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Erica - you tried to make it too much of a "recipe...

2008-12-14T09:44:00.000-05:00

Erica - you tried to make it too much of a "recipe" :-) I've been making needhams for 35 years - the only thing that ever goes wrong is that I end up eating an entire batch before I pack any for gifts ;-). Here's the easy (from Gram) recipe - oh! I'm a 13th generation Mainer - needhams are in my blood ;-)

*Boil a medium sized potato til soft (about an hour)
*Mash the drained potato with a stick (1/2 C) butter and 1 T vanilla
*Stir in confectioner's sugar 'til you can't stir anymore; knead in more confectioner's sugar until you've got something you can get your hands on
*Knead in coconut - doesn't matter if it's shredded or grated or flaked - use what you like
*force the mixture on/into a large waxed paper lined cookie sheet; cover with waxed paper; use your rolling pin to roll back and forth, up and down, til it's all packed evenly.
*Cover with plastic wrap; put it in the refrigerator over night.

To cut the candy: lift the waxed paper (and candy) out of the cookie sheet; cut with metal yardstick and pizza cutter.

Dip the chocolate in whatever you like -- this is the part where we have multiple secret family recipes ;-)
cjb



Erika, Let me talk to my Gram, she has made needha...

2008-06-13T08:57:00.000-04:00

Erika, Let me talk to my Gram, she has made needhams since I can remember and I will see if I can get the recipe from her.



I lived in Needham, Massachusetts for years, and h...

2008-04-23T11:59:00.000-04:00

I lived in Needham, Massachusetts for years, and have never heard of these candies. Do you think the town was named after them?



you are so funny! And now you've got me wondering....

2008-04-23T10:21:00.000-04:00

you are so funny! And now you've got me wondering...my mom use to make something like this but I think she called it Millionaire Candy or something. I don't think it had mashed potatoes in it but the paraffin, choc, coconut all the same. weird.
Definite "A" for effort, heh.



I like the photo of where you went wrong. Ha! I ca...

2008-04-23T08:27:00.000-04:00

I like the photo of where you went wrong. Ha! I can identify when it comes to baking!

BTW would love to subscribe to your RSS feed. Do you have one?



They still look good!

2008-04-23T08:26:00.000-04:00

They still look good!



I'm curious where you looked for the potatoes. The...

2008-04-23T08:25:00.000-04:00

I'm curious where you looked for the potatoes. They are everywhere around me (including at least one convenience store down the street).