Maine Potato Candy Recipe
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Maine Potato Candy Recipe

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"Years ago, folks in Maine ate potatoes daily and used leftovers in bread, doughnuts and candy," says Barbara Allen, Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup cold mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 172 calories, 7g fat (6g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Line a 9-in. square pan with foil; butter the foil. Spread coconut mixture into pan. Cover and chill overnight. Cut into 2-in. x 1-in. rectangles. Cover and freeze.
  2. In a microwave, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Dip bars in coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper to set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 pounds.
Originally published as Maine Potato Candy in Taste of Home April/May 2000, p65

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hollyjeangray User ID: 8296551 222959
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"We always called them Needhams.. I have made them many times. Cannot make enough for my family."

GrandmaCookN User ID: 506326 26944
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"With the holidays just around the corner, thought this would be a great candy recipe to bump up to the present.  Do not let the name fool you.  Its very very good.  Just remember to use mashed potatoes without seasoning.


Cookie Wannabe User ID: 7051917 203569
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013


beckihomecki User ID: 1537566 27678
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"Don't let the name or ingredients throw you off for this recipe. If you like coconut this is the one to make!!! It is so good, even better than mounds candy. You can even keep it in the freezer a little while to save time on the holidays. People are so impressed by these homade candies. its nice too that that they are rectangles which will set them apart from the rest of the 'ball' candy."

angeli3 User ID: 3489997 39020
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2008

"These are excellant.Even my girls love these and there adults now"

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