These are local favorite that I had never heard of before moving to Maine. They look wonderful and the name Needham doesn’t sound too bad but when I asked my husband what they were and he replied “Maine potato candy” I scrunched up my nose. I’m a potato girl but candy? Don’t wait years before trying these like I did. The potato just adds a richness and depth to the coconut. They are such a wonderful treat and if you’re outside of the New England area they’ll be a great unique item to share with friends!
3/4 c. unseasoned mashed potatoes
1/2 tsp. salt
2 lb. confectioners sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 lb. flaked coconut (better to use than shredded)
Pare and cook potatoes to make 3/4 cup mashed, unseasoned. Add salt.
Using a double boiler, place butter in it and melt over boiling water.
Add mashed potatoes, confectioners sugar, flaked coconut an vanilla. Mix well and turn into a buttered jelly roll pan.
Spread evenly (mixture is very thick).
Place in a cool place to harden. It is good to make these needham centers the day before coating, but may be done the same day. When cool and hardened, cut into small squares and dip in chocolate coating.
Place paraffin and unsweetened chocolate in the top of a double boiler over water and melt. Then turn down heat and add chocolate chips. Stir to melt.
Keep heat temperature low to maintain a melt, but to keep chocolate thickened. dip needhams to coat.
Place dipped squares on wax paper to cool. These keep very well for a long time refrigerated and are even better flavored when kept a few weeks.