Maine Needhams
40 mins (prep 40)
9 ingredients
66 servings
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.

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  • 3/4 cup mashed potatoes (not seasoned)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (1 lb) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 (7 ounce) flaked coconut
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 (12 ounce) chocolate chips
  • 4 unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 1/2 paraffin wax block, the same paraffin you melt to use on top jam (2 1/2 by 2 1/2)


Serving Size (7.32 g)
Servings 66
Amount per Serving
Calories 35.22 Calories from Fat 23.31
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.59g 263.24%
Saturated Fat 1.42g 469.04%
Trans Fat 0.06g %
Cholesterol 4.94mg 108.6%
Sodium 47.72mg 131.23%
Total Carbohydrate 3.54g 77.78%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.24%
Sugars 0.12 g %
Protein 0.29g 37.79%
Vitamin A 49.64IU% Vitamin C 0.05mg%
Calcium 2.3mg% Iron 0.14mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
mashed potatoes, flaked coconut, unsweetened chocolate