There is no candy more beloved in the state of Ohio than the buckeye: a glorious combination of peanut butter, chocolate, butter and powdered sugar. Ohio is nicknamed The Buckeye State because there used to be an abundance of buckeye trees covering the state’s landscape. These trees produce nuts that Native Americans dubbed buckeye’s because of their resemblance to deer’s eyes.
The actual buckeye nuts that fall from buckeye trees contain an acid that is poisonous to humans and other animals, so some clever person created the buckeye candy and Ohioans having been making them for decades.
When I lived in Boston, my east-coast friends knew about buckeyes and were so excited to try them, so I thought they were a generally well-known candy. When I moved to California and made them for my co-workers, nobody had ever heard of them. Now I’m wondering if another state has some kind of delicious state treat that I don’t know about! Be warned: store-bought buckeyes are definitely not as good as homemade. And if you’re ever in Ohio during the summertime, keep your eyes peeled for buckeye ice cream. It’s a must-try.
Buckeyes are probably the easiest candy to make. I’m always very intimidated by candy-making because I am notorious for messing up fudge. I get very impatient with my candy thermometer and tend to stop stirring/boiling/etc before it reaches the correct temperature, so I’m thankful that buckeyes only require a microwave or a double-burner.
To make buckeyes, you simply cream together butter and peanut butter, then add powdered sugar and roll them into balls. Pop them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes and melt your chocolate. Using a toothpick, dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate, leaving a circle of peanut butter exposed on top. Chill buckeyes in the fridge and enjoy! I like to eat them frozen J You can cut this recipe in half if you only need to make a few buckeyes.
- ½ cup butter
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 12 oz bag milk chocolate chips, melted
- Cream together butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar.
- Roll into balls and place in freezer on cookie sheet for 20-30 minutes.
- Melt your chocolate in the microwave or in a double-boiler.
- Using a toothpick, dip peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate, leaving a circle of peanut butter exposed on top.
- Put buckeyes in fridge to chill for a few minutes and enjoy!
Have you ever tried a buckeye?