Since Marjorie never mentioned anything about an evangelical revival, I won't either. It seems wrong to associate the two things. One is a decadent confection calling for two full pounds of powdered sugar and fruit native to tropical islands and naked people--all the while making particularly inventive use of Maine mashed potatoes. And the other? Well, it's an evangelical revival. I'm all for people inviting the latter into their own kitchens, but I prefer to limit my personal kitchen to the former.
So Needhams. Potato candy. They embody the Maine libertarian spirit of contrast, good living, and eclectic improvisation.
Needhams are remarkably easy, but it's not an intuitive process. Melt a stick of butter. Add 3/4 cup of mashed potato. Then dump two pounds of powdered sugar and half pound of coconut into the pan, so it sort of looks like this:
Into the fridge to cool. And while my approximation isn't the individually dunked piece of Maine nostalgia that is a proper Needham, it is a delicious treat.