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Vegan MoFo Iron Chef Challenge: Mashed Potatoes

November 6, 2010

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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  • Reply omgoshimvegan November 6, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Wow those look fantastic.

  • Reply T. November 6, 2010 at 4:43 PM

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

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  • Reply Meg B November 6, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Yum! I might have to try making these myself. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  • Reply JoLynn-dreaminitvegan November 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Wow how inventive you are! I just found your blog from Don’t Eat Off the Sidewalk

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  • Reply Jody November 6, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    I’m going to try this with the leftover taters from my challenge entry! Looks YUMMY!

  • Reply angela November 7, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    ooh! these look delicious!

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  • Reply Eileen November 7, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Sorry, didn’t mean to post my entry to your blog, please ignore my previous comment 🙂

    Your candy recipe looks delicious!

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  • Reply FoodFeud November 8, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    These look great – and two of the best foods: chocolate and potatoes together! Quite original.

  • Reply Megan November 8, 2010 at 4:46 AM

    I am totally making these with almonds!

  • Reply Mo November 9, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Yes! Those look fabulous!

  • Reply Veg-in-Training November 11, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    I never would have thought to make candy out of mashed potatoes. Genius!

  • Reply Jenny RSS December 2, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Needham candy is a fine meal. I really love everything related to potatoes.

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  • Reply Hanna January 13, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    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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  • Reply Dulce De Batata, Sweet Potato Sweet Mash From Viva Vegan! | Killer Bunnies, Inc March 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    […] I could NOT imagine using this in the cake featured in the recipe book. It isn’t like the Needham Candy at all. I mean, there was no obvious “I’m eating potatoes!” in the Needham […]

  • Reply Marsha Needham January 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I need to try these ,,They look delicious ,Plus my last name is Needham!

    • Reply Shannon January 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      If your last name is needham you for sure need to try them! That’s pretty awesome!

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