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Buckeye Candy and Peanut Butter Easter Eggs
Halloween is candy time as well as the time that you find all of those buckeyes laying on the ground. When we were children it was fun to go gather up all those shiny brown nuts from the buckeye tree. They are protected by a prickly hull that has to be broken away to get the nut itself.
Variation for Easter
During Easter season you can make this same candy into peanut butter Easter eggs by shaping the chocolate into an egg shape and following the instructions to fully cover the eggs with chocolate.
- 1-1/2 cups peanut butter
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1 teaspoon vanill
- 1 lb. powdered sugar
- 1 pkg. chocolate chips
- Blend together peanut butter, margarine, vanilla and powdered sugar. The consistency should be slightly dry. Hand roll a teaspoon of the mixture into small balls and refrigerate for about a half hour.
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in a large glass measuring cup.
- Use a toothpick to dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate mixture and coat almost completely. Spread the chocolate covered ball onto wax paper to set the chocolate. You can put the wax paper onto a small cookie sheet and place the sheet into the refrigerator once it is full.
In our borough there is a large buckeye tree on the edge of the children's playground which is across the street from a children's nursery school. This would make an interesting hobby for the children to do in the fall when they fall to the ground.
We used to drill a hole in these nuts and tie them onto a shoe string. I don't know why we did this but if a bully were to have one they used to swing them around and hit the little children with them which is totally wrong and should not be done. Other children would make a full necklace out of the nuts.
Whatever you did with them; they were fun to find and gather up. That is the nut and what we are making today is that delicious candy that resembles those treasures we gathered as children.
Even though these candies are traditionally made around the same time of year that the nuts fall from the buckeye tree, you can make them any time. They make nice additions to your Christmas cookie trays and Cookie Gift Tins.