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Maine Potato Candy

Years ago, folks in Maine ate potatoes daily and used leftovers in bread, doughnuts and other dishes. This potato candy recipe captures all of the old-school flavors. —Barbara Allen, Chelmsford, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 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 5 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 Facts
1 piece: 155 calories, 7g fat (6g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Jean
    Nov 2, 2019

    I haven't tried these yet but I plan to. They sound absolutely delicious. I love coconut and I also love peppermint patties. I was wondering if anyone knows how much mint flavoring I should use to make Peppermint Patties?

  • deeboy
    Sep 26, 2019

    I found this recipe in Betty Crocker's Cookie Book, copyright 1963, and made it many times. It's 5-star. Their recipe says either real or instant potatoes.

  • nanwist
    Sep 24, 2019

    Does anyone think it would be OK made with instant potatoes?

  • dee_clo
    Sep 23, 2019

    I grew up in Maine and these were made almost every holiday. You can omit the coconut, add mint and make peppermint patties too. But, if ever in Maine, go to Big G's in Winslow Maine for the best Whoopie Pies and deli sandwitches ever! If you're lucky, they may have apple crisp too.

  • Barbara
    Sep 23, 2019

    Grew up in Maine and these are also know as Needhams Candy

  • Nelson
    Sep 23, 2019

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  • karen
    Sep 23, 2019

    My grandmother made potato candy years ago. She used peppermint flavoring and minus the coconut. They were just as good as any store bought mints.

  • Kerry
    Jul 27, 2019

    What a recipe find! I love Mounds Bars so I tried making these. The result was they turned out ugly. On the other hand ...WOW! Just WOW!! Simple and easy to make they are far superior. (Probably because there are no additives that get in the way of the taste.) I've made them smaller (1"x1") and like them better bite-sized. I'm now experimenting with the chocolate but I doubt the coconut/potato can be improved upon.

  • Arleen
    Apr 4, 2019

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  • lgbean
    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.