1/2 Photos of Maine Needhams
Mimi in Maine's Note:
Needhams are typical to Maine. They originated in Portland, Maine by a candy maker who had attended an evangelistic service in Portland in 1872. The evangelist's name was the Rev. George C. Needham and because of many conversions, his name was on everyone's lips. When the candy maker came back to his shop after one of the services, his candy makers were making a new candy. When he asked the name of this candy, a young candy maker said, "Call them Needhams". They are still made today, not only by the candy store, but by all of us Maine-ers who love to cook. Needhams are made with coconut and have a dark chocolate coating. They remind me of a Mound candy bar. They are delicious. This recipe halves easily, but who will want a half batch? Not me. NOTE: Someone reviewed this recipe and said that it was in "Cooking Down East". There is one there but it calls for 1/2 lb. coconut which is 8 oz. This one calls for 2 7-ounce bags or 14 ounces of coconut. If I had gotten it from this cookbook I would have given the woman credit for it, but I didn't. They are all very similar.
My Private Note
Units: US | Metric
- 3/4 cup mashed potatoes (not seasoned)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 (1 lb) packages confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 (7 ounce) bags flaked coconut
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 (12 ounce) package chocolate chips
- 4 unsweetened chocolate squares
- 1/2 paraffin wax block, the same paraffin you melt to use on top jam (2 1/2 by 2 1/2)
- 1Pare, cook, and mash potato to make three-quarters of a cup.
- 2Add salt.
- 3Using double boiler place butter in it and melt over boiling water.
- 4Add mashed potato, confectioners sugar, flaked coconut, and vanilla.
- 5Mix well and turn into a buttered jelly roll pan and spread evenly.
- 6Place in a cool place to harden.
- 7When hard, cut into small squares.
- 8For the dipping chocolate, again use a double boiler.
- 9Place paraffin in the top over boiling water to melt.
- 10Then add the two kinds of chocolate and allow to melt.
- 11Stir well to mix ingredients.
- 12Dip in the chocolate mixture (with a fork, toothpick, or cake tester--I use a fork and put the square on top of the tines and dip it, letting the excess chocolate drip off before I lay it on the waxed paper).
- 13Hold each square over the chocolate mixture after dipping so the square drains well (I usually will have to reheat the chocolate inbetween dippings so it is nice and thin and drips of easily).
- 14Place on waxed paper to harden.
- 15Should make about 66 good sized needhams.
- 16This halves easily.
Nutritional Facts for Maine Needhams
Serving Size: 1 (2044 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 129.1
- Calories from Fat 50
- Total Fat 5.5 g
- Saturated Fat 3.9 g
- Cholesterol 3.7 mg
- Sodium 55.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 21.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
- Sugars 18.5 g
- Protein 0.6 g
The following items or measurements are not included:
paraffin wax block