire attachment.

**I use these “poppable” ice cube trays with silicone bottoms!

18 servings, 150 calories per serving

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6 Replies to “Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)”

  1. Wow, I have never seen these before, I don’t know about potato & chocolate. I guess I will have to give them a go and see if I like them, it seems an unusual combination.

    But I will not know if I don’t give them a go so I will go and try them.

    1. White potatoes are notoriously bland and, because of this, are rarely served plain but provide a vehicle for other flavors.  In this recipe, they provide texture and the potato flavor is not at all apparent.  That’s my opinion anyway.  I’m sure someone will tell me if they think I’m wrong 😉

  2. Wow, Cynthia, you are so creative. Main Potato Candy!  who would have thought of making such a delicious treat out of potatoes?  This is an added recipe for the bakers out there.

    You see, I can cook, but when it comes to baking, I’m just terrible.

    This little treat looks delicious, I’m sure the chocolate lovers will appreciate  your effort in putting this together.

    Well done  Cynthia!


    1. Nicole, I wish I could take credit for this candy but it’s a Maine state classic that’s been around for 150 years.  And I’m not that old…yet.

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