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Needhams Candy

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Needhams Candy
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 20
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Needhams Candy

Chocolate-coated coconut candy made with a secret ingredient -- mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

2
cups powdered confectioner's sugar
1/4
cup smooth, plain mashed potatoes
1
tablespoon unsalted butter
1
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1
pinch salt
3/4
cup sweetened shredded coconut
1
pound bittersweet baking chocolate squares
1 1/2
tablespoons vegetable shortening

Directions

  • 1 Pour confectioner's sugar in a medium saucepan and make a deep well in the center. Add potatoes, butter, vanilla and salt to the well and place saucepan over a large saucepan filled with water that's just about to simmer.
  • 2 Stir mixture with a spatula, gradually adding confectioner's sugar to the mix, until all ingredients are incorporated and melted together into a smooth paste, takes about 5 minutes.
  • 3 Remove from heat and stir in coconut. Shape dough into a ball, then press into a 4-by-5-inch rectangle on a baking sheet or plate. Place in freezer to firm, 20 minutes.
  • 4 Remove baking sheet from freezer and cut rectangle into 20 one-inch squares. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and return to freezer to firm, for 20 minutes.
  • 5 Meanwhile, make your chocolate coating: In a medium microwaveable bowl, melt chocolate squares into a smooth sauce. Whisk in shortening and stir until completely mixed in, about a minute.
  • 6 Place a silicone mat or sheet of wax paper on a clean baking sheet and set aside.
  • 7 Remove squares from freezer and, using a fork, submerge one square at a time into the chocolate coating. Tap off excess chocolate and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all squares are fully coated in chocolate.
  • 8 Place squares on baking sheet in refrigerator to set, about 1 hour.
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Needhams Candy

As prepared by Girl Versus Dough,

I have a need. A need for Needhams.


Have any of you ever heard of needhams before? Chances are high that if you’re from the east coast where they originated, you have. Being a dyed-in-the-wool Midwesterner myself, I’d never had the pleasure of trying (or even knowing about) needhams before until someone told me about this amazing little candy that tastes a lot like a Mounds bar but is made with mashed potatoes.

Mashed potatoes! I was intrigued.

In just a couple hours, I had these delicious, chocolate-coated, potato-and-coconut-filled candies in my own kitchen (and promptly thereafter in my mouth, of course). And I plan on having them on hand for dessert on a certain holiday coming up in a few days… and probably every day henceforth. They’re too good to not have around.

Here’s how to make them:

First ingredients

Pour a couple cups of powdered sugar in a saucepan, make a well, and place those mashed taters, some butter, some vanilla and a pinch of salt in the center. Stir it all up over a pot of barely simmering water until it turns into a smooth paste…

Paste of powdered sugar, potatoes, butter, vanila, salt

Just like this.

Add the shredded coconut

Add the shredded coconut and stir to combine.

Form the mixture into a rectangle

Form the mixture into a rectangle and place on a baking sheet and into the freezer to firm up, then remove, cut into squares and return to the freezer. I like to think this is the time when the flavors talk amongst themselves and agree to taste awesome – but maybe that’s just me.

Dip squares in pool

Remove those chatty squares from the freezer and take them for a dip in the chocolate pool. This is my favorite part because I LOVE CHOCOLATE.

Let squares cool in the refrigerator

Let the now-coated squares cool once more in the refrigerator to set.

Needhams candy on plate

Then, serve and enjoy! And marvel at the wonder that is a mashed potato candy.



Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!
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