Maine Potato Candy
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + chilling
Makes2 pounds (40 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
- 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 2x1-in. rectangles. Cover and freeze.
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 155 calories, 7g fat (6g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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Feb 14, 2019
These little candies were surprisingly delicious and very easy to make. I have a daughter who has developed allergies to nuts, eggs and dairy, and has had to eliminate almost all sweet treats from her diet, leaving her feeling very deprived. I made these at Christmas for her and she loved them, as well as anyone who tasted them. Who would have thought mashed potatoes could come to her rescue. I used a non-dairy dark chocolate coating by Ghiaridelli. I will make them again for sure.
Oct 10, 2018
Have been making these for more years than I care to admit to. For 1/2 of the batch I use milk choc. and after dipping I place 2 almonds on top
Mar 17, 2015
We always called them Needhams.. I have made them many times. Cannot make enough for my family.
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. Nancy
Mar 20, 2013
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.
Oct 18, 2008
These are excellant.Even my girls love these and there adults now