Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)

Maine Needhams are a traditional candy made of coconut, powdered sugar and potato dipped in dark chocolate. They taste just like a Mounds Bar…I promise!

Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)

Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)

Course Snack
Servings 18
Calories 150 kcal


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • cup cold mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 8 oz dark chocolate candy coating (or candy melts), coarsely chopped


  • Combine the sugar, shredded coconut, mashed potatoes, vanilla, and salt using a stand mixer or hand mixer.
  • Spray 18 ice cube trays** with cooking spray and divide the dough equally between them (about 1 ½ tbsp each). Place another ice cube tray on top of cups and press down firmly to pack dough down.
  • Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until solid. Remove candy pieces from trays.
  • Place chocolate coating in a dry, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second blasts, stirring in between each blast, just until melted.
  • Use tongs to dip and coat candy pieces. Place pieces on parchment paper or rack, leaving enough space between them that they don’t touch. Allow chocolate coating to harden.
  • **I use “poppable” ice cube trays with silicone bottoms!
  • Hack: Store leftover candy in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.
Keyword buffet, candy, chocolate, coconut, homemade candy, Maine Needhams, Maine potato candy, Mounds Bar copycat, Needhams, picnic food, Potato candy


Who would put potatoes in candy, anyway?  Click here for a history of this delicious confection!

Need a stand mixer to make these tasty treats?  Check out my review for the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer!

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