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Buckeyes Candy Recipe

Updated on December 29, 2017
Buckeye Candy
Buckeye Candy

Buckeyes Candy Recipe - A Great Holiday Recipe

Even though I was raised in Ohio until the age of 12, I had never seen Buckeye Candy until I was an adult living in Michigan. They were being sold at a craft fair and they amazed me, because they looked like the real thing.

My Grandparents had a buckeye tree in their front yard in Ohio. The trees are huge. When the buckeyes dropped, it was pure excitement for us kids. They were so unique, that they were real prizes to us.

We tried making necklaces out of them, but because the buckeyes are too large for beads, they were just toys. Some of the Catholic nuns in town made huge rosaries out of them. It was fun tossing them like a ball.

This candy recipe will look exactly like a buckeye. The taste is like a peanut butter cup. The peanut butter makes it healthy and the chocolate makes it a treat. My sister makes dozens of these each year and gives them as presents for Christmas.

Cook Time

Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 72

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4.7 stars from 3 ratings of Buckeye Candy


  • 1-16 oz box confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup margarine softened
  • 1-18 oz jar creamy peanut butter
  • 1-12 oz pkg semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 inch square of paraffin (type used in sealing jelly found at any grocery store)

1. Combine sugar, margarine, and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat until the mixture is blended well and begins to cling together.

2. Roll the mixture into ¾” balls, placing the balls on waxed paper.

3. Melt the chocolate morsels and paraffin in the top of a double boiler.

4. Stick a toothpick in one of the peanut butter balls and dip the ball in the warm chocolate so that all, but the tip of the ball is covered. Let the excess chocolate drip back into the pan. Place on the wax paper and remove the toothpick.

5. Repeat this process until all of the peanut butter balls have been dipped.

6. Pinch the toothpick holes closed and smooth tops with your fingers.

7. Refrigerate.


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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      peachpurple, Morsels are just chocolate chips like they use in chocolate chip cookies.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      that candy is so tempting, what is morsels?

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      pstraubie48, I didn't know about this candy until I was an adult, but it is really popular here in Michigan. I was originally from Ohio, the Buckeye state. You would have thought I would have seen it there. Try the recipe, you'll love them.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      This looks so like something I would like to sink my teeth into. Say the world chocolate and I am ready to hop on board. I do not need a special time of the year to enjoy chocolate dishes either. And you have peanut butter with it. I can smell the aromas floating out of my computer. Yummie.. Thanks for sharing this with us. :) Pinned

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Kitty, Thanks for reading. Buckeye candy has always been special to me, because my Grandma had a Buckeye tree.

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      Kitty Grey 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This recipe looks fantastic! Rarely are candy recipes simple enough for the beginner to take one. Thank you for sharing!

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      Barbara Badder 7 years ago from USA

      Peg, Christmas is my favorite time to make candy too. Thanks for viewing the hub.

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      Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Barbara, I love these and often make them at Christmas. Delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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      Barbara Badder 7 years ago from USA

      It should be a good project for them since it is simple. Thanks for commenting.

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      sagebrush_mama 7 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

      Yum! I'm going to show this to my teenagers...I'm turning my holiday baking and confection making over to them, as I'm dealing with gallstones. The only drawback is I probably won't be able to eat these...this Christmas!

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      Barbara Badder 7 years ago from USA

      lilibees, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for commenting.

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      Barbara Badder 7 years ago from USA

      Minnetonka Twin, I think there is a nut that looks like them too. The buckeyes that fall off the trees are poisonous. At least that is what I was told as a child. Thanks for commenting.

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      I remember seeing those nuts on the ground as a kid but never knew what they were called. I'm bookmarking this great recipe:)Thanks so much

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      lilibees 7 years ago

      YUMO'S Thank You!