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Vegan MoFo Iron Chef Challenge: Mashed Potatoes

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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  1. omgoshimvegan says

    Wow those look fantastic.

  2. T. says

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

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  3. Meg B says

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

  4. JoLynn-dreaminitvegan says

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

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  5. Jody says

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

  6. angela says

    ooh! these look delicious!

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  7. Eileen says

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

    Your candy recipe looks delicious!

  8. FoodFeud says

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

  9. Megan says

    I am totally making these with almonds!

  10. Mo says

    Yes! Those look fabulous!

  11. Veg-in-Training says

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

  12. Jenny RSS says

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

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  14. Hanna says

    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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  15. Resorna says

    i’ve begun to visit this cool site a couple of times now and i have to say that i find it quite great actually. keep the nice work up! =p

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  16. resa says

    kinda enjoyed the article that you posted actually. it just is not that simple to find even remotely good posts toactually read (you know.. READ! and not simply going through it like some zombie before going somewhere else), so cheers mate for not wasting my time! ;)

  17. Paketresor says

    i’ve checked this cool site a couple of times now and i have to say that i find it quite nice actually. keep it up! ;)

  18. Marsha Needham says

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

    • Shannon says

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

Continuing the Discussion

  1. Vegan MoFo #6: Iron Chef Mashed! at Don’t Eat Off The Sidewalk! linked to this post on November 7, 2010

    [...] made vegan Needham Candy, which is basically a mounds bar, but with potatoes and [...]

  2. Dulce De Batata, Sweet Potato Sweet Mash From Viva Vegan! | Killer Bunnies, Inc linked to this post on March 14, 2011

    [...] 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 [...]



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