How I Make Buckeye Candy
What Is Buckeye Candy
This is a common question that I get from people who are outside of Ohio. I know that when I was in Michigan, it was very difficult to find out any information that was considered buckeyes. However, what I have found out is people in Ohio tend to really enjoy the buckeye candy. To the point I had to learn how to make buckeyes for my husband and I thought I would share how I make the candy, but I need to make sure everyone knows what the buckeyes are first.
A common theme that you will find with the buckeyes is they tend to be based off of the buckeye nut, which is a poisonous nut, but it is one that Ohio has as a state tree. Since this is the case, you will notice the candy is going to look like the nut, but will not kill you like some of the nuts that you could be eating are going to do. The candy is actually just a couple of simple ingredients that you will need and it will provide you with some great tasting snacks. The basics are going to involve peanut butter and chocolate. Now the steps are a little bit more involved in making it than this, but I will describe those here in a minute, but first wanted to let you know this is a candy that does have peanut butter so you need to make sure you do not give this to someone with a peanut or nut allergy.
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The first step to making anything is to make sure you gather up the ingredients that you need. Here is a simple list of ingredients that I use when I am making my buckeyes.
- Peanut Butter
- Powdered Sugar
- Chocolate (Almond Bark for me)
The first step that I am going to do is to get the peanut butter part of the ingredients mixed together. To do this, I tend to use my KitchenAid Mixer to get the work done easier. I take 1.5 cups of creamy peanut butter, a half cup of softened butter, 3 cups of powdered sugar, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract together. Then I mix these items together in the mixer until they start to become even creamier than normal.
After the peanut butter has become creamy, you will want to put them into little peanut butter balls. The balls that work best are going to be 3/4 inch around, because this gives you the best results. After the balls are rolled up, you will want to place them on a cookie sheet that is covered with wax paper, this way the peanut butter does not stick because the next step is putting them into the refrigerator to cool down and firm up some while the chocolate is melting.
Melting the chocolate is going to be one of the fun parts because it is actually a very easy part to do. You do need to have a mixing bowl that can take some heat and a way to mix the chocolate, but you will want to put your chocolate in the bowl and start to melt it down over a double boiler, in my case, but you can use a microwave it just involves more attention. When you put the chocolate in the mixing bowl or chocolate almond bark in my case, you will want to put in some shortening with it as well. The shortening is needed to have the chocolate harden and not melt right away.
After your chocolate has been melted you will want to take the peanut butter balls out of the refrigerator and using a tooth pick, you are going to gently pick up each of the balls and then carefully dip them into the chocolate. This way you will get a good coating on the outside of the peanut butter, but do not dip it completely in the chocolate so part of the peanut butter shows at the top. Once the peanut butter balls have been covered with chocolate, you will put them back on the cookie sheet and this will let you put them back in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens.
When the chocolate has hardened you will be able to move the buckeyes into a storage container, but you will still need to keep them in the fridge for them to stay fresh longer. I know that they can take up quite a bit of room, but if your husband or kids are anything like mine they will only last a week or two in the refrigerator before they are completely gone.