Wednesday, December 22, 2010

{Buckeye Candy}


 Buckeyes

What's a Buckeye?


I’ve been told, that those who don’t live in Ohio (or surrounding states), do not refer to these delicious lil treats as Buckeyes. They call them… Peanut Butter Balls. 

Boooooooooooooooooooooring!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND they, gasp!, coat them fully in chocolate.

No peeky peanut butter!

For shame!

In Ohio, Buckeyes are a tradition, I mean, we ARE the Buckeye State.

You won’t believe how often during the holidays people will ask, “Where are the buckeyes?”. 

And we know they don’t mean the Ohio State University Football team.

Or the poisonous nut (seed really) for which our state tree, residents, and university mascot are named.

Candy named after something poisonous? Yeah… that’s how we roll in Ohio.

So you want to make Buckeyes?

I thought so!

Here’s the basics. Easy. Peasy. Time consuming. Worth it.
There ya go.

Butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla beat together into creamy deliciousness which you roll into balls and dip into melted chocolate.

Now, I say you should leave the opening of peanut butter at the top. I’m an Ohioan. I have to say that.

You can dip it all. You’ll probably cause mass chaos, hysteria, and babies to cry.
But it’s your choice.

Buckeye

So, what's a Buckeye?

It is the perfect holiday treat, brought to you by the great state of Ohio.

And me :)

You’re welcome.

Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas…. Tina



Buckeyes

2 sticks margarine or butter (softened, not melted)
2 Cups Peanut Butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 Cups Powdered Sugar

Cream together until fully blended.
Now… you shape into balls. You can roll them whatever size you want. Mine are about 3/4 inch. You’ll get 80 to 100 balls at this size.

Too many buckeyes you say? Inconceivable!
No worries, this recipe is very easily halved.

Then dip into melted chocolate. You can use 12 ounces chocolate + 1/4 bar paraffin, or just use dipping chocolate (also known as Almond Bark). The latter is what I always use.
To dip, you can use a toothpick inserted into the center, or like I suggested in the Oreo Truffle Recipe, use a fork, scoop them up, then tap to allow the excess chocolate to fall through the tines.

Place on wax paper to dry.

6 comments:

  1. Yum! Looks tasty, Tina! I might have to try these.

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  2. Mmmmmmmmmm, so can't wait to make ours! Your pics are as yummy as your food!!

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  3. Yummy, yummy, yummy, I got LOVE in my tummy!!!! Buckeyes ROCK!!! ALL the different kinds! Go Bucks! from a very PROUD OHIO GIRL!!!

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  4. We have those here in Wisconsin too! Yummy!!!

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  5. The nuts that you call buck eyes we call conkers - they fall off a horse chestnut tree.

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  6. yummy! My grandmother use to always make these--now my sis does (I don't have the patience!) and we all love them! She always uses toothpicks to dip them, so they end up with itty bitty belly buttons...
    ~just-pjz

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