By Mimi in Maine on December 08, 2006
Photo by Chef #1069722
Photo by Chef #1069722
"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."
Serving Size: 1 (2044 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"Fantastic candy! I think that anyone who loves coconut would love these Needhams. I made them over the holidays, and they went over very well. I lined the pan with buttered waxed paper, pressed the filling in, then laid another section of buttered waxed paper over the top. I took a slightly smaller pan and pressed it firmly and evenly on the top to make sure the filling was an even layer. I left the waxed paper pressed to the top and refrigerated overnight before proceeding. Rather than the chocolate/paraffin mix, I simply dipped in melted bittersweet chocolate. This recipe is a winner for sure--thanks for sharing it with us!"
"This is the best recpie I have ever found since I was introduced to making these delightfully wounderful little candies. I have tried many different ways to get the entire candy covered in the chocolate, the best way I found is by using a simple fork. By laying the candy on it and dipping it into the chocolate mixture, it looks just like one can find back home in the candy shops that make there own candies :). Thank you again for posting this taste of candies from my birth state."
"This recipe is actually taken from Marjorie Standish's cookbook, 'Cooking Down East' as are at least some of the other needhams recipes I see on line. If you want a good down-home cookbook, buy it! I have been using it for years. This needham recipe is only one example of a recipe that has stood the test of time."
"I grew up in Lewiston Maine where the original Needhams were made. They are WONDERFUL! I make them every Christmas and my family just loves them."
"Absolutely delicious. I made this for the homemade candy stand at our annual school fundraiser. It was a hit!! Everyone wants the recipe. We will all be making your Needhams on a regular basis. Thanks."