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:
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…
Just like this.
Add the shredded coconut and stir to combine.
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.
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 the now-coated squares cool once more in the refrigerator to set.
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