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Potato Candy

Subject: potato candy
From: katharine
Date: 12/19/2022, 6:50 AM

On 12/18/2022 5:54 PM, katharine wrote:

Hi Phaedrus,

I am wondering if you could locate a recipe for me. My Grandmother used to make potato candy. 
It was sweet and covered in chocolate. I am assuming it must have been made during the Great 
Depression but yet I really donít know what the ingredients are. It could have been even from 
the very late 1800ís. I donít think they were baked. Anyway thank you so much. She was from 
New Hampshire her husband was from New Jersey. Both Scottish and English decent again much 
thanks and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Hello Katharine,

The candy may have been "Needhams." Needhams are associated with the state of Maine, which is apparently where they originated in about 1870, and New Hampshire is geographically right next door to Maine.

"Needhams" fit your description, but Needhams contain coconut, which you do not mention. For an excellent article about Needhams, with photos and a recipe, see: New England Historical Society

Not all recipes for this type of candy are called "Needhams." For other recipes, see: Chocolate Potato Candy

By far, the majority of recipes for this type of candy contain coconut, but a few do not. See these recipes:

Mashed Potato Candy 1

Mashed Potato Candy 2

Chocolate Potato Candy


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