Learn how to make buckeyes, Ohio’s favorite candy, to share with friends at tailgates, parties and holiday get-togethers.
What is a buckeye?
If you’re from Ohio the first thing that pops into your head is a crazy nut, like Brutus Buckeye. If you’re an Ohio State fan, you know being a buckeye is something most alumni take very seriously.
A buckeye is the nut or seed from the buckeye tree which is native to Ohio. Since they’re toxic you’re better off eating the chocolate variety.
There are plenty of recipes out there of these peanut butter morsels dipped in melted chocolate. Better than a Reece‘s peanut butter cup, buckeyes are a staple at most tailgates on football Saturdays.
Helpful tips on how to make buckeyes
Simple to make, these buckeyes require just six ingredients and no oven time. Just grab your favorite jar of peanut butter and your chocolate of choice and these confections can be ready in about an hour.
I’ve made these candies several times and they’ve always turned out great. The biggest challenge I have had is with the chocolate.
Many recipes call for paraffin or wax when making this recipe, but I can taste the difference and I’m not a fan. I find that chocolate chips or wafers melts easier than chopped chocolate and tend to be better quality.
It’s also important for the peanut butter balls to be very cold for the chocolate to stick properly.
For this recipe it’s important to make sure the chocolate melts properly and doesn’t seize.
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How to Melt Chocolate
- Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and only microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time. Once chocolate is looking almost melted with just a few lumps, don’t microwave it again just stir the chocolate until it is completely smooth.
- Another option is to use a mini crockpot to melt the chocolate. It stays melted and at the perfect consistency when set to low.
- Bring an inch of water to a simmer in a saucepan. Set a heat-proof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir the chocolate as it softens.
- The secret to not burning the chocolate is to take it away from the heat before it’s completely melted, and keep stirring until it is.
- Another option is to add a little canola or vegetable oil before you melts your chocolate. This will keep your chocolate from drying out. It can also fix slightly overheated chocolate.
Do buckeyes need to be refrigerated?
If you are using 100 percent peanut butter, the kind that needs to be stirred and refrigerated, then yes they will need to go in the fridge. It will also need to be stirred really well if used in your recipe.
What kind of chocolate should I use?
Semisweet, dark or milk chocolate. Stick to chips or wafers since they are easier to melt.
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How to Make Buckeyes
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, 1/2 stick, softened
- 8 ounces semisweet, dark or milk chocolate, chips or wafers
- In a bowl or stand mixer, stir the peanut butter, butter, salt and vanilla on medium speed until combines. Next add the powdered sugar using low speed and increasing to medium as the mixture combines.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roll out the mixture into teaspoon sized balls. Once the baking sheet is full, freeze the balls for 30 minutes to harden.
- Melt the chocolate. Dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate using toothpicks as skewers to hold the balls. Cover all but the top portion of the balls.
- Place the dipped buckeyes back onto the baking sheet and with a clean hand smooth over the hole left by the tooth pick.
- Refrigerate the buckeyes until the chocolate sets. Store leftover buckeyes in the refrigerator.
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