How to Make Buckeyes

Yummy chocolate and peanut butter Buckeyes!
Yummy chocolate and peanut butter Buckeyes! | Source
Buckeye Tree
Buckeye Tree | Source

OH - IO!

The state tree of Ohio (the state in which I just so happen to reside) is the Buckeye Tree, or Aesculus glabra, and was designated as such in 1953. Rightfully so, Ohio is nicknamed "The Buckeye State". The mascot of The Ohio State University is Brutus the Buckeye. I think we all see the pattern forming here...

I have decided that -to follow the pattern and honor Ohio even more- Buckeyes should be the State Candy!

There are numerous ways to make buckeyes, but the heart of it is basic: peanut butter balls, dipped in chocolate. Oh yes, they are absolutely mmmazing!

Here is my recipe for making Buckeyes...

Buckeyes from a Buckeye Tree.
Buckeyes from a Buckeye Tree.

Ingredients

The following yields anywhere from 30-50 buckeyes, depending on how big you make the balls. Add anymore of each, where desired, to increase the intensity of flavors, or to make more.

  • 2 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6+ cups confectioners sugar
  • 10+ oz. semi-sweet chocolate

*Other recipes that I've seen floating around the net have called for 4 cups of chocolate. I start out with 4 oz. and work my way up, to make sure that the chocolate does not burn, and that I do not have too much excess chocolate. (What a shame that'd be!)*

Some people mix paraffin wax with the chocolate, to help it stick better to the peanut butter. I have never had any issues with chocolate sticking, and prefer not to use wax in my recipe.


Roll the balls, place the toothpicks, and let them cool.
Roll the balls, place the toothpicks, and let them cool. | Source
Melting chocolate. Mmmhmmm!
Melting chocolate. Mmmhmmm! | Source

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners sugar. (I use a standing mixer).
  • The mixture should be dry enough to roll into balls. Roll the mixture into 1" (or so) balls.
  • Place the balls on a sheet of wax paper (on a cookie sheet or plate)
  • Place toothpicks gently in the top of each ball.
  • Chill for about 30 minutes.
  • Melt the chocolate bars (or approximately 4 cups of chocolate chips) in a small pot on the stove. Some people use a double boiler (use water). I just simply melt the chocolate, and make sure to continue stirring, so that it does not burn. *Use more chocolate as needed.
  • Once the chocolate is melted, using the toothpick as a handle, dip each ball into the chocolate. Make sure not to completely cover the peanut butter balls, as a Buckeye (which these treats are designed from) has a small circle of light tan (peanut butter) showing through the dark brown (chocolate).
  • Place the dipped balls back on the wax paper.
  • Remove the toothpick.
  • If desired, gently refinish the surface, to remove the whole that the toothpick created. If I do this, I just use my finger and (as they will be warm from the chocolate) smooth the surface.
  • Chill for a few minutes to ensure that the chocolate hardens.


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Comments 11 comments

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

I've never had one (or two, or three, or four), but I would love to try and make a batch. I like the way you set up the recipe and illustrations. Voted up and bookmarked.


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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

Oh my. . .these will not last long in the fridge!

I have never had Buckeyes before, but they do look so yummy. However, the best of all, no baking!

This is a great recipe to make with children. Fun facts about Ohio and it special relationship with Buckeyes.

Bookmarked, voted up and useful.

Thanks!


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VeronicaFarkas 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you both very much! I hope that you get the chance to try them. I decided not to post nutritional facts as it may be a deterrent from trying them. lol They're soooo tasty, and can easily be savored. =]

Thank you, Arlene, for commenting on the layout. I appreciate that type of feedback. I enjoy writing, but have not invested much in pictures, and to know that it's not too horribly done is a plus. It's an ongoing learning experience for sure! =]

Yes, Sannel, I agree that they're great to make with children. It's a simple recipe, and yes! no baking!

Thank you both, again, for reading & commenting!


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Gatti 4 years ago

Great recipe I go to the Ohio State University. Looking forward to making them


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Do you? That's awesome!! (I'm less than 10 minutes from Campus.) The latest stream of crime isn't quite as awesome, but you'll have that just about anywhere. =/ The basketball team is looking good, and I'm super excited about Urban Meyer! =]

I could probably go on for hours... So, I'll leave it at this: It's nice to see fellow Buckeyes on HP! Best of luck to you!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Oh I love Buckeyes - the candy. And the people - I live in Ohio as well.


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Kim Cantrell 4 years ago from Deep In The Pages of a Book

Oh, I LOVE this candy! My grandmother used to make it all the time. Think I'll try some this evening. Thanks for sharing! :)


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Millionaire Tips - That's fantastic! Are you close to Columbus? I lived in the Dayton area for years, prior to moving here to Columbus.

Kim - Thank you for reading & commenting! I can not get enough of Buckeyes! My mother, aunt, and I made well over 8 dozen cookies a couple of weeks ago. Surely enough, the Buckeyes were the first devoured! =] Enjoy!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Millionaire Tips - That's fantastic! Are you close to Columbus? I lived in the Dayton area for years, prior to moving here to Columbus.

Kim - Thank you for reading & commenting! I can not get enough of Buckeyes! My mother, aunt, and I made well over 8 dozen cookies a couple of weeks ago. Surely enough, the Buckeyes were the first devoured! =] Enjoy!


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

OOOO Yes! I Love Buckeyes and have always wanted to try my hand at making them. I always figured..if I could make a good buckeye, I could sell them! haha Bookmarking this Hub for sure and voting up and useful!

Blessings,

~Lisa RL


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Mmhmm!!

You & I think alike - business minded! =]

Thanks for your feedback, and I hope that they turn out well for you!

Veronica

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