Are a very traditional Maine confection. They are delicious! A wonderful chocolate-covered coconut candy. The first time I had them we had not been living here for very long, and I was totally shocked at the secret ingredient in them. They are close in flavor to a Mounds candy bar, but better.
I always try and send my inlaws something for the holidays that is typical to New England, and particularly to Maine. So this year I decided that I would make some Needhams for them. One of my work colleagues offered me her family recipe, which I thought was extremely generous. So last weekend I went to work, and figured that it would be a fun afternoon. I used to make candy when we lived in NJ, so I figured it would be a snap. Wrong!!! I think the secret ingredient makes it more possible to have a mess when dipping into the chocolate… and I certainly made a mess!
It got better as I went, and when I chilled the filling a little more and then dipped it, it began to look a little more acceptable. But the first efforts were not very pretty! Needless to say, I did not send the ugly Needhams to New Jersey. The prettier ones took that trip. And the secret ingredient is: mashed potato!