Vegan Needham Candy

This is going to be so much fun. A challenge was posted over at Don’t Eat Off The Sidewalk and it should be fun. Or really boring. Mashed potatoes. There are rules:

1.  Any kind of potato goes.  White, red, yukon gold, sweet, doesn’t matter.

2.  This might go without saying, but no, you cannot just submit a bowl of mashed potatoes!

I’m a baker. I could have wimped out and went to the store to get a sweet potato, or make a savoury dish. I don’t like sweet potatoes, but hey, I can bake with that. Plus, I already went to Whole Foods today and I didn’t want to go out again. This is what I had in the kitchen:

Mini red potatoes from the farmer’s market. Yeah. Not even a full baking potato. I like em fine smashed, but well, mashed potatoes and baking with said ingredient calls for peeling them. Yes. I peeled mini potatoes. As I was peeling the slippery bastards I was muttering “FML” under my breath. Seriously. Boiled and mashed I had enough for my recipe.

What did I make? Needham Candy. It’s from Maine. You think Idaho and potatoes, but these east coasters have it right. Do you know what it really is? A mounds bar. Totally full of awesome. I researched a bunch of recipes online, and they are all super simple. I only had a little under a half cup of mashed potatoes, so I went my own direction. I didn’t mash them very well, but the texture is just fine by me. I guess you could almost puree them, but I had no patience. I also really hate dipping candies in chocolate. A lot. UGH. I forgot how much I hate that. It is purely based on the fact that I’m really bad at it.

Vegan Needham Candy

1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp plain mashed potatoes
2 Tbsp margarine
1 lb confectioners sugar
4 oz unsweetened coconut
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix all of the ingredients together. Place in individual molds or in an 8×8 pan.

Place in the fridge or freezer until firm.

When firm, cut into bars and melt 4 oz the chocolate.

Dip pieces into chocolate, add more chocolate to melt if needed (I like mine thick)

Let cool on a silpat or wax paper.

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I'm Shannon and I love to bake, hike, play video games and have fun. I currently live in the Bay Area with my husband and cat.


  1. Oh my. And I just bought potatoes…but not a trace of chocolate in the house. Tomorrow, tomorrow.

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  3. That’s a great idea! I’d heard of Irish potato candy (sweet mashed potatoes rolled in cocoa), but making coconut candy is fabulous! I’ve read some of your other entries and enjoyed them; keep it up!

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