It’s no secret that I am a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan. And no fan – or Ohioan for that matter- can pass up the classic Peanut Butter and Chocolate Buckeyes Candy. O-H … soo good!
This Buckeye Recipe is the one my family uses (and is pretty standard). But I have a few tips for ya….
- Be sure to chill your peanut butter base before rolling into balls. This will keep the dough from getting too sticky on your hands. It also makes it easier to dip when the balls are cold (they don’t slide off the toothpick).
- The recipe below makes a TON of buckeyes. So it is perfect for a party or cookie swap. But be prepared to roll and dip! I usually cut the recipe in half if I’m just making them for “fun”.
- The tried and true recipe my mom handed down to me calls for paraffin wax to be added into the chocolate. This makes the chocolate “set up” better and creates more of a shell. If you don’t like the idea of using paraffin, use half chips and half chocolate bark. The bark hardens a little better than the chocolate alone (but I think the bark is not “chocolatey” enough- that’s why I mix the two).
Buckeyes Candy Recipe:
- 1 lb butter
- 2 lbs peanut butter (approx 2 1/4 cups)
- 3 lbs powdered sugar (approx 12 cups)
- 1 pkg chocolate chips (optional half chocolate chips/ half chocolate almond bark)
- 2/3 stick of paraffin wax << (kind my mom always used)
Mix together peanut butter and butter. Then gradually blend in the powdered sugar using a hand mixer. Chill this mixture.
When chilled, roll 1 inch balls of the peanut butter mixture. If you cannot dip right away, chill the balls until ready to dip.
Melt chocolate chips and paraffin (or chocolate bark) in microwave. Use 30 sec intervals, stirring between each until melted and combined.
Use a toothpick to dip the peanut butter ball into the chocolate, with just a bit of the peanut butter showing on top (to look like a Buckeye!). Place dipped Buckeye ball on wax paper for chocolate to harden.
For the best presentation, be sure to “close in” the toothpick hole (I just use the toothpick to close it up and tap with finger to smooth over). But really…. They taste just as good without this step. 😉
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