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Maine Potato Candy Recipe

Maine Potato Candy Recipe

"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 YIELD:36 servings


  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 cups flaked 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


  • 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. In a microwave or double boiler, melt candy coating. Dip bars in coating; place on waxed paper to harden. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 pounds.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

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

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.


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Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013


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."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2008

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

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