Buckeye balls are chocolate covered peanut butter balls that are a cross between a truffle and a peanut butter cup. And super easy to make!
Why are they called Buckeyes?
They are called Buckeye Balls or Buckeye Candy because they resemble the chestnut of Ohio’s State Tree, the Buckeye, when dipped in chocolate leaving the top of the peanut butter ball showing.
Gail Tabor shared the first recipe in the Arizona Republic in 1983. She said her mother made chocolate covered peanut butter balls for her at Christmas in 1964, and she loved them so much she begged for the recipe.
When she dipped the first one, the chocolate didn’t quite cover all of the peanut butter ball, and she told her husband, “Hey, it looks like a buckeye.” From then on, it became her family tradition to make Buckeye candy for the Ohio State-Michigan game where they cheered for the Ohio Buckeyes, of course.
- 1-1/2 cups Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 pound chocolate flavor candy coating
- 2 tablespoons Crisco® Shortening
- Combine peanut butter, butter , vanilla and salt in large bowl. Beat at low speed of electric mixer until blended.
- Add 2 cups sugar. Beat until blended. Continue adding 1/2 cup sugar at a time until mixture shaped into ball will hold onto toothpick.
- Shape into 3/4 inch balls. Place on tray. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.
- For coating: combine candy coating and shortening in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 50% (medium) for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat until mixture is smooth.
- Assemble: Insert toothpick in candy ball. Dip three-fourths of ball into melted coating. Scrape off excess. Place on waxed paper lined tray. Remove toothpick. Smooth over holes.
- Refrigerate until coating is firm, about 30 minutes; then remove from waxed paper. Refrigerate in covered container.
- Can be served chilled or room temperature. Store for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 486Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 193mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 2gSugar: 65gProtein: 6g
We provide nutritional information but these figures should be considered estimates as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Smucker’s, makers of Jif® Peanut Butter .
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